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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 11-17)

Gillian Anderson in All About Eve. Photo: Jan Versweyveld Gillian Anderson in All About Eve. Photo: Jan Versweyveld
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All About Eve – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Gillian Anderson plays the magnificent Margo Channing opposite Lily James’ manipulative, would-be star Eve in Ivo van Hove’s new stage version of Joseph L Mankiewicz’s wonderful 1950 film about acting, ambition and ego. Monica Dolan also stars in the production, which opens in the West End on February 12. Buckle up.

Lily James in All About Eve. Photo: Jan Versweyveld
Lily James in All About Eve. Photo: Jan Versweyveld

The American Clock – Old Vic Theatre, London

Clarke Peters has replaced Giles Terera in Rachel Chavkin’s (Hadestown, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) production of the Arthur Miller play, the second Miller to open in the West End this week. It opens on February 13.

Clarke Peters in rehearsals for The American Clock. Photo: Manual Harlan
Clarke Peters in rehearsals for The American Clock. Photo: Manual Harlan

Mother Courage and Her Children – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Royal Exchange regular Julie Hesmondhalgh returns to the Manchester theatre to play the iconic title role in a new adaptation of Brecht’s play by Anna Jordan. Headlong associate artist Amy Hodge directs and it opens on February 13.

The Producers and Julie Hesmondhalgh’s Mother Courage lead Royal Exchange season

Berberian Sound Studio  – Donmar Warehouse, London

Designer Tom Scutt makes his directorial debut with a stage adaptation of Peter Strickland’s unsettling 2012 film about a sound engineer who takes a job at an Italian horror studio. Tom Brooke heads the cast and it opens on February 14.

Princess and the Hustler – Bristol Old Vic

Eclipse Theatre follows Black Men Walking with another Revolution Mix production. Written by Bristol-based Chinonyerem Odimba, and starring Kudzai Sitima, it opens on February 14.

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