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Read through our latest London theatre reviews and find out what our theatre team made of the city's new openings

¡Vamos Cuba!

‘¡Vamos Cuba!’ is feel-good summer dance fare, designed to indulge all our favourite Cuban stereotype…

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Sadler's Wells , Finsbury Until Sunday August 21 2016

Exposure the Musical

Oh gawd. ‘Exposure the Musical’ is the sort of unwise folly that proves what a random, nasty place the universe is by being unrelenting dreadful, in spite of the long struggle against adversity that’s led to its creation…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday August 27 2016

The Plough and the Stars

Sean O’Casey’s landmark 1926 drama ‘The Plough and the Stars’ is very clearly rooted in a time and place: Dublin, 1916, during the Easter Rising…

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National Theatre, Lyttelton , South Bank Thursday August 4 2016 - Saturday October 22 2016

Pigs and Dogs

She may be our greatest living playwright, but it’s probably only fair to expect the mercurial, prolific Caryl Churchill to reinvent theatre, ooh, 75% of the time…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Saturday July 30 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar

Critics' choice

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

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Critics' choice

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

Critics' choice

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

Now We Are Here

When you've escaped war in three separate East African countries, finding a public toilet in Hackney might not seem like the biggest of struggles…

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Young Vic , Southwark Saturday July 30 2016

Pigs and Dogs

She may be our greatest living playwright, but it’s probably only fair to expect the mercurial, prolific Caryl Churchill to reinvent theatre, ooh, 75% of the time…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Saturday July 30 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Critics' choice

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

Critics' choice

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…

Read more
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Until Saturday August 27 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 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 Until 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 Until Saturday August 6 2016

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