This week’s best theatre shows: our critics’ picks (November 14)

Tadhg Murphy and Ria Zmitrowicz in rehearsals for Bad Roads. Photo: Helen Murray Tadhg Murphy and Ria Zmitrowicz in rehearsals for Bad Roads. Photo: Helen Murray
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Natasha Tripney

Don’t miss

Bad Roads – Royal Court, London

Vicky Featherstone directs a new play by leading Ukrainian playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit for the Royal Court about the experience of being a woman in wartime.

Also worth seeing

Rehearsals for Inside Pussy Riot. Photo: Anastasia Tikhonova

Inside Pussy Riot – Saatchi Gallery, London

Russian feminist punk protest band Pussy Rioy has collaborated with Les Enfants Terribles to create an immersive show inspired by the band’s imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance inside a Moscow’s cathedral. It opens at London’s Saatchi Gallery on November 16.

Read our interview with Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova

#HashtagLightie – Arcola Theatre, London

Written by Lynette Linton, recent nominee at The Stage Debut Awards, and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, #HashtagLightie explores what it means to be mixed race in Britain today. It opens at the Arcola on November 16.

Read our interview with Lynette Linton

Am I Dead Yet? – Soho Theatre, London

Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe’s show about “the science of dying and the politics of living“ premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Now on tour, it’s at Soho Theatre this week.

Mark Shenton

Don’t Miss

Nico Muhly. Photo: Ana Cuba

Marnie – London Coliseum

World premiere of Nico Mulhy’s new opera Marnie, based on the 1961 novel by Winston Graham that was also famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock for his 1964 film. Co-produced with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Michael Mayer’s production stars Sasha Cooke in the title role alongside Lesley Garrett, with Martyn Brabbins taking the baton in his first opera since becoming ENO’s music director. It opens on November 18.

Also worth seeing

Tiger Bay – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

John Owen Jones and Hear’Say’s Noel Sullivan star in Tiger Bay, presented by Wales Millennium Centre in association with Cape Town Opera, in a new musical with book and lyrics by Michael Williams. With an original score by Welsh composer Daf James, it is  directed by Melly Still. It opens November 15.

Miss Julie – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Tom Littler, new artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre, transfers his production of Strindberg’s masterpiece Miss Julie from Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake to open in London on November 15. It is performed in a new version by Howard Brenton.

Read our interview with Tom Littler

The Suppliant Woman – Young Vic, London

The Actors Touring Company production of David Greig’s new version of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Woman comes to the Young Vic, opening on November 16.

Arlene: the Glitz, the Glamour, the Gossip – Duchess Theatre, London

A one night London outing for Arlene Phillips’ stage show in which she shares anecdotes of her long directing and choreographic career. It’s in the West End on November 20.

Read our interview with Arlene Phillips

Concerts of the Week

Collabro – London Palladium

Collabro, the music theatre boyband who were winners of the eigth series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014, come to the London Palladium on November 16 as part of a national tour, to coincide with the release of their new album Home.

Jon Robyns – The Other Palace, London

Frequent West End leading man Jon Robyns appears live at the Other Palace’s studio on November 19, with special guests Rebecca Trehearn and Tyrone Huntley.