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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (October 22-28)

Christopher Eccleston in Macbeth at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon. Photo: The Other Richard
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Macbeth – Barbican Theatre, London

Polly Findlay’s Royal Shakespeare Company production, starring Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack, received mixed reviews when it opened in Stratford-upon-Avon, but I enjoyed its creepy imagery considerably. It opens at the Barbican on October 23.

The Wild Duck – Almeida Theatre, London

Robert Icke returns to the Almeida Theatre to direct a cast including Lyndsey Marshal and Edward Hogg in his version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. It opens on October 23.

Clear White Light – Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Inspired by musician Alan Hull’s time working as a psychiatric nurse in St Nicholas’ hospital in Gosforth, Paul Sirett’s new play takes the form of a modern gothic story with songs. It opens on October 23.

A Very Very Very Dark Matter – Bridge Theatre, London

Prince of the twisted comedy, Martin McDonagh’s new play is set in Copenhagen – in the home of Hans Christian Andersen no less – and promises to be a murky exploration of the imagination. It opens at the Bridge Theatre on October 24.

The Company of a Very Very Very Dark Matter. Photo: Eleanor Howarth

I and You – Hampstead Theatre, London

Hampstead Theatre’s outgoing artistic director Edward Hall directs a 2014 play by American playwright Lauren Gunderson set in an American high school and starring Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark. It opens on October 25.