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Six of the best: Theatre
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre **** Rufus Norris staging works both on its own terms and as a bold sign of what's to come. Until 13 Apr
Game, Almeida Theatre **** Mike Bartlett’s new play about the housing crisis shoots from the hip. Until 4 Apr
Happy Days, Young Vic ***** The great Juliet Stevenson mesmerises in Beckett's tragic-heroic role of a lifetime. Until 21 Mar
Kill Me Now, Park Theatre **** Greg Wise in a searing Canadian import about disability, parenting and mortality. Until 29 Mar
Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket **** Penelope Wilton triumphs as a mother who defies the Nazis in fighting for her lawyer son. Until 14 Mar
Treasure Island, National Theatre **** The children's classic sets sail with Arthur Darvill aboard. Until 8 Apr
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre **** With Katie Brayben as the prolific songwriter, a star is born in London as on Broadway
Cats, London Palladium *** The danciest British musical ever is back.
Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre ***** 25 years on, Boublil and Schönberg's celebrated musical thrills anew
Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre **** Ray Davies's Kinks saga has heart and soul as well as musical brawn
The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre ***** The dirty-talking, big-hearted musical from the talents behind South Park is satirical heaven
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre *** Almodovar's Madrid mayhem moved from screen to musical stage, breathlessly
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