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Top five theatre shows to see this week (August 26-September 1)

Rehearsals for As You Like It produced by Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Photo: Camilla Greenwell Rehearsals for As You Like It produced by Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Photo: Camilla Greenwell
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As You Like It – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Following last year’s Pericles, the National Theatre presents this new Public Acts production of Shakespeare’s comedy. Directed by Douglas Rintoul and featuring more than 100 community members, professional actors and performance groups from across London, it runs from August 25-27.

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre

Fleabag – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s solo show – the basis for one of the most talked about television shows of recent years – started out in one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s danker venues in 2013. Now she performs it for a final victory run in rather more glamorous surroundings in the West End, opening on August 28.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag on stage, which she then took to screen. Photo: BBC

Bartholomew Fair – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Blanche McIntyre returns to Shakespeare’s Globe to direct Ben Jonson’s sprawling and raucous comedy in the intimate Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Boadicea Ricketts and Forbes Masson star in the production, which opens on August 29.

Boadicea Ricketts and Anita Reynolds. Photo: Marc Brenner
Boadicea Ricketts and Anita Reynolds. Photo: Marc Brenner

Tay Bridge – Dundee Rep

Dundee Rep marks its 80th year with a programme of pieces inspired by the city. The first of these is Peter Arnott’s play, telling the story of the 1879 bridge disaster. It opens on August 29.

Anne Kidd and Irene Macdougall. Photo: Sean Millar
Anne Kidd and Irene Macdougall. Photo: Sean Millar

Hull Freedom Festival – Various venues, Hull

Circus from Upswing and Motionhouse is on the bill at Hull’s international arts festival, alongside work by artist Ellie Harrison and poet Luke Wright. The festival takes place at venues around the city from August 30 to September 1.

Poet Luke Wright

Natasha Tripney is The Stage’s reviews editor and joint lead critic. Read more of her columns and reviews at thestage.co.uk/author/natashathestage-co-uk/

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