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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 3-9)

Michelle Fox and Nima Taleghani in rehearsals for Armadillo at the Yard. Photo: Alex Krook Michelle Fox and Nima Taleghani in rehearsals for Armadillo at the Yard. Photo: Alex Krook
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Armadillo – the Yard, London

American playwright Sarah Kosar wrote the distinctive Mumburger – a skewed study of the ways in which people deal with grief. Her new play explores gun culture in the US and ideas of safety and control, particularly as a woman. Directed by Sara Joyce, it opens at the Yard on June 4.

Mumburger review at Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘strange, sad, surreal’

Education Education Education – Trafalgar Studios, London

Bristol’s Wardrobe Ensemble won The Stage Edinburgh Award for its 2017 show, a funny and nostalgic – but insightful – exploration of the UK schools system in the 1990s. It starts  a run at Trafalgar Studios on June 5.

Education, Education, Education review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘slick, polished and highly entertaining’

The Knight of the Burning Pestle – Barbican Theatre, London

Cheek by Jowl joins forces with Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre – here earlier this  year with a visually striking take on  The Cherry Orchard – for a production of  Francis Beaumont’s 1613 comedy directed by Declan Donnellan. It’s on from June 5-8.

Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Atri Banerjee directs Tanika Gupta’s update  of Harold Brighouse’s 1916 play to Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the 1980s. Tony Jayawardena plays patriarch Hari Hobson in the production, which opens on June 5.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Wonder Fools’ touring production – inspired by the true story of four Scottish miners who travelled to Spain to join the International Brigade in fighting fascism – is at the  Traverse Theatre from June 6-8.

Josh Whitelaw in 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic
Josh Whitelaw in 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

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