This week’s best shows: our critics’ picks (September 26)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg in rehearsal for People, Places and Things. Photo: Johan Persson Lisa Dwyer Hogg in rehearsal for People, Places and Things. Photo: Johan Persson
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Natasha Tripney

Don’t Miss

People, Places and Things – Home, Manchester

Lisa Dwyer Hogg takes on the role previously played by Denise Gough in a touring revival of Duncan Macmillan’s play about addiction and performance, opening at Home, Manchester, on September 28.

Also worth seeing

Nadia Clifford as Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre – National Theatre, London

Sally Cookson’s gorgeous staging of the novel by Charlotte Bronte returns to the National on September 27 with a new cast including Nadia Clifford as Jane Eyre and Tim Delap as Rochester.

The Fall – Royal Court, London

The acclaimed show by the Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town, made in response to the removal of a campus statue of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes, was a hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and a winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award. It opens for a limited run on the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs on September 28.

The Class Project – Bike Shed, Exeter

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord brings her thought-provoking solo show about the relationship between accent and class, and the way our voices shape the way people see us, to the Bike Shed in Exeter from September 26-30 as part of a short autumn tour.

Mark Shenton

Don’t Miss

The Norman Conquests – Chichester Festival Theatre

Blanche McIntyre directs Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests, in Chichester’s first in-the-round staging, opening on October 3. The cast comprises Jonathan Broadbent, Jemima Rooper, Trystan Gravelle, Sarah Hadland, John Hollingworth and Hattie Ladbury. Originally staged in Scarborough in 1973, it last received a major revival at he Old Vic in 2008.

Also worth seeing

Ria Jones will take the lead role in Sunset Boulevard. Photo: Mark Bruce

Sunset Boulevard – Curve, Leicester

The new touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, based on the Billy Wilder film of the same name, launches at Curve on September 28. Ria Jones – Glenn Close’s understudy during the show’s London run – plays Norma Desmond, with Danny Mac as Joe Gillis.

King Lear – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Ian McKellen returns to the play King Lear, a role he previously performed a decade ago for the RSC. The new production, directed by Jonathan Munby, opens on September 29 in Chichester.

Aida – London Coliseum

Phelim McDermott and Improbable return to English National Opera for a new production of Verdi’s Aida, joined by female-led circus company Mimbre and puppeteer Basil Twist. As McDermott has commented, “It’s a story worthy of the thing that only opera can do, which is to create theatre, music and drama at the same time.” The title role is sung by Latonia Moore, who has performed it at the Met in New York. It opens on September 28.

Last chance to see

Mosquitos – National Theatre, London
Queen Anne –Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitos ends its limited run at the National Theatre on September 28 and Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne, starring Emma Cunniffe in the title role and Romola Garai as her confidant Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, ends its run on September 30.