PLAYS

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The Com­edy about a Bank Rob­bery

A hi­lar­i­ous play about six in­com­pe­tent crooks des­per­ate to get hold of a di­a­mond, from the team be­hind The Play That Goes Wrong. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £20-£49.50. www.the­com­e­dyabouta­bankrob­bery.com. The Cri­te­rion The­atre, 218-223 Pic­cadilly, W1V 9LB. T: 0844-815 6131. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time

Adap­ta­tion of Mark Had­don’s novel about a boy with Asperger’s syn­drome who uncovers more than ex­pected when in­ves­ti­gat­ing a lo­cal mys­tery. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £18£92.50. www.cu­ri­ouson­stage.com. Giel­gud The­atre, Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 6AR. T: 0844-482 5130. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus/Le­ices­ter Square.

Don Juan in Soho

David Ten­nant stars in this West End pre­miere of the funny and filthy play writ­ten and di­rected by Pa­trick Mar­ber. Loosely based on Molière’s tragi­com­edy Don Juan, this up­date trans­ports the ac­tion to con­tem­po­rary Lon­don. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10-£75. www.del­font­mack­in­tosh.co.uk. Wyn­d­ham’s The­atre, Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA. T: 0844-482 5120. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Faulty Tow­ers: The Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence

Seven­ties-style din­ing and in­ter­ac­tive com­edy com­bine in this the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence based on the cult TV com­edy. Thur-Sat 7pm; Sat 1pm; Sun 1pm & 6pm. Tick­ets £59-£69. www.fault­y­tow­ers-uk.com. The Torquay Suite The­atre, Amba Ho­tel Char­ing Cross, Strand, WC2N 5HX. T: 0845-154 4145. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross. Kingsway Hall Ho­tel, 66 Great Queen St, WC2B 5BX. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

The Glass Menagerie

To 29 Apr: Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ clas­sic about a fam­ily strug­gling to sur­vive. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £19-£105. www.dukeof york­sthe­atre.co.uk. Duke of York’s The­atre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844-871 7627. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

A mid­dle-aged man con­fides in his friend that he has fallen in love with a goat. This dark com­edy ex­plores the lim­its a lib­eral so­ci­ety can be pushed to. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 3pm; Thur 3pm from 13 Apr. Tick­ets £15-£95. www.trh.co.uk. The­atre Royal Hay­mar­ket, Hay­mar­ket, SW1Y 4HT. T: 0207930 8800. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Miser

Fast-mov­ing and far­ci­cal, this com­edy was writ­ten by the French play­wright Molière and first per­formed in 1668 in Paris. This new adap­ta­tion sees Griff Rhys Jones take the lead role as a stingy wi­d­ower who is more con­cerned with money than he is with his chil­dren. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £29.25£99.50. www.gar­rick­the­atre.org. Gar­rick The­atre, 2 Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0HH. T: 0844-482 9673. E7/8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Mouse­trap

A mur­derer strikes at a party in Agatha Christie’s long-run­ning who­dun­nit – it’s now in its 64th year. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Tue 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tick­ets £17.50-£67.50. www.the-mouse trap.co.uk. St Martin’s The­atre, West St, WC2H 9NZ. T: 0844-499 1515. D7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Othello

To 22 Apr: The theme of jeal­ousy runs through Shake­speare’s tragedy about a man en­vi­ous of his com­man­der’s suc­cess and power. The play sees Othello turn against his lov­ing part­ner, Des­de­mona, af­ter his spite­ful col­league Iago ma­nip­u­lates him. Please check for times. Tick­ets £10-£62. Sam Wana­maker The­atre, Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Slap­stick com­edy about a drama so­ci­ety stag­ing a mur­der mys­tery. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £22-£67.50. www.the­p­laythat­goes wrong.com. Duchess The­atre, 3-5 Cather­ine St, WC2B 5 LA. T :0844-4829672. D 8. Sta­tion: Co vent Gar­den.

