Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows

Get a crash course in Western theater with these eight must-see shows, featuring works by Shakespeare, Beckett and Ibsen, and big names like Patrick Stewart.

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Photograph: Geraint Lewis

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Twelfth Night

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Photograph: Arno Declair

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: An Enemy of the People

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Photograph: Gregory Costanzo

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: You Never Can Tell

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Photograph: Pavol Antonov

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Good Person of Szechwan

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Photograph: Michael J. Lutch

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: The Glass Menagerie

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Photograph: Allan Warren

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: The Winslow Boy

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Photograph: Jason Bell

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Waiting for Godot

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Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Betrayal

Fall means new drama (Lucy Thurber’s Hill Town Plays quintet, Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris’s Domesticated) and musicals (adaptations of the movies Little Miss Sunshine and Big Fish), but this year, you’ll find a slew of classics bring produced on Broadway and beyond. Check out eight of the biggest new shows, including new productions of The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night, and find out how to buy tickets to those performances.

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1601: <em>Twelfth Night; or, What You Will</em> by William Shakespeare

The phenomenal Mark Rylance stars as Olivia in an all-male production of the Bard’s frothy comedy; Stephen Fry costars as the starchy valet, Malvolio. shakespearebroadway.com. $27–$137.

1882: <em>An Enemy of the People</em> by Henrik Ibsen

We skip ahead a couple hundred years to the Norwegian master of hard-hitting social drama. German director Thomas Ostermeier applies his grim, modern sensibility to the story of a doctor who exposes a truth that shatters his town. bam.org. $25–$75.

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BAM Harvey Theater Until Sun Nov 10

1946: <em>The Winslow Boy</em> by Terence Rattigan

Much bigger in England than here, Rattigan is the poet laureate of 20th-century British repression and longing. This Edwardian-set drama follows a father’s attempt to clear his expelled-student son’s tarnished reputation.  roundabouttheatre.org. $52–$137.

1952: <em>Waiting for Godot</em> by Samuel Beckett

Godot is “a play in which nothing happens, twice,” as an Irish critic put it. One of the earliest and most influential examples of theater of the absurd, this philosophical masterpiece returns to Broadway with X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. twoplaysinrep.com. $40–$137.

1978: <em>Betrayal</em> by Harold Pinter

Based on his own infidelity, Pinter’s ingenious play runs backward—starting with the aftermath of a failed marriage and ending with its joyous beginning. There to guide us through the triangulated chronology are marquee names Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, doing the art-imitating-life thing by playing spouses. betrayalbroadway.com. $57–$152.

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Ethel Barrymore Theatre Tue Oct 1 - Sun Jan 5

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