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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 10-16)

Matt Henry (centre) in rehearsals for One Night in Miami. Photo: Nottingham Playhouse Matt Henry (centre) in rehearsals for One Night in Miami. Photo: Nottingham Playhouse
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One Night in Miami – Nottingham Playhouse

Kemp Powers’ play about a pivotal night in the life of Muhammad Ali, spent in the company of Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X, is directed by Matthew Xia. Matt Henry stars as Cooke in the production which opens on June 11.

Actor Matt Henry: ‘When you leave London, you get a grittier response – it’s exciting’

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Bridge Theatre, London

It’ll be interesting to see if Nicholas Hytner can replicate the success of his promenade Julius Caesar with Shakespeare’s comedy – one of several Dreams this summer. It stars Oliver Chris, Hammed Animashaun and Gwendolyn Christie – aka the first female knight in the Seven Kingdoms – and opens on June 11.

The Pope – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson star in a new play by Anthony McCarten, the BAFTA-winning writer of Bohemian Rhapsody, about Popes Benedict and Francis and the workings of the Catholic church. James Dacre directs the world premiere, which opens on June 12.

Actor Anton Lesser: ‘I’d much rather be here than stuck halfway up a mountain’

The Future – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Little Bulb – creator of the magical Orpheus, and one of my favourite ever fringe shows, Crocosmia – presents a new show about, well, the future. Will there come a time when machines surpass humans? Little Bulb ponders this with a typical mix of silliness, charm and music. It opens on June 13.

Clare Beresford in The Future. Photo: Jack Offord
Clare Beresford in The Future. Photo: Jack Offord

Citysong – Soho Theatre, London

Playwright and member of Malaprop – one of Ireland’s most exciting young companies – Dylan Coburn Gray’s Verity Bargate award-winning play, a polyphonic ode to Dublin inspired by Dylan Thomas and Ovid, opens on June 14.

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