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Six of the best: Theatre

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

Victor Dixon in The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick TheatreRichard Hubert Smith


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

Electra, Old Vic **** Kristin Scott Thomas continues her sensational partnership with Ian Rickson in Sophocles. Until 20 Dec

God Bless the Child, Royal Court Theatre **** New play about education is a gripping satire with a cast of bright eight-year-olds. Until 20 Dec

JOHN, National Theatre **** DV8's verbatim physical theatre powerfully relates the life of a social outsider. Until 13 Jan

3 Winters, National Theatre **** Love and war in impressive saga of a Croatian family across three generations. Until 3 Feb

Visitors, Bush Theatre **** New play about aging, love and the meaning of life is sensitive and moving. Until 10 Jan

MUSICALS

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

Here Lies Love, National Theatre **** David Byrne musical about Imelda Marcos offers razzle-dazzle, disco and no shoe gags. Until 8 Jan

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

The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre **** Kander & Ebb's startling, stirring musical gets a West End upgrade

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