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Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

Travesties

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Tom Stoppard was only in his mid-thirties when he penned the supremely self-confident sort-of-factual intellectual fireworks of ‘Travesties’ in 1974…

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Until Saturday April 29 2017

The Glass Menagerie

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What does ‘make America great again’ mean, exactly? Because if it involved a return to the US’s mid-twentieth century dramatic zenith – when its playwrights were easily the best the world – I could actually probably get on board…

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Duke of York’s Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday April 29 2017

The Iron Man

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They may share a name, but Ted Hughes’s Iron Man is about as far from Marvel’s as you can get…

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

Hedda Gabler

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Starring an incandescent Ruth Wilson, Ivo van Hove’s modern production of Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ rejects the usual, comforting, proto-feminist reading wherein its heroine does the terrible things she does because she is a victim…

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National Theatre , South Bank Monday March 6 2017 - Tuesday March 21 2017

An Inspector Calls

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Did Stephen Daldry know something we didn’t? This revival of the director’s landmark 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s 1945 play ‘An Inspector Calls’ opened a day after the result of the US election…

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Playhouse Theatre , Charing Cross Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017
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The Iron Man

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They may share a name, but Ted Hughes’s Iron Man is about as far from Marvel’s as you can get…

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

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 Wednesday March 1 2017 - Sunday February 4 2018

Hedda Gabler

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Starring an incandescent Ruth Wilson, Ivo van Hove’s modern production of Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ rejects the usual, comforting, proto-feminist reading wherein its heroine does the terrible things she does because she is a victim…

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National Theatre , South Bank Monday March 6 2017 - Tuesday March 21 2017

An Inspector Calls

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Did Stephen Daldry know something we didn’t? This revival of the director’s landmark 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s 1945 play ‘An Inspector Calls’ opened a day after the result of the US election…

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Playhouse Theatre , Charing Cross Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017

Matilda the Musical

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'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular, gifted, pint-sized heroine are not, of course, quite so doting. But 'Matilda' must be making its creators, playwright Dennis Kelly and comedian-songsmith Tim Minchin, a very pair of proud parents. Opening to rave reviews in Stratford-upon Avon before transferring to the West End in 2011 and snatching up Olivier Awards with all the alacrity of a sticky-fingered child in a sweetshop, Matthew Warchus's RSC production remains a treat.

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Cambridge Theatre , Covent Garden Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

Travesties

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Take a moment to consider that Tom Stoppard was only in his mid-thirties when he penned the supremely self-confident sort-of-factual intellectual fireworks of ‘Travesties’ in 1974…

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Until Saturday April 29 2017
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