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London theatre critics’ choice

Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

By Andrzej Lukowski

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

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4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road

Perhaps it doesn’t have the superhuman dexterity of ‘Arcadia’ or the paradigm-shifting audacity of ‘Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’, but ‘Leopoldstadt’ still sees Tom Stoppard end his career on a high…

Les Misérables

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Sondheim Theatre, Soho

I would seriously question whether any other show on the planet bar ‘Les Misérables’ could get away with junking its original production and carrying on as if nothing had changed…


& Juliet

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

‘& Juliet’ is a heavily ironic Shakespeare rewrite based on the songs of super-producer Max Martin. And with the gift of that knowledge, I can fairly confidently state that you’ll probably like ‘& Juliet’ almost precisely as much as you expect to like ‘& Juliet’…

Dear Evan Hansen, West End 2019
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Dear Evan Hansen

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden

This wildly hyped Broadway hit musical is basically ‘Faust’ for high-schoolers…

The Watsons. Menier Chocolate Factory
© Manuel Harlan

The Watsons

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama Harold Pinter Theatre, Leicester Square

Even if you’re up to speed with the twist in Laura Wade’s ‘The Watsons’ – and carry on reading for maybe five more seconds and you will be – there is something totally irresistible about the moment when an awkward-looking maid suddenly blurts out the words ‘these are not the droids you’re looking for’…

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

5 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama Apollo Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Avenue

‘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…



5 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Open run

Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. ‘Hamilton’ is stupendously good. Yes, it’s kind of a drag that there’s so much hype around it. But there was a lot of hype around penicillin…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama Palace Theatre, Charing Cross Road

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…

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