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Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

Barber Shop Chronicles

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Sometimes the toughest conversations work best when you’re not looking someone in the eyes – like during a phonecall, a car ride, or in Inua Ellams’s brilliant new play, when you’re sat in a barber’s chair…

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday July 5 2017 - Saturday July 8 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…

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017

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 Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday February 10 2018
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Hamlet

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Star director Robert Icke’s achingly compassionate take on ‘Hamlet’ presents Shakespeare’s masterpiece as a shimmeringly sad vision of love…

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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday September 2 2017

Anatomy of a Suicide

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Interview: Alice Birch on 'Anatomy of a Suicide', 'Lady Macbeth' and more Somewhere between a dream, a nightmare, an art installation and a melodrama, ‘Anatomy of a Suicide’ is the work of the auteur director Katie Mitchell writ large…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017
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Life of Galileo

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Sometimes there's nothing more excruciating than a director trying to 'liven up' a classic play with a ton of OTT flourishes…

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Young Vic , Southwark Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017

An Octoroon

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How do you deal with slavery as a black American playwright? Take someone else’s play, and play with it. Problematise it. Take the piss out of it…

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017

Barber Shop Chronicles

Recommended

Sometimes the toughest conversations work best when you’re not looking someone in the eyes – like during a phonecall, a car ride, or in Inua Ellams’s brilliant new play, when you’re sat in a barber’s chair…

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday July 5 2017 - Saturday July 8 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 Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017

Hamlet

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Star director Robert Icke’s achingly compassionate take on ‘Hamlet’ presents Shakespeare’s masterpiece as a shimmeringly sad vision of love…

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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday September 2 2017
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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 Tuesday June 27 2017 - Saturday August 19 2017

Anatomy of a Suicide

Recommended

Somewhere between a dream, a nightmare, an art installation and a melodrama, ‘Anatomy of a Suicide’ is the work of the auteur director Katie Mitchell writ large…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday July 8 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 Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017
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