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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

By Andrzej Lukowski
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‘Les Misérables’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Sondheim Theatre, Soho

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…

‘Magic Goes Wrong’ review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Comedy Vaudeville Theatre, Strand

Erstwhile young scamps Mischief Theatre have spun their pleasant ‘Noises Off’ knock-off ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ into a veritable empire…

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‘& Juliet’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

‘& Juliet’ is a heavily ironic Shakespeare rewrite based on the songs of super-producer Max Martin. And with the gift of that knowledge, I can fairly confidently state that you’ll probably like ‘& Juliet’ almost precisely as much as you expect to like ‘& Juliet’…

‘Mary Poppins’ review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Prince Edward Theatre, Soho

Much like ‘Paddington’, ‘Mary Poppins’ is a gorgeously warm kids’ story that’s burrowed deep into the hearts of Londoners of all ages…

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The Great Gatsby
Photograph: Helen Maybanks

‘The Great Gatsby’ review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Off-West End Gatsby's Mansion, Mayfair

From relatively humble beginnings at the 2017 Vaults Festival, The Guild of Misrule’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novella has become the longest-running immersive theatre show in London…

The Watsons. Menier Chocolate Factory
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‘The Watsons’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama Harold Pinter Theatre, Leicester Square

Even if you’re up to speed with the twist in Laura Wade’s ‘The Watsons’ – and carry on reading for maybe five more seconds and you will be – there is something totally irresistible about the moment when an awkward-looking maid suddenly blurts out the words ‘these are not the droids you’re looking for’…

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‘Mamma Mia! The Party’ review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Interactive The O2, Greenwich Peninsula

For the price of a ticket to ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’, an immersive Abba-themed dinner experience set in a ropey taverna on an idyllic Greek island, you could fly out to an actual idyllic Greek island and probably find a ropey taverna playing Abba songs…

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review

5 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama Apollo Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Avenue

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is a burst of joy in the heart of the West End. This new British musical, transferring from the Sheffield Crucible, is the real deal…

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