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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (March 18-24)

Claire Price and Joseph Arkley in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo: Ikin Yum Claire Price and Joseph Arkley in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo: Ikin Yum
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The Taming of the Shrew – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

In the second production this month to gender-flip this most problematic of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ plays, incoming Unicorn Theatre artistic director Justin Audibert helms a production set in an alternative matriarchal past. It opens on March 19.

Director Justin Audibert ‘The Unicorn’s audience is so honest: if it’s no good they tell you’

Standing at the Sky’s Edge – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

This new musical by Chris Bush and Sheffield musician Richard Hawley is set against the backdrop of Sheffield’s Park Hill housing estate. Robert Hastie directs the production, which opens on March 20. (Read our interview with sound designer Simon Baker)

Alastair Natkiel  and Darragh Cowley in rehearsals for Standing at the Sky’s Edge. Photo: Johan Persson
Alastair Natkiel  and Darragh Cowley in rehearsals for Standing at the Sky’s Edge. Photo: Johan Persson

Emilia – Vaudeville Theatre, London

After setting Shakespeare’s Globe on fire last year, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play about Emilia Lanier, contender for Shakespeare’s ‘dark lady’ and one of the first published English women poets, begins its occupation of the West End on March 21.

Emilia review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘the essence of a woman too long forgotten by the books of history’

Us Against Whatever – Liverpool Everyman

Made in collaboration with Nastazja Somers, Middle Child’s new gig-theatre show tells the story of two women from Hull who meet in a karaoke bar. It opens on March 22 ahead of a run in Hull.

Us Against Whatever cast. Photo: Anna Bean
Us Against Whatever cast. Photo: Anna Bean

Local Hero – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

This week’s other big new musical is a new version of Bill Forsyth’s wonderful 1983 film set in a small Scottish coastal town, adapted for the stage by David Greig and featuring music from the original composer of the film’s soundtrack, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler. John Crowley directs the production, which opens on March 23.

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