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New plays and musicals are opening in London all the time. This is our choice of the best of the latest.


National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX T: 020 7452 3000
Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Sam Mendes' eagerly anticipated production of Shakespeare's tragedy. Set in a present day totalitarian state, an aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him in a chilling public ceremony. Mendes take on the tale of familial strife is as fresh and invigorating as it is heartbreakingly tragic, and ultimately unmissable.
Until 28th May 2014

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, W1D 6AR T: 0844 482 5130
Angela Lansbury makes a long awaited return to the West End in this remarkable production of Noel Coward's glacial comedy. Lansbury takes on the role of one of Coward's most lovable gargoyles, Madame Arcati, the preposterous medium who causes mayhem whilst chairing a sťance between a widower, his new partner and his disgruntled, deceased wife.
Until 7th June

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT T: 020 7930 8800
Trevor Nunn's new production of the unforgettable thriller has been reinterpreted for the stage by original screenwriter James Dearden, and features an all-star cast including Natascha McElhone, Mark Bazeley and Kristin Davis. The classic story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for successful New York lawyer, Dan Gallagher, and his young family.
Until 21st June

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA T: 0844 482 5120
Josie Rourke's critically-lauded production is the first major British revival of Conor McPherson's celebrated modern ghost story. In a remote Irish pub, four old friends attempt to impress a young female stranger with their spooky tales, however the night soon takes a dramatic turn more real and unsettling than any of them could have foreseen.
Until 19th April 2014