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Jungle Book

I’m lost in the jungle. Metta Theatre have shifted Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s story onto the streets of London…

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London Wonderground , South Bank Until Sunday August 28 2016

Groundhog Day

‘Groundhog Day’, Tim Minchin’s adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray classic, is a musical about repetition…

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday September 17 2016

Allegro

‘Allegro’, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein has never been staged in Europe before, despite being the work of the same guys who brought us ‘South Pacific’, ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘The Sound of Music’…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday September 10 2016

The Collector

John Fowles’s 1963 novel ‘The Collector’ is one of those stories that feels gift-wrapped for theatre directors…

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Sunday August 28 2016

Yerma

Recommended

As swearwords fly and Billie Piper strides through a cream-carpeted loft, it’s hard to believe we’re watching Lorca’s 1934 play ‘Yerma…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday September 10 2016

The Secret Garden

P2P productions used a huge rotating cast of children for their production of Annie Junior last year – and they’re up to same tricks with The Secret Garden…

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Ambassadors Theatre , Covent Garden Friday August 26 2016 - Wednesday August 31 2016

Allegro

‘Allegro’, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein has never been staged in Europe before, despite being the work of the same guys who brought us ‘South Pacific’, ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘The Sound of Music’…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday September 10 2016

Groundhog Day

‘Groundhog Day’, Tim Minchin’s adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray classic, is a musical about repetition…

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday September 17 2016

The Secret Garden

P2P productions used a huge rotating cast of children for their production of Annie Junior last year – and they’re up to same tricks with The Secret Garden…

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Ambassadors Theatre , Covent Garden Friday August 26 2016 - Wednesday August 31 2016

Yerma

Recommended

As swearwords fly and Billie Piper strides through a cream-carpeted loft, it’s hard to believe we’re watching Lorca’s 1934 play ‘Yerma’, a story about a farmer’s wife broken by her longing for a child…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday September 10 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Recommended

In the unlikely event you were worried a leap to the stage for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series would result in it becoming aggressively highbrow, self-consciously arty or grindingly bereft of magical high jinks, just chill the hell out, muggle…

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Palace Theatre , Soho Until Sunday December 10 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar

Recommended

One of the many contradictions that underpin the life and career of Andrew Lloyd Webber is that his musical about Jesus is about a gazillion times more fun than his musical about cats…

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Until Saturday August 27 2016

Into the Woods

Recommended

Maybe it’s these troubled times we’re living in, but my immediate thought upon watching this transferring revival of Sondheim’s classic Brothers Grimm pastiche ‘Into the Woods’ from US company Fiasco Theater was: well this is a fine Marxist critique of the selfishness of late capitalist society…

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Menier Chocolate Factory , Southwark Until Saturday September 17 2016

The Truth

This is the third play by the dazzling young French playwright Florian Zeller (‘The Father’, ‘The Mother’) to be staged in London in less than two years – and the third to be translated by British writer Christopher Hampton...

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday September 3 2016

The Deep Blue Sea

Recommended

Terence Rattigan’s rehabilitation from ‘Noël Coward’s cheesy mate’ to ‘the English Chekhov’ started on the Lyttelton stage with the NT’s devastating, Cumberbatch-starring 2010 production of ‘After the Dance’…

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National Theatre, Lyttelton , South Bank Monday August 29 2016 - Wednesday September 21 2016

The Threepenny Opera

Recommended

This is a bit more bloody like it. For me, the only blot on the record of new-ish National Theatre boss Rufus Norris is the disproportionate amount of his first year spent tinkering with Damon Albarn’s not-very-good musical ‘Wonder.land’…

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National Theatre, Olivier , South Bank Until Saturday October 1 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Recommended

‘Did Emma Rice send you?’ spits Lucy Thackeray’s Tina Quince as Margaret Ann Bain’s Philostrate tries to confiscate her tambourine. ‘I’ll have you know this was given to me by Mark Rylance’. For all the blithe interviews in which new Globe boss Rice – the theatre’s third leader after Rylance and Dominic Dromgoole – has said how little she knows about Shakespeare, let’s make one thing clear: she knows exactly what she’s doing…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday September 11 2016

Show Boat

Recommended

They really don’t make ‘em like this anymore: this marvellous production of one of the all-time great musicals – already festooned in praise from a run at the resurgent Sheffield Crucible – feels like a strangely brave choice to put in the West End of 2016…

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New London Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 27 2016

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