Our ex­perts round up the best plays and mu­si­cals

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Film Theatre -

CRITIC’S CHOICE The Se­cret Di­ary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Mu­si­cal Turn­ing one of the most widely read, most cher­ished books of the Eight­ies – Sue Townsend’s se­quelspawn­ing The Se­cret Di­ary… – into a mu­si­cal? That’s a big risk. So is foist­ing the main re­spon­si­bil­ity for get­ting it right on the night onto teenage shoul­ders. So it’s an un­ex­pected BEST OF THE REST Game Ar­riv­ing so swiftly af­ter King Charles III, Game fur­ther ac­cel­er­ates Mike Bartlett’s progress up the ranks of Bri­tish theatre’s big guns. This is a short, sharp, satir­i­cally pulse­quick­en­ing evening. Its pri­mary con­jec­ture is that own­ing prop­erty might soon be­come so un­af­ford­able that, to se­cure a place to live, a young cou­ple might be given a house on the pro­viso their ev­ery move be tracked by surveil­lance­cam­era – Big Brother-style. The au­di­ence watch via TV mon­i­tors, and head­phones re­lay voice-sim­u­lated in­struc­tions. It’s guilt­mak­ingly com­pelling. DC Almeida, Lon­don N1, to Apr 4; 020 7359 4404, almeida. co.uk/event/game plea­sure to re­port that this all-singing, all-danc­ing Mole comes up trumps. It may lack the tunes of a Matilda or Billy El­liot; like­wise, it doesn’t break any mu­si­cal moulds. Yet the evening, de­liv­ered by a tire­less com­pany of just 10, does that rare thing: it both makes you laugh and tugs at your heart­strings. Do­minic Cavendish Curve Theatre, Le­ices­ter, to April 4; 0116 242 3595, curveon­line.co.uk Let It Be No­body could call this cel­e­bra­tion of the Fab Four in­ven­tive. But in stick­ing to the crud­est idea of a “juke­box mu­si­cal” and sim­ply rat­tling through 40 of the best Bea­tles songs us­ing ac­com­plished lookalikes and sounda­likes, the show lets the mu­sic speak for it­self. DC Gar­rick, Lon­don WC2. Tick­ets: 0844 412 4662, LetIt­Be­Live.com BOOK NOW The Au­di­ence Peter Mor­gan’s hit play re­turns, with Kristin Scott Thomas tak­ing over as the Queen, in the role first played by He­len Mir­ren. Apollo, Lon­don W1, from May 5; 0844 482 9671, ni­maxthe­atres.com

Un­ex­pected plea­sure: ‘The Se­cret Di­ary of Adrian Mole’

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