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London theatre critics' choice

Our theatre critics recommend the best London theatre of the moment

Check out our regularly-updated round up of the very best shows you can currently see on London stages

The Encounter

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Interview: Simon McBurney on 'The Encounter' ‘The Encounter’ begins with performer/creator Simon McBurney telling us that right now he should be at home telling his daughter a bedtime story…

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Saturday May 5 2018
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Caroline, or Change

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

It’s Louisiana, 1963. Change is in the air, in theory. But household maid Caroline is still stuck in a stuffy basement, pulling loose change from her employers’ pockets…

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Playhouse Theatre , Charing Cross Tuesday November 20 2018 - Saturday February 9 2019

The Ferryman

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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 Until Saturday May 19 2018
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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 January 13 2019
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Quiz

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Here we go. For £100*, is James Graham’s new play ‘Quiz’: A) a wryly funny piece of early noughties nostalgia that fondly looks back with some amusement at a once-massive, but now only dimly remembered episode in British cultural history…

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday June 16 2018
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The Encounter

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

‘The Encounter’ begins with performer/creator Simon McBurney telling us that right now he should be at home telling his daughter a bedtime story…

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Saturday May 5 2018

Quiz

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Here we go. For £100*, is James Graham’s new play ‘Quiz’: A) a wryly funny piece of early noughties nostalgia that fondly looks back with some amusement at a once-massive, but now only dimly remembered episode in British cultural history…

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday June 16 2018
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‘Brief Encounter’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Clearly not one to sulk into her P45, Emma Rice has opted to fill the time between her controversial departure from the Globe and the launch of her new company by bringing back one of her most beloved Kneehigh hits…

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Empire Haymarket , St James' Until Sunday September 2 2018
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‘The Inheritance’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

‘The Inheritance’ is the definition of a big ask: the world premiere of a two-part, seven-hour play by Matthew Lopez, a US writer Brit audiences are unlikely to have heard of…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday May 19 2018
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‘The Inheritance’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

‘The Inheritance’ is the definition of a big ask: the world premiere of a two-part, seven-hour play by Matthew Lopez, a US writer Brit audiences are unlikely to have heard of…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday May 19 2018
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