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Top five theatre shows to see this week (December 2-9)

Ellie Kendrick, Kit Harington and Jocelyn Jee Esien. Photos: Marc Brenner/The Other Richard Ellie Kendrick, Kit Harington and Jocelyn Jee Esien. Photos: Marc Brenner/The Other Richard
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True West, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn – so wonderfully menacing in Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen – star in Matthew Dunster’s production of the play by Sam Shepard. It opens in the West End on December 4.

The Producers, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The Royal Exchange’s big winter musical is an in-the-round version of Mel Brooks’ uproarious The Producers. Julius D’Silva and Stuart Neal play Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, Raz Shaw directs, and it opens on December 5.

Julius d'Silva in rehearsals for The Producers. Photo: Anneka Morley
Julius d’Silva in rehearsals for The Producers. Photo: Anneka Morley

Mouthpiece, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Orla O’Loughlin directs Mouthpiece, a piece about class, exploitation and ownership of stories, the new show by Kieran Hurley, writer of the Fringe First-winning Beats and one of Scotland’s most distinctive voices. The HighTide co-production opens on December 5.

Neve McIntosh and Lorn-Macdonald in rehearsals for Mouthpiece. Photo Lauren McLay
Neve McIntosh and Lorn-Macdonald in rehearsals for Mouthpiece. Photo Lauren McLay

Hole, Royal Court, London

Actor Ellie Kendrick (Games of Thrones, Press) makes her writing debut with a play about power and taking up space directed by Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland from RashDash. It opens in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs on December 5.

Doctor Faustus, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Jocelyn Jee Esien plays the title character opposite Pauline McLynn’s Mephistopheles in Paulette Randall’s production of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. It opens in the atmospheric Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on December 6.

Jocelyn Jee Esien in rehearsals for Doctor Faustus. Photo: Marc Brenner
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