Top 5 theatre openings this week: 7 – 11 November

We round up the productions and performances you should be booking for this week

5) Trainspotting

8 November to 15 January 2017, The Vaults

Fancy spending an evening in 'Worst Toilet in Scotland'? That might not be the best way to sell this 75 minute production, but if you liked Irvine Welsh's novel and/or Danny Boyle's 1996 film, then you should 'choose' this immersive take on the tale of heroin addiction in Edinburgh.

Josie Morley and Rob Angell
Josie Morley and Rob Angell
© Amy Charles

4) This Might Hurt

8 – 12 November, Hull Truck Theatre

From cancelled appointments to frustrated consultants, John Godber's new comedy is described as an 'odyssey through the NHS', and is as topical as they come.

Not to be confused with Stella Feehily's 2014 agitprop, This May Hurt a Bit.

Drones, Baby, Drones at Arcola Theatre
Drones, Baby, Drones at Arcola Theatre
© Simon Annand

3) Drones, Baby, Drones

7 – 26 November, Arcola Theatre

Three writers team up on two interlinking plays; This Tuesday by Ron Hutchinson and Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb, sees three American officials with a vital decision to make. The Kid by David Greig tells of the aftermath when two drone operators attack a wedding 7000 miles away in Pakistan.

An Inspector Calls 2015 UK tour
An Inspector Calls 2015 UK tour
© Mark Douet

2) An Inspector Calls

10 November to 4 February 2017, Playhouse Theatre

25 years since it appeared at the National Theatre, Stephen Daldry’s award-winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller, about an inspector who arrives at a dinner party with questions about the death of a young women, returns to the West End. Liam Brennan (Diary of a Madman) will play Inspector Goole in the revival production.

Amy Lennox, Michael C Hall and Sophia Anne Caruso in Lazarus
Amy Lennox, Michael C Hall and Sophia Anne Caruso in Lazarus
© Johan Persson

1) Lazarus

8 November to 22 January 2017, King's Cross Theatre

David Bowie and Enda Walsh's wacky musical inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, transfers to London following its premiere Off-Broadway last year. Ivo van Hove directs a casting include Dexter star Michael C Hall and Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots).