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Guys and Dolls Chichester Festival Theatre

Theatre  The style and panache of Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’s distillation of Damon Runyon’s classic story and characters, set to Frank Loesser’s tuneful but acerbically pointed songs, puts Guys and Dolls among the greatest of the musicals from Broadway’s golden age.

Secret Cinema presents Back To The Future Queen Elizabeth Park, London

Theatre  Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been blurring the line between film and theatre, creating immersive productions around classic movie screenings.

The Ring Cycle Plays - The Rhine Gold/The Valkyrie/Siegfried/Twilight of the Gods The Scoop at More London, London

Theatre  Given that - including intervals - the play in its entirety has a four-and-a-half-hour running time, it is astonishing how fresh and fast-paced it feels throughout.

Jezebel Soho Upstairs, Soho Theatre, London

Theatre  A surprisingly sweet comedy about a sexually frustrated couple’s decision to engage in a threesome, Irish company Rough Magic’s Jezebel stimulates plenty of laughs but lacks the salacious bite its subject matter intimates.

Muswell Hill White Bear Theatre, London

Theatre  After the critical success of last year’s Invincible at the Orange Tree Theatre and later the St James, Torben Betts’ 2012 hit is given a welcome revival at the fringe venue that showcased some of his early writing.

Punk Rock Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Theatre  A burst of spontaneous applause ten minutes into Act II speaks volumes for audience engagement, as fearful, humiliated genius Chadwick Meade (Rory Corcoran) rounds on his tormentors with his devastating, existentialist intellect.

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis The Guildhall, York

Theatre  After successive reinventions as a muscular, action-hero type (Guy Ritchie’s two films) and as a present day otherworldly genius (the BBC’s series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch) comes this interactive take on Holmes.

Dogfight Southwark Playhouse, London

Theatre  American songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s show A Christmas Story was Tony-nominated in 2013, but it is the team’s Off-Broadway musicals that have gradually reached the UK - firstly their song cycle Edges, and now the European premiere of Dogfight.

Bad Jews Ustinov Studio, Bath

Theatre  The summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath usually concentrates on the main house, with plays by writers of international repute.

Sherlock’s Last Case Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Theatre  Director Mark Sterling first helped to produce this comic thriller as a student at Manchester University in the 1970s, with the late Rik Mayall as Holmes.

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