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ANGELS IN AMERICA Leads April's Top 10 New London Shows

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a mammoth Tony Kushner revival to an unusual Romeo and Juliet and tap-happy musical, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews...

1. Angels in America, National Theatre

Marianne Elliott has assembled an extraordinary company for this revival of Tony Kushner's epic examination of homosexuality and the 1980s AIDS crisis, including Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. If you're hunting for tickets, try the £20 ballot, day seats or NT Live broadcasts.

11 April-19 August. Book tickets here

2. The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Another starry Albee revival joins Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in the West End. Ian Rickson directs this dark comedy about a family man who reveals shocking desires; Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo, Jason Hughes and Archie Madekwe star. Read our interview with Archie

Until 24 June. Book tickets here

3. Obsession, Barbican

Jude Law headlines Ivo Van Hove's take on the classic Visconti film (inspired by The Postman Always Rings Twice), about a drifter whose passionate affair with a married woman results in murder. It's part of the Barbican residency of van Hove's company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, this production bringing together British and Dutch actors.

19 April-20 May. Book tickets here

4. 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

It's a tap extravaganza as the classic Depression-era backstage musical shuffle ball changes its way onto the vast Drury Lane stage - complete with a veritable army of dancers. Sheena Easton, Clare Halse and Tom Lister star, and Mark Bramble, co-writer of this theatrical version, directs. Read our interview with Tom

Until 6 September. Book tickets here

5. The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios

Simon Callow directs an eclectic ensemble in Christopher Hampton's "bourgeois comedy", a response to Moliere's The Misanthrope set in the bubble of academia. Rather than the usual casting, Callow's skewed towards bright young things, and doubtless hopes new audiences will be lured in by Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie, Matt Berry and Tom Rosenthal.

Until 22 July. Book tickets here

6. Whisper House, The Other Palace

Following opener The Wild Party, next up at this revamped venue is a spooky haunted house rock musical from Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow. Adam Lenson directs Simon Bailey, Nicholas Goh, Simon Lipkin, Niamh Perry and Dianne Pilkington, with thrills and chills coming via ghostly illusions.

6 April-27 May. Book tickets here

7. City of Glass, Lyric Hammersmith

Duncan Macmillan's creative adaptation draws on both Paul Auster's acclaimed detective meta-mystery and the Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli graphic novel version, with spectacular technical wizardry from Leo Warner and 59 Productions. The cast features Mark Edel-Hunt, Jack Tarlton, Chris New and Vivienne Acheampong.

20 April-20 May. Book tickets here

8. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe

The second and final Globe season with Emma Rice at the helm begins with English National Opera's Daniel Kramer tackling the Bard's doomed romance - reportedly in a radical production with strong contemporary resonance. Edward Hogg and Kirsty Bushell lead a cast that includes Golda Rosheuvel, Martina Laird and Ricky Champ.

22 April-9 July. Book tickets here

9. Consent, National Theatre

Nina Raine's provocative new work features two barristers on opposing sides of a rape case, inviting the audience to examine the evidence of their domestic lives as well as the central crime. Roger Michell directs Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Chaplin, Daisy Haggard, Priyanga Burford, Pip Carter, Adam James and Heather Craney.

Until 17 May. Book tickets here

10. Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre

Reopening its doors following major renovation, the Bush now hosts the European premiere of Rajiv Joseph's play about two Taj Mahal guards whose friendship is tested by a gruesome imperial decree. Jamie Lloyd directs Darren Kuppan and Danny Ashok. Read our interview with Rajiv

7 April-20 May. Book tickets here



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