Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 27-June 2)
Rutherford and Son – National Theatre, London
Roger Allam takes the title role of the domineering patriarch in Polly Findlay’s production of Githa Sowerby’s magnificent, resonant family drama, written in 1912. Justine Mitchell also stars in the production, which opens in the Lyttelton on May 28.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing – Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Co-produced by Stellar Quines and the Imaginate festival of children’s shows, this story of triplets abandoned in the forest is at the Brunton from May 28-June 1 ahead of a tour.
The Starry Messenger – Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut opposite Elizabeth McGovern in Kenneth Lonergen’s bittersweet play. Sinead Matthews also stars in Sam Yates’ production, which opens on May 29.
Venice Preserved – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Actor and writer Prasanna Puwanarajah turns director on a production of Thomas Otway’s Restoration tragedy for the Royal Shakespeare Company. With a cast including Les Dennis, it opens on May 30.
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile – the Ambassador, Bradford
This new stage version of Adelle Stripe’s novel about the too-short life of Rita, Sue and Bob Too playwright Andrea Dunbar will be staged at Bradford’s Ambassador pub. Produced by Freedom Studios, Kash Arshad’s production opens on May 31 and will feature an all-female cast.
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