Best of the year 2010: West End theatre

Our critics choose the best theatre productions to hit London's West End in 2010

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‘Hamlet’, National Theatre, Olivier

After the celebrities came and went, this was the ‘Hamlet’ the theatre world was excited by. Rory Kinnear triumphed in Nicholas Hytner’s production, which shed new light not only on the great ramparts of the play but also many less-illumined corners. And all for a tenner, for those lucky enough to get Travelex tickets.

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By Caroline McGinn