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The week in theatre: Henry V; Vardy v Rooney; ¡Showmanism! – review
Oliver Johnstone mesmerises as Henry V, Vardy and Rooney go head to head, and Dickie Beau lipsyncs a swarm of voices, from Hitchcock to Fiona Shaw

Susannah Clapp

27, Nov, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Peter Pan and Wendy review – modern-day myth goes light on existential dread
This wholesome adaptation, featuring a preening Captain Hook, focuses on playroom fun in a beautifully designed production

Mark Fisher

25, Nov, 2022 @9:00 PM

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The Wizard of Oz review – carnivalesque trip down the Yellow Brick Road
Catwalk-ready costumes, expressive puppetry and a knockabout cast make this a fun, if rather cluttered, production

Ryan Gilbey

25, Nov, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Baghdaddy review – arresting and absurd take on war’s trauma
A British Iraqi and her father re-enact his wartime memories under the direction of three ghoulish clowns in a daring if uneven debut

Arifa Akbar

25, Nov, 2022 @5:55 PM

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What’s the least Christmassy thing I can think of? Ben Duke’s Ruination
Lost Dog has a reputation for taking sideways looks at classic tales and taking them into unlikely spaces, but might an interrogation of the murderous Medea in the bowels of the Royal Opera House prove a step too far?

Lyndsey Winship

25, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The Mousetrap: Agatha Christie’s West End hit to make Broadway debut after 70 years
Whodunnit running in the West End since 1952, interrupted only by Covid, will open in New York in 2023

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

25, Nov, 2022 @10:08 AM

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A Sherlock Carol review – the detective takes on Dickens in a fresh festive mashup
There’s only one sleuth in Victorian London who can get to the bottom of the suspicious death of Ebenezer Scrooge, in this winning crossover mystery

Arifa Akbar

25, Nov, 2022 @9:56 AM

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Arms and the Man review – Shaw’s women show their steel
This 1894 farce set during the Serbo-Bulgarian war is impeccably played in a production showing the playwright’s radical vision still resonates

Mark Lawson

25, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Elf the Musical review – Buddy’s back with some syrupy showtunes
Choreographed candy cane twirling and funny moments from the Will Ferrell film don’t save this show from being a bland corporate Christmas experience

Chris Wiegand

24, Nov, 2022 @11:59 PM

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Henry V review – a troubled king reaches for foreign quarrels
In this coruscating production from Headlong and Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry’s grasp for power is cast in a stark light

Kate Wyver

24, Nov, 2022 @11:00 PM

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Emilyn Claid review – sexy, funny fantasies dipped in clay
The dancer returns to the stage with an eclectic piece that complements cool posturing with honest personality

Lyndsey Winship

24, Nov, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Tamara Rojo wades into bitter row over London arts funding
English National Ballet’s artistic director decries Arts Council England move to divert money from capital

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

24, Nov, 2022 @3:20 PM

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