London theatre critics’ choice

Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

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Caroline, or Change

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

It’s Louisiana, 1963. Change is in the air, in theory. But household maid Caroline is still stuck in a stuffy basement, pulling loose change from her employers’ pockets…

Playhouse Theatre , Charing Cross Tuesday November 20 2018 - Saturday February 9 2019
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

In the unlikely event you were worried a leap to the stage for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series would result in it becoming aggressively highbrow, self-consciously arty or grindingly bereft of magical high jinks, just chill the hell out, muggle…

Palace Theatre , Soho Until Sunday April 7 2019

The Lehman Trilogy

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Sam Mendes’s recent forays onto the stage – ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘King Lear’, ‘The Ferryman’ –  have all been bombastic, blockbuster-style affairs that sparkle with the traces of his Hollywood success. But he tamps it down with ‘The Lehman Trilogy’…

National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday July 25 2018 - Saturday October 20 2018
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‘A Monster Calls’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Patrick Ness’s ‘A Monster Calls’ is one of the great young adult fiction novels of our time, a devastating articulation of the fury that comes with grief, bound up in a nifty magical realist chassis…

Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday August 25 2018
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‘Red’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Finally bagging itself a West End transfer a hefty nine years after its hit run at the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Grandage’s production of John Logan’s ‘Red’ has lost none of its power over the decade…

Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 28 2018
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‘Translations’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Ropey ‘Macbeth’ aside, the National Theatre’s mercurial Olivier has been crushing it vis-à-vis revivals lately…

Until Saturday August 11 2018
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