What to watch: best shows to see this week
Find out what we're eagerly anticipating this week
It's a busy week up and down the country as a variety of shows have their opening nights or kickstart their tours – we pick some key highlights.
Hope Mill Theatre, until 23 August
A brand new musical about a time-travelling closet starring Lloyd Daniels and Hayley Tamaddon? The Hope Mill are staging Lloyd Eyre-Morgan's fantastic concept, and the show looks set to be a veritable crowd-pleaser for the Manchester theatre scene. Bouncing between the '80s and the present day, this should be a cockle-warming treat as the summer slips away.
4. The Merry Wives of Windsor
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, until 22 September
John Falstaff, known as Hal's comedy foil in Henry IV, reappears in this comedy caper about two wealthy women. Directed by Fiona Laird with Charlotte Josephine and David Troughton in the cast, expect non-stop hijinks and bawdy humour. And for anyone not going to Stratford to see it, the piece is reappearing in London for a winter run at the Barbican later this year.
3. The Price
Theatre Royal Bath, until 25 August
Jonathan Church directs Arthur Miller's family drama based around two brothers. Fifty years on from its first debut, The Price returns with David Suchet and Brendan Coyle in the lead roles, alongside Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart. Nominated for two Tony Awards when it first opened, expect Miller at his best here.
2. Calendar Girls
Leeds Grand Theatre, then UK and Ireland tour until 20 April 2019
Calendar Girls, formerly known more simply as The Girls, returns for a UK tour after its West End run at the Phoenix Theatre in 2017. Opening at the same venue where The Girls first premiered in 2015, this new version will star Fern Britton, Denise Welch and Ruth Madoc, and is based on the film of the same name. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth (who also enjoyed major success with The Band) provide the book and music.
Shakespeare's Globe, until 1 September
Shakespeare's fabled dark lady, who features in a number of his sonnets, comes to the stage in this brand new play created by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Featuring an all-female cast including Vinette Robinson and Charity Wakefield, expect a historical drama with a twist as Michelle Terry unveils the first piece of new writing in her inaugural season.