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Six of the best: Theatre

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

Sisterly feeling: Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russell star in Amelia Bullmore's play 'Di and Viv and Rose'Johan Persson


PLAYS


Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre **** Rufus Norris staging works both on its own terms and as a bold sign of what's to come. Until 13 Apr

Di and Viv and Rose, Vaudeville Theatre **** A frank, funny and deeply felt meditation on defining friendships. Until 23 May

Happy Days, Young Vic ***** The great Juliet Stevenson mesmerises in Beckett's tragic-heroic role of a lifetime. Until 21 Mar

Hello/Goodbye, Hampstead Theatre **** Cupid takes the form of a property dispute in this satisfyingly soulful romcom. Until 28 Feb

Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket **** Penelope Wilton triumphs as a mother who defies the Nazis in fighting for her lawyer son. Until 14 Mar

Treasure Island, National Theatre **** The children's classic sets sail with Arthur Darvill aboard. Until 8 Apr

MUSICALS

Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory ***** The definitive 'Assassins': Sondheim and Weidman's piece is a Menier masterpiece. Until 7 Mar

Cats, London Palladium *** The danciest British musical ever is back.

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

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre *** Almodovar's Madrid mayhem moved from screen to musical stage, breathlessly

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