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  • Photo credit: Wonderville Magic and Illusion (Photo by Pamela Raith)

    If Stan Lee had created the Marvel characters as magicians, then the acts in Wonderville Magic and Illusion would be the Avengers. This newly-created vaudevillian variety show brings together world-leading illusionists for a summer run at the Palace Theatre, famously home to the spellbinding play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Now believing in the impossible and seeing the unthinkable are difficult tasks, but it's made easy thanks to the Wonderville performers. Wonderville rolls an evening...

    Palace Theatre
  • Photo credit: Rachel Tucker and Lewis Cornay in John and Jen (Photo by Danny Kaan)

    The Southwark Playhouse's smaller second stage makes a fitting attic. Natalie Johnson's set is simultaneously cramped and expansive, a naturalistically cluttered backdrop packed with boxes and lovingly detailed detritus of a suburban American life from 1980 to the present, a fit for the intimacy of the venue (which is perhaps unfortunately cramped—there is no distancing in place, and masks are not required).Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald's two-person musical about the changing relationship...

    Southwark Playhouse Borough
  • Photo credit: Changing Destiny (Photo by Marc Brenner)

    Changing Destiny makes all sorts of sense as a Covid-era selection with which to reopen the invaluable Young Vic: an hour in length with a cast of two and drawing upon a seminal text from ancient Egypt called Sinuhe that is widely thought to presage many of the great epic narratives that followed (The Odyssey, for one). Like The Mahabharata from Peter Brook, a legendary director well-known to Young Vic audiences, Sinuhe in the Booker prize-winning Nigerian writer Ben Okri's distillation of this...

  • Photo credit: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Photo by Tristram Kenton)

    Go go go Joseph! Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest work, Cinderella, is still yet to open thanks to the pingdemic, but his very first is up and running again. Laurence Connor's buoyant revival of Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Biblical musical charmed audiences back in 2019, and remains an absolute winner. If we can't go to the ball quite yet, at least we've got this technicolour dream.Connor and choreographer JoAnn M Hunter, who also collaborated with Lloyd Webber on School of Rock and Cinderella,...

    London Palladium
  • Photo credit: Oleanna (Photo by Nobby Clark)

    It would be tempting to say that the time has come for Oleanna, David Mamet's supremely discomfiting play about power politics and academe that has been freshly revived by the director Lucy Bailey. But the sorrowful fact of the matter is that it's hard to imagine a world in which this ironically named play (its title references a folk song popularised in the 1960s that posits a possible utopia) doesn't chime with some sort of dystopian present.Whether tallying with the gathering debate back in...

    Arts Theatre
  • Photo credit: Kate O'Flynn and Zubin Varla (Photo by Marc Brenner)

    Tennessee Williams's strange meta-theatrical play has been given an immensely daring revival at the Hampstead Theatre, where this dense two-hander had its world premiere in 1967. Since then, the play was retitled (as Out Cry) for a brief Broadway run in 1973 and has cropped up both at London's Jermyn Street Theatre in 2010 and Off Broadway in 2013, in a starry revival with Brad Dourif and Amanda Plummer that I actually caught at a sparsely attended Wednesday matinee performed to a bewildered...

  • Photo credit: Bach & Sons (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

    When the family business is music, and your father happens to be a genius, are you destined for glittering achievement - or a life underscored by inadequacy? That's a recurring motif in this new play by Nina Raine, who, as the daughter of poet Craig Raine, knows a thing or two about living with a celebrated patriarch. It's a piece about creativity and commerce, about the difficulty of balancing artistic integrity with economic survival. It's also about the eternal emotional haggling in a...

    Bridge Theatre
  • Photo credit: Billionaire Boy cast (Photo by Mark Douet)

    Working as a top dog in the toilet roll industry during the pandemic would have been a loo-crative way to earn money. Being in the toilet roll industry definitely worked for Billionaire Boy's Len Spud, a businessman sitting on piles of cash after creating BumFresh, toilet paper that's moist on one side and dry on the other. His son, Joe Spud, may have a lot of money, but all he's looking for is a friend. Moving schools and meeting new people, Joe eventually realises that forming relationships...

    Garrick Theatre
  • Photo credit: Anna X (Photo by Helen Murray)

    The production is inseparable from the play when it comes to Anna X, the dazzling 80-minute theatrical joyride that brings the producer Sonia Friedman's RE:EMERGE season of new writing in a commercial context to a tremendous finish. Of the trio of plays under her auspices, following the dreary Walden and the lively J'Ouvert, Joseph Charlton's two-hander seems the one most obviously assured of a future life, not least in New York, where it is set. Whatever its onward trajectory, Charlton's wily...

    Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Photo credit: Heathers cast (Photo by Pamela Raith)

    'Dear Diary. July 12th, 2021.' Veronica Sawyer opens Heathers with the phrase "Dear Diary", so it feels fitting to mark the day I battled through the wind and rain to see Heathers in the West End.The growing domination of cult teen musicals is alive and well as the West End reopens. Be More Chill and Six are playing in their largest West End venues to date. Dear Evan Hansen is set to reopen in the autumn. But for all the shared playground politics in teen musicals, no show takes on adult themes...

    The Other Palace - Main Theatre

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