Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 28-June 3)
Tartuffe – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Moliere’s comedy has been reworked In what is apparently the West End’s “first ever dual-language production”. Tartuffe is now an American evangelist. Acclaimed film and television actor Paul Anderson, star of Peaky Blinders, stars opposite Audrey Fleurot – from Spiral – in a production that opens on May 29.
Rails – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Former Old Red Lion artistic director Clive Judd directs the new play by Simon Longman, whose bleakly beautiful Gundog played the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs earlier this year, in Theatre by the Lake’s studio space. The production opens on May 29.
Translations – Olivier, National Theatre
Ian Rickson directs a cast including Colin Morgan, Aoife Duffin and Adetomiwa Edun in Brian Friel’s magnificent play about the politicisation of language. Can it break the curse of the Olivier? We will find out on May 30.
Happy Days – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
After A Streetcar Named Desire and Hamlet, Maxine Peake reunites with regular collaborator Sarah Frankcom to play Winnie, one of Beckett’s greatest – and most demanding – roles. The productions opens on May 30.
Leave Taking – Bush Theatre, London
The Bush’s artistic director Madani Younis directs a cast including Adjoa Andoh in a revival of Winsome Pinnock’s George Devine award-winning play. Leave Taking is about mothers, daughters and what it is to be a second-generation immigrant. It opens on May 31.