A haunt­ing tale

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Britain’s old­est dance com­pany, Ram­bert, is show­cas­ing its clas­sic GhostDances along­side other works at Sadler’s Wells for the first time in 14 years (16-20 May; p. 52). First per­formed in 1981, Christopher Bruce’s eerie con­tem­po­rary work is on a UK tour and will be per­formed at Sadler’s as part of a triple bill. Ghost Dances is a trib­ute to vic­tims of op­pres­sion in South Amer­ica set to Latin Amer­i­can folk beats. It sees the daily lives of or­di­nary peo­ple de­picted through joy­ful, com­pas­sion­ate dances, in­ter­rupted by death in the form of ghost dancers dressed in rags and skeleton masks. The triple bill also fea­tures Didy Veld­man’s The 3 Dancers – a true tale of pas­sion and be­trayal that in­spired the Pi­casso paint­ing of the same name.

Faulty Tow­ers: The Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence

Seven­ties-style din­ing and in­ter­ac­tive com­edy com­bine in this the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence based on the cult TV com­edy. Thur-Sat 7pm; Sat 1pm; Sun 1pm & 6pm. Tick­ets £59-£69. www.fault­y­tow­ers-uk.com. The Torquay Suite Theatre, Amba Ho­tel Char­ing Cross, Strand, WC2N 5HX. T: 0845-154 4145. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross. Kingsway Hall Ho­tel, 66 Great Queen St, WC2B 5BX. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

The Goat, or who is Sylvia?

Martin, a mid­dle-aged, suc­cess­ful ar­chi­tect, has a per­fect life un­til it’s thrown into tur­moil when he con­fides in his best friend that he has fallen in love with a goat. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 3pm (no show 29 May-3 Jun). Tick­ets £15-£99. www.trh.co.uk. Theatre Royal Hay­mar­ket, Hay­mar­ket, SW1Y 4HT. T: 020-7930 8800. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Is­land

From 31 May: Two men, un­likely friends, stag­ger through crip­pling prison work, break­ing free in nights of play­ful es­capism. This drama draws on Robben Is­land where Nel­son Man­dela was im­pris­oned. Check for times. Tick­ets £12-£20. www.south­wark­play­house.co.uk. South­wark Play­house, 77- 85 New­ing­ton Cause­way, SE1 6BD. T: 020-7407 0234. Off map. Sta­tion: Ele­phant and Cas­tle.

Life of Galileo

From 6 May: An out-of-this-world pro­duc­tion of Brecht’s mas­ter­piece on a wrap-around set, directed by BAFTA-win­ner Joe Wright. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10-£38. www.youngvic.org. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ. T: 020-7922 2922. F9. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

The Miser

Fast-mov­ing and far­ci­cal, this com­edy was writ­ten by the French play­wright Molière and first per­formed in 1668 in Paris. This new adap­ta­tion, by Sean Fo­ley and Phil Porter, sees Griff Rhys Jones take the lead role as Harpagon, a stingy wid­ower who is more con­cerned with money than he is with his chil­dren. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£87.50. www.gar­rick­the­atre.org. Gar­rick Theatre, 2 Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0HH. T: 0844- 482 9673. E7/8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Mouse­trap

A mur­derer strikes at a party in Agatha Christie’s long-run­ning who­dun­nit. Please check for times and prices. www.the-mouse­trap. co.uk. St Martin’s Theatre, West St, WC2H 9NZ. T: 0844- 499 1515. D7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Nell Gwynn

From 2 May: Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an un­likely hero­ine, from her roots in Coal Yard Al­ley to her suc­cess as Britain’s most cel­e­brated ac­tress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are sec­ond-class cit­i­zens, can her charm and spirit pro­tect her from the dan­gers of the court? And at what cost? Check for times. Tick­ets £5-£45. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Our Ladies of Per­pet­ual Suc­cour

From 9 May: Fol­low­ing sold-out sea­sons at the Na­tional Theatre, Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe and a UK tour, this Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land play from the creator of Billy El­liot is an up­lift­ing story of six Catholic choir girls from Oban let loose in Ed­in­burgh for a day. It’s funny, heartbreaking and rude. Please check for times. Tick­ets £19-£79. www.duke­o­fy­orks theatre.co.uk. Duke of York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844-871 7627. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Hi­lar­i­ous slap­stick com­edy about a drama so­ci­ety stag­ing a mur­der mys­tery. What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £22-£67.50. www.the­p­laythat­goes wrong.com. Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Cather­ine St, WC2B 5LA. T: 0844- 482 9672. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

The Re­sistible Rise of Ar­turo Ui

Chicago! It’s a city of jazz and gang­sters, in a time of Pro­hi­bi­tion and poverty. Among the murk of the Great De­pres­sion, there’s room for a small-time crook like Ar­turo Ui (Lenry Henry) to make a name for him­self. Ui and his hench­men just want to look after you, to of­fer pro­tec­tion for work­ers, for jobs, for busi­nesses. There’s noth­ing to fear, right? But a lit­tle bribery here, some harm­less cor­rup­tion there, and soon some­thing much more dan­ger­ous takes hold… Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10-£40. www.don­mar­ware­house.com. Don­mar Ware­house, 41 Earl­ham St, WC2H 9LX. T: 0844-871 7624.

