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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

seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones, Royal Court
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Theatre, Drama

‘Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner’ review

icon-location-pin Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square
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Cleo wants to kill Kylie Jenner. Her friend Kara just wants Cleo to chill out and stop tweeting elaborate death threats about Insta-celebrities: the title’s ‘Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner’…

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Theatre, Drama

Europe

icon-location-pin Donmar Warehouse, Seven Dials
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If you needed reassurance that Britain’s current existential hissy fit will pass into history, then check out David Greig’s 25-year-old play ‘Europe’…

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Theatre, Comedy

Present Laughter

icon-location-pin Old Vic, Waterloo
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He’s won hordes of new fans as a restrained, tormented priest in ‘Fleabag’, but this Noël Coward play shows Andrew Scott under a different kind of sexual torment…

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Theatre, Drama

Sweat

icon-location-pin Gielgud Theatre, Soho
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What happens when three generations of certainty and security crumble overnight? Lynn Nottage’s monumental play about class, race and the dignity of labour tells us – and the answers should shame and scare us all…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

icon-location-pin Bridge Theatre, Tower Bridge
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‘For fuck’s sake,’ mumbled a member of the Bridge Theatre crew as he sprinted past me…

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Henry IV, Part 1, Shakespeare's Globe 2019
© Tristram Kenton
Theatre, Shakespeare

Henry IV Part 1, or Hotspur

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank
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Michelle Terry leads the return of her Globe Ensemble from the front: the actor-artistic director’s all-guns-blazing take on rebel lord Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy is the clear highlight of her rep company’s second season…

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Theatre, Drama

Top Girls

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Recently, the National Theatre sparked a furious backlash when its latest season announcement included no new plays by women. This week, it opens a revival of a twentieth-century feminist masterpiece…

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Come from Away, West End 2019
© Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

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

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Theatre, Musicals

Hamilton

icon-location-pin Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria
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Open run

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, Shaftesbury Avenue
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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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