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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

Donkey Heart, Trafalgar Studios **** Excellent new play about family tensions in Russia transfers to the West End. Until 31 Jan

The Merchant of Venice, Almeida Theatre **** Las Vegas bling lethally demolished in Rupert Goold's layered Shakespeare. Until 14 Feb

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

Tree, Old Vic **** Comic storyteller Daniel Kitson's engaging two-hander. Until 31 Jan

Widowers' Houses, Orange Tree Theatre **** A timely revival of a timeless satire. Until 31 Jan

MUSICALS

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

City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse ***** Lavish entertainment from the musical portrait of Forties Tinseltown. Until 7 Feb

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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