Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 16-22)
A Monster Calls – Old Vic, London
Based on Patrick Ness’ bestselling novel about grief, A Monster Calls is directed by Sally Cookson. She’s previously tackled Jane Eyre and Peter Pan and is adept at inventively staging novels. It opens at the Old Vic on July 17.
Allelujah! – Bridge Theatre, London
Having previously directed The Habit of Art and The History Boys, Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere of Alan Bennett’s play about the NHS. The large cast features Deborah Findlay, David Moorst, Jeff Rawle and Cleo Sylvestre. It opens at the Bridge Theatre on July 18.
Pity – Royal Court, London
The new play by Rory Mullarkey (The Wolf from the Door, Saint George and the Dragon) sees him once more mixing violent imagery with signifiers of Englishness – this time, bombs and ice cream vans. Sam Pritchard directs a cast including Sandy Grierson, The Stage Debut Award winner Abraham Popoola and members of Fulham Brass Band. It opens on July 19.
The Meeting – Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Chichester’s summer season continues with the world premiere of a new play by Charlotte Jones, writer of Humble Boy. Starring Lydia Leonard, Gerald Kyd and Jean St Clair, it opens on July 19.
South Western – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
The Wardrobe Ensemble, the Bristol collective behind Education, Education, Education and 1972: The Future of Sex, makes intelligent, idea-filled devised work. Its new show, a “spaghetti western set in the South West”, opens on July 19.