Theater: A Trio of Triumphs in London

Britain's best gets better -- with a little help from Americans

Where does Dustin Hoffman, Hollywood's hottest leading actor, go to try his hand at Shakespeare? Where does composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has had six megamusicals on Broadway in the '80s, launch his latest? Where does American playwright Martin Sherman (Bent) debut a work about his countrymen in exile?

The answer in each case: London. As a result, the city's ever thriving stage scene has hit its high point of the past few years. The leading trio of shows is better than anything -- revival, new musical or new play -- offered in New York City this past season, and London's...

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