THEATRE REVIEW: Apologia starring Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman and Laura Carmichael

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 29/7 runs through 18/11

Apologia means a formal defence of a position or action and it’s a well-chosen title for this thoughtful reflection on whether acting for the greater good can excuse parental neglect.

  • Read on for reasons including why Channing won a standing ovation at her 1st preview

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THEATRE REVIEW: Queers starring Russell Tovey & Fionn Whitehead

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 28/7, runs to 31/7

Queers is a series of eight monologues which marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 began the decriminalisation process for homosexuality between men and celebrates the British gay experience over the last century.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Mosquitoes starring Olivia Colman

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE: National Theatre

WHEN: 21/7, runs to 28/9

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman won’t be the first female Doctor Who and plays a woman called Jenny here who is pregnant but worried about the risk an ultrasound might pose to her unborn child.

  • Read on for reasons including how this comedy will delight viewers of TV’s Big Bang Theory

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THEATRE REVIEW: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller & Jack O’Connell

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Apollo Theatre

WHEN: 13/7, press night 24/7, runs to 7/10

Director Benedict Andrews’ last Young Vic production starred Gillian Anderson and was his take on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. It was the smash hit of 2014, transferred to Broadway and his follow-up is no less deserving of such an honour.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Ian McKellen with Shakespeare, Tolkien, others and you

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Park Theatre

WHEN: 3/7 (matinee), runs to 3/7

It’s Pride weekend in London and Sir Ian McKellen is reaching the end of a week-long series of shows during which he has raised an astonishing £250,000 for north London’s four-year-old Park Theatre, which receives no government funding.

  • Read on for reasons including how panto was an early inspiration

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Tempest starring Simon Russell Beale

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Barbican Theatre

WHEN: 30/6, runs to 18/8

Simon Russell Beale is one of the finest actors of his generation and therefore it’s curious that he should choose to return to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 20 years in something quite so overcooked.

  • Read on for reasons including why cutting edge technology detracts from this

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