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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (April 1-7)

The Cast of The Crucible in rehearsals. Photo: Helen Murray The Cast of The Crucible in rehearsals. Photo: Helen Murray
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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.

The Yard artistic director Jay Miller: ‘As soon as theatre becomes formulaic, it’s dead’

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.

The Top Girls company in rehearsals. Photo: Johan Persson
The Top Girls company in rehearsals. Photo: Johan Persson

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.

Barber Shop Chronicles’ Inua Ellams: ‘I started writing because it was illegal for me to work’

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.

Lucy Jane Parkinson: ‘There’s an awakening to things beyond a binary way of life’

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