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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

Nine Night, West End 2018
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Theatre, Drama

‘Nine Night’ review

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall
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The fact that actor Natasha Gordon's debut play as a writer is the first by a black British woman to hit the West End is both wonderful and shaming…

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Theatre, Panto

‘Aladdin’ review

icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney
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After their absence from last year’s decidedly tepid ‘Cinderella’, Hackney Empire has got two of its best panto performers back for its twentieth festive extravaganza…

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Theatre, Drama

Summer and Smoke

icon-location-pin Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
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Patsy Ferran is just astonishingly good in this welcome West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’s ‘Summer and Smoke’…

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Theatre, Children's

Huddle

icon-location-pin Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge
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Penguins, never exactly out of fashion, are particularly on-trend this season thanks to the emperor penguins who made global headlines after a BBC camera crew controversially rescued them from a gully…

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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, Drama

The Inheritance

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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Transferring from a wildly successful Young Vic run to the West End, Matthew Lopez’s ‘The Inheritance’ is, in some ways, an unlikely success story…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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There is a myth that Shakespeare plays pretty much run themselves on the National Theatre’s huge Olivier stage…

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Theatre, Musicals

Hamilton

icon-location-pin Victoria Palace Theatre, St James's Park
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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, 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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