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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 22-28)

Amara Okereke and members of the ensemble in rehearsals for Oklahoma! Photo: Johan Persson Amara Okereke and members of the ensemble in rehearsals for Oklahoma! Photo: Johan Persson

Oklahoma! – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Josie Lawrence and last year’s The Stage Debut Award-winner Amara Okereke star in Jeremy Sams’ new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on July 22.

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Uncle Vanya – Theatre Royal, Bath

Rupert Everett returns to Theatre Royal Bath, where he last appeared as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss back in 2012. Making his directorial debut, Everett will helm David Hare’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s play. Katherine Parkinson also stars in the production, which opens on July 24.

Barber Shop Chronicles –Roundhouse, London

Inua Ellams’ hit play – a vibrant, poetic and poignant, continent-hopping ode to the barber shop – returns to London for a run at the Roundhouse. A special programme of work entitled Fades, Braids and Identity will run alongside it. It opens on July 24.

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Malory Towers –Passenger Shed, Bristol

Emma Rice’s Wise Children company follows up its adaptation of Angela Carter’s love letter to the theatre with a musical adaptation of Enid Blyton’s popular series of books about a girls’ boarding school. It opens on July 25 in Bristol, ahead of a national tour.

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out –Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kandinsky has proved itself one of the most exciting makers of layered, devised theatre around. Created by James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney, this new piece explores the legacy of the Luddite rebellion and its significance in Manchester’s history. It opens on July 25.

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