Best New Theatre Shows Opening in London This Month

Our theatre critics pick the new theatre shows and musicals they think will wow London this month

The best new theatre shows, plays and musicals coming to London this month, as recommended by our critics, plus a round up of the best previously-reviewed transfers moving to the West End or elsewhere.

For more festive shows this month, check out our best Christmas shows.

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London's top ten new theatre shows

The Band, Take That musical
Theatre, Musicals

The Band

icon-location-pin Haymarket Theatre Royal, Soho

Nearly two years after the conclusion of Gary Barlow’s ‘Let It Shine’ TV talent search, its Take That jukebox musical end product will finally hit the West End…

Drip, Tom Wells, Edinburgh Fringe 2018
Theatre, Musicals


icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush

This warm gig-theatre show is the story of two teenagers who are desperate to win the school synchronised swimming competition. But Liam can't swim... Commissioned as part of Hull City of Culture, this story is the handiwork of Tom Wells, who's written plays including 'Me As a Penguin', and composer Matthew Robins. 'Drip' comes to Bush Theatre over Christmas, after a national tour. 

Doctor Faustus, Globe 2018
Theatre, Shakespeare

Doctor Faustus

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank

Christopher Marlowe's classic follows a scholar who signs a deal with the devil, in an infernal look at ambition and sacrifice. It's directed by Paulette Randall, who will also appear as part of show's ensemble cast.

The Tell-Tale Heart, National Theatre, 2018
Theatre, Drama

The Tell-Tale Heart

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank

Auteur director Anthony Neilson has honed his signature method of working on intriguing recent works like 'Unreachable' and 'The Prudes'. His latest is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's story of the same name, but on past form he's likely to take a pretty loose approach to adapting the Victorian chiller…

Sweat, Donmar Warehouse
© Spencer Platt
Theatre, Drama


icon-location-pin Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden

Josie Rourke’s final season as Donmar artistic director could be her best, if the first two productions announced for it are anything to go by. The first is the much anticipated UK premiere of US playwright Lyn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’, about the deindustrialisation of America and the consequences for the US working classes. Incoming Bush artistic director Lynette Linton directs.

Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory, 2018
© Johan Persson
Theatre, Musicals

Fiddler on the Roof

icon-location-pin Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark

Menier Chocolate Factory's wintry treat to theatre fans is a new production of the beloved Stein and Harnick musical, directed by Trevor Nunn. The former NT boss is back in the musical theatre game with a stab at fitting one of the biggest in the canon, squeezed into the teeny tiny Menier space.

Hole, Ellie Kendrick, 2018
© Richard Davenport
Theatre, Experimental


icon-location-pin Royal Court Theatre, Belgravia

After 'Two Man Show', their furious, visual, iconoclastic exploration of gender, RashDash are the toast of the town. Now they're making their Royal Court debut by directing 'Hole', actor Ellie Kendrick's ferocious first playt about the nature of patriarchal power systems.

<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Kit Harington &amp; Johnny Flynn</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

True West

icon-location-pin Vaudeville Theatre, Charing Cross

‘Game of Thrones’ heartthrob Kit Harrington, and the multi-talented actor, composer and songwriter Johnny Flynn join forces to star in the late Sam Shepard’s drama about two disintegrating brothers.

The Tragedy of Richard the Second, Simon Russell Beale, Almeida
© Nadav Kandar
Theatre, Drama

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, Barnsbury

After turning his hand to a stylish, flamboyantly weird take on 'Edward II' at the National Theatre in 2013, director Joe Hill-Gibbins is taking on another renaissance history play with homoerotic undertones. This time, acting legend Simon Russell Beale will star as a king who's power is coming under threat. 

The Convert, Young Vic 2018
Theatre, Drama

The Convert

icon-location-pin Young Vic, Southwark

The ‘big’ show in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s short inaugural season playwright and ‘Black Panther’ star Danai Gurira’s play about the tangled religious and social forces at play in colonial-era Southern Africa. A young girl is taken in by a Catholic priest, who tries to turn her away from her family and history. Gurira’s ‘Black Panther’ co-star Letitia Wright heads up the cast, alongside Paapa Essiedu and Ivanno Jeremiah.

Recommended transfers

Theatre, Drama

Nine Night

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall

Natasha Gordon’s brilliant debut play about a Jamacian wake returns – this time starring Gordon herself. 

Time Out says
Theatre, Musicals

Caroline, or Change

icon-location-pin Playhouse Theatre, Charing Cross

Tony Kushner’s brilliantly strange musical about a black maid in civil rights-era America moves to the West End, complete with powerhouse performance from Sharon D Clark.

Time Out says

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