Five shows to see this week

Our guide to the London shows you need to see right now

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Which London productions should you see to brighten up your week? We have five suggestions for the shows to see this week:

The last chance choice – Le Grand Mort (Trafalgar Studios)

Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios
Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios – Five shows to see this week

Playwright Stephen Clark wrote the lead role in Le Grand Mort especially for Julian Clary. When we meet Michael, he’s preparing veggies for dinner. But his choice of culinary conversation seems a little… unsavoury. He’s discussing the times a body has proved useful after death. When his dinner guest arrives, proceedings turn darker than burnt black pudding.

 

The brand new choice – Young Marx (Bridge Theatre)

Young Marx at Bridge Theatre
Young Marx at Bridge Theatre – Five shows to see this week

If you love nothing more than being the first to try something new, you HAVE to see Young Marx this week. That’s not just because it’s a new play, but because it’s also the first new play at a brand new venue. Former National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner is the man behind Bridge Theatre, and he directs Young Marx, too. The comedy reunites him with One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean. Their new romp follows notorious revolutionary Karl Marx (played by Rory Kinnear) as he hides out in London and runs amok in Soho.

 

The musical choice – Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

This time of year, with its chillier, darker days, has us craving chocolate. If you have the same hankering, head to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to see this new musical romance. Adapted by Emma Rice from French film Les Émotifs Anonymes, it’s the story of a chocolate maker and a chocolate factory owner (no, not Willy Wonka), who are determined to be happy, no matter how hard that might be.

 

The terrifying choice – The Exorcist (Phoenix Theatre)

If the sight of a cloud drifting across an autumnal full moon makes your heart jump with delight, The Exorcist might be your thing. The novel that inspired the notorious film has been adapted for the stage. Adam Garcia, Peter Bowles and Jenny Seagrove star in the tale of a young girl who is possessed by a demon. And you might recognise the demon’s unearthly tones – they’re voiced by Gandalf/Magneto/King Lear, Sir Ian McKellen! BOOK NOW

 

The dance choice – to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song (Barbican Theatre)

to a simple, rock 'n' roll . . . song at Barbican Theatre (Image: Hugo Glendinning)
to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song at Barbican Theatre (Image: Hugo Glendinning)

Michael Clark’s 90-minute dance piece earned an Olivier Award nomination when it premiered at Sadler’s Wells last year. Now the thrilling triple bill returns with its contrasting pieces inspired by the music of Erik Satie, Patti Smith and David Bowie.