mon 29/08/2016

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Six of the best: Theatre

Lee Hall's miraculous 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' leads theartsdesk's stage tips

The sheer exuberance of being 17: 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour'Bill Knight for theartsdesk


PLAYS

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre ★★★★★ Lee 'Billy Elliot' Hall adapts book about six convent girls, with miraculous results. Until 1 Oct

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage. Currently booking until Dec 2017

Yerma, Young Vic ★★★★ Lorca rewrite places Billie Piper among her generation's best. Until 24 Sept

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ New artistic director Emma Rice makes a joyfully irreverent start. Until 11 Sept

Young Chekhov, National Theatre ★★★★/★★★★/★★★★ Chekhovathon builds to a shattering climax. Until 8 Oct

They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre New drama about the Congo is absorbing, but too long, too messy and too complex. Until 1 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

Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre ★★★★★ 25 years on, Boublil and Schönberg's celebrated musical thrills anew

Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre ★★★★ Broadway Tony-winner comes home in its West End debut

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

Guys and Dolls, Phoenix Theatre ★★★★ The all-time Broadway great remains a reassuringly safe bet

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