Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Game of Thrones returns this weekend, but those hungry for political machinations and manipulations can also find a feast of them in Helen Edmundson’s 2015 stealth thriller about a little-known 18th-century English monarch and her courtly advisors’ jockeying for position. With plenty of resonance for 2017, it’s rich history with contemporary bite.

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BWW Interview: Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary

The musical theatre writing partnership talk The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ at Menier Chocolate Factory.

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All Change Please, Lucy Kerbel

Another week, another dispiriting gender equality statistic, as research by The Stage reveals 75% of West End musicals staged in the past decade had no women on their writing teams; removing jukebox shows from the equation, just 9% featured music by female composers. It’s hardly an historical problem, either, with not one new musical crediting a female writer or composer in 2014.

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The Tempest, Barbican

It’s a brave new world for the RSC, collaborating with Intel and Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios on a notably high-tech Tempest. But, for all the computer-generated trickery, it’s the human experience and rough magic of theatre that really impress in Gregory Doran’s production, now playing at the Barbican.

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The Mentor, Vaudeville Theatre

Bath’s Ustinov Studio has become something of a European hub. Visionary director Laurence Boswell and ever-skilful translator Christopher Hampton, who first introduced us to Florian Zeller, are currently championing Daniel Kehlmann – a bestselling writer in Germany, where he published the first of 10 books when he was still a student.

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Grand Designs

Set designer Bunny Christie talks Curious IncidentPeople, Places & Things and Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy.

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Committee, Donmar Warehouse

A memorable 2015 parliamentary select committee hearing asked Kids Company CEO Camila Batmanghelidjh and chair of trustees Alan Yentob whether the organisation was ever fit for purpose. Tom Deering, Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke’s new verbatim musical – think This House meets London Road – asks the same not just of the charity, but of the political system itself and the way we treat the most vulnerable in this country.

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof leads July’s Top 10 new London shows

From Tennessee Williams and Bob Dylan to royal politics and Adrian Mole.

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Ink, Almeida Theatre

James Graham’s portrait of Seventies politics, This House, recently enjoyed a West End outing, and his latest epic venture into Britain’s past may well follow suit. If slightly weighed down by detailed research, it’s still a riveting depiction of the birth of The Sun as we know it, and the revolution it signalled in the way we tell our national story.

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Wyndham’s Theatre

One American great inhabits another in this superior cabaret, as the Broadway legend Audra McDonald slips into the skin – and unforgettable voice – of jazz icon Billie Holiday. The emotional sensitivity makes it far more than just an immensely skilful impersonation, and makes McDonald’s delayed West End debut well worth the wait.

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