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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 12-18)

Eva Noblezada in rehearsal for Hadestown. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Hadestown – National Theatre, London

Created by singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, and starring Eva Noblezada, this musical reworking of the Orpheus myth – a hit in the US – opens in the Olivier at the National on November 13.

Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page in rehearsal for Hadestown, which opens at the National Theatre in November. Photo: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page in rehearsal for Hadestown. Photo: Helen Maybanks

A Small Place – Gate Theatre, London

Anna Himali Howard directs Jamaica Kincaid’s play about colonial exploitation starring Nicola Alexis and Cherelle Skeete. Throughout the run, the theatre will be open during the day to locals as a space to work and study. It opens on November 13.

Nicola Alexis and Cherelle Skeete in rehearsal for A Small Place. Photo: Helen Murray
Nicola Alexis and Cherelle Skeete in rehearsal for A Small Place. Photo: Helen Murray

Super Duper Close Up – The Yard, London

Made in China makes work about modern identity – past shows include Gym Party and Tonight I’m Gonna Be the New Me. Its latest is about the experience of being a woman in a world of social media scrutiny and Insta-selfies. Written and performed by Jess Latowicki, it opens at the Yard on November 14.

Jess Latowicki in Super Duper Close Up. Photo: Alex Fernandes

Macbeth – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Real-life husband and wife, Paul Ready and Michelle Terry, play the Macbeths in the opening production of the Sam Wanamaker’s winter season. Helmed by Robert Hastie – who directed Terry in Henry V at the Open Air Theatre – it opens on November 14.

Paul Ready and Michelle Terry in rehearsal for Macbeth. Photo: Johan Persson
Paul Ready and Michelle Terry in rehearsal for Macbeth. Photo: Johan Persson

Matilda the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The UK touring production of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s musical, based on the Roald Dahl classic, is in Manchester until November 24. Craige Els plays the fearsome Miss Trunchbull.

Craige Els in Matilda the Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Craige Els in Matilda the Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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