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Life of Galileo

Sometimes there's nothing more excruciating than a director trying to 'liven up' a classic play with a ton of OTT flourishes…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday July 1 2017
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Richard III

Richard III is compared to more animals than most of Shakespeare's characters – a dog, a hedgehog, a spider, a toad – and Greg Hicks somehow manages to channel them all in a performance of gripping intensity…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Until Saturday June 10 2017

Dyl

Director Clive Judd has a way of making characters pop into three dimensions on stage…

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Old Red Lion , Angel Tuesday May 23 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017
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Room

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It’s hard to imagine anyone reading the 2010 Emma Donoghue novel ‘Room’, or watching the Oscar-winning 2015 film version, and thinking: ‘You know what’s lacking in this story of a young mother raising a child in forced captivity while being raped by her kidnapper each evening? Songs!’

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Theatre Royal Stratford East , Stratford Tuesday May 23 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017

Driftwood

‘Driftwood’ might sound like an odd title for a show that features lots of motion, flexibility and suppleness…

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Underbelly Festival , South Bank Tuesday May 23 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017
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Assata Taught Me

Assata Shakur is an unlikely holder of the fearsome title of the first woman to make the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list…

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Gate Theatre , Notting Hill Until Saturday May 27 2017

Assata Taught Me

Assata Shakur is an unlikely holder of the fearsome title of the first woman to make the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list…

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Gate Theatre , Notting Hill Until Saturday May 27 2017
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Occupational Hazards

Before he cashed in his chips and became a Tory MP, Rory Stewart enjoyed the sort of derring do-heavy life of international diplomacy that most of us would assume went out with TE Lawrence and Gertrude Bell…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday June 3 2017
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Room

Recommended

It’s hard to imagine anyone reading the 2010 Emma Donoghue novel ‘Room’, or watching the Oscar-winning 2015 film version, and thinking: ‘You know what’s lacking in this story of a young mother raising a child in forced captivity while being raped by her kidnapper each evening? Songs!’…

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Theatre Royal Stratford East , Stratford Tuesday May 23 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017

Salomé

Yaël Farber’s ‘Salomé’ is a genuinely Biblical spectacle. Even if you hate it, there will be moments when designer Susan Hilferty and her team will make your jaw plummet…

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National Theatre , South Bank Until Saturday July 15 2017

Room

Recommended

It’s hard to imagine anyone reading the 2010 Emma Donoghue novel ‘Room’, or watching the Oscar-winning 2015 film version, and thinking: ‘You know what’s lacking in this story of a young mother raising a child in forced captivity while being raped by her kidnapper each evening? Songs!’…

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Theatre Royal Stratford East , Stratford Tuesday May 23 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017

Angels in America

Recommended

Tony Kushner's landmark 'Angels in America' is a mad, eight-hour quasi-religious 'gay fantasia on national themes' that was written in response to – amongst many other things – the AIDS epidemic that was still raging upon its UK premiere at the National Theatre a quarter of a century ago…

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National Theatre , South Bank Tuesday May 23 2017 - Saturday August 19 2017

The Ferryman

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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…

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Tuesday June 20 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017
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This Beautiful Future

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The plot from Rita Kalnejais’s new play sounds a bit like it’s from one of those suspiciously well-thumbed romance novels with pastel-tinted cover art…

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The Yard Theatre , Hackney Wick Until Saturday May 27 2017

42nd Street

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To start with, the red curtain rises just a foot off the stage. And it artfully reveals the star attraction of this mind-blowingly lavish revival of a classic Broadway musical…

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Until Saturday October 14 2017
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Hamlet

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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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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Friday June 9 2017 - Saturday September 2 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 May 24 2017 - Sunday July 22 2018

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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.