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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

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

JOHN, National Theatre **** DV8's verbatim physical theatre powerfully relates the life of a social outsider. Until 13 Jan. Screened in cinemas via NT Live from 9 December

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

Our Town, Almeida Theatre **** Off Broadway revival hops the Atlantic, its invention and power intact. Until 29 Nov

The Cherry Orchard, Young Vic **** Katie Mitchell delivers Chekhov's masterpiece with devastating power. Until 29 Nov

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, The Rose Playhouse **** A dramatic miniature that tells the many truths about love. Until 29 Nov


MUSICALS

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

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

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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