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London theatre critics' choice

Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

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‘Triple Threat’ feels like the logical end game of the relentless dumbing down and sexing up of British popular culture, insofar as it would appear to be the most vulgar concept for a show McCormick could possibly think of…

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Saturday April 22 2017

The Kid Stays in the Picture

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If ‘La La Land’ celebrates Hollywood’s all-singing, all-dancing, Technicolor facade, this production from Complicite mastermind Simon McBurney is a delve into its brutal black-and-white heart…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday April 8 2017
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Othello

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Codpieces are a byword for the silliest side of Shakespeare. But something about the dark feminist energy of Ellen MacDougall’s brilliant ‘Othello’ robs these wobbly anachronisms of their comic power…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday April 22 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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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday September 2 2017
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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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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday September 2 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Three theatres, three casts, one major disaster and seven Olivier Awards on, the National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about Christopher Boone, the teenage ‘mathematician with some behavioural difficulties’ remains a thing of unbridled wonder.The occasion for this re-review is the end of the enforced layoff inflicted upon ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. The show figuratively blew the roof off when it transferred from the NT to the Apollo Theatre, but unfortunately the ageing ceiling responded by literally collapsing, necessitating a change of venue and months off.

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Until Saturday June 3 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 Until Sunday April 29 2018
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The Kid Stays in the Picture

Recommended

If ‘La La Land’ celebrates Hollywood’s all-singing, all-dancing, Technicolor facade, this production from Complicite mastermind Simon McBurney is a delve into its brutal black-and-white heart…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday April 8 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 Until Sunday December 17 2017

Othello

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Codpieces are a byword for the silliest side of Shakespeare. But something about the dark feminist energy of Ellen MacDougall’s brilliant ‘Othello’ robs these wobbly anachronisms of their comic power…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday April 22 2017
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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

Twelfth Night

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This delicious crowd pleaser of a 'Twelfth Night' isn't the most heavyweight take you'll ever see, but if you’re looking for actual laughs then you’re in luck…

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National Theatre, Olivier , South Bank Until Saturday May 13 2017
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