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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

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Life of Galileo

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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.

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Young Vic , Southwark Tuesday May 30 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017
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6

Killology

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. 

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Tuesday May 30 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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.

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Donmar Warehouse , Covent Garden Monday May 29 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017
4

Twelfth Night

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.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Monday May 29 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017
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3

Woyzeck

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. 

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Old Vic , Southwark Monday May 29 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017
2

The Ferryman

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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.

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Tuesday June 20 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017
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Angels in America

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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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National Theatre , South Bank Monday May 29 2017 - Saturday August 19 2017
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Michael M
Michael M

Rules For Living at National

I saw this play at a preview and wished I had not bothered.  Very lazy writing: Alan Ayckbourn light; I did not think you could get lighter, and precious few laughs.  Acting good

quizans62
quizans62

Brad Zimmerman will be your server in "My Son the Waiter — A Jewish Tragedy" at the Scherr Forum Theatre, "Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera" http://quizans.com

dodie Thomas
dodie Thomas

went to see ' Jeeves & Wooster ' at the Duke of Yorks , but felt it went on too long although it did keep us out of the rain for a few hours ! the best thing was Steven Mangan's interpretation of silly muddle headed Wooster, and he does have a great face for comedy ! oh well . . .