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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (October 15-21)

The cast of The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre. Photo: Marc Brenner The cast of The Inheritance. Photo: Marc Brenner
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The Inheritance – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Matthew Lopez’s ambitious and moving seven- hour, two-part update of EM Forster’s Howards End, exploring the legacy of the Aids crisis among a generation of young gay New Yorkers, transfers to the West End. Stephen Daldry’s production opens on October 13.

The Inheritance review at Young Vic, London – ‘ambitious, moving and compelling’

Death of a Salesman – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Following his towering performance as Lear, Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman opposite Maureen Beattie as Mrs Loman in Sarah Frankcom’s production of Arthur Miller’s classic. It opens in Manchester on October 16.

Don Warrington in rehearsals for Death of a Salesman. Photo: Johan Persson
Don Warrington in rehearsals for Death of a Salesman. Photo: Johan Persson

Don Carlos – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Tom Burke, star of Strike, will take on Schiller’s Don Carlos in the first production from his new company Ara, co-founded with director Gadi Roll. It opens at Exeter’s Northcott on October 16.

Strike’s Tom Burke: ‘There’s enough talent around the UK to have a Donmar and National in every city’

Company – Gielgud Theatre, London

This one’s going to be immense. Marianne Elliott directs a gender-switched revival of one of Stephen Sondheim’s best works. Rosalie Craig plays the lead in a cast that also features Jonathan Bailey, Mel Giedroyc and Patti LuPone. It opens in the West End on October 17.

Wise Children – Old Vic, London

Emma Rice directed a brilliant version of Angela Carter’s Nights of the Circus back in 2006. Now she turns her attention to Carter’s final novel, a delicious collision of Shakespeare and music hall, in a production that opens at the Old Vic on October 17 ahead of a UK tour.

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