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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 28-June 3)

Paul Anderson and Audrey Fleurot in rehearsals for Tartuffe. Photo: Helen Maybanks Paul Anderson and Audrey Fleurot in rehearsals for Tartuffe. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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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.

Translations star Adetomiwa Edun: ‘People tell me I look like that guy off the video game’

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.

Maxine Peake in rehearsals for Happy Days. Photo: Johan Persson
Maxine Peake in rehearsals for Happy Days. Photo: Johan Persson

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.

Adjoa Andoh in rehearsals for Leave Taking. Photo: Helen Murray
Adjoa Andoh in rehearsals for Leave Taking. Photo: Helen Murray
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