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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (March 5-11)

Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear in rehearsals for Macbeth. Photo: Brinkhoff/ Moegenburg Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear in rehearsals for Macbeth. Photo: Brinkhoff/ Moegenburg
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Macbeth – National Theatre, London

March is the month of Macbeths. There are three major productions opening as well as a new dance-theatre version at Wilton’s Music Hall. In Rufus Norris’ production for the National Theatre, Anne-Marie Duff plays Lady Macbeth opposite Rory Kinnear’s thane. Kinnear is a superb, cerebral Shakespearean actor – he’s already given his Iago and his Hamlet at the National, it’ll be fascinating to see how he deploys his dagger.

Summer and Smoke – Almeida Theatre, Lonndon

Matthew Needham and Patsy Ferran in rehearsals for Summer and Smoke. Photo: Marc Brenner
Matthew Needham and Patsy Ferran in rehearsals for Summer and Smoke. Photo: Marc Brenner

Patsy Ferran has a glinting quality as a performer. She’s compelling and versatile and always watchable. She follows up her turn in Anoushka Warden’s solo show about a young girl’s messy relationship with her mother, My Mum’s a Twat, by heading up the ensemble cast of Rebecca Frecknall’s production of one of Tennessee Williams’ less frequently performed plays, Summer and Smoke. It opens at the Almeida Theatre on March 7.

Paint Your Wagon – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Everyman Company in rehearsals for Paint Your Wagon. Photo: Brian Roberts
Everyman Company in rehearsals for Paint Your Wagon. Photo: Brian Roberts

The Liverpool Everyman’s rep company embarks on its second season with a new production of the Lerner and Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon, staged by the same creative team as last year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, with a cast including Patrick Brennan and Emily Hughes, who played Tevye and Hodel in Fiddler. Gemma Bodinetz’s production last year. It opens on March 7.

The Duchess of Malfi – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Joan Iyola in rehearsals for The Duchess of Malfi. Photo: Helen Maybanks
Joan Iyiola in rehearsals for The Duchess of Malfi. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Director Maria Aberg’s 2016 production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus saw two actors using a match to determine who was playing Faustus or Mephistopheles on any given night. Aberg also injected an all-out Dirty Dancing routine into her production of King John for the RSC. Now Joan Iyiola takes on the title role in Aberg’s production of John Webster’s gripping revenge tragedy. It opens on March 8.

Hamlet – Hackney Empire, London

Originally seen in Stratford-upon-Avon, Simon Godwin’s production for the RSC is currently on tour. Paapa Essiedu reprises the role of the young prince, a part he played with wit, dexterity and huge charm, effervescence and emotional nuance. It plays Hackney Empire, March 6-31, with a press night on March 8.

Hamlet review – Paapa Essiedu stars at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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