Killology and Scottish Ballet: this week’s best UK theatre and dance


Theatre

1 Killology
Sometimes a playwright-and-director partnership can pay real dividends. Currently, there is none stronger than that between Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan, whose award-winning Iphigenia in Splott was terrific, and who will work together again on The Cherry Orchard at the Sherman in Cardiff (13-28 October). For the moment, you can savour this darkly disturbing examination of morality via a murderous online game.
Jerwood Theatres at the Royal Court, SE1, to 24 June

2 Jane Eyre
Recent page-to-stage adaptations have crushed the idea that original plays always trump those based on novels or movies. Nobody has done more to help the cause than Sally Cookson, whose Fellini-inspired La Strada has just settled in at The Other Palace (SW1, to 8 July) and whose wonderfully textured reinvention of Charlotte Brontë’s novel takes up residence in Glasgow this week. It may be a 19th-century novel, but Cookson applies 21st-century theatre techniques.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 5-10 June; touring to 23 September

3 Fiddler on the Roof
Liverpool Everyman has reinvented the rep company for our times, and this week sees all five shows seen individually over the last few months finally come together. Gemma Bodinetz’s defiantly unsugary reinvention of Joseph Stein and Jerry Brock’s musical shows the ensemble at their finest. The cast work with generosity and spirit to create an evening in which the travails of milkman Tevye and family are, with the lightest of touches, set in parallel with the experiences of present-day refugees.
Liverpool Everyman, 9 June to 1 July

4 Hamlet
With just a couple of dissenters in the critical pack, Andrew Scott’s Hamlet at the Almeida received rave reviews, fuelling a sold-out run. Tickets for Robert Icke’s revival should be somewhat easier to come by for this West End transfer, although the production will lose its intimacy. However, Scott remains a sweet and mesmerising prince in this contemporary parable.
The Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1, 9 June to 2 September

5 Tristan & Yseult
Emma Rice’s version of the ancient Cornish myth is a real heartbreaker, and there can be no better place to enjoy it than at the Minack, an outdoor theatre carved out of the cliffs at Porthcurno. It should be a memorable setting for this glorious retelling of a story – best known from Wagner’s opera – here given a giddy slant as it tells of love’s winners and losers, and how it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference.
Minack Theatre, nr Penzance, 5-9 June; touring to 22 July

Dance



Epic … Emergence by Crystal Pite. Photograph: Andy Ross

1 MC 14/22 (Ceci Est Mon Corps) & Emergence
A long-awaited London showing for this superb Scottish Ballet double bill, pairing Angelin Preljocaj’s poetic hymn to masculinity, MC 14/22, with the epic creativity of Crystal Pite’s Emergence.
Sadler’s Wells, EC1, 7-10 June

2 Ballet Central
As always, there is a creative mix of repertory from this graduate company, including act two of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling and a new work by Christopher Bruce.
Crawley, 6 June; Winchester, 8 June; Chipping Norton, 9 June; touring to 15 July

3 S/He & Toys
Choreographers Hannah Buckley and Léa Tirabasso are showcased in this double bill on gender fluidity and the wildness of youth.
The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, WC1, 3 June



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