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Read our latest Time Out theatre reviews and find out what our London theatre team made of the city's new plays, musicals and theatre shows

The Welkin, National Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg
Theatre, Drama

‘The Welkin’ review

National Theatre, South Bank
3 out of 5 stars

‘Twelve Angry Men’ meets ‘A Light Shining in Buckinghamshire’ meets a really out-there Agatha Christie novel in this often brilliant and somewhat frustrating new drama from Lucy Kirkwood…

The Sunset Limited, Boulevard Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Marc Brenner
Theatre, Drama

‘The Sunset Limited’ review

Boulevard Theatre, Soho
3 out of 5 stars

Two men sit, eyeing each other warily, in a rundown New York apartment owned by Black (Gary Beadle), who has just prevented White (Jasper Britton) from ending his life in front of a subway train. Now, he wants to convince him not to try again…

Faces In the Crowd, Gate Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Ellie Kurttz
Theatre, Drama

‘Faces in the Crowd (Los Ingrávidos)’ review

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
4 out of 5 stars

A woman now living in Mexico City tries to tell us about her youth, working as a translator in America, but struggles to pull the story together as the duties of motherhood distract her…

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court 2020
Photograph: Helen Murray
Theatre, Drama

‘Scenes with Girls’ review

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square
5 out of 5 stars

Back in 2015, Miriam Battye’s ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ played at the Bristol Old Vic for just over a week. It was about a young man teaching an old man to ballroom dance and they performed it in the basement with a couple of plastic chairs. Despite seeing literally hundreds of plays since, I still, every so often, find myself thinking about this little treasure of a show, cuddling the memory of its understated brilliance…

Beckett Triple Bill, The Old Tune, 2020, Jermyn Street
Photograph: Robert Workman
Theatre, Experimental

‘Beckett Triple Bill’ review

Jermyn Street Theatre, St James’s
4 out of 5 stars

Ever rediscovered an autobiographical creation, like a teenage diary or confessional recording, years later and experienced the torture of reading, or listening to, the younger version of you? 

Theatre, Musicals

‘Les Misérables’ review

Sondheim Theatre, Soho
4 out of 5 stars

I would seriously question whether any other show on the planet bar ‘Les Misérables’ could get away with junking its original production and carrying on as if nothing had changed…

Theatre, Circuses

Cirque du Soleil: ‘Luzia’ review

Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington
3 out of 5 stars

‘Always different, always the same’ is how the late John Peel famously described his favourite band The Fall, and it’s a description that could quite tidily be applied to Cirque du Soleil’s annual start-of-the-year stand at the Royal Albert Hall…

Theatre, Musicals

‘Rags the Musical’ review

Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
3 out of 5 stars

Unless you’re an extreme fan of musical theatre, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of ‘Rags The Musical’…

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