Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (April 1-7)
The Crucible – the Yard, London
In a double first for the Yard, Jay Miller directs a production of the classic play starring Caoilfhionn Dunne as John Proctor – the first time the role has been played by a woman. It opens on April 2.
Top Girls – National Theatre, London
Lyndsey Turner’s production marks the first time Caryl Churchill’s iconic feminist play has been staged at the National. With a cast including Lucy Ellinson, Katherine Kingsley, Amanda Lawrence and Ebony Jonelle, it opens in the Lyttelton on April 3.
Going Through – Bush Theatre, London
Omar Elerian, director of Arinzé Kene’s Misty, helms the UK premiere of an acclaimed French play about child migration by Estelle Savasta. It opens on April 3.
Barber Shop Chronicles – Curve, Leicester
The touring production of Inua Ellams’ acclaimed, continent-hopping play about black masculinity and the solace and community of barber shops comes to Leicester’s Curve from April 3 to 5.
Rotterdam – Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames
Two trans and non-binary performers – Lucy Jane Parkinson and Elijah W Harris – join the cast of Jon Brittain’s Oliver-winning play as it embarks on a UK tour, starting in Kingston, where it runs from April 4 to 6.
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