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 spectacular choice – Cirque Berserk! (Harold Pinter Theatre)

Circus for adrenaline junkies comes to the West End with the arrival of Cirque Berserk!. Created by Zippos Circus, this show blends the art of modern circus with heart-racing stunts. It includes the terrifyingly named motorbike performance The Globe Of Death!

The musical choice – Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice (The Other Palace)

See Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner in her one-woman show. The star of films such as Romancing The Stone and Peggy Sue Got Married performs a collection of her favourite songs and shares anecdotes from her incredible life and career.

The premiere choice – Mood Music (The Old Vic)

The new play by Joe Penhall, who also wrote the award-winning Blue/Orange and Sunny Afternoon, is set in the murky, cutthroat music world. A songwriter, a producer, lawyers and psychotherapists are drawn together to argue about who owns a piece of music. BOOK NOW

The other premiere choice – Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios)

Rasheeda Speaking at the Trafalgar Studios
Rasheeda Speaking at the Trafalgar Studios – Five shows to see this week

An office becomes a battleground in Joel Drake Johnson’s dark comedy, which receives a UK premiere after impressing in New York. Set in a hospital, it follows two women pitted against each other when a white doctor attempts to have a black receptionist removed.

The controversial choice – Absolute Hell (National Theatre)

Absolute Hell at the National Theatre
Absolute Hell at the National Theatre – Five shows to see this week

Enter post-World War II Soho. With the city struggling to recover, a group of hardened drinkers come together to pass the time, forget and seduce each other. When Rodney Ackland’s drama was first staged in 1952, its content courted controversy and caused the playwright to break from writing. Following the abolition of censorship, he rewrote the play, which debuted at the National Theatre in 1995.