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New and limited run five star shows

Briefs: The Second Coming

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Wow. There’s really no other ejaculation worthy of this show. It’s an eye-popping spectacle that is both fabulously sexy and seriously clever. There’s never even a hint of anti-climax. And you’ll definitely leave wanting more, more, more.After wowing the crowds at this year’s Glastonbury, Brisbane’s Briefs boys have brought their deliciously fuck-you swagger to the South Bank. Comprising six Aussies and one New Yorker, ‘The Second Coming’ is like a blazing disco

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 28
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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. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Nov 29
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Forbidden Broadway

  • Rated as: 5/5
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'Forbidden Broadway' transfers from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Vaudeville Theatre from Sep 9. Ripping through audiences for over 30 years, this take-no-prisoners Broadway revue is dangerously funny. Lining up nearly the entirety of the West End’s current offerings in its sights, it delivers hit after hit after hit, until multiple organ failure feels just a punchline away.Originally created by Gerard Alessandrini as a bunch of scribbled travesties, ‘Forbidden

  1. Vaudeville Theatre 404 The Strand, WC2R 0NH
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Nov 22
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New and limited run shows

An Enemy of the People

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Barbican Theatre Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Sep 28
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The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. The Jetty Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0ER
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 28
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Bring Up the Bodies

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Aldwych Theatre 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Oct 4
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Inala

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  1. Sadler's Wells Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 20
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Julius Caesar

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Shakespeare's Globe 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Oct 11
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Let the Right One In

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Apollo Shaftesbury Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
  2. Until Sat Aug 30
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Land of Our Fathers

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  1. Trafalgar Studios 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Oct 4
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My Night With Reg

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Donmar Warehouse 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 27
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My Perfect Mind

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 27
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Richard III

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Trafalgar Studios 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 27
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A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Fri Sep 19
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Wolf Hall

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Aldwych Theatre 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Oct 4
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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. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Oct 18
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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. Wed Sep 17 - 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. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Dec 13
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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. Wed Sep 17 - Sat May 30
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  1. Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat May 23
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Jersey Boys

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. Piccadilly Theatre 4 Denman Street, W1D 7DY
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Feb 15
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Les Miserables

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Queen’s Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Apr 25
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Wed Sep 17 - 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. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Feb 14
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The Woman in Black

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Fortune Theatre Russell Street, WC2B 5HH
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Wed Jun 10
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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 .