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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

Henry IV, Part 1, Shakespeare's Globe 2019
© Tristram Kenton
Theatre, Shakespeare

Henry IV Part 1, or Hotspur

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank
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Michelle Terry leads the return of her Globe Ensemble from the front: the actor-artistic director’s all-guns-blazing take on rebel lord Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy is the clear highlight of her rep company’s second season…

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Theatre, Drama

Death of a Salesman

icon-location-pin Young Vic, Southwark
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A phenomenal production that unquestionably finds new depths to the play…

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Theatre, Drama

All My Sons

icon-location-pin Old Vic, Southwark
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There are a lot of very famous people in Jeremy Herrin’s revival of Arthur Miller’s early classic ‘All My Sons’…

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Theatre, Musicals

Sweet Charity

icon-location-pin Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden
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If the Donmar Warehouse still has a kitchen sink, it is safe to assume that it’s only because outgoing artistic director Josie Rourke was physically barred from chucking it at her gloriously maximalist production of the classic musical ‘Sweet Charity’…

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Theatre, Drama

Three Sisters

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, Barnsbury
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Just over a year ago, the then-obscure director Rebecca Frecknall made a massive splash with her debut show for the Almeida, a revival of the Tennessee Williams obscurity ‘Summer and Smoke’…

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Theatre, Drama

Top Girls

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Recently, the National Theatre sparked a furious backlash when its latest season announcement included no new plays by women. This week, it opens a revival of a twentieth-century feminist masterpiece…

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Theatre, Drama

Betrayal

icon-location-pin Harold Pinter Theatre, Soho
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Look: there’s a strong chance you’re reading this because you’re a Tom Hiddleston fan, so here’s something for the Tom Hiddleston fans…

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Theatre, Drama

The Twilight Zone

icon-location-pin Ambassadors Theatre, Covent Garden
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Anne Washburn has a knack for taking the baffling rubble dump of modern America and turning it into an enchanted gothic castle…

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Come from Away, West End 2019
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Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden
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Musicals don’t come much more low-key, wholesome or Canadian than ‘Come from Away’…

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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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