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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 83
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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. 
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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 60 %
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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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Spring Awakening
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Spring Awakening
Opens: 07/03/2014 Closes: 25/05/2014 UK tour
Anya Reiss (known for a sharp Chekhov adaptation in 2012) and director Ben Kidd update the explosive debut play by Germany’s Frank Wenekind about teenage angst and sexuality, ensuring it is no less provocative than when it first appeared in 1906 by weaving in the spectre of internet porn. The inimitable Headlong produce.
Rated 74 %
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This May Hurt A Bit
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This May Hurt A Bit
Opens: 06/03/2014 Closes: 21/06/2014 UK tour
The ailing NHS, and a family caught up in its ‘digestive system', is the protagonist of this play. So much a part of UK consciousness that Danny Boyle referenced it in his Olympics gig, it's nice to see it given some theatrical treatment. It is in good hands, with Max Stafford-Clark (see recent triumphs here and here) and his company Out of Joint.
Rated 80 %
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Good People
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Good People
Opens: 27/02/2014 Closes: 05/04/2014 Hampstead Theatre, London
Imelda Staunton steps up as a tough single-mum from the wrong side of Boston who faces bleak financial prospects in this 2011 play by David Lindsay Abaire, writer of the Pulitzer-winner Rabbit Hole. A visit to an ex living a few rungs above her on the class ladder prompts a rash action. A West End transfer is now planned.
Rated 85
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A Tale of Two Cities
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A Tale of Two Cities
Opens: 21/02/2014 Closes: 15/03/2014 Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Fresh from one of the highest profile recent stage works, Mike Poulton adapts Dickens' look at the French Revolution, which features the most sinister knitting in fiction. Oscar-winning composer, Rachel Portman provides music and James Dacre directs, with a large ensemble of locals providing 'turbulence'.
Rated 80 %
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