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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (October 1-7)

The cast of Mrs Dalloway, from left: Guy Rhys, Clare Perkins, Sean Jackson, Emma D'Arcy and Clare Lawrence Moody (front). Photo: Darren Siah
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Mrs Dalloway – Arcola Theatre, London

Having set the world on fire in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe, Clare Perkins plays the title role in Thomas Bailey’s production of the novel by Virginia Woolf. It opens on October 1.

Emilia review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘the essence of a woman too long forgotten by the books of history’

Sketching – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Experiment in multi-authored playwriting from James Graham and director Thomas Hescott, written in collaboration with eight emerging writers following an open application process seeking voices currently underrepresented in the industry. It opens at Wilton’s Music Hall on October 2.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Pandora Colin and Sophia Nomvete star in the Crucible’s annual big autumn Shakespeare production directed by Robert Hastie with music by Dan ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Gillespie Sells. It opens on October 2.

Future Bodies – Home, Manchester

Unlimited Theatre and RashDash join forces for a new piece that explores human enhancement technologies. Working with prominent scientists in the field, Future Bodies imagines the impact on humanity of a world of neurological implants and smart drugs. It opens on October 3.

The Sweet Science of Bruising – Southwark Playhouse, London

This new play by Joy Wilkinson – one of the writers of the upcoming season of Doctor Who – is set in the world of Victorian women’s boxing. Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, it opens at Southwark Playhouse on October 5.

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