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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Leads July'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 magical mega-hit and musical revivals to plays with strong social resonance, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews...

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany's theatrical behemoth finally opens its doors to reviewers later this month, though with record ticket sales it's the very definition of critic-proof. Jamie Parker and Noma Dumezweni lead the cast, which apparently no longer includes owls...

Currently booking until May 27, 2017

2. Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Artistic director Timothy Sheader helms this anticipated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's indelible rock opera, with choreography from recent Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie. Declan Bennett (who starred in Once) takes the title role, and Tyrone Huntley is Judas.

Until August 27

3. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Pixie Lott hopes to banish all thoughts of Audrey Hepburn as she takes on good-time girl Holly Golightly. Richard Greenberg adapts Truman Capote's tale and Nikolai Foster directs a production that features songs from the era. The company also includes Matt Barber, Naomi Cranston, Joe Bell and Bob the Cat as, well, Cat.

Until September 17

4. The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre

Marking the centenary of the Easter Rising, Howard Davies directs a major revival of Sean O'Casey's landmark play, which examines the lives of Dublin tenement inhabitants against the backdrop of a seismic rebellion. Davies tackled O'Casey's The Silver Tassie in 2014.

Until October 22

5. The Bodyguard, Dominion Theatre

Soul star Beverley Knight - since acclaimed in Memphis the Musical and Cats - returns to the role of Rachel Marron, joined in this run by Ben Richards. Thea Sharrock directs this spectacular adaptation of the Whitney Houston-starring film, featuring many of her greatest hits.

Until January 7, 2017

6. Queens of Syria, Young Vic

A group of female Syrian refugees are given a much-needed voice through their take on Euripides' The Trojan Women, bringing an urgent contemporary resonance to themes of war, exile, oppression and loss. There's also a tour and a West End gala performance on July 24.

Until July 9

7. Into the Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory

Fiasco Theater's acclaimed Off Broadway version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical is stripped down and reimagined, featuring just 10 actors, inventive props and multiple musical instruments. Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld direct actors drawn from the original US cast.

Until September 17

8. Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios

Following a sold-out Theatre503 run, Jon Brittain's thought-provoking, bittersweet comedy - which examines the complexity of gender, sexuality and identity - gets a West End run. Anna Martine, Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Jessica Clark reprise their roles, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain.

Until August 27

9. The Stripper, St James Theatre

Can the Rocky Horror team repeat the magic? Richard Hartley and Richard O'Brien adapt Carter Brown's Pulp Fiction into a madcap, flesh-baring musical whodunit. Benji Sperring directs Gloria Onitiri, Sebastien Torkia, Hannah Grover, Marc Pickering and Michael Steedon.

Until August 13

10. Some Girl(s), Park Theatre

Gary Condes helms this revival of Neil LaBute's darkly comic parable of modern relationships. The play follows Guy as he journeys across America to make amends with old flames before getting married. Carolyn Backhouse, Elly Condron, Roxanne Pallett, Carley Stenson and Charles Dorfman star.

Until August 6



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