Features Published 4 November 2019

Exeunt recommends: November 2019

Queer renaissance musicals, affectionate plants and Bryony Kimmings on tour; here are Exeunt's UK-wide tips on what to see this November.
Exeunt Staff

‘Death of a Salesman’ at Young Vic Theatre. Photo: Brinkhoff & Mogenburg

London
The Young Vic’s mighty Death of a Salesman revival is transferring to the West End; read J N Benjamin’s interview with its directors Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell on how it makes “lines ping and pop in places where they have before been unremarkable”.

It’ll be joining this month’s outbreak of new musicals, including Shakespearean jukebox musical & Juliet, which comes complete with a score of 90s/00s pop hits by songwriter Max Martin, firework-heavy production design, and Renaissansexy (to coin a new technical term) doublet/bomber jacket hybrids. Early reviews suggest it’s musical theatre’s answer to Emilia: the star of the show is Anne Hathaway, who persuades Shakespeare to rewrite his tragedy to make it more feminist and more queer (yes please). Dear Evan Hansen is landing, but if this is news to you it’s probably too late to get a ticket this side of 2020. And Mary Poppins is also floating back to the West End on her magic brolly.

Last week, The Bunker announced it would close its doors next year; hug it close while you still have time by going to Germ Free Adolescent, which Lily Levinson was a decided fan of (review here). Or hang on until later in the month for (Exeunt contributor) Ava Wong Davies’ I Will Still Be Whole, which will be coming to The Bunker later this month.

I'm a Phoenix, Bitch at Battersea Arts Centre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch at Battersea Arts Centre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Manchester
HOME Manchester is playing host to Forced Entertainment’s clownish political satire Out of Order (Exeunt review here) and Bryony Kimmings’ harrowing, horror-movie-intense autobiographical performance I’m a Phoenix, Bitch (Exeunt review here) – both are very much worth your time. And if your homelife is a neverending struggle against the self-destructive tendencies of wilting houseplants (just me?) then become reinspired at Plant Fetish, Chanje Kunda’s performance about falling in love with all things green and leafy.

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) at the Barbican. Photo: Theo Cote

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) at the Barbican. Photo: Theo Cote

Birmingham
LGBTQ+ arts festival Shout is back this month with a really strong line-up of performances old and new; including Split Britches’ Kubrick-inspired political satire Unexploded Ordnances and Travis Alabanza’s Burgerz, plus a panel discussion about reconciling queerness and faith.

Seweryna Dudzińska and Umar Butt in Alex and Eliza at Northern Stage. Design, Hannah Sibai; lighting design, Nick Hare.

Seweryna Dudzińska and Umar Butt in Alex and Eliza at Northern Stage. Design, Hannah Sibai; lighting design, Nick Hare.


Edinburgh

Alex & Eliza is stopping in at Traverse: here’s Tracey Sinclair’s review of this “funny, charming and moving” musical trip through India’s 20th century history. It’ll be followed by the reliably excellent Shona Reppe’s new show Atlantis Banal, which is technically aimed at families but looks like it’ll intrigue anyone with an eye for the absurd; it’s set in an art gallery, where a curator presents some eye-poppingly unusual exhibits.

Cardiff
Rosalind Crisp’s Unwrapping d a n s e, Rachael Young’s OUT and Jan Martens’ Sweat Baby Sweat are part of the forward-looking line-up of Cardiff Dance Festival – alongside Roots by National Dance Company Wales. Full festival line-up here. Or go for Deafinitely Theatre’s powerful production of 4.48 Psychosis at Wales Millennium Centre, which is on tour after premiering at New Diorama Theatre.

Exeunt Recommends is a regular series highlighting the shows and festivals our writers are excited about: we try to make it UK-wide, but the range of areas featured is subject to what’s on. For more tips, browse through our recent reviews.

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