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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 14-20)

Le Gateau Chocolat in Effigies of Wickedness at the Gate Theatre. Photo: Helen Murray Le Gateau Chocolat in Effigies of Wickedness at the Gate Theatre. Photo: Helen Murray
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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Developed from an idea by Peter Brathwaite, this English National Opera co-production features a collection of songs from Weimar Germany banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. Performers include Katie Bray, Lucy McCormick and La Gateau Chocolat. Ellen McDougall will direct the show, which opens on May 14.

The Hollow Hotel – Biscuit Factory, London

DifferencEngine, the company behind hit immersive show Heist, opens the doors to its new interactive theatre experience. Billed as “an immersive interactive psychological horror”, it sounds both terrifying and fascinating in equal measure. The production opens on May 14.

Red – Noel Coward Theatre, London

John Logan’s acclaimed two-hander about the life and art of Mark Rothko returns to the West End with Alfred Molina once again taking on the role of the artist (which he originally played opposite Eddie Redmayne at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009). This time Alfred Enoch stars in the production, which opens on May 15.

Alfred Molina: ‘I fear not being loved, that my hard work won’t be appreciated’

The Girl on the Train – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Paula Hawkins’ taut, efficient page-turner about a woman’s disappearance has already been turned into a film. Can a stage version bring anything new to the story? Jill Halfpenny plays the unreliable alcoholic protagonist in a production directed by Joe Murphy, which opens on May 16.

As You Like It/Hamlet – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Michelle Terry begins her tenure as artistic director with a double bill. Terry herself will play Hamlet and the rest of the casting decisions are equally exciting. Ophelia will be played by Shubham Saraf. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be played by Pearce Quigley and Nadia Nadarajah. Jack Laskey takes on the role of Rosalind. Both productions open on May 17.

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