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  1. Photograph: Geraint Lewis
    Photograph: Geraint Lewis

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Twelfth Night

  2. Photograph: Arno Declair
    Photograph: Arno Declair

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: An Enemy of the People

  3. Photograph: Gregory Costanzo
    Photograph: Gregory Costanzo

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: You Never Can Tell

  4. Photograph: Pavol Antonov
    Photograph: Pavol Antonov

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Good Person of Szechwan

  5. Photograph: Michael J. Lutch
    Photograph: Michael J. Lutch

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: The Glass Menagerie

  6. Photograph: Allan Warren
    Photograph: Allan Warren

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: The Winslow Boy

  7. Photograph: Jason Bell
    Photograph: Jason Bell

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Waiting for Godot

  8. Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe
    Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

    Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows: Betrayal

Timeline: A history of great theater in eight must-see shows

Get a crash course in Western theater with these eight must-see shows, featuring works by Shakespeare, Beckett and Ibsen, and big names like Patrick Stewart.

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Fall means new drama (Lucy Thurber’s Hill Town Plays quintet, Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris’s Domesticated) and musicals (adaptations of the movies Little Miss Sunshine and Big Fish), but this year, you’ll find a slew of classics bring produced on Broadway and beyond. Check out eight of the biggest new shows, including new productions of The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night, and find out how to buy tickets to those performances.

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1601: <em>Twelfth Night; or, What You Will</em> by William Shakespeare
Photograph: Geraint Lewis

1601: Twelfth Night; or, What You Will by William Shakespeare

The phenomenal Mark Rylance stars as Olivia in an all-male production of the Bard’s frothy comedy; Stephen Fry costars as the starchy valet, Malvolio. shakespearebroadway.com. $27–$137.

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1946: <em>The Winslow Boy</em> by Terence Rattigan
Photograph: Allan Warren

1946: The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan

Much bigger in England than here, Rattigan is the poet laureate of 20th-century British repression and longing. This Edwardian-set drama follows a father’s attempt to clear his expelled-student son’s tarnished reputation.  roundabouttheatre.org. $52–$137.

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1952: <em>Waiting for Godot</em> by Samuel Beckett
Photograph: Jason Bell

1952: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Godot is “a play in which nothing happens, twice,” as an Irish critic put it. One of the earliest and most influential examples of theater of the absurd, this philosophical masterpiece returns to Broadway with X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. twoplaysinrep.com. $40–$137.

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