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Six of the best: Theatre | Theatre reviews, news & interviews

Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

There is nothing like a Dame: Judi Dench brings gravitas to Kenneth Branagh's 'The Winter's Tale'© Johan Persson


The Winter's Tale ★★★, Harlequinade/All On Her Own ★★★★, Garrick Theatre Kenneth Branagh's season begins with flawed Shakespeare, riotous Rattigan and a boozy unburdening. Until 16 Jan

Jane Eyre, National Theatre ★★★ An ardent theatrical reimagining of a classic novel. Until 10 Jan

Husbands & Sons, National Theatre ★★★★ The clever merging of three DH Lawrence mining plays creates a quiet triumph. Until 10 Feb

The Homecoming, Trafalgar Studios ★★★ Jamie Lloyd's bold production makes Pinter freshly unsettling. Until 13 Feb

As You Like It, National Theatre ★★★A magical Forest of Arden indeed, though not without its thorns. Until 5 Mar

Ben Hur, Tricycle Theatre ★★★ The successor to The 39 Steps is another sublimely silly send-up. Until 9 Jan


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

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical, Phoenix Theatre ★★★★ Successful transfer to stage for feelgood show

Gypsy, Savoy Theatre ★★★★★ Imelda Staunton dazzles with truth and vitality in a near-perfect musical

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

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