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Six of the best: Theatre

Kings, kids and singing despots: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Andrew Rothney in `James II: Day of the Innocents'Manuel Harlan


PLAYS

Electra, Old Vic **** Kristin Scott Thomas continues her sensational partnership with Ian Rickson in Sophocles. Until 20 Dec

King Charles III, Wyndham's Theatre **** Pigott-Smith is the jewel in the crown of a provocative political comedy. Until 29 Nov

Our Town, Almeida Theatre **** Off Broadway revival hops the Atlantic, its invention and power intact. Until 29 Nov

The Cherry Orchard, Young Vic **** Katie Mitchell delivers Chekhov's masterpiece with devastating power. Until 29 Nov

The Distance, Orange Tree Theatre **** New play powerfully tackles one of the last taboos — women who leave their kids. Until 8 Nov

The James Plays, National Theatre **** Rona Munro's enthralling history cycle bursts with Scottish regal life. Until 29 October

MUSICALS


Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre ****
Fearless foursome spoofs the poker-faced and the overblown in magnificent Menier transfer. Until 22 Nov

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre ***** Imelda Staunton gives the performance of the year in possibly the show of the year. Until 8 Nov

Here Lies Love, National Theatre **** David Byrne musical about Imelda Marcos offers razzle-dazzle, disco and no shoe gags. Until 8 Jan

Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre **** The RSC's production of Dahl's classic is a feast for eyes, ears - and heart

Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre ***** 25 years on, Boublil and Schönberg's celebrated musical thrills anew

The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre ***** The dirty-talking, big-hearted musical from the talents behind South Park is satirical heaven

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