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A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Streetcar Named Desire
Opens: 23/07/2014 Closes: 19/09/2014 Young Vic, London
It's got performance of a lifetime heritage: Vivien Leigh, Cate Blanchett (on stage and in Woody Allen's homage) and now Gillian Anderson finds herself steeped in praise as the deluded, tragic Blanche DuBois. Bravely setting Tennessee Williams in a classy modern flat rather than a mid-century Deep South, director Benedict Andrews revolves his set to mirror her mental disarray.
Rated 88
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The Nether
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The Nether
Opens: 17/07/2014 Closes: 04/08/2014 Royal Court, London
Near-future digital murkiness from an award-winning US playwright (and World of Warcraft user) is on the menu at the Royal Court. Produced with Headlong and directed by Jeremy Herrin, it's also a mystery of sorts. In a shady corner of an immersive simulated playground, one can engage in virtual paedaphilia – does that mean it's not real? Designer du jour Es Devlin provides the fantastical set.
Rated 71 %
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Medea
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Medea
Opens: 14/07/2014 Closes: 04/09/2014 National Theatre, London
Euripidean tragedies rarely get a worthy showcase in contemporary theatre, so this is a welcome new staging of one of the most gruesome. It epitomises the adage ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'. Ben Power updates the text.
Rated 77 %
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Perseverance Drive
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Perseverance Drive
Opens: 04/07/2014 Closes: 16/08/2014 Bush Theatre, London
Tensions are high as the disconnected Gillard family reunites for a funeral. Brothers Nathan and Zek clash over religious ideals; a third (gay) brother is still a pariah. Set in Barbados and London, John Soanes' new play explores the personal fallout of intolerance as the family tries to reconcile faith in God with faith in each other. 
Rated 76 %
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Pacific Overtures
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Pacific Overtures
Opens: 02/07/2014 Closes: 02/08/2014 Union Theatre, London
American foreign policy gets a bashing in Stephen Sondheim's 1976 musical, which takes a skeptical view of the country's bullying of Japan to ports its pots for trade in the 1850s. One of London's most consistently excellent fringe venues, the Union, stages an all-male production of this spare piece, which subtly interweaves eastern touches with Gilbert & Sullivan parodies.
Rated 83
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Richard III
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Richard III
Opens: 01/07/2014 Closes: 27/09/2014 Trafalgar Studios
The Office and Hobbit star Martin Freeman joins the ranks of Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen and Kevin Spacey, becoming the latest actor to adopt the hunchbacked gait of Shakespeare's famous Machiavellian character. This is the first in Jamie Lloyd's new Trafalgar Transformed season (last year's certainly threw up some treats) and also stars Our Friends in the North's Gina McKee.    
Rated 70 %
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Great Britain
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Great Britain
Opens: 30/06/2014 Closes: 23/08/2014 National Theatre, London
Remarkable for its element of well-managed surprise, this most topical of plays was only made public the morning after the News International phone hacking trial wrapped, and opened five days later. Billie Piper plays a news editor in a sea of corruption that reaches from the police to Parliament, while the writer, Richard Bean, appears to have got the crucial point about satire: it has to be funny.
Rated 73 %
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The Crucible
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The Crucible
Opens: 21/06/2014 Closes: 13/09/2014 The Old Vic, London
South African director Yael Farber impressed many with her sweaty, full-throttle Mies Julie last year (not us, mind). Arthur Miller’s tragedy about the Salem witch trials, with its resonant correspondences to McCarthyism, is her next re-imagined classic.
Rated 86
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The Valley of Astonishment
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The Valley of Astonishment
Opens: 20/06/2014 Closes: 12/07/2014 Young Vic, London
Experimental theatre grandees Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne were last in London with the lyrical curiosity The Suit in 2012. This new work is about mutual long-term interests, the human mind and spirituality, focusing on the strange sensory condition synaesthesia.
Rated 75 %
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Skylight
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Skylight
Opens: 17/06/2014 Closes: 23/08/2014 Wyndham's Theatre, London
An opportunity to see Carey Mulligan cooking a bolognese in real time, as she makes her West End debut in David Hare's acclaimed drama. Bill Nighy reprises his 1997 role as Tom Sargeant, the restaurateur who attempts to rekindle his affair with a teacher (Mulligan) following the death of his wife, in a production by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.
Rated 92
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