This week’s best theatre shows: our critics’ picks (February 13)
Girls and Boys – Royal Court, London
Though best known to many for writing the book to Matilda the Musical, Dennis Kelly has written some pretty unsettling and brutal plays in the past. His latest, Girls and Boys, is a one-woman play about the unravelling of a relationship starring Carey Mulligan – in her first stage role since David Hare’s Skylight – and directed by Lyndsey Turner. It opens at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs on February 15.
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The Almighty Sometimes – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Kendall Feaver’s Bruntwood-winning play The Almighty Sometimes, about the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, mental health and medication opens at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester on February 14. Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sharon Duncan Brewster star.
Juliet and Romeo – Battersea Arts Centre, London
Subtitled A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage, Lost Dog’s new piece Juliet and Romeo explore the cultural and social impact of Shakespeare’s story of teenage love. It’s performed by Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter and opens on February 15.
A Number – The Other Room, Cardiff
The award-winning Cardiff fringe theatre continues to programme ambitiously with a new production of Caryl Churchill’s two-hander about fatherhood, identity and cloning opening on February 15.
The Shadow Factory – NST City, Southampton
The world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory inaugurates Nuffield’s brand-new theatre NST City on February 15. It tells a local story set during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Artistic director Samuel Hodges directs a stellar cast that includes Anita Dobson, Catherine Cusack, Hilton McRae, David Birrell and Daniel York. The new venue is part of Studio 144, a new £30m arts venue in the city centre.
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Angry – Southwark Playhouse, London
The world premiere of Philip Ridley’s new play Angry, opens on February 16. It will feature Olivier nominated Tyrone Huntley and Georgie Henley in five gender-neutral monologues on refugees, millennial anger and interstellar travels – which actor performs each one will alternate night-to-night.
The B*easts – Bush Theatre, London
Another monologue The B*easts, written and performed by Monica Dolan, comes to London on February 15. The provocative piece about the sexualisation of children won Dolan The Stage Edinburgh Award at last year’s Fringe.
Jubilee – Lyric Hammersmith, London
Derek Jarman’s 1978 film Jubilee is adapted for the stage, with a cast led by Toyah Willcox, one of the film’s original stars. Chris Goode directs and adapts Jarman and James Whaley’s screenplay, in a production transferring from Manchester’s Royal Exchange to London on February 20. The theatre-in-the-round configuration will be recreated at Hammersmith.
Cabaret of the week
Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Sing Sting – Pheasantry, London
The irrepressible Barb Jungr joins forces with American pianist and arranger John McDaniel once again, moving on from the Beatles (the subject of their last show together) to the repertoire of the iconic Geordie-born Sting, running February 15-17.