London theatre critics’ choice

Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment
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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

Theatre, Drama

Pinter One

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The first half of the first bill of Jamie Lloyd’s epic Pinter at the Pinter West End season brings together Harold Pinter’s most harrowing political plays…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

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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, Drama

An Adventure

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Drawing on his grandparents’ stories, Vinay Patel’s new play ‘An Adventure’ is an unlikely epic, mixing domestic ordinariness with wide-screen continent-crossing drama…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

King Lear

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Plenty of great actors don’t even notch up a single ‘King Lear’. Ian McKellen joins the rare ranks of those who’ve decide that for whatever reason what they’d really like to do is to take on the title role of Shakespeare’s cracked tragedy of madness and old age twice…

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Theatre, Musicals

Hamilton

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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

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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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Theatre, Musicals

42nd Street

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To start with, the red curtain rises just a foot off the stage. And it artfully reveals the star attraction of this mind-blowingly lavish revival of a classic Broadway musical…

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Theatre, Drama

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Open run

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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