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Top 5 theatre openings: 17 – 23 July

Omid Djalili takes to the stage in ”Fiddler on the Roof”, ”Summer in London” sees the first all-trans cast in mainstream theatre, and the Globe gets a taste of the Mexican Revolution in this week’s top openings

Evanna Lynch, Colin Campbell
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5. Disco Pigs

Trafalgar Studios, until 19 August

Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch returns to the stage for the 20th anniversary production of Enda Walsh‘s Disco Pigs. Directed by John Haidar, the show follows the unorthodox friendship between two teenagers nicknamed Pig and Runt, born on the same day at the same time in the same hospital. Accompanying Lynch is Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight, Through A Glass Darkly).

Watch our 90 second interview with Evanna Lynch

Tigger Blaize, Ash Palmisciano, Kamari Romeo & Tyler Luke Cunningham
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4. Summer in London

Theatre Royal Stratford East, until 29 July

The first play in mainstream theatre led by an all-trans cast, this farcical romance sees four friends pursuing the same woman in a love tryst through the heart of London. The ensemble is composed of Tigger Blaize, Mzz Kimberley, Tyler Luke Cunningham, Emma Frankland and Victoria Gigante, Ash Palmisciano and Kamari Romeo. Theatre veteran Rikki Beadle-Blair writes and directs the comedy in its world premiere.

Read our interview with Rikki Beadle-Blair here

Stuart Milligan, Teresa Banham
Stuart Milligan, Teresa Banham
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3. Dessert

Southwark Playhouse, until 5 August

"Society becomes a casino that only a few hundred people understand and everyone else is subject to what happens." So said Oliver Cotton of his new play, Dessert, directed by Trevor Nunn, centred around an opulent dinner party where things quickly go awry. Cotton’s previous play Daytona, starring Maureen Lipman, transferred to the West End in 2014.

Read Emily Jupp’s interview with Oliver Cotton

Omid Djalili, Tracy-Ann Oberman and company
Omid Djalili, Tracy-Ann Oberman and company
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2. Fiddler on the Roof

Chichester Festival Theatre, until 2 September

Starring Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman, the classic tale of Tevye and Golde is returning once more to the stage. The performance also marks Djalili’s return to musicals following his performance as Fagin in the West End run of Oliver!. Filling out the creative team is director Daniel Evans, whose recent productions include Show Boat and My Fair Lady, designer Lez Brotherston (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake) and choreographer Alistair David (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers).

See the production images in our gallery here

Company of Much Ado About Nothing

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1. Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s Globe, until 15 October

Matthew Dunster, responsible for last year’s re-imagining of Cymbeline with Imogen, returns to the Globe with his own take on Much Ado, here transported to Mexico in the midst of revolution. Expect explosions of colour, Latin music and political discourse in what will end up being the final show in Emma Rice‘s concluding summer season. Matthew Needham and Beatriz Romilly take on the iconic parts of Benedick and Beatrice.

Full details of the Globe’s summer can be found here