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Our regularly-updated round-up of the very best shows and plays you can currently see on London’s stages, from massive West End musicals to cool fringe theatre productions – as recommended by the Time Out theatre team

Theatre, Drama

The Twilight Zone

icon-location-pin Ambassadors Theatre, Covent Garden
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Anne Washburn has a knack for taking the baffling rubble dump of modern America and turning it into an enchanted gothic castle…

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Theatre, Drama

The Ridiculous Darkness

icon-location-pin Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
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It’s almost impossible to know where to begin with Wolfram Lotz’s ’The Ridiculous Darkness’, a sort of very very out-there postcolonial – possibly post-postcolonial – deconstruction of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ and its famous film adaptation ‘Apocalpyse Now’…

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Theatre, Drama

Shipwreck

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, Barnsbury
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In her mad, brilliant play ‘Mr Burns’, US playwright Anne Washburn imagined the memory of an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ as the basis for an entire post-apocalyptic society…

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Theatre, Musicals

Follies

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Well, hello perfect! Great shows are rare; flawless ones happen only under a blue moon…

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Come from Away, West End 2019
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Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden
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Musicals don’t come much more low-key, wholesome or Canadian than ‘Come from Away’…

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Theatre, Drama

All About Eve

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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There are ‘X-Files’ nerds in my life who have spouted a lot of crazy hyperbole about Gillian Anderson over the years. But, wowee…

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Home, I'm Darling, Katherine Parkinson
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Theatre, Comedy

Home, I’m Darling

icon-location-pin Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
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Laura Wade’s very enjoyable satire ‘Home, I'm Darling’ is now settling in at its third home…

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Theatre, Musicals

Company

icon-location-pin Gielgud Theatre, Soho
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Marianne Elliott’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical comedy ‘Company’ was announced at what felt like some point in the late Cretaceous Period…

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Theatre, Musicals

Hamilton

icon-location-pin Victoria Palace Theatre, St James's Park
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Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. ‘Hamilton’ is stupendously good…

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Theatre, Drama

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

icon-location-pin Apollo Shaftesbury, Piccadilly Circus
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‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is a burst of joy in the heart of the West End. This new British musical, transferring from the Sheffield Crucible, is the real deal…

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