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New and limited run five star shows

King Charles III

  • Rated as: 5/5
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The royal family is a soap opera that the whole nation loves to tune into – even the Scots. And Mike Bartlett’s audacious new comedy imagines their next episode as if it were Will Shakespeare scripting ‘The Thick of It’. Elizabeth II is dead, Charles III finally ascends the throne and promptly clashes with a handsome, populist Labour PM (sorry Ed, his name’s Tristram). Parliament is hellbent on restricting the freedom of the press but, in agonies of conscience, Charles

  1. Wyndham's Theatre Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA
  2. Until Sat Jan 31
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New and limited run shows

Tree

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Old Vic 103 The Cut, Waterloo Rd, SE1 8NB
  2. Until Sun Feb 22
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The Railway Children

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. King's Cross Theatre King's Cross, N1C
  2. Until Sun Sep 6
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Bull

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Until Sat Feb 14
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Bat Boy: The Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Southwark Playhouse Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD
  2. Until Sat Jan 31
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Othello

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King St, W6 0QL
  2. Until Sat Feb 7
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Assassins

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Menier Chocolate Factory 53 Southwark St, SE1 1RU
  2. Until Sat Mar 7
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Cindermouse

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Until Sun Feb 1
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City of Angels

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Donmar Warehouse 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX
  2. Until Sat Feb 7
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Golem

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Until Sat Jan 31
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Grimm Tales

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, SE1 9PH
  2. Until Sat Apr 11
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Jabberwocky

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Until Sun Feb 1
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Made In Dagenham

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Adelphi Theatre The Strand, WC2R 0NS
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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The Scottsboro Boys

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Garrick Theatre 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
  2. Until Sat Feb 21
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Long-running shows

The 39 Steps

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Criterion Theatre 218-223 Piccadilly, SW1Y 4XA
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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Billy Elliot the Musical

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  1. Victoria Palace Theatre 126 Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA
  2. Until Sat Dec 19
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The Book of Mormon

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Prince of Wales Theatre Coventry St, W1D 6AS
  2. Until Sat Mar 7
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Theatre Royal Drury Lane Catherine St, WC2B 5JF
  2. Until Sat Oct 31
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  1. Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
  2. Until Thu Oct 22
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Jersey Boys

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. Piccadilly Theatre 4 Denman Street, W1D 7DY
  2. Until Sun Oct 25
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Les Miserables

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Queen’s Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA
  2. Until Sat Sep 26
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Made In Dagenham

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Adelphi Theatre The Strand, WC2R 0NS
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Until Sun Dec 20
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War Horse

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  1. New London Theatre Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. Until Sat Oct 24
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The Woman in Black

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Fortune Theatre Russell Street, WC2B 5HH
  2. Until Sat Jul 25
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Brian M
Brian M

Othello - Malachite Theatre Company - St Leonard's Church (Shoreditch) 

Excellent performances by Danielle Larose, Jude Owusu and Martin Coat as the three main characters of this folio version of Othello,Taking an Elizabethan (the first!) version of the play as a starting point, this production is brilliantly paced and brings out subtleties I had not seen before.Owusu plays Othello steeped in jealousy and confusion rather than with power and anger, Coat plays Iago with cunning and yet with some vulnerability. Larose's Desdemona is no passive victim.All in all, another brilliant performance by the Malachite's.Go see it.

Ninhom Passmore
Ninhom Passmore

Billy Elliet the Musical is brilliant awesome production. I was totally captivated. Will watch again, if chance is permitted.

Peter Lindley
Peter Lindley

W.E.B Bois: A Man for All Times until 1st September at the Victoria and Albert Museum, book online or call 0207 942 2211. Sometimes people can only hear your colour." A line from the powerful and intensely moving story of W.E.B. Du Bois, 1868 to 1963, American Civil Rights Leader and Activist who devoted his life to the strggle for equality by Afro-American people told in Brian Richardson's one man show. It runs until 1st September - get a ticket if you can before they sell out. It's difficult to overstate the importance and impact of this play. It's what theatre is all about. It's moving, informative, tender, funny, and at times truly terrifying. In a masterful demonstration of acting Brian Richardson is Dr W.E.B. Du Bois. His portrayal of the final days of the 93 year old Dr. Bois in the last scene of the play is stunning. I was so immersed in his performance I had to stop myself from offering him a helping hand as he shook and struggled to reach his seat. I don't mind admitting that I cried for him and for the terrible injustices imposed on his fellow Americans by white folk. However, I left the theatre elated that I had seen something very special indeed determined to learn more about Dr Du Bois and the American Civil Rights movement. Dr Du Bois died on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream..." speech, exiled in Ghana on 27 August 1963 only a year before the reforms he fought for became enshrined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

phil
phil

I thought Ghost Stories was awesoem, but since its not on anymore, its rather academic.

Dara
Dara

Ghost Stories was the worst 'thing' I have ever witnessed. Yours sincerely, An ambulance driver

lynne
lynne

arriving may 2012

marlene Dodes-Callahan
marlene Dodes-Callahan

Who reviewed Ghost Sories.? On your recommendation, of four stars, I expected something more professional, engaging, thoughtful than this What a waste of time and money .