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Top 5 theatre openings this week: 11 - 17 July

A stripper, fracking and Latitude Festival - we round up this week's theatre

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5. KlangHaus: On Air - Southbank Centre

KlangHaus: On Air

Staged in the roof space above the Royal Festival Hall, KlangHaus is a part gig, part live art installation, immersive theatrical experience. Originally an Edinburgh Fringe sensation, this short (60 mins) but sweet event comes to London's South Bank for the summer.

12 to 29 July, Southbank Centre. More information and tickets here.

4. The Fix - Union Theatre

Madalena Alberto and Fra Fee

Artistic director Sasha Regan opens the new Union - literally across the street from the old Union - with this revival of John Dempsey's political musical. The fab cast includes Fra Fee and Madalena Alberto.

15 July to 6 August, Union Theatre. More information and tickets here.

3. Into the Woods - Menier Chocolate Factory

Emily Young, Vanessa Reseland, Jessie Austrian, Andy Grotelueschen and Evan Rees
© Bruce Glikas

"ANOTHER INTO THE WOODS?" I hear you yell at your phone/computer screen. Yes, another one. Since Meryl Streep and Co. immortalised Sondheim's musical on film, it seems there's been an endless stream of stage productions.

But, trust us, this is one to see. Ground breaking New York theatre company Fiasco uses ten actors and multiple musical instruments to reimagine the fairytale classic. They've won awards and everything.

12 July to 17 September, Menier Chocolate Factory. More information and tickets here.

2. The Stripper - St James Studio

The Stripper

What do you get if you cross The Rocky Horror Show with a film noir, musical game of Cluedo? Richard O'Brien's The Stripper, that's what. It's taking over the tiny studio at the St James for six weeks, but from what we saw in the rehearsals, this show is anything but small.

It's got a great cast too including Hannah Grover and Marc Pickering who starred together in the recent hit, Toxic Avenger, at Southwark Playhouse.

11 July to 13 August, St James Studio. More information and tickets here.

1. Fracked! - Chichester Festival Theatre

Director Richard Wilson and playwright Alistair Beaton in rehearsals for Fracked!
© Catherine Ashmore

A new play by Alistair Beaton - whose recent contribution to A View From Islington North accidently predicted the Labour leadership coup - is always something to get excited about.

Beaton's new razor-sharp black comedy centres around a small village under threat from a planned shale gas drilling. You'll be lucky to get a ticket though as it's practically sold out already.

15 July to 6 August, Chichester Festival Theatre. More information and tickets here.

Also.... Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival
© Victor Frankowski

It's time again to get your tent out, your wellies on and head down to Suffolk for the annual multi-arts festival. As well as the multicoloured sheep, we're also looking forward to spending the weekend with the likes of Louis Theroux, Hofesh Schechter and Mark Thomas.

But the ultimate must-see has to be regular WhatsOnStage Award host Mel Giedroyc in a production of The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Sean Holmes. Yep, we'll meet you next to the hay bale.

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