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Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

Iphigenia in Splott

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The most harrowing thing on the London stage last year was the bit in the Almeida’s ‘Oresteia’ that covered the myth of Iphigenia, the little girl sacrificed by her father to appease the Greek gods…

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National Theatre , South Bank Until Saturday February 20 2016

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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On the off chance you’ve managed to maintain such a sunny view of humanity that you thought the snubbing of black artists at this year’s Oscars was a rare low point for America’s otherwise egalitarian entertainment industry, then do come and have your illusions shattered by the NT's superb, supernaturally well-timed revival of August Wilson’s 1984 play…

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National Theatre , South Bank Until Wednesday May 18 2016

Red Velvet

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As the diversity debate sparked by this year’s Oscars shortlist rages and people scrutinise the ignoble (and continuing) history of white actors cast in non-white roles, this revival of Lolita Chakrabarti’s ‘Red Velvet’ – based on real events – comes at just the right moment…

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Garrick Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday February 27 2016

Escaped Alone

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Four oldish women sit serenely in a garden, drinking tea and chatting. Lots of idle chit-chat, lots of gossip about friends and family, lots about each other – their pasts, their fears…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday March 12 2016
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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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Ooh la la! Christopher Hampton’s 1980s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s 1782 novel about jaded French aristocrats getting all voulez-vous coucher avec moi is more celebrated than performed these days…

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Donmar Warehouse , Covent Garden Until Saturday February 13 2016

The Mother

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The strength of this play lies less in what it says, and more in how it gets there…

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Tricycle , Kilburn Until Saturday March 12 2016
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Bend It Like Beckham

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Like the England mens’ team at their very best, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ – the West End’s latest musical adaptation of a hit Britflick – is about 50 percent nervously wondering where this is all going, and 50 percent pure euphoria. And that’ll do me.Moans first: it starts slowly, and the songs are so-so. Composer Howard Goodall is revered in musical nerd circles for his skill and subtlety, but the man doesn’t do catchy.

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Phoenix Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday March 5 2016

Billy Elliot the Musical

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Current cast features Harris Beattie, Harrison Dowzel, Redmand Rance and Kaine Ward as Billy. Six years after it first stamped, swore, and pirouetted into audiences' hearts, 'Billy Elliot the Musical' continues to mark itself out as one of the best nights in town. Both as tough as a miner's fist after a Friday night booze-up and as soaringly sensitive as one of Tchaikovsky's swans, it's a gritty story of hope that works its magic by defying sentimentality and slaying stereotypes.

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Victoria Palace Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday April 9 2016

The Book of Mormon

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Brace yourself for a shock: ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway-munching musical is not particularly shocking. Sure, there are ‘fucks’ and ‘cunts’ and gags about baby rape – but beneath it all, this is a big-hearted affair that pays note-perfect homage to the spirit of Broadway’s golden age as much as the sounds. The strapping young Latter Day Saints missionaries in ‘The Book of Mormon’ are as cartoonish as any ‘South Park’ character, with the endearing alpha-male woodenness of the ‘Team America’ puppets.

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Prince of Wales Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday April 30 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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A luminous roller-coaster ride of colour, spectacle and fantastical happenings, Sam Mendes’s stage version of Roald Dahl’s adored children’s book is still as entertaining as ever, two years and a couple of casts down the line. And though a lot of that comes down to the show’s garishly-hued stage tricks, it’s also due to the main attraction.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Until Saturday December 3 2016

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Three theatres, three casts, one major disaster and seven Olivier Awards on, the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about Christopher Boone, the teenage ‘mathematician with some behavioural difficulties’ remains a thing of unbridled wonder.The occasion for this re-review is the end of the enforced layoff inflicted upon ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. The show figuratively blew the roof off when it transferred from the NT to the Apollo Theatre, but unfortunately the ageing ceiling responded by literally collapsing, necessitating a change of venue and months off.

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Until Saturday October 29 2016

Escaped Alone

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Four oldish women sit serenely in a garden, drinking tea and chatting. Lots of idle chit-chat, lots of gossip about friends and family, lots about each other – their pasts, their fears…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday March 12 2016

Guys and Dolls

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Frank Loesser’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ is routinely referred to as the greatest musical of all time, which is, frankly, a heckuva lot to live up to…

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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Until Sunday October 30 2016

Hangmen

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This autumn the Royal Court premiered British-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s first play in London for over 10 years. Now transferred to the West End with most of the original cast in tact (but minus Reece Shearsmith), ‘Hangmen’ is a wry, late 1960s-set black comedy about a retired executioner, Harry Wade (played by David Morrissey and presumably named after real-life hangmen Harry Allen and Stephen Wade), that unfolds in the smoky lung of a Manchester pub run by this dour, upright local celebrity…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday March 5 2016

The Homecoming

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The plays of Harold Pinter are famous for their unsettling pauses, but Jamie Lloyd’s fiftieth anniversary revival of ‘The Homecoming’ is as notable for its sound and fury as its silences…

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Trafalgar Studios , Whitehall Until Saturday February 13 2016

In the Heights

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A rap-meets-salsa musical set in the Latino community of Manhattan’s Washington Heights, it remains as colourful, refreshing and full of Puerto Rican zing as a frozen fruit Piragua slurped between lovers on the sidewalk.

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Thursday February 11 2016 - Sunday April 10 2016
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