London’s most anticipated openings: 6–12 August

Here’s our Monday digest of the new shows our users are most excited to see:

1. Emilia

Runs from 10 August until 1 September 2018 at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Men, who forgetting they were born of women, nourished of women, and if they were not of the means of women, they would be quite extinguished out of the world, and a final end of them all; do like vipers deface the wombs wherein they were bred.’

In 1611 Emilia Bassano penned these words to her ‘Vertuous Reader’, as part of a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. The little we know of Emilia Bassano is restricted to the possibility that she may have been the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets — and the rest of Her Story has been erased by History.

Commissioned specifically for Shakespeare’s Globe, and with an all-female cast, this world premiere will reveal the life of Emilia: poet, mother and feminist.

2. Greek

Runs from 8 August until 18 August 2018 at the Arcola.

Part of the esteemed Grimeborn Festival, Greek is a riotous, contemporary retelling of the Oedipus myth, based on the verse play by Steven Berkoff.

Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore’s groundbreaking and radical work sent shockwaves through the opera world when it premiered in 1988. 30 years on, director Jonathan Moore is bringing it back.

3. Homos, Or Everyone in America

Runs from 7 August until 1 September 2018 at the Finborough Theatre.

Equality is here — now what? In a supposedly ‘post-gay’ America on the brink of passing marriage equality, a first date at a New York bar starts two men on a fearless, funny and fragmented journey leading up to a historic moment of change.

4. The Mae Martin Experiment

Runs from 6 August until 11 August 2018 at the Soho Theatre.

2018 Chortle Award winner and star of BBC Radio Four Mae Martin builds an improvised hour of stand-up based on the audience’s suggestions

5. Spiral

Runs from 7 August until 1 September 2018 at the Park Theatre.

London. 2018. A bedsit. A young woman in trouble. A bridge. A missing teenager — and parents searching for answers.