Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 17-23)
Strange Fruit – Bush Theatre, London
Nancy Medina directs a revival of Caryl Phillips’ powerful 1981 debut play as part of the theatre’s Passing the Baton series celebrating the work of writers of colour. Rakie Ayola stars in the production that opens on June 17.
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Matthew Bourne’s new dance version of Shakespeare’s enduring tale of star-crossed lovers for New Adventures comes to Cardiff from June 18-22 as part of a 13-venue UK tour.
The Light in the Piazza – Royal Festival Hall, London
Grammy-winner Renée Fleming and Alex Jennings star in Daniel Evans’ London premiere production of Adam Guettel’s hit Broadway musical set in 1950s Florence. It opens on June 18.
The Damned – Barbican Theatre, London
Ivo van Hove directs the renowned Comédie-Française for the first time in a production that once again sees him turning to Visconti for inspiration to tell the story of a family of German industrialists. It opens at the Barbican on June 19.
The Crucible – Pitlochry Festival Theatre
The year of Miller continues with a staging of his masterful allegory. Part of Elizabeth Newman’s inaugural summer season at the Perthshire theatre, it runs from June 20 alongside Blithe Spirit and Summer Holiday.
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