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Six of the best: Theatre

An utterly compelling revival of Brian Friel's 'Faith Healer' leads theartsdesk's stage tips

'The ideal post-Brexit play': Stephen Dillane in 'Faith Healer'Johan Persson


PLAYS

The Faith Healer, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Revival of Brian Friel's 1979 classic is brilliantly acted and utterly compelling. Until 20 Aug

The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★★ Tragedy and comedy combine in this startling, all-Irish take on Shakespeare's trickiest play. Until 6 Aug

Richard III, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ Ralph Fiennes rivets anew as Shakespeare's English psycho of a king. Until 6 Aug

As You Like It, The Savill Garden, Windsor ★★★★ All the garden's a stage for an appealing Shakespeare staging of romance and spectacle. Until 24 Jul

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ New artistic director Emma Rice makes a joyfully irreverent start. Until 11 Sept

Hobson's Choice, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★ A bewhiskered Martin Shaw barnstorms his way through an English classic. Until 10 Sept


MUSICALS

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

Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre ★★★★★ 25 years on, Boublil and Schönberg's celebrated musical thrills anew

Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre ★★★★ Broadway Tony-winner comes home in its West End debut

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

Guys and Dolls, Phoenix Theatre ★★★★ The all-time Broadway great remains a reassuringly safe bet

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