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An American in Paris

Bright and breezy, Technicolor and toe-tapping, the 1951 Hollywood musical ‘An American in Paris’ was a lushly romantic vehicle for Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron’s dancing and the Gershwin brothers’ superlative tunes…

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Until Saturday September 30 2017

Love In Idleness

Still plugging away at 77, veteran director Trevor Nunn seems to have a mild obsession – maybe ‘interest’ is fairer – with the slightly naff wartime comedies of the great Terence Rattigan…

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Menier Chocolate Factory , Southwark Until Saturday April 29 2017

Tamburlaine

If Shakespeare has grand ideas about the human condition, his peer Christopher Marlowe, is the guy with mud under his nails…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Until Saturday April 8 2017

E15

It was the loud support of Russell Brand in 2015 that gave a national airing to the campaign group Focus E15 Mums – 29 single mothers who took on the housing crisis in their area of east London by protesting against the local council’s plans to ship them out of the area to make way for private housing…

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Until Saturday April 1 2017

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet is to millennials now what 'Harry Potter' was to millennials 15 years ago. The four novels detail the friendship of two women growing up in post-war and poverty-stricken Naples, from their childhood all the way to old age…

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Wednesday March 29 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Filthy Business

Sara Kestelman rips through this play like a tornado. As formidable matriarch Yetta Solomon, she gets the best lines and almost single-handedly keeps this sprawling production from falling into clumsy melodrama…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday April 22 2017

Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg

This new production of ‘The Mastersinger of Nuremburg’, Wagner’s glorious four-and-a-half-hour comic opera extolling the art of German vocal music, is the final one from The Royal Opera’s outgoing director of opera…

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Tuesday March 28 2017 - Friday March 31 2017

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

This new production of ‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’, Wagner’s glorious four-and-a-half-hour comic opera extolling the art of German vocal music, is the final one from The Royal Opera’s outgoing director of opera, Kasper Holten…

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Tuesday March 28 2017 - Friday March 31 2017

Filthy Business

Sara Kestelman rips through this play like a tornado. As formidable matriarch Yetta Solomon, she gets the best lines and almost single-handedly keeps this sprawling production from falling into clumsy melodrama…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday April 22 2017

Seventeen

From ‘Grease’ to ‘Dawson’s Creek’, there is a noble tradition of dramas about teenagers featuring slightly too long-in-the-tooth actors. Matthew Whittet’s ‘Seventeen’, however, is not a play in which twenty-somethings try to pass as teens – the cast members are all proudly north of 50…

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Until Saturday April 8 2017

Stepping Out

Not even ‘La La Land’ can bring tap dancing back, but bless this lumbering, buffalo-stepping comedy for trying. Richard Harris’s 1984 play ‘Stepping Out’ is set at an amateur dance class, where a group of middle-aged enthusiasts are trying their best to get their Hollywood glitz on…

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Vaudeville Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday June 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 Tuesday March 28 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017

Hamlet

Recommended

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 April 15 2017

Twelfth Night

Recommended

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 , South Bank Until Saturday May 13 2017

Travesties

Recommended

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

Hamlet

Recommended

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 April 15 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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 Wednesday March 29 2017 - Sunday April 29 2018

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felicity b
felicity b

Cinderella in Chiswick House Gardens is great!  Went tonight, it was a breath of fresh air without cheesy jokes, but with ballerina mice dancing, an acrobatic lizard, singing and dancing - Inearly forgot, the magician throughout.  Topped off with a sprinkling of snow at the end. 

Company as called Humdalila Productions I think.  Only on in December.