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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 20-26)

Stephen Bangs, Rueben Joseph, Christina Gordon, Jo Freer, and Calum MacDonald in rehearsals for The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. Photo: Ga Ken Wan Stephen Bangs, Rueben Joseph, Christina Gordon, Jo Freer, and Calum MacDonald in rehearsals for The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. Photo: Ga Ken Wan
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The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil – Eden Court, Inverness

A new National Theatre of Scotland tour of this iconic piece of Scottish theatre, written by John McGrath, kicks off in Inverness on May 20 and will be directed by Live Theatre’s Joe Douglas.

Anna – National Theatre, London

Created with Ben and Max Ringham – the innovative sound designers who helped make Berberian Sound Studio so eerie – Ella Hickson’s new play takes the form of a thriller set in East Berlin. Directed by Natalie Abrahami, it opens in the Dorfman on May 21

The Duchess (of Malfi) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Zinnie Harris adapts and directs a new version of John Webster’s revenge tragedy starring George Costigan and and Kirsty Stuart. A co-production with Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, it opens on May 21.

King Hedley II – Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Lenny Henry returns to the stage to star in Nadia Fall’s revival of August Wilson’s play set in 1980s Pittsburgh. Martina Laird and Leo Wringer also star in the production that opens on May 23.

Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry

Henry V – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Aaron Sidwell takes the title role in Hal Chambers’ new staging of Shakespeare’s play at The Stage’s fringe theatre of the year. It opens on May 24.

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