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Top theatre shows to see this week (September 24-30)

Charles Lawson in rehearsals for Rebus: Long Shadows. Photo: Robert Day Charles Lawson in rehearsals for Rebus: Long Shadows. Photo: Robert Day
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Rebus: Long Shadows – Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Novelist Ian Rankin joins forces with Rona Munro to create a new Rebus story for the stage. The hard-living Scottish copper comes out of retirement at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on September 25 ahead of a UK tour.

Antony and Cleopatra – National Theatre

Simon Godwin, who will soon leave the UK to take on the US-based Shakespeare Theatre Company, directs Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in the Olivier, in a production opening on September 26.

Lord of the Flies – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Emma Jordan directs a contemporary, all-female re-imagining of William Golding’s classic story in which a group of schoolgirls find themselves stranded together on an island. The Sherman Theatre co-production opens on September 26.

A Kettle of Fish – The Yard, London

The Yard has been on a roll this year. Its autumn season begins with Brad Birch’s new play, a one-woman show starring Wendy Kweh set on a plane. Directed by Caitlin McLeod, it opens on September 27.

Wendy Kweh in rehearsals for A Kettle of Fish.Photo: Alex Krook
Wendy Kweh in rehearsals for A Kettle of Fish.Photo: Alex Krook

Pinter at the Pinter – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

To mark the 10th anniversary of the playwright’s death, all of Harold Pinter’s short plays will be presented, beginning with Jamie Lloyd’s production of a number of shorts, including The Lover and The Collection. The casts include David Suchet, Russell Tovey, Antony Sher, Tamsin Greig, Maggie Steed and Paapa Essiedu and the season opens on September 27, running until February 23, 2018.

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