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Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

Winning formula: Nicole Kidman as pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin© Johan Persson


Photograph 51, Noël Coward Theatre ★★★★ Nicole Kidman's return to the West End has been worth the wait. Until 21 Nov

The Cocktail Party, The Print Room ★★★★ A theatrical soirée you won't want to leave. Until 10 Oct

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

People, Places and Things, National Theatre ★★★★ New drama about addiction is informative, didactic, clever, funny and often very moving. Until 4 Nov

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


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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