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Regeneration
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New this week Regeneration
Opens: 29/09/2014 Closes: 29/11/2014 UK Tour
One of the most acclaimed contemporary responses to WW1, Pat Barker’s 1990 Booker-nominated novel – the first in a trilogy – receives a timely adaptation for the stage by Olivier-winning Nicholas Wright. The horrors of the front line are a literally distant but psychologically omnipresent concern for patients at Craiglockhart War Hosptial – Siegfried Sassoon among them – where Dr Rivers is conducting experiments into shell shock.  
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Speed-the-Plow
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Speed-the-Plow
Opens: 24/09/2014 Closes: 29/10/2014 Playhouse Theatre, London
Lindsay Lohan, yes Lindsay Lohan, makes her stage debut in David Mamet's Hollywood satire. She plays Karen, (Madonna's part in the play's 1988 debut), a secretary who persuades a film producer to dump his film idea for a sure-fire commercial hit. If it's hard to fathom Lohan making rehearsals, let alone live shows, note that much of her part is comprised of reading aloud from a book.
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Electra
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Electra
Opens: 22/09/2014 Closes: 20/12/2014 Old Vic, London
Tragedy is the air at the Old Vic – not because of any disastrous lack of talent. Ian Rickson, the director behind many a recent stage hit and Kristin Scott Thomas team up for a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles, by classics connoisseur Frank McGuinness. Electra and her brother Orestes seek bloody revenge for the murder of their father.
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The Angry Brigade
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The Angry Brigade
Opens: 18/09/2014 Closes: 25/10/2014 UK tour
British anarchists The Angry Brigade were behind a number of non-fatal bombings in the early 1970s, chiefly targeting homes of Tory MPs. Writer James Graham, who expertly brought to life the machinations of Parliament in the same decade in This House last year, now explores the dissidents who had had it with the establishment, and were doing something about it.
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Dr Scroggy's War
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Dr Scroggy's War
Opens: 12/09/2014 Closes: 10/10/2014 Shakespeare's Globe
After his award-winning hit, Anne Boleyn, Howard Brenton writes another new play for the Globe. A young lieutenant is injured in the trenches and sent to groundbreaking facial reconstructive surgeon, Harold Gillies. Mystery abounds when ‘Doctor Scroggy’ starts appearing on the ward at night, bearing champagne...
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Ballyturk
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Ballyturk
Opens: 11/09/2014 Closes: 11/10/2014 National Theatre, London
Actor Cillian Murphy has done well out of the playwright Enda Walsh, co-writer of Steve McQueen's Hunger and adaptor of Once for the theatre - the latter's violent 1996 debut playDisco Pigs launched both their careers. Murphy joins Stephen Rea in a new, typically off-kilter Walsh piece about madness and storytelling.
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True West
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True West
Opens: 04/09/2014 Closes: 04/10/2014 Tricycle Theatre, London
Stars including Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Malkovich have been drawn to this fierce two-hander, written in 1980 by Sam Shepard (who has apparently seen this revival and loved it). Two brothers, one a Hollywood screenwriter, the other a petty thief with a one-shot idea, gradually turn feral in their mother’s California home. As eviscerations of the American dream go, this one packs a real punch.
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Toast
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Toast
Opens: 01/09/2014 Closes: 21/09/2014 Park Theatre, London
A bread factory is a forum for compelling drama in Richard Bean's breakthrough play. The writer of three major new works this year (Great BritainPitcairn and a new Made in Dagenham musical, with the success of One Man, Two Guvnors still ringing in our ears), Bean crafted this in 1999. Aged 40, he drew on first-hand experience of both bread factories and stand-up.
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Pitcairn
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Pitcairn
Opens: 22/08/2014 Closes: 22/11/2014 Chichester, London and on tour
Writer Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors) looks at the famous 1789 case of mutiny on the Bounty and fraught British colonisation of the Pitcairn Islands. The crew of a navy ship attempts a utopian settlement on islands near Tahiti. What follows is madness, murder and savagery.
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The James Plays
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The James Plays
Opens: 11/08/2014 Closes: 29/10/2014 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh & National Theatre, London
This toothy trilogy by Rona Munro is distanced from the Scottish Independence debate by a few hundred years - it covers the reign of three 15th-century monarchs - but power, identity and Scotland are very much the central themes. With The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl in the strong cast, the shared production is at the English National Theatre from 10 September.    
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