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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

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Theatre, Drama

‘Bitter Wheat’ review

icon-location-pin Garrick Theatre, Covent Garden
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Really, what is the point? Why stage this? I write with weariness, not anger…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘The Light in the Piazza’ review

icon-location-pin Royal Festival Hall, South Bank
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Glance at the posters for ‘The Light in the Piazza’ and it looks like a fairly standard romantic musical; all ’50s frocks and sun-drenched skies…

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Strange Fruit, Bush Theatre, 2019
© Helen Murray
Theatre, Drama

‘Strange Fruit’ review

icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush
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As family dramas go, Caryl Phillips’s ‘Strange Fruit’ is at the epic end of the scale…

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The Damned, Ivo van Hove
© Jan Versweyveld
Theatre, Drama

‘The Damned’ review

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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Ivo van Hove’s recent Barbican stage version of Luchino Visconti’s classic film ‘Obsession’ wasn’t the Belgian super-director’s best work. But this is much more like it, as he adapts Visconti’s deeply unsettling 1969 film ‘The Damned’…

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'The Future' by Little Bulb, at Battersea Arts Centre
© Adam Trigg
Theatre, Experimental

‘The Future’ review

icon-location-pin Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea
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Very smart robots are probably going to take over the world at some point, and much-loved lo-fi theatre troupe Little Bulb are doing their darnedest to make sure we’re all prepared…

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Afterglow, Southwark Playhouse 2019
© Darren Bell
Theatre, Comedy

‘Afterglow’ review

icon-location-pin Southwark Playhouse, Elephant and Castle
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Josh, a theatre director, and Alex, a graduate student, are a married couple in New York in their 30s, in an open relationship…

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J'Ouvert, Theatre 503, 2019
© Helen Murray
Theatre, Drama

‘J'Ouvert’ review

icon-location-pin Theatre 503, Battersea
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There's an invisible crush of dancing, surging people filling Theatre 503's small stage, pushing up against the three women who perform Yasmin Joseph’s ‘J’Ouvert’…

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While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre
© Helen Murray
Theatre, Drama

‘While the Sun Shines’ review

icon-location-pin Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
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‘While the Sun Shines’ drips with innuendo – from the moment muscular American lieutenant Mulvaney (Julian Moore-Cook) blearily emerges, hungover, in his boxers from the bedroom of the Earl of Harpenden (Philip Labey)…

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