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
The ever-hip Young Vic tackles Brecht's 'Life of Galileo', the story of the revolutionary inventor of the telescope - and the furious response from the establishment who wanted to keep on believing the world was flat. Film director Joe Wright helms a cast headed by 'Yerma' man Brendan Cowell.
Welsh playwright Gary Owen follows last year's brilliantly troubling 'Violence & Son'. The follow-up – which received rave reviews upon its recent Cardiff premiere – concerns the titular gaming experience, in which participants are invited to torture victims… but it's okay, beacause there are consequences.
Brecht's classic, Chicago-set allegorical satire on Hitler's ascent to power almost feels too obvious to stage in the year a rightwing demagogue took control of the United States. That's why it's proably quite savvy of director Simon Evans to cast Lenny Henry – a man who bears little resemblance to a certain blonde-wigged president – in the title role of 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui'. This is a new version from 'Clybourne Park' scribe Bruce Norris, so expect some chuckles.
Emma Rice's berserk, uninhibited take on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was one of the best things the Globe has staged in eons, making it doubly sad that she's leaving as artistic director so soon. This production of Shakespeare's greatest mistaken identity comedy looks likely to be the final Shakespeare play she will direct at the Globe, and possibly ever. If it's anything like as good as her 'Dream' it'll be a stunner.
Some Disney film or other has made John Boyega an A-list name in the years since he last performed on the London stage in 2009. Georg Büchner's incomplete classic 'Woyzeck' follows a soldier experiencing a breakdown under appalling social conditions. This version – directed by Joe Murphy – is an adaptation by multi-talented 'This is England' and 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' scribe Jack Thorne.
The hotly-anticipated new play from Jez Butterworth, 'The Ferryman' is effectively the follow-up proper to his era-defining 'Jerusalem'. Directed by Butterworth's James Bond collaborator Sam Mendes and co-produced by Sonia Friedman, and is already booked for a 16-week West End run immediately after its Court apperance. We don't know a huge amount about the plot, but it's set in rural '80s Ireland, and Paddy Considine stars.
The centrepiece of the National Theatre's 2017 programming is this jaw-dropping looking revival of Tony Kushner's two play epic about the Aids epidemic 'Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes'. Marianne Elliott directs a dream cast of Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, Russell Tovey and James McArdle.
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