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The Dogs of War

There’s a point in Tim Foley’s new play where you’re suddenly unsure which of the characters is the one cracking up. Mam is bursting into angry tirades and throwing pasta about the place, Dad is the only member of the family anyone in their neighbourhood has seen in the last year (could he actually be living alone?) and Johnny, their student son, can’t see their three dogs and keeps hallucinating that he can see the actual Cleopatra.

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Old Red Lion Theatre Until Saturday June 20 2015

Like Mother, Like Daughter

The saying goes that we daughters all eventually turn into our mums. This subtle, low-key piece created and performed by four mothers and daughters finally proves that cliché to be a load of old cobblers. Created by Complicite’s creative learning department and Why Not Theatre, ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter’ takes the form of a slightly directed informal conversation.

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Battersea Arts Centre Until Saturday June 6 2015

Temple

Fiery canon chancellor Giles Fraser was the churchman made famous by the 2011 Occupy London camp at St Paul’s cathedral, following his principled resignation in protest at Church collusion with the City of London’s eviction of the protesters.But he just gets a supporting role in Steve Waters’s questing new drama, which concerns itself with the less remembered Graeme Knowles, the erstwhile Dean of St Paul’s, who gave in to the City then quit shortly thereafter. I say it’s about them: neither Fraser nor Knowles are named in the script, with the characters played by Simon Russell Beale and Paul Higgins simply referred to as ‘the Dean’ and ‘the Canon Chancellor’.

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Donmar Warehouse Until Saturday July 25 2015

The Harvest

People are a lot like apples. They ripen slowly, bruise easily and it only takes one bad one to turn everything to rot.‘The Harvest’ is a tart little comedy by Belarusian playwright Pavel Pryazhko. It’s deceptively slight – we watch four teenage fruit-pickers at work in an orchard – but an hour later, it ends with a grand turnover

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Soho Theatre Until Saturday June 20 2015

No Feedback

Dr Gregory H Stanton, the founder of Genocide Watch, suggested in a 2013 paper that there are ten stages of genocide, from discrimination through to denial

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Theatre Delicatessen (Farringdon) Until Saturday June 6 2015

The Adventure

Clowns tend to get a bad rap these days, but it’s hard to express quite how grateful I was for the presence of shambolic children’s entertainer Mr Wren in this interactive kids’ adventure from theatre company Bad Physics. With his hacking cough, horrendous interpersonal skills, rubbish sock puppets and complete ineptitude with balloon animals, Nathaniel Tapley’s Wren is a total disaster, failing miserably in his attempt to keep the young audience (ages seven to 13) entertained by regaling them with the story of Noah’s ark in a cramped little locker room backstage at the Lyric.

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Lyric Hammersmith Until Saturday June 6 2015

The Beaux' Stratagem

Does new National Theatre boss Rufus Norris have some dirt on Patrick Marber? Or did comedian-turned-writer Marber have a bit of a wtf-am-I-doing-with-my-life moment after his tweaks to the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ film script were rejected and decide to go on a rebound fling with his old love theatre?Either way, you wait nearly a decade for one new Marber play, and then three turn up in one year, all at the NT, all within a few months of each other.

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National Theatre Wednesday June 3 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

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

As You Like It

There’s plenty to like and a few things not to in this respectful reading of Shakespeare’s pastoral romcom.

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Shakespeare's Globe Until Saturday September 5 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

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

McQueen

You wait all year for a bit of Alexander McQueen based culture to arrive in London, and then three exhibitions and a stage production come at once.

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St James Theatre Until Saturday June 27 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…

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

Sense of an Ending

Critics' choice

‘Sense of an Ending’ is so intense that, in between each scene, you can hear the audience gulp for air.

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Theatre 503 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.

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Young Vic Until Saturday June 6 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

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

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…

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

Sense of an Ending

Critics' choice

‘Sense of an Ending’ is so intense that, in between each scene, you can hear the audience gulp for air

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Theatre 503 Until Saturday June 6 2015
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