Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 7-11)
Time Is Love – Finborough Theatre, London
The Finborough kicks off its year with Che Walker’s Time Is Love, starring and featuring music by the magnificent, Olivier-winning Sheila Atim. The prospect of seeing Atim in such an intimate space is a heady one. Walker’s production opened on January 3.
The War of the Worlds – New Diorama, London
Physical theatre company Rhum and Clay (creators of The Stage Edinburgh Award-winning Mistero Buffo) join forces with Isley Lynn (Skin a Cat) for a new piece inspired by Orson Welles’ famous radio broadcast of HG Wells’ novel, exploring the relationship between truth and the media. It opens on January 10.
London International Mime Festival – Various venues, London
Founded in 1977, the festival showcases physical theatre, circus, puppetry and much more besides. This year’s programme includes work from Gecko, Barely Methodical Troupe, Theatre Re and Peeping Tom. The festival opens on February 3.
In Lipstick – Pleasance Theatre, London
Touring theatre company Up in Arms presents a new play by Annie Jenkins about two women trying to hide from the world. Directed by Alice Hamilton (Eventide, German Skerries), it opens at the Pleasance on January 11.
Push Festival – Home, Manchester
The Push Festival is Home’s showcase of new creative talent in the North West. Spread over two weeks, it features work from artists around the region, including five new pieces, as well as screenings and works in progress. It runs until January 26.