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  • Everything Florian Zeller puts his pen to seems to end up in the West End, from his Olivier Award-winning play The Father to his recent success with The Height of the Storm, set to transfer to Broadway next week. His latest, The Son, is the first to transfer to the West End from Indhu Rubasingham's recently rebranded Kiln Theatre, and it's a taut, emotive examination of the tragedy of adolescence depression.Nicolas has hit a brick wall. Since his parents divorced, he's been skipping school,...

    Duke of York's Theatre
  • Fleabag

    A few years ago, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was performing her gem of a play at the Edinburgh Fringe which earned her the title of a 'promising talent'. In the following years, her meteoric rise has seen her play become a cult TV classic (as has her second TV show Killing Eve), she's become a writer in the upcoming James Bond film, a sell-out Broadway run, and she's landed the illustrious job Stateside of hosting Saturday Night Live - a real indicator of how global a name Waller-Bridge has become.But...

    Wyndham's Theatre
  • The Secret River

    While William Thornhill, the pardoned prisoner who lays claim to his own land in Australia, is the fictional antihero of Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River, it's hard to forget to Indigenous people he's displaced by laying claim to his space are real. Blameless, slaughtered, and real. After its debut in Australia in 2013, Andrew Bovell's adaptation comes to London following a run at Edinburgh International Festival, where actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf, the play's narrator, tragically passed...

    Olivier Theatre
  • The Doctor

    In his final production in his role as associate director at the Almeida, Robert Icke has left a little gift. His modernisation of Arthur Schnitzler's 105-year-old play Professor Bernhardi is a tense medical drama, but it has handed Juliet Stevenson an electrifying role in which she is absolutely mesmerisingStevenson doesn't step foot off stage once for the entirety of the just under three-hour running time (that's including the interval), as she becomes Professor Ruth Wolff, the doctor at the...

    Duke of York's Theatre
  • Samantha Pauly & Trent Saunders in Evita

    It's Evita, Jim, but not as we know it... Shortly into Act I of this new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's beloved 1978 musical at the Open Air Theatre, that strangely feels as stripped back as it does overstuffed, Agustin Magaldi serenades us with "On This Night of a Thousand Stars." I looked up towards the stars myself and couldn't help but wonder what the great Harold Prince, the musical's original director who sadly passed away just over a week ago, would be thinking right now....

    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Four

    With Boris Johnson moved into Number 10 and the dreaded 'B word' uttered more than ever, it may seem as if history is being rewritten before our eyes every day. But with centuries of history shaping our country's past, Horrible Histories returns to the West End to remind us of exciting, and somewhat less gloomy times.Based on Terry Deary's series of children's books and the subsequent BAFTA award-winning television series, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain takes its audience on a historical...

    Apollo Theatre
  • "Look after your ears kids" is the conclusion of one Brainiac's experiment, testing the hearing capacity of the younger and older members of the audience and the frequencies they can hear.Ironic, given moments later, she's mixing calcium carbide with water and setting it on fire to (loudly) launch socks into the crowd.To be fair, that was modest in comparison to the hydrogen balloon she and her other Brainiacs have just exploded, after they chucked a two-litre bottle of liquid nitrogen into a...

    Garrick Theatre
  • If you're hoping to arrive at the Young Vic early and have a leisurely perusal of the programme pre-show at Tree, think again. As I made my way down towards the stage, all I could see was the grinning artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah throwing some shapes welcoming people to the space, as actors and audience cut up the dancefloor stage to bone-rattling bass.It's the first spectacle of this show, which takes its inspiration from Idris Elba's album mi Mandela, which he recorded after travelling...

    Young Vic (Main House)
  • Mr Gum

    If you want a good example of eclectic programming, consider this: earlier this year I was sat in the Dorfman watching Downstate, a play about a social house for a group of sex offenders. Last night, the same theatre was full of kids as they watched fat Gary Wilmot float to the sky in a hot air balloon.I may have left one show harrowed, but luckily, that was not the case with Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear.The new musical is based on Andy Stanton's children's novels which, unusually, does not take...

    Dorfman Theatre
  • The Girl On The Train

    Adapted from the hit thriller novel by Paula Hawkins which told three women's narratives as they became embroiled in a missing person case - which was in turn adapted into a not-so-hit film starring Emily Blunt - Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel's stage version of The Girl on the Train was premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds last year, and pulls into the West End at the Duke of York's as part of a UK tour. But this might be one journey you're grateful to miss.Like the film, the play...

    Duke of York's Theatre

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