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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 15-21)

Ira Mandela Siobhan and Ethan Kai in Equus. Photo: The Other Richard Ira Mandela Siobhan and Ethan Kai in Equus. Photo: The Other Richard
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Equus – Trafalgar Studios, London

First seen at Theatre Royal Stratford East earlier this year, Ned Bennett’s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer’s unsettling play makes a deserved transfer to Trafalgar Studios, opening on July 15.

Equus review at Theatre Royal Stratford East – ‘stark, striking and frequently brilliant’

The Night of the Iguana – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Clive Owen returns to the West End to star in James Macdonald’s production of Tennessee Williams’ fevered play. Lia Williams and Anna Gunn co-star and it opens on July 16.

Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938 –Ustinov Studio, Bath

Written, directed by and starring Vanessa Redgrave, this new play explores the friendship between her father Michael Redgrave and the poet Stephen Spender during a period of political and social unrest. It opens on July 17.

Vanessa Redgrave. Photo: Ciaran McConville
Vanessa Redgrave. Photo: Ciaran McConville

Hive City Legacy – Roundhouse, London

A mixture of song and spoken word performed by troupe Femmes of Colour, the hit show – by the creators of Hot Brown Honey – takes aim at racism and the patriarchy. The Stage called it “explosive and invigorating”. It’s part of Fades, Braids and Identity – the Barber Shop Chronicles wrap-around season – and runs from July 15-30.

Hive City Legacy review at Roundhouse, London – ‘explosive and invigorating’

Latitude Festival – Henham Park, Suffolk

Frantic Assembly, Sh!t Theatre, Hoi Polloi and the Pappy Show are among the companies at this year’s bucolic Suffolk festival. Simon Armitage and Luke Wright will be fulfilling your poetry needs. The festival runs from July 18-21.

Latitude Festival. Photo: Pooneh Ghana
Latitude Festival. Photo: Pooneh Ghana

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