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Rubbish Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Theatre  In contrast to the amazing special effects and explosions you will find in most children’s films and video games, the opening scene of Rubbish feels a little mundane, as four individuals dressed in protective overalls scurry around a rubbish dump searching for treasures hidden among the trash.

She Stoops to Conquer Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Theatre  Gilded picture frames flamboyantly set off this rich comic gem, instantly placing the story’s fulsome and decorative characters in period context.

Henry IV Parts I and II Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Theatre  Continuing his journey through the First Folio, Gregory Doran’s excellent productions of Parts I and II of Henry IV for the Royal Shakespeare Company pick up where his Richard II left off.

Rodin London Coliseum

Dance  Of all the performing arts, dance exhibits the greatest degree of sexuality.

Birangona: Women of War The Lost Theatre, London

Theatre  This is an affecting debut from the Komola Collective, a company set up to tell previously untold histories from women’s perspectives.

A Steady Rain Ustinov Studio, Bath

Theatre  The third season of UK premieres of American plays at the Ustinov continues to impress with this hard-edged Chicago street drama, first staged in the US in 2007, about two cops at the crossroads of their relationship.

The Roaring Girl Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Theatre  The RSC’s Roaring Girls season begins, appropriately enough, with Dekker and Middleton’s city comedy of 1611 inspired by the life of Mary Frith, the infamous cross-dressing thief known as ‘Moll Cutpurse’, .

Morecambe Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

Theatre  Tim Whitnall’s one-man play opens with the death of Eric Morecambe at the age of 58 and sees the comic at the pearly gates, ready to tell the audience his side of the story.

Russell Howard: Wonderbox Royal Albert Hall, London

Light Entertainment  The boyish charms of telly-friendly comic Russell Howard are stretched by his latest show, Wonderbox, the contents of which feel more arbitrary as it progresses.

The Great Gatsby Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Theatre  Simon Jessop marks his directorial debut in what proves a refreshing adaptation of this classic 1920s tale - after Baz Luhrmann’s flamboyant recent film portrayal, it’s a challenge for any director to bring something new to the table.

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