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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 5-11)

The cast of White Teeth in rehearsals. Photo: Mark Douet The cast of White Teeth in rehearsals. Photo: Mark Douet
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White Teeth – Kiln Theatre, London

The second production in the rechristened Kiln Theatre’s autumn season is an adaptation of Zadie Smith’s acclaimed debut novel – a sprawling portrait of north-west London. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, it opens on November 5.

Kiln Theatre: Exclusive first look at transformed London theatre

The Madness of George III – Nottingham Playhouse

Mark Gatiss takes on the title role in Alan Bennett’s play. Adrian Scarborough, Jack Holden and Nadia Albina also star in the production, which opens on November 6.

Mark Gatiss in rehearsal for The Madness of George III. Photo: Nottingham Playhouse
Mark Gatiss in rehearsal for The Madness of George III. Photo: Nottingham Playhouse

Romeo and Juliet – Barbican Theatre, London

Erica Whyman’s lively production of Romeo and Juliet’s tale of young love transfers to the Barbican. Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick play the lovers, while Charlotte Josephine plays a spiky, fighty Mercutio. It opens on November 6.

Romeo and Juliet review at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘fresh and engaging’

The Hoes – Hampstead Theatre, London

Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play about sisterhood and friendship is the next production to open in Hampstead Theatre’s Downstairs space. Lakesha Arie-Angelo directs and it opens on November 8.

Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Ifeyinwa Frederick in rehearsals for The Hoes. Photo: Hampstead Theatre
Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Ifeyinwa Frederick in rehearsals for The Hoes. Photo: Hampstead Theatre

Pinter Three and Four – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

The next two productions in Jamie Lloyd’s season of short plays opens in the West End. Pinter Three includes Landscape, A Kind of Alaska and Monologue; Pinter Four includes Moonlight and Night School. Tamsin Greig and Meera Syal star and the plays open on November 10.

Tamsin Greig and Meera Syal in rehearsals. Photo: Marc Brenner
Tamsin Greig and Meera Syal in rehearsals. Photo: Marc Brenner
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