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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (December 10-16)

The Scarlet Pimpernel cast. Photo: Rah Petherbridge
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The Scarlet Pimpernel – The Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath

Created by the team behind last year’s Little Mermaid – winner of the best show for children and young people at the UK Theatre Awards – this fresh version of the story of the swashbuckling hero of the French Revolution opens in Bath on December 10.

Snowflake – Old Fire Station, Oxford

Triple Olivier-winner Mike Bartlett’s new Christmas play, written especially for Oxford’s Old Fire Station, is directed by previous collaborator Clare Lizzimore and opens on December 10.

Racheal Ofori and Ellen Robertson in rehearsals for Snowflake. Photo: Cate Nunn
Racheal Ofori and Ellen Robertson in rehearsals for Snowflake. Photo: Cate Nunn

The Tell-Tale Heart – National Theatre, London

Anthony Neilson makes his National Theatre debut in December with a new contemporary reworking of the classic short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set in Brighton and starring Tamara Lawrance, it opens in the Dorfman on December 12.

Tamara Lawrance in rehearsals for The Tell-Tale Heart. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Tamara Lawrance in rehearsals for The Tell-Tale Heart. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Snow White – London Palladium

Dawn French joins icicle-tongued Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Charlie Stemp in this year’s lavish Palladium pantomime. Expect spectacular sets and innuendo by the bucketload. It opens on December 12

Exclusive interview with Julian Clary: ‘I don’t like Christmas – panto’s the perfect excuse to avoid parties’

The Convert – Young Vic, London

Letitia Wright (T’Challa’s super-bright little sister in Black Panther) and Paapa Essiedu star in Ola Ince’s revival of the play by Danai Gurira (also a star of Black Panther). First seen on London stages at the Gate Theatre in 2017, this new Young Vic production opens on December 14.

Letitia Wright in rehearsals for The Convert. Photo: Marc Brenner
Letitia Wright in rehearsals for The Convert. Photo: Marc Brenner
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