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Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

Brilliantly theatrical: Stephen Mangan in 'Rules for Living'Simon Annand


PLAYS

Carmen Disruption, Almeida Theatre **** Simon Stephens’s new deconstruction of Bizet’s opera is strangely, feverishly beautiful. Until 24 May

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

Oppenheimer, RSC, Vaudeville Theatre ***** The dawn of the Atomic Age is brought vividly to life in this dazzling new play. Until 23 May

Rules for Living, National Theatre **** New play about a family reunion at Christmas is imaginative and brilliantly theatrical. Until 8 Jul

The Angry Brigade, Bush Theatre **** Paines Plough's documentary about the 1970s urban terror group is thrillingly theatrical. Until 13 Jun

The Father, Tricycle Theatre ***** Brutally honest portrait of dementia is unmissable theatre. Until 13 Jun

The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare's Globe **** Jonathan Munby's Merchant is quiet, but delivers a deadly final blow. Until 7 Jun

The Twits, Royal Court Theatre **** Stage version of the Roald Dahl story is blissfully wild and finishes on an uplifting note. Until 31 May


MUSICALS

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

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

Sweeney Todd, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue **** Sondheim's epic musical gets a miniaturist make-over. Until 30 May

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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