Top 5 openings of the week: 11 – 17 September

”Five Guys Named Moe”, ”Oslo” and ”Boudica” lead a packed-out week as the autumn season gets underway

Robert Lindsay and the cast of Prism
The cast of Prism
© Manuel Harlan

5. Prism

Hampstead Theatre until 14 October

Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner star in this new play from Terry Johnson, based on the life of cinematographer Jack Cardiff. The artiste is found now settling into rural retired life after decades spent on film sets.

Johnson's previous credits at the venue include writing and directing Hysteria starring Antony Sher, and directing Race, Seminar and Old Money.

See the cast in rehearsals here.

The cast of The Caretaker
The cast of The Caretaker
© Bristol Old Vic

4. The Caretaker

Bristol Old Vic until 30 September, then Royal & Derngate 17 -28 October

Harold Pinter's classic text may be almost 60 years old, but it is still as popular as ever, having been revived at the Old Vic in London last year as well as here in a co-production between the Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate in Northampton.

The production, directed by Christopher Haydon, sees Patrice Naiambana tackle the iconic role of Davies, joined by David Judge and Jonathan Livingstone as the two brothers in the play.

You can see our piece on The Caretaker's unique set with comments by designer Oliver Townsend here.

Boudica in rehearsals
Boudica in rehearsals
© Helena Misciosia

3. Boudica

Shakespeare's Globe until 1 October

Gina McKee tackles the famous historical role in this brand new play from Tristan Bernays. The story of a tribal uprising against oppressive Roman forces, director Eleanor Rhode looks set to make this a bloody production of one of British history's most infamous incidents.

The show is the last to open before Emma Rice heads into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the remainder of her tenure as artistic director.

The cast of Five Guys Named Moe
The cast of Five Guys Named Moe
© Helen Maybanks

2. Five Guys Named Moe

Marble Arch Theatre, until 17 February 2018

An exciting joint venture between Cameron Mackintosh and Underbelly Productions, the new pop-up venue at Marble Arch, featuring a doughnut shaped revolve, is ready to officially open its doors to the public. Audiences are able to take their seats at the cabaret tables in the Funky Butt Club and have drinks served directly to their tables.

Directed by Clarke Peters, who starred in the original production, the show sees five mystical 'Moe's burst from a TV to help a wayward soul charm back the woman of his dreams.

Read our interview with Clarke Peters here.

Lydia Leonard and Toby Stephens in Oslo
Lydia Leonard and Toby Stephens in Oslo
© Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

1. Oslo

National Theatre until 23 September, then West End 30 September – 30 December

JT Rogers' seminal script cleaned up on Broadway when it opened in April this year, and this production, directed by Bartlett Sher, sees a new British cast tackle the weighty themes of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine in the run up to the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Lydia Leonard and Toby Stephens star in the production, which, after a brief spell at the National Theatre, transfers into the West End for the remainder of the year.

See the production images here.