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Best theatre shows: our critics’ picks (June 27)

Bertie Carvel in rehearsals for Ink at the Almeida Theatre, London. Photo: Marc Brenner Bertie Carvel in rehearsals for Ink at the Almeida Theatre, London. Photo: Marc Brenner
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Natasha Tripney

Don’t Miss

Ink – Almeida Theatre, London

Bertie Carvel stars in James Graham’s new play about the birth of the UK’s most controversial and influential red-top, The Sun. Carvel plays Rupert Murdoch in Rupert Goold’s production for the Almeida Theatre, opening on June 27.

Interview with Bertie Carvel

Also worth seeing

Rosie Wyatt in Mumburger

Party Skills for the End of the World – Centenary Building, Salford

This year’s Manchester International Festival gets underway with Party Skills for the End of the World, a new piece by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari of the Shunt Collective, which promises its audience “a wild, immersive experience”.

Mumburger – Old Red Lion, London

Previously seen at The Proud Archivist, where she was writer in residence, Sarah Kosar’s play about grief and meat, Mumburger, can now be seen at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, where it opens on June 30.

Double Double Act – Unicorn Theatre, London

The Unicorn Theatre continues to programme excitingly and audaciously. Next up is Double Double Act an exploration of what it means to be an adult created by Made in China and Chris Brett Bailey and performed alongside eight year olds. It opens on June 27.

Last chance to see

On the Town – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Drew McOnie’s revival of Leonard Bernstein’s sailors-on-shore-leave musical On the Town closes on July 1. We gave it five stars in The Stage, other reviews were more mixed.

Mark Shenton

Don’t Miss

Committee… – Donmar Warehouse, London

New verbatim musical Committee…, edited by Josie Rourke and Hadley Fraser from transcripts of the parliamentary enquiry into the collapse of the Kids’ Company and featuring music by Tom Deering, opens on July 3. Adam Penfold directs a cast that includes Alexander Hanson, Liz Robertson, Sandra Marvin and Rosemary Ashe.

Also worth seeing

Rufus Hound in The Wind in the Willows. Photo: Tristram Kenton

The Wind in the Willows – London Palladium

A new, all-British family musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows comes to the London Palladium for a summer season after a regional try-out last year in Plymouth. With a book by the prolific Julian Fellowes and score by Stiles and Drewe, Britain’s most enduring musical writing partnership, it opens on June 29.

Racing Demon – Theatre Royal, Bath

Jonathan Church takes over the running of the annual summer season at Bath Theatre Royal by reviving David Hare’s Racing Demon, opening on June 28, with a cast that includes David Haig, Anthony Calf, Ian Gelder, Rebecca Knight and Paapa Essiedu.

Interview with Jonathan Church

Superhero – Southwark Playhouse, London

World premiere of Superhero, Richy Hughes, Joseph Finlay and Michael Conley’s one-man musical that stars Michael Rouse in the title role, opening on June 30.

Bonnie and Clyde – The Other Palace

Work-in-progress staging of Frank Wildhorn’s Broadway musical version of the Bonnie and Clyde story, running to July 1, stars Evelyn Hoskins and Jamie Muscato in the title roles.

Opera event of the week

The Dream of Gerontius – Royal Festival Hall

English National Opera present a staged version of Elgar’s beloved The Dream of Gerontius for two performances only on July 1-2. Lucy Carter designs and stages it, with Simone Young conducting the ENO orchestra and Gwyn Hughes Jones singing the title role.

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