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New and limited run five star shows

King Charles III

  • Rated as: 5/5
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‘But now I’ll rise to how things have to be/The Queen is dead, long live the King. That’s me.’So sayeth Charles Windsor at the start of this extraordinary new play from Mike Bartlett.

  1. Almeida Theatre Almeida St, N1 1TA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 31
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A View from the Bridge

  • Rated as: 5/5
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‘Something perversely pure calls to me from his memory,’ says lawyer Alfieri of Eddie, the granite-like Italian-American protagonist of Arthur Miller’s epochal ‘A View from the Bridge’.This purity is is at the heart of revered Belgian director Ivo van Hove’s production:

  1. Young Vic 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Jun 7
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Faust

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Curiously, in a genre that encompasses so many frankly bizarre subjects, Gounod’s operatic setting of Goethe’s ‘Faust’ has been singled out by some as a step too far in reducing a great verse drama to a tawdry bagatelle of hit tunes. However, director David McVicar has created an original, unflinching production (here in its first revival) that is both amusing and uncomfortable viewing, certainly in keeping with ‘Faust’ as a morality tale rather than the intellectual

  1. Royal Opera House Bow St, WC2E 9DD
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Birdland

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 31
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  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH

Handbagged

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Vaudeville Theatre 404 The Strand, WC2R 0NH
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Aug 2
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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Duke of York’s Theatre 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Sep 20
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  1. Sadler's Wells Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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King Lear

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. National Theatre, Lyttelton South Bank, SE1 9PX
  2. Mon Apr 28 - Wed Jul 2
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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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Sep 27
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Never Try This At Home

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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Other Desert Cities

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Old Vic 103 The Cut, Waterloo Rd, SE1 8NB
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 24
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Pests

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun May 4
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A Taste of Honey

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. National Theatre, Lyttelton South Bank, SE1 9PX
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sun May 11
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Urinetown

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. St James Theatre 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 3
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  1. Royal Opera House Bow St, WC2E 9DD
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Thu May 8
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'Tis Pity She's a Whore

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Apr 26
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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. Thu Apr 24 - 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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 16
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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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Aug 23
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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 Wed May 20
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Jersey Boys

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. Piccadilly Theatre 4 Denman Street, W1D 7DY
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Wed Oct 1
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Les Miserables

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Queen’s Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun May 24
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War Horse

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  1. New London Theatre Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. Thu Apr 24 - 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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Jul 26
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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 .