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Food

Food means reassurance but also anxiety and isolation in this UK premiere of Australian playwright Steve Rodgers’s tale of two sisters…

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Finborough Theatre , West Brompton Until Saturday July 15 2017

Terror

As gripping and as ridiculous as an episode of ‘Line of Duty’, ex-lawyer Ferdinand von Schirach’s global hit interactive show ‘Terror’ is clearly an in-no-way accurate representation of a jury trial…

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Until Saturday July 15 2017

Gloria

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is taking London. The American’s earlier play, 'An Octoroon', is enjoying an extended run at the Orange Tree Theatre, he's got a commission for Nick Hytner's Bridge Theatre, and before that 'Gloria' arrives with a strut…

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday July 22 2017
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Hir

Queer New York artist and playwright Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’ is an artfully nasty comedy centring on a family who’ve been fucked up twice over…

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Until Saturday July 22 2017

Barber Shop Chronicles

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Sometimes the toughest conversations work best when you’re not looking someone in the eyes – like during a phonecall, a car ride, or in Inua Ellams’s brilliant new play, when you’re sat in a barber’s chair…

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday July 5 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017
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Groomed

Patrick Sandford’s solo show is a study in how the events of a few short months can ripple through an entire life. He’s 65, with an impressive directing career under his belt…

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Saturday July 1 2017
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Tristan & Yseult

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It's hard not to view outgoing Globe boss Emma Rice's programming through the prism of her imminent departure. But you can probably dial down the speculation when it comes to 'Tristan & Yseult'…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday June 24 2017

Kiss Me

Richard Bean – he of 'One Man, Two Guvnors' and 'Great Britain' fame – returns to more intimate fare with this short two-hander that started life at Hampstead’s Downstairs studio theatre last year…

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Trafalgar Studios , Whitehall Until Saturday July 8 2017
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Tristan & Yseult

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It's hard not to view outgoing Globe boss Emma Rice's programming through the prism of her imminent departure. But you can probably dial down the speculation when it comes to 'Tristan & Yseult'…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday June 24 2017

Barber Shop Chronicles

Recommended

Sometimes the toughest conversations work best when you’re not looking someone in the eyes – like during a phonecall, a car ride, or in Inua Ellams’s brilliant new play, when you’re sat in a barber’s chair…

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday July 5 2017 - Saturday July 8 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 Until Saturday October 7 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 February 10 2018
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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 Until Saturday September 2 2017

Anatomy of a Suicide

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Interview: Alice Birch on 'Anatomy of a Suicide', 'Lady Macbeth' and more Somewhere between a dream, a nightmare, an art installation and a melodrama, ‘Anatomy of a Suicide’ is the work of the auteur director Katie Mitchell writ large…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday July 8 2017
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Killology

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Like a sort of kitchen sink M Night Shyamalan, playwright Gary Owen writes stories about working class lives that end up in an alarmingly different place to the one you were expecting…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday June 24 2017

An Octoroon

Recommended

How do you deal with slavery as a black American playwright? Take someone else’s play, and play with it. Problematise it…

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Until Saturday July 1 2017

Twelfth Night

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Here it is, then. Barely a year after she directed her first Shakespeare play for the Globe, this ‘Twelfth Night’ marks artistic director Emma Rice’s second and last for the outdoor theatre…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Monday June 26 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017
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Life of Galileo

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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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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.