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

Six of the best: Theatre

'The mother of the blues' leads theartsdesk's stage tips

Singing the blues: Sharon D Clarke as the eponymous Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey© Bill Knight for theartsdesk


PLAYS

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

Escaped Alone, Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ New Caryl Churchill play creates a fantasy world where banality is infected by horror. Until 12 Mar

Red Velvet, Garrick Theatre ★★★ Adrian Lester is a blazing triumph as pioneering actor Ira Aldridge. Until 27 Feb

Hangmen, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★ Tar-black gallows humour galore in Martin McDonagh's triumphant return. Until 5 Mar

The Mother, Tricycle Theatre ★★★ Florian Zeller's desolate farce tackles maternal devotion and mental instability. Until 12 Mar

Battlefield, Young Vic ★★★★ Peter Brook revisits 'The Mahabharata' with a perfection that ultimately feels chilly. Until 27 Feb


MUSICALS

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. Until 5 Mar

Guys and Dolls, Savoy Theatre ★★★★ Beloved Broadway favourite offers up New Year bliss. Until 12 Mar

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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