Top 5 theatre openings this week: 4 – 10 April

From Glenn Close to Timothy Spall, we take a look at the major openings this week

5. The Man in the Woman's Shoes – Tricycle Theatre

We were going to try and explain this show, but thought we'd leave that to the man himself, Mikel Murfi, in the video above.

6 – 23 April, Tricycle Theatre, London. More information and tickets here.

4. X – Royal Court

James Harkness (Clark) and Jessica Raine (Gilda) in rehearsals for X
James Harkness (Clark) and Jessica Raine (Gilda) in rehearsals for X
© Manuel Harlan

Alistair Pomona McDowall returns with this play set on another planet, but expect more existential discovery of self than Matt Damon harvesting potatoes. Cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam (Hamlet), Darrell Da Silva (Wendy and Peter Pan) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife).

5 April – 7 May, Royal Court. More information and tickets here.

3. The Caretaker – Old Vic

Daniel Mays (Aston) and Timothy Spall (Davies)
Daniel Mays (Aston) and Timothy Spall (Davies)
© Manuel Harlan

Timothy Spall, Danny Mays, George MacKay and Harold Pinter. Nuff said.

6 April – 14 May, Old Vic. More information and tickets The Caretaker.

2. King Lear – Royal & Derngate and Royal Exchange

In the month that marks 400 years since the death of the world's greatest playwright, two major productions of Shakespeare's tragedy open within days of each other. The first has Michael Pennington take on the mad king at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton, this is swiftly followed by Talawa Theatre's production at the Royal Exchange which will see Don Warrington in the titular role.

Royal & Derngate: 5 – 23 April. Royal Exchange: 6 April – 7 May.

1. Sunset Boulevard – London Coliseum

22 years after playing Norma Desmond on Broadway, Glenn Close returns to the role alongside a cast including Michael Xavier and Siobhan Dillon. Tickets are on the pricey side but it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a true legend in an iconic role.

4 April – 7 May, London Coliseum. More information and tickets here.