5. Madame Rubinstein
Park Theatre, 3 to 27 May
There's not one, but two excellent reasons to head down to this world premiere about the life of cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein: Frances Barber and Miriam Margolyes. Expect some delightful turns from two national treasures at the heart of John Misto's play, which is directed by Park boss Jez Bond.
4. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Donmar Warehouse, 2 May to 17 June
Lenny Henry stars in Brecht's chilling allegory on Nazi Germany where he has Hitler and his allies appear as Al Capone-esque gangsters in '30s Chicago. Simon Evans' production transforms the Donmar Warehouse into a speakeasy bar, complete with cabaret tables. Henry stars as the titular big baddie Arturo Ui.
3. The Graduate
West Yorkshire Playhouse, 3 to 27 May
Superb director Lucy Bailey turns her hand to this new adaptation of the classic novel, which was made into a famous film in 1967 starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Here Catherine McCormick takes on the role of Mrs Robinson, while Jack Monaghan will play Benjamin, the young student who starts a relationship with his mother's friend.
2. The Ferryman
Royal Court, 24 April to 20 May
Angels in America (see below) and this make two monumental theatre openings in one week and we just can't decide which one we're most excited about. The Ferryman is Jez Butterworth's new play, directed by Sam Mendes, which features Paddy Considine's first professional stage role. Set in rural Derry in 1981, the piece follows a farmhouse preparing for the annual harvest. There's a vast cast flooding the Royal Court stage and early buzz has been very promising. Will it top Butterworth's biggest Court smash-hit Jerusalem? There's only one way of finding out - buy tickets to this, or to the show's already announced West End transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from 20 June to 7 October.
1. Angels in America
National Theatre, 4 May to 19 August
One of the most hotly anticipated revivals in recent years is finally here. Tony Kushner's epic saga about life in New York in the '80s amidst an AIDs crisis is being directed by Marianne Elliott with an astonishing cast including Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey. It's in two parts - Millennium Approaches and Perestroika - and it's sold out. But fear not - there are still ways to get to see the show. You can enter a ballot for cheap tickets, or queue for day seats (although apparently the queue starts at 5.30pm the day before) or you can hold out for the NT Live screening of the shows on 20 and 27 July.
- Lenny Henry
- Royal Court
- National Theatre
- Sam Mendes
- Donmar Warehouse
- Marianne Elliott
- Gielgud Theatre
- Russell Tovey
- Jez Butterworth
- The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
- New York
- Denise Gough
- Angels in America
- Tony Kushner
- Frances Barber
- Top 5 Theatre Openings This Week
- Simon Evans
- Nathan Lane
- Miriam Margolyes
- Catherine McCormack
- Jack Monaghan
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