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Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

Charles Edwards as Richard II and David Sturzaker's Henry IV at Shakespeare's Globe© Johan Persson/Shakespeare's Globe


PLAYS

A Number, Young Vic Theatre **** Powerful revival of Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play is both well acted and thrillingly contemporary. Until 15 Aug

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

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

The Gathered Leaves, Park Theatre *** An endearing, old-fashioned family drama featuring real-life parents and their offspring. Until 15 Aug

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