Top 5 theatre shows (January 14-20): Kiln, Arcola, Brighton

Kammy Darweish and Maanuv Thiara in rehearsals for Approaching Empty. Photo: Helen Murray

Approaching Empty – Kiln Theatre, London

Kiln Theatre joins forces with Tamasha and Live Theatre to present the premiere of Ishy Din’s new play inspired by the playwright’s experience of working as a taxi driver. Telling the story of three generations of taxi drivers in the North East, it opens on January 14.

Taxi driver-turned-playwright Ishy Din: ‘I wrote on a laptop in the cab in-between jobs’

Stop and Search – Arcola Theatre, London

Arcola artistic director Mehmet Ergen directs the new play by novelist and playwright Gabriel Gbadamosi about “the ways we police each other.” It opens at the Arcola Theatre on January 14.

Playwright Gabriel Gbadamosi: ‘If some people are not free, then who is?’

Outlying Islands – King’s Head Theatre, London

Atticist follows its acclaimed production  of Steven Berkoff’s East with a revival of  David Greig’s 2002 play, inspired by the true story of the British government’s decision to bomb a Scottish island with anthrax during the Second World War. It opens on January 15.

The cast of Outlying Islands. Photo: Timothy Kelly

Our Lady of Kibeho – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

James Dacre, who directed the acclaimed production of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop at Theatre503 in 2009, brings the playwright’s 2015 work, based on a true story of events that took place in 1980s Rwanda in which young girls saw visions of violence that seemed to foretell the Rwandan genocide. With a cast including Gabrielle Brooks and Yasmin Mwanza, it opens on January 16.

Gabrielle Brooks and Yasmin Mwanza in rehearsals for Our Lady of Kibeho. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Abigail’s Party – Theatre Royal Brighton

Jodie Prenger takes on the iconic role of Beverly in a new touring version of the classic play by Mike Leigh. The tour opens in Brighton on January 17 and tours until April 2019.

Jodie Prenger. Photo: Alex Brenner

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