1 Kiss Me
Richard Bean is best known for the mega-hit One Man, Two Guvnors, but this quiet two-hander set 10 years after the first world war is very different. Stephanie is a lorry driver whose husband died at Passchendaele and who knows she is unlikely to ever find another mate. But she would like a baby. Enter Dennis, a man who provides an invaluable service for widows or women whose husbands have returned from war impotent. This is not the kind of play that makes a big splash, but its understated emotion touches the heart.
At Trafalgar Studios, SW1, to 8 July
2 Tristan & Yseult
One last hurrah for UK audiences for Kneehigh’s delicious retelling of the Cornish myth: a tale of passion and jealousy related by a chorus of the unloved, whose tragedy is that they know that they will never experience those emotions. It’s one of Emma Rice’s best shows and a reminder that her witty, giddy subversiveness and brilliant storytelling remains one of British theatre’s trump cards.
At Bristol Old Vic, 4-15 July
3 Around the World in 80 Days
The show that keeps on giving is back, taking audiences around the world in closer to 80 minutes than 80 days. Theresa Heskins’s production of Laura Eason’s adaptation first surfaced in 2013 and charts the adventures of English gentleman Phileas Fogg, who circumnavigates the globe in order to win a wager. It’s the kind of low-budget, inventive and entertaining piece that can really capture the imagination.
At New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, to 8 July; touring to 7 January
4 Anatomy of a Suicide
Is sadness inherited, with the wounds of one generation inflicting scars on the next? Director Katie Mitchell and writer Alice Birch (who recently wrote the screenplay for Lady Macbeth) explore this idea, via three generations of women. Carol is a woman living in the 70s who tries to kill herself but ultimately chooses life over death and has a baby. That daughter, Anna, grows up troubled and in turn gives birth to Bonnie, who decides not to have children. An emotionally devastating evening.
At Jerwood Theatres at the Royal Court, SW1, to 8 July
5 Barber Shop Chronicles
The National Theatre is having problems filling its largest space, the Olivier, where DC Moore’s Common has seen plenty of empty seats. But its smallest, the Dorfman, has had a string of hits, including this play set in six different barbershops across the world. Full of rich characters, Inua Ellams’s show teems with song and backchat as it explores masculinity and intimacy.
At National Theatre: Dorfman, SE1, to 8 July
This multimedia event takes a Freudian journey through dreams, allowing audiences to navigate a path between reality and bewildering fantasy.
At Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, 3-4 July
2 Voices of the Amazon
The latest production from Sisters Grimm is inspired by the myths and music of the Amazon and choreographed by Helen Pickett, in a mix of capoeira ballet and contemporary dance.
At Sadler’s Wells, EC1, 4-8 July
3 Cie Chatha: Sacré Printemps!
Choreographers Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou take Stravinsky’s score to the street, using dancers and life-sized sculptures to celebrate the power of revolution.
At Southbank Centre Square, SE1, 5 July; British Library Piazza, NW1, 6 July