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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 21-27)

Sam Angell (centre) in rehearsals for Peter Pan. Photo: Johan Persson Sam Angell (centre) in rehearsals for Peter Pan. Photo: Johan Persson
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Peter Pan – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

The Open Air Theatre’s summer season begins with a revival of Timothy Sheader’s 2015 production, to mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations. Sam Angell plays the title role, alongside Dennis Herdman’s Captain Hook in this production, which opens on May 24.

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan

A Taste of Honey – Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Gemma Dobson – who made her impressive stage debut in Out of Joint’s production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too – plays Jo in Chris Lawson’s production of Shelagh Delaney’s renowned play. It opens on May 25.

Creation (Pictures for Dorian) – Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s eternally youthful Dorian Gray, this UK premiere of a new work by British-German performance collective Gob Squad explores ideas of vanity, ageing, beauty and the body. A Brighton Festival co-commission, it’s at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts from May 23-26.

Confidence – Southwark Playhouse, London

Tanya Burr stars in a revival of Jane Upton’s 1998 play Confidence for Boundless Theatre. Rob Drummer directs the new production of this exploration and celebration of life in the 1990s. It opens in Southwark Playhouse’s Little space on May 25.

Hamnet – Purcell Room, London

Cult Irish company Dead Centre (Lippy, Chekhov’s First Play) makes a rare London appearance with Hamnet, a piece about Shakespeare’s son, who died at the age of 11. It’s a show about memory, death, theatre and the unknown, written to be performed by an 11-year-old, that Fergus Morgan described as “a mash-up of Beckett and The Sixth Sense”. It’s at the Southbank Centre between May 26-28.

Chekhov’s First Play review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘theatre for theatre geeks’

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