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The Fix

As American political affairs increasingly feel like someone’s lost control of a script, this revival of director Michael Strassen’s production of ‘The Fix’ feels timely…

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Union Theatre , Southwark Until Saturday August 6 2016

Stalking the Bogeyman

Stories of child abuse have become depressingly commonplace in our news and drama. In fact they have permeated our culture to such a degree that it’s easy to feel numb to their horrors:

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday August 6 2016

The Trial of Jane Fonda

Celebrities and protest make for an icky mix – just think of Bob Geldof playing with boats on the Thames in the week before the EU referendum or Sean Penn’s various awkward interventions around the globe…

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Park Theatre , Finsbury Park Until Saturday August 20 2016

The Stripper

Was she pushed, did she jump, or did she fall? This is what we’re in the studio space of the St. James Theatre to find out, in this incredibly silly show…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday August 13 2016

Impossible

No doubt magic has come a long way since the days when Copperfield and Daniels were household names, but there’s little in the way of supporting evidence in this behind-the-times hodgepodge of spectacle and trickery…

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 27 2016

Into the Woods

Critics' choice

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 Kreutzer Sonata

Marriage is whoredom with a license’. What made Tolstoy’s 1889 novella ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ so shocking the first time round was its punchy disdain for established institutions…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Saturday July 23 2016

American Idiot

Watching clips of George Bush and his War On Terror give way to the opening power chords of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ makes 2004 feel an awfully long time ago…

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Arts Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday September 25 2016

Guys and Dolls

Critics' choice

Hollywood comedian Rebel Wilson is a slightly random but certainly not unwelcome addition to the cast of the West End's 'Guys and Dolls'…

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Phoenix Theatre , Covent Garden Until Sunday October 30 2016

Impossible

No doubt magic has come a long way since the days when Copperfield and Daniels were household names, but there’s little in the way of supporting evidence in this behind-the-times hodgepodge of spectacle and trickery…

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 27 2016

Into the Woods

Critics' choice

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 Kreutzer Sonata

Marriage is whoredom with a licence.’ What made Tolstoy’s 1889 novella ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ so shocking originally was its punchy disdain for established institutions, and its open discussion of sex and prostitution…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Saturday July 23 2016

Shangri-La

This one goes out to all the braggers who ‘did’ the Himalayas on their gap years. Oxford historian Amy Ng pits east against west in her first full-length play, questioning the way people buy and sell authenticity on their travels…

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Finborough Theatre , West Brompton Until Saturday August 6 2016

Stalking the Bogeyman

Stories of child abuse have become depressingly commonplace in our news and drama. In fact they have permeated our culture to such a degree that it’s easy to feel numb to their horrors…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday August 6 2016

The Stripper

Was she pushed, did she jump, or did she fall? This is what we’re in the studio space of the St. James Theatre to find out, in this incredibly silly show…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday August 13 2016

The Trial of Jane Fonda

Celebrities and protest make for an icky mix – just think of Bob Geldof playing with boats on the Thames in the week before the EU referendum or Sean Penn’s various awkward interventions around the globe…

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Park Theatre , Finsbury Park Until Saturday August 20 2016

Unreachable

Critics' choice

Smith, the star of Anthony Neilson's new play 'Unreachable', has described it as 'career suicide'. Presumably he was joking, but word from early previews suggested he wasn't wrong…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday August 6 2016

Unreachable

Critics' choice

Interview: Matt Smith on Brexit, Radiohead, and 'career suicide' Matt Smith, the star of Anthony Neilson's new play 'Unreachable', has described it as 'career suicide'…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday August 6 2016

Into the Woods

Critics' choice

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

Faith Healer

Critics' choice

Brian Friel’s masterpiece about a man with an unreliable gift was once called a ‘non-play’. It’s not the sexiest poster quote, but you get what the critic meant...

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Donmar Warehouse , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 20 2016

Boys Will Be Boys

Critics' choice

Smoky cabaret clubs are made for transgression: through the fug of smoke and darkness, who can tell who's playing by the rules…

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Bush Hall , Shepherd's Bush Until Saturday July 30 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

Titanic

Critics' choice

I think it’s probably fair to say that the last time I was on the verge of tears at the Charing Cross Theatre, it was because I was really sad that I was in the Charing Cross Theatre…

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Charing Cross Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 6 2016

The Deep Blue Sea

Critics' choice

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 , South Bank Friday July 29 2016 - Wednesday August 17 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

Critics' choice

You may have heard of William Shakespeare, he’s quite famous. But does that mean we should stick his plays on stages in 2016 even if they are sexist relics? 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Monday July 25 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016

Cuttin' It

Critics' choice

There’s something off-puttingly literal in calling a play about female genital mutilation ‘Cuttin’ It’…

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The Yard Theatre , Hackney Wick Tuesday July 26 2016 - Saturday July 30 2016

The Threepenny Opera

Critics' choice

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

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