What to watch: best shows to see this week
Andrew Scott returns to the London stage as a new musical comes to Bath in our top openings
There's a great range of cool shows opening this week as the summer continues – the Wooster Group returns to the UK, a new musical opens in the form of Dusty and east London is beset by a horde of vibrant, novel (and largely free) performances in the form of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.
5. The Town Hall Affair
Barbican, 21 to 24 June
Veteran New York theatre company The Wooster Group come to the Barbican in this reimagining of the classic film Town Bloody Hall. Set during a raucous 1971 debate about Women's Liberation, the piece is pertinent, full of intriguing debate, some expert video work and likely a new classic for the Group if the New York reviews are anything to go by. A special (albeit short-running) addition to the London theatre offering.
4. The Big I Am
Liverpool Everyman, 16 June to 14 July
Ibsen's classic Peer Gynt (transformed into an opera featuring the instantly recognisable "Hall of the Mountain King") gets a radical overhaul in this new production from Robert Farquhar, which is the final addition to the Liverpool Everyman season. Following in the footsteps of the company's gender-swapped Othello, this looks like an intriguing way to revise a classic piece of fantasy theatre.
Theatre Royal Bath, then UK tour until 28 July
Katherine Kingsley takes up the mantle of Dusty Springfield in this new musical, based on the life of the classic soul singer. With a cast including Rufus Hound and Roberta Taylor as well as Beautiful Thing writer Jonathan Harvey penning the new show, the production has its eyes fixed on a West End transfer – here's a chance to see it first.
2. Sea Wall
Old Vic Theatre, until 30 June
A special two-week run comes to the Old Vic in its 200th anniversary, as Simon Stephens' 30-minute monologue is revived with none other than Hamlet hero and Sherlock's nemesis Andrew Scott ready to captivate audiences at the London venue. Following a man, Alex, who thinks he has it all, the show is co-produced with Paines Plough. A chance to see an actor at the top of his game returning to a corker of a piece.
1. Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
South East London, until 7 July
It's back, it's bold and it's releasing thousands of pigeons over the Thames. The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival kicks off this week with a feast of new and free productions for London audiences. A site-specific dance production of Beautiful Thing, a LED-aerial show Fly By Night and a number of circus shows all feature.