The Re­sistible Rise of Ar­turo Ui

From 20 Apr: Chicago! A city of jazz and gang­sters, pro­hi­bi­tion and poverty. Among the murk of the Great De­pres­sion, there’s room for crook Ar­turo Ui (Lenry Henry) to make a name for him­self. Based on a 1941 play by the Ger­man play­wright Ber­tolt Brecht, it’s a satir­i­cal al­le­gory of the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10-£40. www.don­mar­ware­house.com. Don­mar Ware­house, 41 Earl­ham St, WC2H 9LX. T: 0844-871 7624. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Rosen­crantz & Guilden­stern are Dead

To 29 Apr: Daniel Rad­cliffe stars as Rosen­crantz in Tom Stop­pard’s com­i­cal play (p. 12), 50 years af­ter it pre­miered at The Old Vic. MonSat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £12-£65. www.old­victhe­atre.com. The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. T: 0844-871 7628. F9. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Travesties

To 29 Apr: Following a sell-out run at the Me­nier Choco­late Fac­tory, Tom Stop­pard’s war-time com­edy has trans­ferred to the West End. It fol­lows a diplo­mat liv­ing in Zurich dur­ing World War I. This re­vival is the first in more than 20 years. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £25£99.50. www.apol­lothe­atrelon­don.co.uk. Apollo The­atre, 31 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 7ES. T: 0330333 4809. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Treat­ment

From 24 Apr: New York. A film stu­dio. A young woman has an ur­gent story to tell. But here, peo­ple are prod­ucts, movies are money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dan­ger­ous com­mod­ity to ex­ploit. Chill­ing con­tem­po­rary satire di­rected by Lyn­d­sey Turner. Please check for dates and times. Tick­ets £10-£39.50. www.almeida.co.uk. Almeida The­atre, Almeida St, N1 1TA. T: 020-7359 4404. Off map. Sta­tion: High­bury & Is­ling­ton.

Ugly Lies the Bone

This Euro­pean pre­miere is a funny and poignant play about the trauma of fight­ing on the front­line in Afghanistan. It is di­rected by Indhu Rubas­ing­ham, the artis­tic di­rec­tor of north Lon­don’s Tri­cy­cle The­atre, and writ­ten by Lind­sey Fer­rentino. Ex­per­i­ment­ing with a pi­o­neer­ing vir­tual-re­al­ity ther­apy, a fe­male soldier builds a new world where she can es­cape her pain. Check for times. Tick­ets £15-£50. www.na­tional the­atre.org.uk. Lyt­tel­ton The­atre, Na­tional The­atre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Whis­per House

From 6 Apr: An eerie light­house stands on the re­mote East Coast of Amer­ica at the height of World War II. When Christopher’s fa­ther’s plane is shot down, he is sent to live there with an aunt he has never met and her mys­te­ri­ous Ja­panese house­keeper. Soon he be­gins to hear strange mu­sic seep­ing through the walls. Is his imag­i­na­tion get­ting the bet­ter of him, or are the ghosts warn­ing him of real dan­ger? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£39.50. www.theother­palace. co.uk. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T :0844-2642140. F 7. Sta­tion: Victoria.

The White Devil

To 16 Apr: In An­nie Ryan’s dystopian reimag­in­ing of John Web­ster’s Ja­cobean tale, the flick­er­ing shad­ows of the can­dlelit play­house re­veal a night­mar­ish world of de­ceit and mad­ness, where lust and de­sire breed mur­der. Cloaked in the half-light of the Ital­ian court, the Duke of Brachi­ano mur­ders his wife in or­der to pos­sess an­other woman, trig­ger­ing a cy­cle of bru­tal­ity, de­ceit and in­san­ity that shat­ters fam­ily bonds and moral codes. Check for times. Tick­ets £10-£62. www.shake­speares globe.com. Sam Wana­maker The­atre, Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?

Martha, much to her hus­band Ge­orge’s dis­plea­sure, has in­vited new pro­fes­sor Nick and his wife Honey to their home on an Amer­i­can col­lege cam­pus for some af­ter-party drinks. As the al­co­hol flows, the cou­ple are drawn into Ge­orge and Martha’s toxic games un­til the evening reaches its cli­max in a mo­ment of dev­as­tat­ing truth-telling. Star­ring Olivier Award-win­ners Imelda Staunton ( Gypsy) and Con­leth Hill (p. 12). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£90. www.whosafraid ofvir­gini­a­woolf.co.uk. Harold Pin­ter The­atre, Pan­ton St, SW1Y 4DN. T: 0844-871 7622. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Woman in Black

A spooky story adapted from Su­san Hill’s novel, about a lawyer who vis­its a re­mote house to set­tle af­fairs af­ter a woman’s death. Pre­pare to be scared! Tue-Sat 8pm; Tue & Thur 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tick­ets £19.50-£49.50. www.the­wom­an­in­black.com. For­tune The­atre, Rus­sell St, WC2B 5HH. T: 0844-871 7626. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

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