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GROUNDHOG DAY Leads August'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 the new Groundhog Day musical and Shakespeare in a department store to a highly anticipated Branagh performance, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews...

1. Groundhog Day, Old Vic

Can the dream team repeat history? Tim Minchin, Matthew Warchus, Peter Darling and Rob Howell, the creative forces behind smash hit Matilda the Musical, have reunited for this new musical version of the Bill Murray-led movie. Danny Rubin supplies the book, and Andy Karl, Carlyss Peer and Eugene McCoy star.

Until September 17

2. The Entertainer, Garrick Theatre

Kenneth Branagh steps into Sir Laurence Olivier's shoes, once again, as he takes on the iconic role of music hall performer Archie Rice in John Osborne's play. The cast also features Greta Scacchi, Sophie McShera, Phil Dunster and Gawn Grainger, directed by Rob Ashford.

August 20-November 12

3. Yerma, Young Vic

Australian iconoclast Simon Stone promises a bold new take on Lorca's tragic study of a woman driven to despair by her inability to have children. Billie Piper leads, along with Brendan Cowell, Maureen Beattie, Charlotte Randle, John MacMillan and Thealissa Teixeira. Read Brendan Cowell's blog here

Until September 24

4. Allegro, Southwark Playhouse

Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1947 musical finally receives its European premiere, courtesy of Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento - the successful duo behind the recent Titanic, Grey Gardens and Grand Hotel. The cast features Gary Tushaw, Katie Bernstein, Emily Bull, David Delve, Julia J Nagle, Dylan Turner, Susan Travers and Steve Watts.

August 5-September 10

5. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre

Following a storming Edinburgh Fringe run and UK tour, Lee Hall's adaptation of Alan Warner's The Sopranos - telling the story of six teenage choristers on the rampage - arrives in London. Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone is at the helm, with music arranged and supervised by Martin Lowe (Once).

August 8-October 1

6. 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Shakespeare's Globe

Kneehigh's lauded, tragicomic adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novella features music (Stu Barker), dancing and puppetry to help illuminate a forgotten story: American soldiers descending on Devon in 1944, and subsequently killed during rehearsals for the D-Day landings. Globe head Emma Rice directs.

August 11-September 11

7. They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre

Adam Brace's provocative new play features a well-meaning Brit trying to organise a festival to raise awareness of war in the Congo. Michael Longhurst directs Kirsty Besterman, Fiona Button, Richie Campbell, Sidney Cole, Tosin Cole, Roger Evans, Richard Goulding, Joan Iyiola, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Pamela Nomvete, Richard Pepple and Sule Rimi.

August 12-October 1

8. The Secret Garden, Ambassadors Theatre

Over 300 young performers make their West End debut in this family-friendly Spring Version musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved book. Music from Lucy Simon, book Marsha Norman, choreography Jamie Neale and musical direction Richard Baker. Read director Ruperts Hands' blog here

Until August 31

9. Much Ado About Nothing, The reFASHIONed Theatre, Selfridges

Even those who've had their fill of Shakespeare this year might be tempted by the prospect of drama in a department store. As well as the pop-up production, by company The Faction, there'll be special musical acts, a sneak peek at development and rehearsals, and workshops from RADA.

Until September 24 (performances from August 23)

10. Unfaithful, Found111

The latest visitors to London's hippest - and cosiest - new pop-up venue are Niamh Cusack, Sean Campion, Ruta Gedmintas and Harry Potter alum Matthew Lewis. Adam Penford directs them in Owen McCafferty's blackly comic new play about what it means to be lovers, partners and people.

August 25-October 8

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

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