What to watch: best shows to see this week
We round-up the biggest openings around the country
When rounding up this week's top openings we had to check it's not Christmas as there's not one, not two, but three kings featured with Ian McKellen reprising his Lear in the West End, Rhys Ifans playing a 400 year-old royal at the National and X Factor winner Matt Terry taking on everyone's favourite movie lion since Simba.
5. The Fishermen
HOME, Manchester, until 28 July
Chigozie Obioma's Man Booker-shortlisted novel comes to the stage in a new adaptation by Gbolahan Obisesan. Directed by Jack McNamara, the piece will run at Assembly during the Edinburgh Fringe, but first comes to Manchester for a week. It follows four brothers in Nigeria, whose lives are changed by a run-in with a mad man.
4. King Lear
Duke of York's, until 3 November
Considering the initial run of this production played Chichester's tiny Minerva Theatre, chances are you missed this the first time round. So now's your chance to see stage stalwart Ian McKellen in one of Shakespeare's most challenging roles.
New Wimbledon Theatre, until 28 July then tours
X Factor winner Matt Terry swaps the studio for the zoo to make his stage debut as Alex the lion in this new adaptation of Dreamworks' hit family movie. We popped into rehearsals recently and the puppets alone make this a must-see for audiences young and old.
Menier Chocolate Factory, until 8 September
This parody of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton should be top of the list for any fan of the Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hop musical. From Gerard Alessandrini – the creator of Forbidden Broadway – the cast features Liam Tamne, Sophie Louise Dann and Damian Humbley.
1. Exit the King
National Theatre, until 6 October
Rhys Ifans and Indira Varma star in Patrick Marber's new adaptation of Ionesco's 1962 absurdist drama. Varma plays Queen Marguerite, who is preparing for the last day of the 400 year-old King Bérenger's (Ifans) life.