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A Midsummer Night's Dream

For me, last summer's gloriously OTT Globe production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was both the apex and the last word in Shakespeare's magical comedy…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday April 1 2017

Twelfth Night

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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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday March 1 2017 - Saturday May 13 2017

The Cherry Orchard

It’s a strange thing watching Chekhov’s late masterpiece about a world on the brink of collapse when it feels the wheels of our own contemporary meltdown are firmly in motion…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Until Saturday March 25 2017

The Girls

Okay, he’s not exactly at the bleeding edge of cool, but I was rather looking forward to Gary Barlow’s West End musical debut ‘The Girls’…

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Phoenix Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 15 2017

Low Level Panic

Long, long ago, when Carrie Bradshaw was barely out of braces and Lena Dunham was in nappies, Clare McIntyre made her Royal Court debut with ‘Low Level Panic’…

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Until Saturday March 25 2017

New Nigerians

Greatness Ogholi is finally living up to his name with a bid for Nigeria’s presidency. But as Oladipo Agboluaje’s witty political satire shows, achieving greatness in a corrupt system is anything but straightforward…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Until Saturday March 11 2017

See Me Now

Eleven real life sex workers share their lives in this sprawling show…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday March 4 2017

Travesties

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Take a moment to consider that 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 Until Saturday April 29 2017

Bucket List

Arya Stark’s kill list has got nothing on this. Milagros, the young Mexican protagonist of Theatre Ad Infinitum’s acclaimed show, is out to murder the US and Mexican presidents ­– after she’s bumped off a CEO, the local mayor, and a factory owner with a penchant for cocaine-fuelled rape…

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Until Wednesday March 22 2017

La Ronde

Arthur Schnitzler’s saucy play, La Ronde (1897), was so risqué that it was initially performed only to friends…

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The Bunker , Southwark Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday March 11 2017

New Nigerians

Greatness Ogholi is finally living up to his name with a bid for Nigeria’s presidency. But as Oladipo Agboluaje’s witty political satire shows, achieving greatness in a corrupt system is anything but straightforward…

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Arcola Theatre , Kingsland Until Saturday March 11 2017

See Me Now

Eleven real life sex workers share their lives in this sprawling show, directed by Mimi Poskitt with a devised text written up by Molly Taylor…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday March 4 2017

Travesties

Recommended

Take a moment to consider that 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 Until Saturday April 29 2017

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 Until Saturday April 29 2017

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 Until Saturday April 29 2017

The Iron Man

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They may share a name, but Ted Hughes’s Iron Man is about as far from Marvel’s as you can get…

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

Hedda Gabler

Recommended

Starring an incandescent Ruth Wilson, Ivo van Hove’s modern production of Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ rejects the usual, comforting, proto-feminist reading wherein its heroine does the terrible things she does because she is a victim…

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National Theatre , South Bank Monday March 6 2017 - Tuesday March 21 2017

An Inspector Calls

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Did Stephen Daldry know something we didn’t? This revival of the director’s landmark 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s 1945 play ‘An Inspector Calls’ opened a day after the result of the US election…

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Playhouse Theatre , Charing Cross Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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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 March 1 2017 - Sunday February 4 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.