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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 18-24)

Andrew Scott. Photo: Kevin Cummins Andrew Scott. Photo: Kevin Cummins
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Sea Wall – Old Vic Theatre, London

When it was first staged at the old Bush Theatre in 2008, Andrew Scott was astonishing in Simon Stephens’ moving monologue about loss. Now Scott brings the piece back to  the stage for a short run at the Old Vic,  opening on June 18.

Lava – Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse’s first studio production under Adam Penford’s tenure as artistic director is by James Fritz, writer of Four Minutes, 12 Seconds and fringe hit Ross and Rachel. His work is always exciting and unsettling. Fifth Word’s production of Lava opens on June 19.

Adam Penford: ‘It’s hard to convince stars to leave London, but there’s a way’

The Big I Am – Liverpool Everyman

Based on Henrik Ibsen’s play, the second Liverpool Everyman rep  season follows Golda Rosheuvel’s Othello with Robert Farquhar’s modern reimagining of Peer Gynt, directed by Nick Bagnall. It opens on June 20.

Playwright Robert Farquhar: ‘I’d love to crack London, I’m aware time is running out’

The Town Hall Affair – Barbican Theatre, London

New York’s the Wooster Group brings its show about the historic meeting between novelist Norman Mailer and leading feminists, including Germaine Greer, to the Barbican Centre. It opens on June 21.

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival – various venues, London

Highlights include Fly By Night, which sees a flock of pigeons taking to the air and a site-specific retelling of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing. The festival runs from June 21 – July 7.

Fly By Night. Photo: Tod Seelie/Creative Time
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