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Six of the best: Theatre

Annie Baker's microscopic epic leads theartsdesk's stage tips

Candid camera: Rose (Louisa Krause) and Sam (Matthew Maher) try to reason with Avery (Jaygann Ayeh)Bill Knight for theartsdesk


PLAYS

The Flick, National Theatre ★★★★ Annie Baker makes the ordinary extraordinary. Until 15 Jun

People, Places & Things, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★★ Denise Gough reprises her tour-de-force performance as the recalcitrant recovering addict. Until 18 Jun

The Maids, Trafalgar Studios ★★★ Macabre savagery meets existentialist thought in Jean Genet's hallucinatory vision. Until 21 May

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, National Theatre ★★★★ August Wilson's Broadway debut dazzles anew. Until 18 May

My Mother Said I Never Should, St James Theatre ★★★ Spirited revival of the 1980s feminist classic is a bit shrill, yet also quietly moving. Until 21 May

Les Blancs, National Theatre ★★★ Lorraine Hansberry's final play may leave questions unanswered, but Yaël Farber's production excels. Until 2 Jun


MUSICALS

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre ★★★★ With Katie Brayben as the prolific songwriter, a star is born in London as on Broadway

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

Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre ★★★★ Broadway Tony-winner comes home in its West End debut

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

Guys and Dolls, Phoenix Theatre ★★★★ The all-time Broadway great remains a reassuringly safe bet. Until 30 Oct

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