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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (March 4-10)

Deborah Pearson and Stacey Gregg in rehearsals for Inside Bitch at the Royal Court. Photo: Jemima Yong Deborah Pearson and Stacey Gregg in rehearsals for Inside Bitch at the Royal Court. Photo: Jemima Yong
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Inside Bitch – Royal Court, London

Conceived by Deborah Pearson and Stacey Gregg, this Clean Break co-production is a devised ensemble performance created by women with experience of the system. It explores the way women in prison are represented in the media. It opens at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs on March 4.

The Taming of the Shrew – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Jo Clifford’s new gender-flipped version of Shakespeare’s play is set in a matriarchal world in which Kate is male, Petruchio is female and women hold all the power. It opens at the Sherman Theatre on March 5.

Richard II – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Hot on the heels of the excellent Sweat, incoming Bush Theatre artistic director Lynette Linton directs a cast of women of colour in Shakespeare’s tragedy. The mighty Adjoa Andoh plays the title role in a production that opens on March 6.

The cast of Richard II. Photo: Ingrid Pollard
The cast of Richard II. Photo: Ingrid Pollard

Richard III – Bristol Old Vic

Tom Mothersdale plays Shakespeare’s compelling and complicated villain Richard III in John Haidar’s new staging for Headlong, opening at Bristol Old Vic on March 6 ahead of a UK tour.

Waitress – Adelphi Theatre, London

Sara Bareilles’ Broadway musical adaptation of the 2007 film set in a diner – the first to have a female composer, book writer, director and choreographer – opens in London on March 7 with a cast including Katharine McPhee, Marisha Wallace and Laura Baldwin.

Smash star Katharine McPhee to lead UK cast of Waitress

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