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? Here are our five suggestions for the shows to see this week:


The last chance choice – Romeo And Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe)

It’s fair to say that this has been a Marmite production for The Globe. Some audiences have loved it. Others, not so much. That is why you need to get along to the iconic venue to see it for yourself before it ends its run on 9 July. Director Daniel Kramer’s production features star-crossed lovers who are a little older than usual. And clowns. Find out more in our interview with Juliet, actress Kirsty Bushell.


The other last chance choice – Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre)

Your last chance for a while, at least. Barber Shop Chronicles finishes on 8 July, but it’s just been confirmed that Inua Ellams’s play will return to the National Theatre in November. Ellams’s drama takes us into six barber’s shops across Africa and the UK, exploring how these everyday spaces hold a unique purpose and spirit. Ellams tells us more.


The new musical choice – Committee (Donmar Warehouse)

London Road, which built a musical from interviews conducted with Ipswich residents following a series of murders, was a massive hit for the National Theatre. The Donmar Warehouse is hoping for a similar response to Committee. It’s taken transcripts from the hearing into the collapse of charity Kids Company and moulded them into an unusual type of musical theatre. It’s undoubtedly one of the more intriguing shows you’ll see in the West End this year.


The other new musical choice – Superhero (Southwark Playhouse)

Another unusual musical, this is a one-man show about a father with a massive fight on his hands. Following a divorce, he faces the prospect of his wife taking their daughter to live in a different country. So he pulls on a superhero costume. This new musical features the song Don’t Look Down, which won the prestigious Stiles And Drewe Award.


The dramatic choice – Queen Anne (Theatre Royal Haymarket)

The Royal Shakespeare Company is back in the West End, but not with a play from the Bard. No, this piece is written by Helen Edmundson and set in 1702. Princess Anne is about to take the throne. A shy, sickly royal surrounded by manipulative advisors, Anne needs a friend. Unfortunately, her closest pal has her own plans for power. BOOK NOW