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The Silver Tassie
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New this week The Silver Tassie
Opens: 23/04/2014 Closes: 03/07/2014 National Theatre, London
The Irish dramatist and committed socialist Seán O'Casey aimed to ‘break a few windows' with his 1928 anti-war play. That he did. The ensuing controversy led to his permanent departure from Ireland. Highlighting not only the inhumanity of war but of day-to-day life in Dublin, it follows amateur footballer Harry Heegan (Ronan Raftery) who returns from the frontline wounded to a country trying to forget.
Rated 70 %
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The Chronic Life
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New this week The Chronic Life
Opens: 22/04/2014 Closes: 27/04/2014 Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Set in Europe after an imagined Third Civil War, this multilingual piece from award-winning director Eugenio Barba and Danish theatrical innovators Odin Treatret makes its UK premiere. Dedicated to Russian human rights activists and featuring Chechnyan refugees, the frightening realities of modern Crimea are brought into sharp focus.
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Oh My Sweet Land
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New this week Oh My Sweet Land
Opens: 21/04/2014 Closes: 03/05/2014 Young Vic, London
Half-Syrian actor Corinne Jaber performs this one-woman play, relaying stories of Syria's two million refugees while the aroma of cooked onions hangs in the air. Directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, following a tricky Kafka adaptation and a powerful look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rated 74 %
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Catch-22
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Catch-22
Opens: 19/04/2014 Closes: 10/05/2014 Northern Stage, Newcastle
‘Damned if you see it, damned if you don't' gags aside, it is fitting that this play guaranteed to be tricky to stage: one must contend with Joseph Heller's notorious dramatisation of his own novel - a certified modern classic - or not do it at all. Rachel Chavkin (Mission Drift) directs the UK's first attempt, adding song and dance elements. Bombardier Yossarian tries to escape the insanity of WWII and it's absurd bureaucracies by pleading insane.
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A View from the Bridge
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A View from the Bridge
Opens: 04/04/2014 Closes: 07/06/2014 The Young Vic, London
Experimental Belgian theatre director Ivo Van Hove makes his UK debut at the Young Vic with an adaptation of Arthur Miller's excellently crafted tragedy. Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) interprets longshoreman Eddie Carbone, brought down by improper love for his niece, while Olivier Award-winner Nicola Walker plays housewife Beatrice.
Rated 92
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King Charles III
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King Charles III
Opens: 03/04/2014 Closes: 31/05/2014 Almeida, London
Rupert Goold’s first season as Almeida Artistic Director opens with two plays offering provocative views of the future, but at least this Mike Bartlett premiere envisions nothing quite as sinister as a world without The Simpsons. As of 2008 Charles is the longest serving heir to the throne in British history – how might he cope with the ultimate promotion? Royalist feathers may be ruffled. 
Rated 83
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Birdland
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Birdland
Opens: 03/04/2014 Closes: 31/05/2014 Royal Court Theatre, London
From Simon Stephens, he of acclaimed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Doll's House adaptations, is a new play about the kind of character unlikely to immediately pique one's sympathy. Paul, played by Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty), is an obnoxious rock star facing dark times after the end of his tour.
Rated 62 %
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Inner Voices
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Inner Voices
Opens: 26/03/2014 Closes: 29/03/2014 Barbican, London
Alberto dreams there's been a murder next door. His down-at-heel neighbours, the Cimmarutas, are all bent out of shape by his accusations in this Beckettian Italian comedy. The Great Beauty's Toni Servillo directs and stars in Eduardo De Filippo's 20th-century classic, with surtitles.
Rated 80 %
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Let the Right One In
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Let the Right One In
Opens: 26/03/2014 Closes: 27/09/2014 The Apollo, London
This stage version of the love story that was first a Swedish book, then adapted twice for cinema, has already been immensely successful in Scotland and at the Royal Court; it seems director John Tiffany has nailed the original’s preternatural weirdness. Now’s your chance to catch his version in the West End.
Rated 88
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riverrun
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riverrun
Opens: 11/03/2014 Closes: 22/03/2014 The Shed, London
Acclaimed Irish theatre-maker Olwen Fouéré embodies the river Liffey in an adaptation of the closing monologue of James Joyce's notoriously experimental final work Finnegans Wake. The ‘sound-dance' went down a storm at the Dublin Theatre Festival last year.
Rated 76 %
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