Our crit­ics round up the best plays and mu­si­cals

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Film Theatre -

CRITIC’S CHOICE Di and Viv and Rose On the face of it, there’s noth­ing too so­phis­ti­cated about Amelia Bull­more’s play, now in the West End af­ter its de­but at Hamp­stead Theatre – but it’s clev­erer than it seems. It takes skill to make char­ac­ters seem so nor­mal, to so lull you into a state of fa­mil­iar­ity with them that you find your­self cry­ing when they cry, and gig­gling when they gig­gle. The three leads (played by BEST OF THE REST Taken at Mid­night Mark Hayhurst’s fine de­but play is about Hans Lit­ten – the Ger­man lawyer who sub­poe­naed and cros­sex­am­ined Adolf Hitler in 1931 only to pay a full price later in life, once the lat­ter had be­come Führer. Martin Hut­son shows quiet dig­nity as lead, but it’s Pene­lope Wil­ton, as his mother Ir­m­gard, who steals the show, striv­ing to gain jus­tice for Lit­ten in the face of pro­lif­er­at­ing dan­ger. Do­minic Cavendish Theatre Royal Hay­mar­ket, Lon­don SW1, un­til March 14; 020 7930 8800, trh.co.uk Op­pen­heimer An as­sured drama about the Amer­i­can physi­cist J Robert Op­pen­heimer Jenna Rus­sell, Tamzin Outh­waite and Sa­man­tha Spiro) meet at uni­ver­sity, and we check in on them over the decades. They’re charm­ing, funny and ar­gu­men­ta­tive. We see them danc­ing to Aero­smith and creas­ing with laugh­ter – which cre­ates such em­pa­thy among us that when the se­ri­ous stuff hits, it’s like a punch to the so­lar plexus. Serena Davies Vaudeville Theatre, Lon­don WC2, un­til May 23; 0844 482 9675, diand­vi­van­drose.com and his su­per­vi­sion of the wartime race to build the atom bomb. Tom Mor­tonSmith’s play fizzes and whizzes, har­ness­ing the virtues of theatre, with a hint of ap­plied nu­clear science. As “Op­pie”, John Hef­fer­nan is torn as to whether he has achieved a jus­ti­fi­able end to war or a fu­ture night­mare. DC RSC Swan, Stratford upon Avon, un­til March 7; 0844 800 1110, rsc.org.uk BOOK AHEAD Antigone Juliette Binoche plays Sopho­cles’s hero­ine, who de­fies the or­ders of the king not to bury her slaugh­tered brother. The mod­ish Bel­gian Ivo van Hove di­rects. Bar­bican, Lon­don EC2, Mar 4-28; 020 7638 8891, bar­bican.org.uk

Funny: Tamzin Outh­waite, Sa­man­tha Spiro and Jenna Rus­sell

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