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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (August 6-12)

Henry Pettigrew and Sarah Higgins in rehearsals for Midsummer. Photo: Eoin Carey Henry Pettigrew and Sarah Higgins in rehearsals for Midsummer. Photo: Eoin Carey
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Midsummer – The Hub, Edinburgh

Ten years after it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s funny, romantic and uplifting play with songs returns to its home city. This new, expanded version, complete with live band, is part of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival and runs from August 2-26.

Bring It On – Southwark Playhouse, London

British Theatre Academy stages Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, Jeff Whitty and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical based on the 2000 film about the competitive world of cheerleading. It’s one of two BTA youth productions running at Southwark Playhouse this August along with Goodnight Mister Tom. The production opens August 7.

Switzerland – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Phyllis Logan plays Patricia Highsmith, author of the Tom Ripley novels and Strangers on a Train, in Joanna Murray-Smith’s two-hander. Lucy Bailey directs the production, which opens in Bath on August 9.

Aristocrats – Donmar Warehouse, London

Lyndsey Turner directs a cast including David Dawson, David Ganly and Elaine Cassidy in Brian Friel’s haunting play about a group of children returning to the family home. It opens at the Donmar on August 9.

Little Shop of Horrors – Open Air Theatre, London

Maria Aberg tackles the wonderfully schlocky man-eating plant musical with a cast including Marc Antolin and Jemima Rooper. Drag queen Vicky Vox plays Audrey II in the production, which opens on August 10.

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