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Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

Summer In London

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If you see a trans person on stage (or in a film, for that matter) then ten to one it’s as part of a coming out story. There will probably be tears. They might well die. Oh, and they’ll almost certainly be played by a cis person who’ll get applauded for their ‘brave’ performance. The diverse, all-trans cast and breezy, sunny storyline of ‘Summer in London’ makes it a welcome exception to the rule…

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Theatre Royal Stratford East , Stratford Until Saturday July 29 2017

Ink

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Located deep in the constituency of that nemesis of the white van man Emily Thornberry, Islington’s hip Almeida Theatre is not what you’d call classic Sun newspaper territory…

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday January 6 2018

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

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'I been arrested all over this damn country’, announces Audra McDonald. The Broadway legend, and six-time Tony winner (an all-time record), is making her long-anticipated West End debut in a play that’s a bleak tour of another kind of America…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday September 9 2017
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The Ferryman

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There is a live goose in 'The Ferryman'. And a live rabbit. And a live baby. None of these things are particularly important in and of themselves, but I guess I have to start somewhere…

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Until Saturday January 6 2018
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Ink

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Interview: 'there is blood on their hands' – James Graham on 'Ink', The Sun and Murdoch Located deep in the constituency of that nemesis of the white van man Emily Thornberry, Islington’s hip Almeida Theatre is not what you’d call classic Sun newspaper territory…

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday January 6 2018

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

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'I been arrested all over this damn country’, announces Audra McDonald. The Broadway legend, and six-time Tony winner (an all-time record), is making her long-anticipated West End debut in a play that’s a bleak tour of another kind of America: one where Billie Holiday was created…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday September 9 2017

The Ferryman

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There is a live goose in 'The Ferryman'. And a live rabbit. And a live baby. None of these things are particularly important in and of themselves, but I guess I have to start somewhere in describing this enormous, shattering eruption of a play from 'Jerusalem' playwright Jez Butterworth…

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Until Saturday January 6 2018
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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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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Palace Theatre , Soho Until Sunday July 22 2018
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Angels in America

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Tony Kushner's landmark 'Angels in America' is a mad, eight-hour quasi-religious 'gay fantasia on national themes' that was written in response to – amongst many other things – the AIDS epidemic that was still raging upon its UK premiere at the National Theatre a quarter of a century ago…

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National Theatre , South Bank Friday July 28 2017 - Saturday August 19 2017

Twelfth Night

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Here it is, then. Barely a year after she directed her first Shakespeare play for the Globe, this ‘Twelfth Night’ marks artistic director Emma Rice’s second and last for the outdoor theatre…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday August 5 2017
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