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Read through our latest London theatre reviews and find out what our theatre team made of the city's new openings

Romeo and Juliet

You would have to have been exiled to Verona to be unaware of the Globe’s recent troubles, wherein its artistic director Emma Rice – who only started last year – has been forced out by the theatre’s board, who objected to her penchant for using electric lights and amplified sound in the replica Elizabethan theatre…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday July 9 2017

City of Glass

If you haven’t heard of Paul Auster’s 1987 cult novel ‘City of Glass’ (and until I saw this show, I hadn’t) it’s a tough one to summarise in any kind of pithy fashion…

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Until Saturday May 20 2017
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The Braille Legacy

The story of Louis Braille – the blind French boy who invented the braille alphabet in 1824 when he only 15 – is an inspiring one, and musicals have certainly been based on stranger source material…

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Charing Cross Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday June 24 2017
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Nuclear War

Though the title could only have been more zeitgeisty if it had been called ‘Snap Election’, this short (45min!), experimental new play from Simon Stephens has absolutely nothing to do with current global sabre-rattling, or, indeed, nuclear war in any obvious sense…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday May 6 2017

Junkyard

Whether it’s Scorpius Malfoy in the West End-swallowing ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ or the kids in TV series ‘Skins’, writer Jack Thorne has a talent for seeing out of teens’ eyes…

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Until Sunday April 30 2017

Home Truths

You can’t fault pioneering homeless-led theatre company Cardboard Citizens for ambition: they’re taking over The Bunker with a whopping nine plays about the history of housing and homelessness, staged in sets of three…

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The Bunker , Southwark Until Saturday May 13 2017
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Home Truths

You can’t fault pioneering homeless-led theatre company Cardboard Citizens for ambition: they’re taking over The Bunker with a whopping nine plays about the history of housing and homelessness, staged in sets of three…

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The Bunker , Southwark Until Saturday May 13 2017

Junkyard

Whether it’s Scorpius Malfoy in the West End-swallowing ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ or the kids in TV series ‘Skins’, writer Jack Thorne has a talent for seeing out of teens’ eyes…

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Until Sunday April 30 2017
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Nuclear War

Though the title could only have been more zeitgeisty if it had been called ‘Snap Election’, this short (45min!), experimental new play from Simon Stephens has absolutely nothing to do with current global sabre-rattling, or, indeed, nuclear war in any obvious sense…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday May 6 2017

Whisper House

The ‘ghost musical’ is a niche genre indeed. And this strange show composed by Duncan Sheik – he of ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘American Psycho’ fame – doesn’t prove much of an addition to the category…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday May 27 2017
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Guards at the Taj

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Though his earlier play 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo' was the occasion of the only Broadway performance of the late Robin Williams, Rajiv Joseph remains an obscure name in the UK…

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Until Saturday May 20 2017

Consent

Recommended

Nina Raine’s new play is so emotionally bruising that it feels almost glib to describe it as ‘a black comedy’…

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National Theatre , South Bank Until Wednesday May 17 2017

42nd Street

Recommended

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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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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Until Sat May 13

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 Saturday April 29 2017
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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 Saturday April 29 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 Until Sunday July 22 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.