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Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

Rebecca Humphries and Simon Russell Beale in 'Temple' occupy the Donmar WarehouseSimon Annand


PLAYS

Death of a Salesman, Noël Coward Theatre **** Stunning performances make Miller's masterpiece burn. Until 18 Jul

Temple, Donmar Warehouse **** New play about the Occupy movement starring Simon Russell Beale is deep but undramatic. Until 25 Jul

The Beaux' Stratagem, National Theatre **** Energetic and irreverent comic delight from start to finish. Until 2 Sept

The Seagull, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre **** Strikingly staged Chekhov continues a strong season in the park. Until 11 Jul

The Elephant Man, Theatre Royal, Haymarket **** Bradley Cooper's star power transfers to the stage. Until 8 Aug

Violence and Son, Royal Court Theatre **** New play about fathers and sons is very hard to stomach, but impossible to forget. Until 11 Jul


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 24 Oct

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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