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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

When Welsh rugby captain Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas’ came out in 2009 it was one of very few cases ever of a top-drawer sportsman admitting to being gay…

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Arcola Theatre Until Saturday June 20 2015

The One Day of the Year

For the characters in Alan Seymour’s 1958 Australian play, the titular day is one where Antipodeans have the most monumental of piss-ups in the name of an honourable cause

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Finborough Theatre Until Saturday June 13 2015

Peter Pan

Critics' choice

Obviously it's presumptuous of me to say that Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s jaw-dropping outdoor production is the best ‘Peter Pan’ ever staged.But screw it: the fact is that Barrie’s story has proven far more enduring than the 1904 play that spawned it – surely if there had been another stage account of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up this good, it’d be better known

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Until Sunday June 14 2015

Sense of an Ending

‘Sense of an Ending’ is so intense that, in between each scene, you can hear the audience gulp for air.  We are in Rwanda, where New York Times journalist Paul has come to interview two Hutu nuns who have been charged with war crimes, carried out during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Theatre 503 Until Saturday June 6 2015

As You Like It

There’s plenty to like and a few things not to in this respectful reading of Shakespeare’s pastoral romcom, to which perennial rising star director Blanche McIntyre brings lots of neat little ideas but not much overarching vision.

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Shakespeare's Globe Until Saturday September 5 2015

Hurling Rubble at the Moon & Sun

This new double bill from Red Ladder Theatre Company provides a troubling perspective on London’s 7/7 attacks, with two portraits of young men: one Asian, one white, both of whom commit hate crimes.

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Park Theatre Until Saturday June 6 2015

World Factory

You might have played this game at school: you’re split across separate tables and given a country to run, or a business – or, in this case, a factory. You have to make tough decisions with your budget, with your wages, balancing employee satisfaction against the cold bottom line.

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Young Vic Until Saturday June 6 2015

Klippies

Jessica Siân’s new play is a beautifully wrought coming of age drama with a difference.

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Southwark Playhouse Until Saturday June 6 2015

The Flannelettes

After delighting audiences with his joyous hit ‘The Glee Club’ in 2002, Richard Cameron is back with something much darker.

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King's Head Theatre Until Saturday June 6 2015

High Society

You’re probably on a hiding to nothing trying to perform Marxist analysis on Kevin Spacey’s final shows as Old Vic artistic director. Still, after assiduously courting corporate sponsorship during his reign, it was fascinating to watch him lambast the one percent with his acting swansong ‘Clarence Darrow’, and it’s equally notable that ‘High Society’ – his final piece of programming – unabashedly celebrates them.

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Old Vic Until Saturday August 22 2015

High Society

You’re probably on a hiding to nothing trying to perform Marxist analysis on Kevin Spacey’s final shows as Old Vic artistic director. Still, after assiduously courting corporate sponsorship during his reign, it was fascinating to watch him lambast the one percent with his acting swansong ‘Clarence Darrow’, and it’s equally notable that ‘High Society’ – his final piece of programming – unabashedly celebrates them.

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Old Vic Until Saturday August 22 2015

Beyond Bollywood

Another season, another spangly dance extravaganza. And this one, on paper at least, has an impressive pedigree: the composers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant – the brothers behind the musical ‘The Merchants of Bollywood’, seen frequently in London since 2010 – and the acclaimed Indian choreographer and director Rajeev Goswami.

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London Palladium Until Saturday June 27 2015

Communicating Doors

Prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn is good at making the batshit crazy feel fairly normal. His many plays have featured robots, people who’ve had their heads attached to the wrong bodies, a family living on a double decker bus and a show that takes place on an actual boat that has to be floated in the theatre on actual water.

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Menier Chocolate Factory Until Saturday June 27 2015

Death of a Salesman

Critics' choice

Theatre hipsters who view the RSC as irredeemably square might roll their eyes at the prospect of artistic director Gregory Doran’s trad revival of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’, which must inevitably suffer some comparisons to the last Miller in the West End – Ivo van Hove’s Olivier-winning avant-garde ‘A View from the Bridge’, a show that would scarcely have attracted more acclaim if it had managed to keep the Tories out.

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Noël Coward Theatre Until Saturday July 18 2015

The Father

Critics' choice

It’s only at the end of Florian Zeller’s clever, unsettling play that we really understand what is going on. Which is entirely intentional: the French playwright places his audience in the same position as his protagonist, a father called Andre, who is increasingly confused about who the people that keep appearing in his life really are.

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Tricycle Until Saturday June 13 2015

Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone

What a quiet, restrained and gently devastating piece this is! ‘Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone’ is an exquisitely constructed two-hander, in which two male actors play a mother and daughter.

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Camden People's Theatre Until Sunday May 31 2015

Hay Fever

You could argue that the dreadful, self-consciously bohemian Bliss family at the heart of ‘Hay Fever’ are a little like the Kardashians. There’s no such thing as ‘offstage’ in their world. But that’s the most modern parallel you could draw from this creaky revival of Noël Coward’s 1925 comedy of manners about an ex-actress incapable of sharing the limelight.

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Duke of York’s Theatre Until Saturday August 1 2015

The Pirates of Penzance

In keeping with English National Opera tradition, film director Mike Leigh is a big name draw to this production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved operetta. His filmic homage to the pair in ‘Topsy Turvy’ indicates him as obvious casting. Curiously, however, his contribution is the least commendable aspect of this overly respectful and rather static production.

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London Coliseum Friday May 29 2015 - Saturday July 4 2015

Bugsy Malone

While it is a truth universally acknowledged that anybody who doesn’t like ‘Bugsy Malone’ is a dangerous weirdo who needs to be silenced (or at least splurged to buggery), you can also see why creator Alan Parker has mostly refused to reciprocate the love for his 1976 kiddie-gangster musical film by allowing professional stage productions.The temptation is to be twee.

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Lyric Hammersmith Until Saturday September 5 2015

Woolf Works

Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor’s first full-length piece for the company is nothing if not ambitious. ‘Woolf Works’ offers a dance interpretation of three key novels by literary giant Virginia Woolf. It’s not an unqualified success, but it’s far and away the most exciting thing McGregor has brought to the Covent Garden stage in a long while.‘I Now, I Then’, inspired by ‘Mrs Dalloway’, is the most lyrical section.

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Royal Opera House Tuesday May 26 2015

Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone

What a quiet, restrained and gently devastating piece this is! ‘Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone’ is an exquisitely constructed two-hander, in which two male actors play a mother and daughter. S

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Camden People's Theatre Until Sunday May 31 2015
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