Make sure you're booking for the best of the season with our critics' guide to the ten most recommended West End theatre shows on right now. The list will be updated weekly as new West End plays and musicals open and old ones close.
It would be mean, cheap and generally a bit dickish to say that Damian Lewis’s big post-‘Homeland’, post-‘Wolf Hall’ return to the London stage is overshadowed by some comedy facial hair. Nonetheless: if you think the above photo of his moustache is a bit on the distracting side then seriously, you should see the thing live.Read more
‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway-munching musical continues to shock in London. Although, truth be told, the strapping young Latter Day Saints missionaries are as cartoonish as any ‘South Park’ character, with the endearing alpha-male woodenness of the ‘Team America’ puppets. In other words, they are loveable, well-intentioned idiots, traversing the globe like groups of pious meerkats, convinced they can convert the heathen through sheer politeness.Read more
Three theatres, three casts, one major disaster and seven Olivier Awards on, the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about Christopher Boone, the teenage ‘mathematician with some behavioural difficulties’ remains a thing of unbridled wonder.Read more
If the West End won’t come to Tooting, Tooting must come to the West End. Tooting Arts Club’s plucky site-specific production of Stephen Sondheim’s gory Victoriana masterpiece caused a big splash in SW17 when it debuted at the venerable Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop last year. But how to transfer it when the staging is everything?Read more
'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular, gifted, pint-sized heroine are not, of course, quite so doting. But 'Matilda' must be making its creators, playwright Dennis Kelly and comedian-songsmith Tim Minchin, a very pair of proud parents.Read more
Transferring from Stratford on a mushroom cloud of acclaim, the RSC’s ‘Oppenheimer’ lives up to the hype.A freewheeling bio-drama about J Robert Oppenheimer, the mastermind of the atomic bomb, Tom Morton-Smith’s epic new play isn’t formally groundbreaking, but it’s ambitious in the very best way. Bolstered by the RSC’s formidable resources, the three-hour ‘Oppenheimer’ is unashamedly vast, its huge cast relating not only the story of the atomic bomb, but also the lives and loves of the left-leaning intellectuals who made it, while addressing the rise and fall of communism in twentieth-century America.Read more