Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (March 12-18)

Bre'er Cotton rehearsal. Photo: Helen Murray Michael Ajao in rehearsals for Bre'er Cotton. Photo: Helen Murray
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Br’er Cotton – Theatre503, London

Theatre503 presents Tearrance Chisholm’s play, about an African-American teenage boy living in Virginia and the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander Weise, who won acclaim for his production of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop last year. It opens on March 12.

Buggy Baby – Yard Theatre, London

Ned Bennett’s previous work includes An Octoroon, Pomona and Yen. He understands tension. He knows how to unsettle. His latest production is of this new play by Josh Azouz, writer of The Mikvah Project, about three migrants crammed into a tiny London room. It’s billed as a “horror comedy” and opens at the Yard, London on March 13.

Rehearsals for Buggy Baby

Our Country’s Good – Nottingham Playhouse

Ramps on the Moon, a collaborative network of theatres producing innovative, integrated work featuring deaf and disabled performers, presents its latest production, following The Government Inspector and Kerry Michael’s roof-raising Tommy. This revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s classic play set in an Australian prison colony is directed by Fiona Buffini. It opens at Nottingham Playhouse on March 13 ahead of a tour.

Rehearsals for Our Country’s Good. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

Frankenstein – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The first stage production of Mary Shelley’s classic novel took place just five years after it was published. Now in the year of its 200th anniversary, Matthew Xia directs April De Angelis’ new adaptation. Manchester’s Royal Exchange’s distinctive in-the-round space feels like the perfect place to bring this story of creation and destruction to life. It opens on March 13.

Frankenstein Rehearsals. Photo: Anneka Morley

La Traviata – London Coliseum

Daniel Kramer directs Verdi’s classic of love and death. It’s Kramer’s first production since taking over as artistic director of English National Opera in 2016. Soprano Claudia Boyle plays Violetta and the opera is designed by Lizzie Clachan. It opens at the London Coliseum on March 16.