D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Tick Tick‚ Boom!

3-27 May: An aspir­ing com­poser ques­tions his life choices on the eve of his 30th birth­day in Jonathan Lar­son’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal rock mu­si­cal. The Tony Award-win­ner tells the story of the sac­ri­fices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Set in 1990, this com­pelling story of per­sonal dis­cov­ery em­braces the ideal of hold­ing on to your dreams through life’s most dif­fi­cult chal­lenges. Con­tain­ing 14 songs, 10 char­ac­ters, three ac­tors and a band, this play takes you on the jour­ney that led to a Broad­way block­buster. Tue-Sat 7.45pm (ex­cept 9 May); Thur & Sat 3.15pm. Tick­ets £14.50-£18. www.park­the­atre.co.uk. Park Theatre, Clifton Ter­race, Fins­bury Park, N4 3JP. T: 020-7870 6876. Off map.

Sta­tion: Fins­bury Park.

The Treat­ment

Set in a film studio in New York, this play fol­lows the life of a young woman who has an ur­gent story to tell. But here, peo­ple are prod­ucts, films mean money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dan­ger­ous com­mod­ity to ex­ploit. This neigh­bour­hood theatre is worth mak­ing a visit to. Please check for times. Tick­ets £10-£39.50. www.almeida.co.uk. Almeida Theatre, Almeida St, N1 1TA. T: 020-7359 4404. Off map. Sta­tion: High­bury & Is­ling­ton.

Twelfth Night

From 18 May: Twins Se­bas­tian and Vi­ola are ship­wrecked on Il­lyria, sep­a­rated and be­liev­ing each other to be dead. Be­side her­self with grief, Vi­ola dis­guises her­self as a boy and goes into the ser­vice of Duke Orsino. The duke, madly in love with Count­ess Olivia, sends Vi­ola to woo on his be­half. Please check for times. Tick­ets £5-£45. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Ugly Lies the Bone

The Euro­pean pre­miere of a hard-hit­ting play about the trauma of fight­ing on the front­line. Directed by Indhu Rubas­ing­ham – the artis­tic direc­tor of north Lon­don’s Tri­cy­cle Theatre – Ugly Lies the Bone is a top­i­cal drama about a sol­dier scarred from Afghanistan. Please check for times. Tick­ets £15-£50. www.na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk. Lyt­tel­ton Theatre, Na­tional Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Whis­per House

To 27 May: A light­house stands on the re­mote East Coast of Amer­ica dur­ing World War II. When Christopher’s fa­ther’s plane is shot down, he is sent to live there with an aunt he has never met and her mys­te­ri­ous Ja­panese house­keeper. Soon, he hears mu­sic through the walls. Is his imag­i­na­tion get­ting the bet­ter of him, or are the ghosts warn­ing of real dan­ger? Soon the whis­pers be­come some­thing louder. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£39.50. www.theother palace.co.uk. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?

To 27 May: Star­ring Imelda Staunton ( Gypsy, Sweeney Todd); Con­leth Hill ( Game of Thrones, The Pro­duc­ers); Luke Tread­away ( The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Imo­gen Poots in her West End de­but. Martha has in­vited new pro­fes­sor Nick and his wife Honey to her home with Ge­orge for after-party drinks. The young cou­ple are drawn into Ge­orge and Martha’s toxic games un­til the

Stomp has used over 30,000 brooms, 20,000 bins, 10,000 drum­sticks and 50,000 boxes of matches

evening cli­maxes in a mo­ment of dev­as­tat­ing truth-telling. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£90. www.whosafraid­ofvir­ginia woolf.co.uk. Harold Pin­ter Theatre, Pan­ton St, SW1Y 4DN. T: 0844- 871 7622. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Wipers Times

To 13 May: Ian His­lop and Nick New­man’s stage adap­ta­tion of their award-win­ning BBC film tells the true and ex­tra­or­di­nary story of the satir­i­cal news­pa­per cre­ated in the mud and may­hem of the Somme, in­ter­spersed with comic sketches and spoofs. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Check for prices. www.arts the­atrewes­t­end.co.uk. Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great New­port St, WC2H 7JB. T: 020-7836 8463. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Woman in Black

Adapted from Su­san Hill’s novel, this play fol­lows a lawyer who vis­its a re­mote house after a woman’s death. Tue-Sat 8pm; Tue & Thur 3pm (not 23 May); Sat 4pm. Tick­ets £19.50-£60. www.the­wom­anin black.com. For­tune Theatre, Rus­sell St, WC2B 5HH. T: 0844- 871 7626. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Woyzeck

From 13 May: It’s 1980s Ber­lin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a cross­roads be­tween cap­i­tal­ism and com­mu­nism. On the bor­der be­tween East and West, a young sol­dier (John Boyega) and the love of his life are des­per­ately try­ing to build a bet­ter fu­ture for their child. But the cost of es­cap­ing poverty is high in this sear­ing tale of the peo­ple so­ci­ety leaves be­hind (p. 44). Please check for times. Tick­ets £12-£60. www.old victhe­atre.com. The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. T: 0844-871 7628. F9. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

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