What to watch: best shows to see this week
We round up the top shows to see this week
As the Edinburgh Festival enters its final week and summer begins to wind down, this autumn's theatre offerings begin to emerge with some big shows across the UK opening. But, there are also some special one-offs, like the first ever "Public Acts" show at the National.
5. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
Park Theatre, until 15 September
Jim Cartwright's urban fairytale returns to London with a new production at north London's Park Theatre, directed by Tom Latter. The classic play has a family twist this time around with real-life mother-daughter duo Rafaella Hutchinson and Sally George playing Little Voice and her meddling mother. Definitely worth a visit to see the pair on stage!
Chichester's Minerva Theatre, until 22 September
Michael Frayn's politically charged historical piece is brought to Chichester for a new outing directed by long-time collaborator Michael Blakemore (who directed the original Tony Award-winning production). Patricia Hodge, Charles Edwards and Paul Jesson lead the cast, which follows the physicist Heisenberg as he grapples with guilt in the midst of the Second World War.
3. The Prisoner
Edinburgh's Lyceum, 22 to 26 August
Veteran director Peter Brook is returning to UK stages with Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Prisoner, which is co-written by Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne. Set outside a prison and exploring truth and justice, the show will hot foot it from Edinburgh to London next month for a run at the National.
National Theatre, 26 to 28 August
The National Theatre's Pericles is something a bit special – as part of their "Public Acts" initiative, the venue is staging a piece featuring a community company from all across London, in partnership with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Shakespeare's classic play about a troubled prince is revamped by Chris Bush with music by Jim Fortune. Though sadly the show's now sold out – definitely worth queueing for returns!
RSC, until 1 December 2018
Former artistic director Michael Boyd returns to the RSC with this epic, bloody and violent production of Marlowe's epic. Following a shepherd who gains absolute power over a nation, the piece stars Jude Owusu as the titular character. Expect a gore-streaked and intense production.