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I Loved Lucy

…And the sound of his own voice, apparently.  Billed as a look at the undeniably fascinating actress and comic Lucille Ball from the rare vantage point that author Lee Tannen held as her friend and confidant…

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Jermyn Street Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Saturday February 27 2016

Battlefield

British director Peter Brook is arguably the spiritual father of the Young Vic…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday February 27 2016

Weald

In his programme notes for ‘Weald’, playwright Daniel Foxsmith cites an appalling statistic…

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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

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

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

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

L'Étoile

It's probably something of an indictment when the best bits of an opera aren't original but added by its director. Such is the case with Mariame Clément’s production of ‘L’étoile’ (The Star) by late-nineteenth-century French composer Emmanuel Chabrier…

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Monday February 15 2016 - Wednesday February 24 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 Until Wednesday May 18 2016

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, won its writer David Lindsay-Abaire a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman in 2010…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday March 5 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

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

The Winter's Tale

When it comes to jealousy, Shakespeare basically wrote the book: he coined the phrase the ‘green-eyed monster’ to describe Othello’s paranoid frenzy…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Friday April 22 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…

Read more
National Theatre , South Bank 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 Until Wednesday May 18 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

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
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