Theatre in London: 2010 preview



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Jez Butterworth's 'Jerusalem', 'Enron', the return of hippie musical 'Hair', a strong slate from the National Theatre and many other theatrical delights are going to hit London this year

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      Six Degrees of Separation

      Last Chance!

      Until Sat Apr 3, Old Vic

      Rising star Obi Abili takes on the role of Paul, the scarily plausible con artist who claims to be the son of (real-life) legendary actor Sidney Poitier. Read more

  • Jerusalem

    Critics' Choice

    Until Sat Apr 24, Apollo Shaftesbury

    Mark Rylance is hypnotic as the weirdly noble ne'er-do-well at the dark heart of Jez Butterworth's play, which transfers from the Royal Court. Read more

  • Enron

    Last Chance!

    Critics' Choice

    Until Sat Oct 2, Noël Coward Theatre

    Within days of opening at the Royal Court, Rupert Goold's production of Lucy Prebble's savage comic tragedy of financial impropriety secured a West End transfer. Read more

  • 11 and 12

    Last Chance!

    Critics' Choice

    Until Sat Feb 27, Barbican Centre

    The legendary Peter Brook returns with a startling, new, epic exploration of religious conflict in Francophone West Africa. A retrospective of Brook's work for the big screen - including his groundbreaking adaptation of 'Lord of the Flies' - runs along side '11 and 12'. Read more

  • Love Never Dies

    Last Chance!

    Until Jan 14 2012, Adelphi Theatre

    The world's most commercially successful piece of entertainment is returning in a new guise. Yes, the 'Phantom of the Opera' is back and this time he's moved to New York. Read more

  • Hair

    Critics' Choice

    Until Sep 4 2010, Gielgud Theatre

    New York Public Theater's revival of the 'hippie musical' won a Tony Award, so it's good news that the entire original Broadway cast, including Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Thomas B McGrath, is coming over with it. Read more

  • The Real Thing

    Last Chance!

    Critics' Choice

    Until Sat Jun 5, Old Vic

    Stoppard's 1982 sly take on infidelity written at a point when his marriage was starting to crumble and his unease at the pattern of his writing was growing. Read more

  • National Theatre

    2010 looks like another heavyweight year for the National. Dion Boucicault's 'London Assurance' gets the all-star cast award: Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw and Richard Briers are all confirmed. And two long-promised shows finally make their appearance. After two years of celebrity Hamlets, Rory Kinnear's is the one the luvvies have been waiting for (Nicholas Hytner directs Shakespeare's tragedy in October). And Donmar director Michael Grandage was too busy with his Donmar West End season to do 'Danton's Death' last year: this July he brings it to the Olivier. Read more

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