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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 24-30)

The Basement Tapes, which will feature at the Incoming Festival. Photo: Andi Crown
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Incoming Festival – New Diorama Theatre, London; Home, Manchester; Tobacco Factory, Bristol

The festival of emerging work continues to expand, now playing across three cities from June 24 to 30. Companies include Sh!t Theatre, Malaprop and Wildcard. Zanetti Production’s brilliantly unsettling The Basement Tapes is one not to miss.

The Basement Tapes review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘intimate and spine-tingling’

Present Laughter – Old Vic, London

Andrew Scott stars in what promises to be a sexually fluid – bisexual characters have been mentioned – staging of Noel Coward’s play. Matthew Warchus’ production, which also stars Indira Varma and Sophie Thompson, opens on June 25.

The Hunt – Almeida Theatre, London

Rupert Goold directs David Farr’s adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish film Jagten. It stars Michele Austin, Danny Kirrane and Tobias Menzies, and opens on June 26.

Europe – Donmar Warehouse, London

Michael Longhurst’s inaugural production as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse is a revival of David Greig’s 1994 play, set in a small border town in Europe. It feels like a very pointed choice. With a cast including Shane Zaza, Natalia Tena and Ron Cook, Longhurst’s production opens on June 27.

Natalia Tena Faye Marsay. Photo: Marc Brenner
Natalia Tena Faye Marsay. Photo: Marc Brenner

Them! – Tramway, Glasgow

Stewart Laing is one of Scotland’s most consistently inventive theatre artists. He reunites with playwright Pamela Carter for a new piece for the National Theatre of Scotland, part inspired by the cult 1950s film of the same name, apparently featuring 150,000 ants. It opens at Glasgow’s Tramway on June 28.

Zachary Hing, Ross Mann, Rosina Bonsu and associate director Eve Nicol in rehearsals for Them!. Photo: Tommy Ga Ken Wan
Zachary Hing, Ross Mann, Rosina Bonsu and associate director Eve Nicol in rehearsals for Them!. Photo: Tommy Ga Ken Wan

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