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This week’s best theatre shows: our critics’ picks (October 24)

Rehearsals for Suzy Storck. Photo: Helen Murray Rehearsal for Suzy Storck. Photo: Helen Murray
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Natasha Tripney

Don’t miss

Suzy Storck – Gate Theatre, London

Ellen McDougall’s inuagural season at the Gate Theatre continues with Magali Mougel’s Suzy Storck, in a production that sees French director Jean-Pierre Baro making in his debut UK. Featuring a cast Kate Duchene, it opens on October 30.

Also worth seeing

Ben Vardy and Jesse Meadows in The Star Seekers

Joy – Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Clamour Theatre’s new production is a coming of age story about a young woman with Down’s syndrome, performed by a company featuring several actors with learning disabilities. Melanie Fullbrook directs Stephanie Martin’s Joy, which opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East on October 26.

The Star Seekers – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Over half term, The Star Seekers, the show for three to seven year olds by the ever-inventive Wardrobe Ensemble will be at the Bike Shed Theatre, until October 28.

I Hate Alone – The Peacock, Sunderland

Middle Child, creators of Edinburgh hit All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, present the new gig theatre piece, written by Ellen Brammar with music by James Frewer. It’s on a short tour this October, concluding at the Peacock on October 26.

Mark Shenton

Don’t Miss

Dominic Marsh and Carly Bawden in rehearsal for Romantics Anonymous. Photo: Steve Tanner

Romantics Anonymous – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Before Emma Rice steps down from her role as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, she directs a cast including Carly Bawden and Joanna Riding – both of whom appeared in Kneehigh’s West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – in a new musical opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on October 27.

Also worth seeing

Aladdin – Sadler’s Wells, London

No, not the Disney musical currently running at the Prince Edward, but David Bintley’s ballet version in a production by Birmingham Royal Ballet. It’s running from October 31 to November 2.

Vamos Cuba! – Peacock Theatre, London

Cuban dance spectacle Vamos Cuba! comes to London from October 24 to November 11. Directed and choreographed by Nilda Guerra, who also created Havana Rakatan that had six seasons at the Peacock, there are post-show Cuban dance classes on October 24, 31 and November 7.

Under Milk Wood – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

The Watermill continues its 50th anniversary season by staging a new production of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood – a play that was its first professional production in 1967. Now Brendan O’Hea directs a cast led by Alistair McGowan, opening on October 27.

Event of the week

West End Bares: Ruby Strippers – Novello Theatre, London

Graham Norton hosts this year’s Make a Difference Trust charity fundraiser West End Bares, with two performances only on October 29. Over 100 West End dancers will appear, with a guest appearance by Rebecca Trehearn premiering a new song specially written for the occasion.

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