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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (September 3-9)

Kayla Meikle in rehearsals for Dance Nation. Photo: Marc Brenner

Dance Nation – Almeida Theatre, London

Bijan Sheibani follows The Brothers Size with the UK premiere of Clare Barron’s new play Dance Nation, about a competitive dance team made up of middle-school girls. The cast includes Manjinder Virk, Irfan Shamji, Karla Crome, Brendan Cowell and Kayla Meikle. It opens on September 4.

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Sweet Charity – Nottingham Playhouse

Following a recent revival at the Watermill [2], Rebecca Trehearn [3] takes the lead role of Charity Hope Valentine in Bill Buckhurst’s production at Nottingham Playhouse. It opens on September 5.

The Humans – Hampstead Theatre, London

Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell will reprise their Tony-winning performances in the UK premiere of Stephen Karam’s acclaimed play, opening at Hampstead Theatre on September 6.

Gastronomic – Norwich Theatre Royal

Curious Directive’s new show describes itself as an “augmented reality dining experience; set on-board a long-haul flight, the show presents an audience with a five-course tasting menu”. The company is always exploring the interplay between technology and theatre, and the show takes off on September 7.

Unexpected Joy – Southwark Playhouse, London

Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment presents the European premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s new chamber musical. Boasting an all-female cast, including Melanie Marshall and Janet Fullerlove, it opens on September 7.