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Pitcairn
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Pitcairn
Opens: 22/08/2014 Closes: 22/11/2014 Chichester, London and on tour
Writer Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors) looks at the famous 1789 case of mutiny on the Bounty and fraught British colonisation of the Pitcairn Islands. The crew of a navy ship attempts a utopian settlement on islands near Tahiti. What follows is madness, murder and savagery.
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The James Plays
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The James Plays
Opens: 11/08/2014 Closes: 29/10/2014 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh & National Theatre, London
This toothy trilogy by Rona Munro is distanced from the Scottish Independence debate by a few hundred years - it covers the reign of three 15th-century monarchs - but power, identity and Scotland are very much the central themes. With The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl in the strong cast, the shared production is at the English National Theatre from 10 September.    
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Men in the Cities
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Men in the Cities
Opens: 31/07/2014 Closes: 24/08/2014 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Playwright Chris Goode is a three-time winner of the Scotsman's Fringe First award, and was heralded leftfield theatre's bright young hope for his 2012 play Monkey Bars, which put children's words into adult mouths to surreal effect. His new one-man play is partly inspired by the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year, and comprises a series of fragmentary, urban male voices.
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My Night With Reg
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My Night With Reg
Opens: 31/07/2014 Closes: 27/09/2014 Donmar Warehouse, London
Rising star Robert Hastie directs a play that made a splash in the 1990s, when it was among the first to deal with AIDS on the popular stage. The health crisis is never mentioned by name though. Set in a London flat, Kevin Elyot's tragicomedy gradually revelas the disappointments, longings and sexual history of a group of male friends, all acquaintances of the unseen Reg.
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Stalin's Daughter
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Stalin's Daughter
Opens: 30/07/2014 Closes: 09/08/2014 Brewery Theatre, Bristol
The historic Clifton area of Bristol was only one of many temporary homes to Svetlana Alliluyeva. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1967, wrote a damning book about her birthplace, married a Frank Lloyd Wright acolyte and became Lana Peters. She was also the youngest child of 20th-century mass murderer Joseph Stalin. This new play examines her time in the UK.
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The White Devil
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The White Devil
Opens: 30/07/2014 Closes: 29/11/2014 Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Beautiful Vittoria begins an illicit love affair, but soon her husband, Duke Bracciano, starts to take notice. The exciting Swedish-born director Maria Aberg, whom we recently spoke to about the state of British theatre, said she was excited about the body count in this Jacobean tragedy. Concludes the RSC's ‘Roaring Girls' season celebrating juicy female parts.
Rated 74 %
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A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Streetcar Named Desire
Opens: 23/07/2014 Closes: 19/09/2014 Young Vic, London
It's got performance of a lifetime heritage: Vivien Leigh, Cate Blanchett (on stage and in Woody Allen's homage) and now Gillian Anderson finds herself steeped in praise as the deluded, tragic Blanche DuBois. Bravely setting Tennessee Williams in a classy modern flat rather than a mid-century Deep South, director Benedict Andrews revolves his set to mirror her mental disarray.
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The Nether
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The Nether
Opens: 17/07/2014 Closes: 04/08/2014 Royal Court, London
Near-future digital murkiness from an award-winning US playwright (and World of Warcraft user) is on the menu at the Royal Court. Produced with Headlong and directed by Jeremy Herrin, it's also a mystery of sorts. In a shady corner of an immersive simulated playground, one can engage in virtual paedophilia – does that mean it's not real? Designer du jour Es Devlin provides the fantastical set.
Rated 72 %
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Medea
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Medea
Opens: 14/07/2014 Closes: 04/09/2014 National Theatre, London
Euripidean tragedies rarely get a worthy showcase in contemporary theatre, so this is a welcome new staging of one of the most gruesome. It epitomises the adage ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'. Ben Power updates the text.
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Perseverance Drive
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Perseverance Drive
Opens: 04/07/2014 Closes: 16/08/2014 Bush Theatre, London
Tensions are high as the disconnected Gillard family reunites for a funeral. Brothers Nathan and Zek clash over religious ideals; a third (gay) brother is still a pariah. Set in Barbados and London, John Soanes' new play explores the personal fallout of intolerance as the family tries to reconcile faith in God with faith in each other. 
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