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Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel in Bakkhai at Almeida Theatre© Marc Brenner


PLAYS

Bakkhai, Almeida Theatre ***** Ben Whishaw's ambiguous Dionysos and operatic chorus serve superb Euripides translation. Until 17 Sept

Splendour, Donmar Warehouse **** Fine revival of Abi Morgan's rarely seen play is well acted, and intriguing in form and content. Until 26 Sept

Richard II, Shakespeare's Globe **** The Wilton Diptych meets Monty Python, and Richard II comes to provocative life. Until 18 Oct

The Beaux' Stratagem, National Theatre **** Energetic and irreverent comic delight from start to finish. Until 2 Sept

Three Days in the Country, National Theatre *** Marber's adaptation of Turgenev is fun, but lacks subtlety and profundity. Until 21 Oct

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe *** Dominic Dromgoole lets the light into Shakespeare's darkest comedy in this new production. Until 17 Oct


MUSICALS

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

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical, Phoenix Theatre **** Successful transfer to stage for feelgood show. Until 24 Oct

Gypsy, Savoy Theatre ***** Imelda Staunton dazzles with truth and vitality in a near-perfect musical

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

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