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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 7-11)

Sheila Atim in rehearsals for Time Is Love. Photo: DWGH Photos
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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.

Gabriel Akuwudike and Jessica Ledon in rehearsal for Time is Love. Photo: DWGH Photos

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.

Competition: Win tickets to Rhum and Clay’s The War of the Worlds at New Diorama

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.

London International Mime Festival – showcasing visual theatre on the capital’s stages

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.

Alice Sykes and Caroline Faber in rehearsal for In Lipstick. Photo: Ali Wright

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.

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