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

Six of the best: Theatre

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

Andrew Rothney in `James II: Day of the Innocents'Manuel Harlan


PLAYS

As You Like It, Southwark Playhouse **** Shakespeare's comedy enchants anew, this time with a sheep puppet. Until 18 Oct

Ballyturk, National Theatre ****
Enda Walsh's unsettling comedy triumphs at the Lyttelton. Until 11 Oct

Ghost from a Perfect Place, Arcola Theatre *****
Powerful revival of Philip Ridley’s 1994 shock-fest proves that it’s a contemporary classic. Until 11 Oct

King Charles III, Wyndham's Theatre **** Pigott-Smith is the jewel in the crown of a provocative political comedy. Until 29 Nov

The James Plays, National Theatre **** Rona Munro's enthralling history cycle bursts with Scottish regal life. Until 29 October

True West, Tricycle Theatre **** Sam Shepard’s tale of sibling rivalry and the sad underbelly of the American Dream prevails against almost too much mayhem. Until 4 Oct

MUSICALS


Evita, Dominion Theatre ****
Operatic revival lacks satirical bite, but is elevated by a star turn

Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre ****
Fearless foursome spoofs the poker-faced and the overblown in magnificent Menier transfer. Until 22 Nov

Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre **** The RSC's production of Dahl's classic is a feast for eyes, ears - and heart

Once, Phoenix Theatre **** Broadway Tony-winner makes quietly bravura London transfer

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

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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