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London theatre: the best plays and shows on now

Top shows (clockwise from top left): Dreamgirls, The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked
In a nutshell: "In Oscar Wilde's 1895 comedy, Sir Robert Chiltern has made his fortune by taking a back-hander for passing on classified government information. At the beginning of the play’s 24-hour cycle of action, his nemesis arrives at his grand house on Grosvenor Square in the shape of Mrs Cheveley, who has evidence of his past wrong-doing... but it's the brilliant (and incredibly funny) Freddie Fox as Sir Robert's friend Goring who steals the show."
   Freddie Fox as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband
An Octoroon ★★★★☆ 

Where: National's Dorfman Theatre
Address: Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX

Until: July 18
An Octoroon at the National Theatre
In a nutshell: "In 1859, Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon, a melodrama set on a debt-ridden slave plantation in Louisiana, began a seven-year run on Broadway. This extraordinary piece by the American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins both re-stages Boucicault’s original and completely dismantles it, in a breathtaking collision of taboo and cliché."
Machinal ★★★☆☆
Where: Almeida Theatre
Address: Almeida St, London N1 1TA
Until: July 21
Machinal at the Almeida Theatre
In a nutshell: "Suffragette, journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal (1928) encapsulates the plight of early-20th-century womankind in putatively advanced America. It is based on the real case of Ruth Snyder, who received the death penalty for having conspired with her lover to strangle her husband, intending to bag the life insurance she had urged him to take out."
The Book of Mormon ★★★★★
Where: Prince of Wales Theatre
Address: Coventry St, London, W1D 6AS
Booking until: July 21
 The Book of Mormon


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