Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (March 19-25)
Caroline, Or Change – Hampstead Theatre, London
Sharon D Clarke reprises her role in the acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Tony Kushner’s 2003 musical set in Louisiana during the Civil Rights era. Michael Longhurst’s “complex, joyful, and exuberant” production opens at Hampstead Theatre on March 19.
The Great Wave – National Theatre, London
While there have been wibbles in the Olivier, the National Theatre has been programming some thrilling stuff in the Dorfman. Next up is Francis Turnly’s new thriller The Great Wave, set in Japan and North Korea. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre, it opens on March 19.
Macbeth – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Following the National Theatre’s grimy, uninspiring Macbeth, the Royal Shakespeare Company stages Polly Findlay’s production of the play – the third major Macbeth to open this month. Christopher Eccleston, whom Findlay previously directed in Antigone at the National, stars opposite the always compelling Niamh Cusack. It opens on March 20.
Misty – Bush Theatre, London
Playwright and actor Arinze Kene – boxer Joe in Girl from the North Country and a honey-throated Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse – stars in his new solo show Misty, a mixture of gig-theatre and urban storytelling directed by the Bush Theatre’s associate director Omar Elerian. Kene’s plays as a writer include Good Dog and God’s Property. Misty opens on March 21.
Agnes Colander – Ustinov Studio, Bath
Trevor Nunn directs the world premiere of this rediscovered play by Edwardian playwright Harley Granville Barker. Playwright Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays, The Gabriels) has edited the text and Naomi Frederick stars in the title role. It opens the Ustinov spring season on March 21.