Five shows to see this week

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

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Which London shows should you see to brighten up your week? Here are our five suggestions:

 

The last chance choice – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre)

After five years in London, the mystery at The Curious Incident’s heart will be solved for the final time on 3 June. Based on Mark Haddon’s bestselling book, this wonderfully theatrical show is the story of a boy who, though a mathematical genius, struggles to cope with the everyday world. When he discovers a neighbour’s dog impaled on a garden fork, it sets him off on an adventure that pushes him further than he could imagine. BOOK NOW

 

The alternative last chance choice – A Lie Of The Mind (Southwark Playhouse)

After an acclaimed, though far shorter, run, Sam Shepard’s play closes on 27 May. A tale of love and family in the unsympathetic American West, it features a stunning cast including Chewing Gum’s Robert Lonsdale, The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling and Game Of Thrones’ Gethin Anthony.

 

The musical choice – Annie (Piccadilly Theatre)

The classic family musical is back in the West End. Follow the adventures of little orphan Annie and her friends as she tries to find her family and escape the clutches of the wicked Miss Hannigan. Who’s playing Miss Hannigan? Well, it’s loveable comedian Miranda Hart, unleashing her evil side for the first time. What fun. Find out more in our interview with Alex Bourne. BOOK NOW

 

The operatic choice – Vixen (The Vaults)

This sounds intriguing. An opera that you can choose to hear through headphones, with full orchestral backing, as you follow the action around The Vaults. Or you can take the headphones off and hear only the voices of the singers. It’s innovative, immersive opera, telling the story of a runaway girl on the streets of London.

 

The terrifying choice – Horror (Peacock Theatre)

All the fun of a big-screen horror flick brought to the stage. Swedish director Jakop Ahlbom has created a blood-soaked, scare-filled, spine-chilling production about a woman returning to her now-haunted parental home. If you love ghost stories and scary movies, this is the show for you. Jakop Ahlbom told us more about the show.