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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

Imogen

‘Imogen’ is subtitled ‘William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” renamed and reclaimed’, but it’s really that in name only…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday October 16 2016

Pilgrims

A tiled mosaic lies atop a raised platform. There are gaps in it; holes through which the actors can fall…

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The Yard Theatre , Hackney Wick Until Saturday October 15 2016

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

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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 Until Saturday October 22 2016

Good Canary

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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 Until Saturday October 8 2016

No Man's Land

Recommended

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 Until 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 Until Saturday October 15 2016

Doctor Faustus

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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 Until Saturday October 1 2016

Burning Bridges

Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, still goes far less diagnosed in women than in men. It’s why Amy Shindler chose to put 25-year-old AS sufferer Sarah (Rae Brogan) at the centre of her first stage play…

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Theatre 503 , Battersea Until Sunday October 9 2016

Good Canary

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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 Until Saturday October 8 2016

Glasgow Girls

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Teenage rebellion is channelled to awe-inspiring effect in this bold, ballsy musical. Based on actual events, it’s conceived and directed by Cora Bissett with a book by David Greig…

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Theatre Royal Stratford East Bar , Stratford Until Saturday October 1 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 Until Saturday October 15 2016

No Man's Land

Recommended

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 Until Saturday December 17 2016

Paradise of the Assassins

This inaugural production at the elegantly refurbished Tara Theatre is caught at a cross-road. ‘Paradise of the Assassins’ begins – quite literally – at a fork in the road, when lovers Zamarrud and Hussain lose their way en route to Mecca and wife-to-be, Zamarrud, is kidnapped by the Assassins, an extremist Muslim sect…

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Tara Theatre , Earlsfield Until Saturday October 8 2016

Good Canary

Recommended

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 Until Saturday October 8 2016

No Man's Land

Recommended

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 Until Saturday December 17 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 Until 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 Thursday September 29 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…

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Until Saturday October 1 2016

Two Man Show

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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 Until Saturday October 1 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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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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