16th to 22nd April


This week sees the second half of Forest Fringe’s residency at the Gate Theatre get underway with Dan Canham taking over curatorial duties from Chris Thorpe. The Bristol-based company Search Party will be joining him along with Tassos Stevens and Little Bulb.

Finland’s leading independent theatre company, the Ryhmäteatteri will be presenting the Scottish adaptation of their version of Gogol’s The Overcoat at the Pleasance as part of the From Start to Finnish initiative and Sacha Wares will be bringing Jung Chang’s sweeping Wild Swans to the Young Vic stage as part of the World Stages Festival.

The Galway Arts Festival production of Enda Walsh’s Misterman arrives at the National Theatre with Cillian Murphy playing the population of an entire town in a solo performance. There will be a revival of Barrie Keeffe’s The Barbarians at Tooting Arts Club and Melanie Wilson will be presenting her show on the theme of dementia and identity, Autobiographer, at Toynbee Studios (you can read more about the development of this piece in Diana Damian’s interview with Wilson).

Jeff Achtem and Bunk puppets will be bringing his particular brand of 3D shadow puppetry to Soho Theatre in the quirky and endearing Swamp Juice and Jessica Swale presents a revival of Frank McGuinness’ play Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at Southwark Playhouse. There’s also another chance to see Belt-Up’s site specific take on Macbeth in the vaults of what was once a prison in Clerkenwell.

Emmeline Winterbotham’s Baba Shakespeare, inspired by the 1965 Merchant Ivory film Shakespeare Wallah, will be at the Arcola Tent as part of the RSC Open Stages initiative while CircusFest continues with Compagnie Rasoterra’s Dirty Laundry at Artsdepot.

Brighton-based company Still Point present Triptych, a trilogy of solo works at CPT, including the engaging Steal Compass, Drive North, Disappear and Wasted, the debut play by poet and rapper, Kate Tempest, is at The Albany in Deptford.