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Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’ is a welcome return to the sort of sprawling black American epic we don’t see so much in the Royal Court’s Downstairs theatre now that current boss Vicky Featherstone has gone all avant-garde on our asses…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 22 2016

Good Canary

Hollywood iconoclast John Malkovich makes his London stage directing debut in fine style with a poignant drama from Zach Helm about drug addiction and genius…

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016

No Man's Land

At this stage in their august careers, Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart could pretty much star in any old bollocks and get praised to high heaven…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016

The Greater Game

I am probably going to hell for pointing this out, but ‘The Greater Game’ is a play so derivative that there isn’t strictly speaking any need for it to exist…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 15 2016

Doctor Faustus

Recommended

If you were going to put money sight unseen on which of this year's two major revivals of Kit Marlowe's diabolical tragedy 'Doctor Faustus' was going to be the best, you'd have been brave to put your cash on this one…

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

The Alchemist

Recommended

Idolatrous breeches! Roaring boys! Smock-rampant! Quarrel him out of the house! Even without the famous speeches – the sham spells, the preposterous visions of ever-inflating lust – Ben Jonson’s ‘The Alchemist’ is a treasure trove of sparklingly silly quotes…

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Marvel Universe Live! Super Heroes Assemble

‘Look at you herded into your numbered pews, like lumpish sheep’. The opening line from Loki couldn’t have resonated more after spending £9 on a box of Marvel-embossed popcorn and taking my seat next to a grown man carrying a Wolverine jelly pot…

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Sunday September 25 2016

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

Recommended

Mikey and Casey are stuck. Both in the immediate sense – this play takes place entirely on a rooftop, where they’re hiding from the police after robbing a petrol station – and more generally, in life and by life in the small town of Ennis, Ireland…

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Sunday September 25 2016

Labyrinth

Beth Steel’s newie is a bad bankers epic that pretty much succeeds in having its cake and snorting it…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016

Vanities – The Musical

A talented trio of performers fight admirably to rescue this saccharine and sentimental musical adaptation of Jack Heifner’s 1970s off-Broadway play about three girls from small-town Texas…

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Trafalgar Studios , Whitehall Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Party Trap

Recommended

Thirty-eight minutes. That’s how long it takes for Ross Sutherland’s bamboozling play to pull itself together…

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Shoreditch Town Hall , Shoreditch Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

The Alchemist

Recommended

Idolatrous breeches! Roaring boys! Smock-rampant! Quarrel him out of the house! Even without the famous speeches – the sham spells, the preposterous visions of ever-inflating lust – Ben Jonson’s ‘The Alchemist’ is a treasure trove of sparklingly silly quotes…

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Doctor Faustus

Recommended

If you were going to put money sight unseen on which of this year's two major revivals of Kit Marlowe's diabolical tragedy 'Doctor Faustus' was going to be the best, you'd have been brave to put your cash on this one…

Read more
Barbican Theatre , Barbican Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

Recommended

Mikey and Casey are stuck. Both in the immediate sense – this play takes place entirely on a rooftop, where they’re hiding from the police after robbing a petrol station – and more generally, in life and by life in the small town of Ennis, Ireland…

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Sunday September 25 2016

Two Man Show

Recommended

The easiest thing to decipher about ‘Two Man Show’ is the name. RashDash are in fact two women (Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland), and they’re joined here by a third, musician Becky Wilkie…

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

This adaptation of Alan Warner's 1998 novel 'The Sopranos' by 'Billy Elliot' writer Lee Hall premiered at Edinburgh in 2015 and arrives in London after a storming tour…

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National Theatre , South Bank Monday September 26 2016 - Saturday October 1 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

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