Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (April 9-15)
Quiz – Noel Coward Theatre, London
James Graham’s Quiz is a play about Charles Ingram, the “coughing major” who ended up on trial for cheating on game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The audience is invited to act as jury in the production, which opened at the Minerva in Chichester last year and opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on April 10.
Chicago – Phoenix Theatre, London
It’s back. The West End perennial – it is the West End’s longest-running revival, having run for 15 years from its opening at the Adelphi in 1997 – returns to razzle dazzle with Cuba Gooding Jr stepping into lawyer Billy Flynn’s shoes. Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall also star in the production, which makes its home in the Phoenix Theatre, recently vacated by The Exorcist (I hope they mopped up). It opens on April 11.
Tremor – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
David Mercatali’s first production at the Sherman since becoming associate director is this new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against a Brick Wall) about two people’s attempts to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a tragedy. It opens on April 12.
Secret Life of Humans – New Diorama, London
David Byrne’s intelligent, intricate play knits together Yuval Harari’s bestseller Sapiens and the life of academic Jacob Brunowski and was a critical hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Fergus Morgan called it “a compelling show, shot through with humour and superbly performed”. Now Byrne brings it home to the New Diorama, where it opens on April 12.
Instructions for Correct Assembly – Royal Court, London
Having filled the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs with real, live, actual goats, Hamish Pirie returns to the space, sans animals, to direct a cast including Jane Horrocks in a new play by Thomas Eccleshare (Pastoral, Heather) about child rearing. It opens on April 14.