Treat yourself and celebrate Self Care Week with these 10 shows

From shows that tackle issues in a constructive way to pure joyful escapism.

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Hadestown, National Theatre

The road to full musical theatre production has been a long one for Hadestown. It began back in 2006, with Anaïs Mitchell’s song cycle – a folk/jazz take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth – toured around Vermont in a school bus, then grew into an ecstatically received concept album in 2010, and has gone through further development with director Rachel Chavkin in Off-Broadway and Canadian stagings. Now, it comes to the National ahead of a Broadway run.

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BWW Interview: Hayden Tee

The actor discusses tackling Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical.

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Pinter Three and Pinter Four, Harold Pinter Theatre

Jamie Lloyd’s 10-anniversary season of Pinter (which kicked off in style earlier this autumn) continues with two more batches of miniatures – from familiar shorts like A Kind of Alaska to sketches and more obscure works – plus another tantalisingly starry company.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

It might seem a strange statement to make while the BBC is shoving Stacey towards the glitterball, and Joe’s YouTube views have now surpassed the last six series, but one thing I’m enjoying is this year’s unpredictability. Who could have guessed that none of Lee, Vick, Dr Ranj or Danny would make Blackpool? Or that the latter would be ousted by our resident cricketer?

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Where to eat and drink in the West End

Visiting one of London’s many and varied culinary hotspots pre-theatre makes a West End trip feel like a real night out. However, it can be challenging to find somewhere with fast service, so you’re not anxiously clock-watching; excellent food, but not too pricy; and close to your destination, without resorting to an overcrowded chain.

But if you know where to look, there are plenty of West End gems, from tapas and ramen to cutting-edge cocktails. Here are our top tips for eating and drinking in style – and in plenty of time for curtain up.

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White Teeth, Kiln Theatre

A few protestors might be doggedly hanging on outside the Kiln (was Tricycle) Theatre, but their complaints are firmly refuted by its current show: a vibrant adaptation of Zadie Smith’s award-winning novel that is not just about but firmly rooted in the diverse, complex “melting pot” of north-west London.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Post-Halloween Week, and it’s possible the judges were still hopped up on Haribo and egging unsuspecting strangers, with the series’ most inconsistent show so far in terms of scoring and comments. Of course, Strictly is a mix of dancing and entertainment, ringers and J-worders, and subjective interpretations of different styles, but even so, I think viewers sense when the panel has lost its sense of fairness.

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I and You, Hampstead Theatre

Maisie Williams (AKA Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) and Zach Wyatt make superb stage debuts in Edward Hall’s production of American playwright Lauren Gunderson’s work. Caroline, trapped at home due to an unspecified genetic illness, is surprised by schoolmate Anthony, who wants to partner on a project about poet Walt Whitman.

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Renaissance rivals, A Star is Born, and The Height of the Storm

On my November MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Exhibition Brothers-in-law Mantegna and Bellini offer competing Renaissance visions at the National Gallery
  • Film Lady Gaga impresses in the latest incarnation of A Star is Born
  • Theatre Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce lead Florian Zeller’s The Height of the Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Commuter corner Sebastian Faulks’s Paris Echo

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