The top ten theatre openings this month

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

London's theatre calendar is flooded with exciting new shows, big names and hotshot directors, and there's no way anyone can see them all. Check out our latest theatre reviews for the full rundown, or shortcut to the list below for ten critics' choice theatre shows opening in London this month that you won't regret booking for.

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London's top ten new theatre shows

Open Air Theatre at the Scoop
Theatre, Outdoor theatres

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz/King Arthur

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The name of the surrounding festival may change annually (this year's it's the London Bridge City Summer by the River festival) but Phil Willmott’s double bills of free outdoor theatre seem eternal and unaffected by the notionally shifting landscape around them. ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is the family-friendly opener; ‘King Arthur’ – adaptated from Sir Thomas Malory – is longer and fancier. As ever, the shows are free.

'Homos, Or Everyone in America' at Finborough Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

Homos, Or Everyone in America

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Jordan Seavey's look at life in 'post-gay' America is coming to Finborough Theatre after a premiere off-Broadway. It's an intricately structured play that shows that homophobia and self-hatred haven't gone away, even if its protagonists' path centres on the more universal experience of falling in and out of love in 21st century America. 

'Bring It On: The Musical' at Southwark Playhouse
Theatre, Musicals

Bring It On

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A plucky crew of young actors from British Theatre Academy are performing the cult cheerleading comedy 'Bring It On' this summer at Southwark Playhouse. Adapted from the original movie, the big draw is a handful of songs from 'Hamilton' man Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

The Importance of Being Earnest, Classic spring
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Theatre, Comedy

The Importance Of Being Earnest

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The brilliant comedy actor Sophie Thompson leads the company of Classic Spring’s inevitable revival of Oscar Wilde’s most popular play. Michael Fentiman directing the tale of romantic mishaps and epic Bunburying.

Laurie Hagan performs as part of 'Club Swizzle'
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Theatre, Circuses

Club Swizzle

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Cheeky cabaret night 'La Soirée' has landed warm reviews and plenty of tipsy, thrill-seeking crowds since its debut in 2010. Now, the team behind it are launching a new concept, which premieres this summer at Camden circus hub the Roundhouse…

'Pericles' at National Theatre
Theatre, Shakespeare


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Playwright Chris Bush has penned an eclectic span of works including the provocative Theatr Clwyd show 'The Assassination of Katie Hopkins'. So her version of Shakespeare's wild, surreal romance 'Pericles' is an exciting prospect. It'll be staged at the National Theatre with a huge community cast of amateur actors from across London. 

Aristocrats, Donmar Warehouse
Theatre, Drama


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For her third Donmar revival of one of the works of the late Brian Friel, Lyndsey Turner picks 1979’s ‘Aristocrats’, which follows the three children of the once-imposing Judge O'Donnell as they return home to Ballbeg Hall for a wedding to find that things have gone into dramatic decline.

Little Shop of Horrors, Regent's Park Theatre
Theatre, Musicals

Little Shop of Horrors

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The summer wouldn't be complete without the Open Air Theatre's traditional big musical blowout, and this looks to be a real treat: the first major London revival in a decade for Howard Ashman and Alan Menken camp horror comedy musical about a hapless florist who raises a vicious plant that feats on human flesh. Drag queen Vicky Vox (formerly of pop group DWV) as the terrifying plant Audrey II. 

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Theatre, Shakespeare


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Well this is undoubtedly a big deal: the Globe's talismanic former artistic director Mark Rylance returns to his old theatre to star as the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's great tragedy 'Othello', opposite ‘Moonlight’s André Holland as the Moor of Venice. 

Also at the Globe this month: check out Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm’s intriguing all-female ‘Emilia’.