Recommended Shows

RECOMMENDED SHOWS CURRENTLY STILL PLAYING

HIR

★★★★

Park Theatre

HIR at the Park Theatre ★★★★ “Felicity Huffman making her UK stage debut is mesmeric as Paige” HIR pronounced “here” is a story about place, and in Pulitzer and Tony-nominee Taylor Mac’s darkly absurdist play it is about home, in this shockingly good production. The brilliant cast is led by

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THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA

★★★★★

Harold Pinter Theatre

THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA at the Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ “It is, overall, a sharp-witted observation of life. And of death. And the precarious hold we have of memories that lie between.” Jez Butterworth’s highly anticipated new play, “The Hills of California” is a wondrously slow-burning affair that raises the

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COWBOYS AND LESBIANS

★★★★

Park Theatre

COWBOYS AND LESBIANS at the Park Theatre ★★★★ “Pilkington and Vyvyan have amazing chemistry – their friendship and shy flirting seems entirely natural” Cowboys and Lesbians, written and directed by Billie Esplen, is a queer romantic comedy about 17-year-old best friends Nina (Julia Pilkington) and Noa (Georgia Vyvyan). In their

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HADESTOWN

★★★★★

Lyric Theatre

HADESTOWN at the Lyric Theatre ★★★★★ “Hadestown is the West End musical you’ll want to see this year. And next year. And the year after.” Hadestown is that remarkable thing: an adaptation of a tragic Greek myth that isn’t an opera or a film, or a series of elegiac poems,

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THE BIG LIFE

★★★★★

Theatre Royal Stratford East

THE BIG LIFE at the Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★★ “The whole show is a wondrous vision” When front of house inform you that the show is approximately three hours long, the reaction is to smile politely while inwardly groaning and hoping there’s an espresso machine behind the bar at

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JAB

★★★★

Finborough Theatre

JAB at the Finborough Theatre ★★★★ “a lot is packed into this emotionally raw production” There are two trains of thought about the pandemic. One that it is still too raw to explore in dramatic form; the other that it is old hat, and nobody wants to hear any more

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SHIFTERS

★★★★

Bush Theatre

SHIFTERS at the Bush Theatre ★★★★ “There are some lines of devastating simplicity that do a huge amount of emotional heavy lifting, showing off Lombe’s accomplishment and skill” This hugely charismatic commission from the Bush Theatre toys and teases audiences’ hearts, not least down to the sparkling performances from actors

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JUST FOR ONE DAY

★★★★

Old Vic Theatre

JUST FOR ONE DAY at the Old Vic Theatre ★★★★ “high-energy, high-power, dynamic staging that pays tribute to what was possibly one of the greatest events in music history” A decade before the Live Aid concert, David Bowie was holed up in a studio in West Berlin with a three-chord

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WHEN YOU PASS OVER MY TOMB

★★★★★

Arcola Theatre

WHEN YOU PASS OVER MY TOMB at the Arcola Theatre ★★★★★ “Challenging, stimulating, playful, thrilling, but above all, it defies categorisation.” At curtain call, Al Nedjari, the actor playing the writer of “When You Walk Over My Tomb” announces that there is somebody in the audience ‘pretending to be me’.

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TURNING THE SCREW

★★★★

King’s Head Theatre

TURNING THE SCREW at the King’s Head Theatre ★★★★ “a play of startling thematic relevance to today” In 1956, Benjamin Britten wrote a pen portrait of himself as a child. He described himself as a kid who ‘behaved fairly well […] so that his contacts with the cane or the

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DOUBLE FEATURE

★★★★

Hampstead Theatre

DOUBLE FEATURE at Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ “Each performer reveals the layers of these complex characters with a skill that stretches beyond the mere words on the page” Can you separate the artist from the man? Now there’s a question. One that has been around for a very long time, but

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The Little Big Things

★★★★

Sohoplace

THE LITTLE BIG THINGS at @Sohoplace ★★★★ “The script may read like a Hallmark greetings card at times, but the show has all the hallmarks of a major hit.” Being challenged in life is inevitable, but being defeated is optional. So runs one of the tag lines for Henry Fraser’s

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

★★★★

Duke of York’s Theatre

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at the Duke of York’s Theatre ★★★★ “The performances are superb. Matt Smith, as Dr. Thomas, owns the stage.” Before Henrik Ibsen even became a playwright, he was well known for his controversial, anti-establishment opinions. His early works, and poetry, revealed his rebellious nature as

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CRUEL INTENTIONS

★★★★

The Other Palace

CRUEL INTENTIONS at The Other Palace ★★★★ “an evening of unadulterated fun and escapism, with a fabulous soundtrack delivered with passion, right up to its climax” With a core cast of eight triple-threats, bolstered by an equally talented ensemble, “Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical” bursts onto the stage at The

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