After the four-day Bank Holiday weekend, what’s opening in this shortened week – and what makes Mark Shenton’s revised list of top ten recommendations?
This week’s main openings
- Bug – Found111. War and Peace and Happy Valley star James Norton returns to the theatre for the first time in four years to appear in a revival of Tracy Letts’ play Bug, opening at Found111 tonight (Tuesday March 29). Simon Evans, who also directed The Dazzle at Found111 last year, directs a cast that also features Kate Fleetwood.
- Les Blancs — National’s Olivier Theatre. Yael Farber directs a cast that includes Danny Sapani, Sian Phillips, Elliot Cowan, James Fleet and Anna Madley in Lorraine Hansberry’s rarely-seen play, opening on March 30 as part of the Travelex £15 season. It revolves around a family and a nation that are falling apart as an African country teeters on the edge of civil war.
- How the Other Half Loves – Theatre Royal Haymarket. Alan Ayckbourn, soon to premiere his 80th play at his home base of Scarborough, sees his 1969 comedy revived in the West End, with a cast that includes Nicholas Le Prevost, Jenny Seagrove and Tamzin Outhwaite, opening on March 31.