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Rabbit Hole

This play about a comfortable young couple trying to keep their heads above water in the wake of losing a child was revered on Broadway in 2006…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday March 5 2016

The Master Builder

Ralph Fiennes has got some nads: most stars of his level go out of their way to appear in what one might loosely call popular plays that people enjoy, but not Fiennesy…

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday March 19 2016

Weald

In his programme notes for ‘Weald’, playwright Daniel Foxsmith cites an appalling statistic: in 2014 alone, there were over 4,600 cases of male suicide in the UK…

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Finborough Theatre , West Brompton Until Saturday February 27 2016

Jeepers Creepers

If you didn’t know who Marty Feldman was before watching biographical play ‘Jeepers Creepers’, you’d still be clueless about the ’70s comedian at the end…

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Until Saturday February 20 2016

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Critics' choice

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 Wednesday February 10 2016 - Wednesday May 18 2016

L'Étoile

It's probably an indictment when the best bits of an opera aren't original but added by its director…

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Until Wednesday February 24 2016

Red Velvet

Critics' choice

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

Iphigenia in Splott

Critics' choice

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

Goodnight Mister Tom

Now almost as grizzled as its eponymous grump-with-a-heart-of-gold protagonist, Chichester Festival Theatre’s ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ is back in the West End for its umpteenth season.…

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Duke of York’s Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday February 20 2016

Escaped Alone

Critics' choice

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

Minotaur

A huge, human sadness skulks at the centre of one of the most memorable Greek myths, retold here for younger audiences by Adam Peck…

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Saturday April 2 2016

The Mother

Critics' choice

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

Pink Mist

'Pinkk mist’ is, apparently, a fairly literal description of what’s left behind when a soldier gets vaporized by high explosives. As a turn of phrase it’s both upsetting and poetic, something that could be said about Owen Sheers’s bombastic war play of the same name…

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Until Saturday February 13 2016

Yen

Critics' choice

How do you get under the skin of a broken family? Anna Jordan’s completely devastating, Bruntwood Prize-winning play is a masterclass in doing just that…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday February 13 2016

Red Velvet

Critics' choice

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

Critics' choice

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

The Mother

Critics' choice

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

Yen

Critics' choice

How do you get under the skin of a broken family? Anna Jordan’s completely devastating, Bruntwood Prize-winning play is a masterclass in doing just that…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday February 13 2016

Botallack O'Clock

Critics' choice

This review is of the production's 2011 run. It returns for 2016 with Dan Frost again playing Roger Hilton…

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Saturday February 6 2016

Guys and Dolls

Critics' choice

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

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Critics' choice

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

Pericles

Critics' choice

What do you give audiences? More! ‘Pericles’, Shakespeare’s Jacobean late ‘romance’, is absurdly packed, plot-wise…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Sunday February 21 2016 - Thursday April 21 2016

The Homecoming

Critics' choice

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
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