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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Invisible Hand; I am a theatre; The Game of Love and Chance; Changing Destiny; Nature Elly

09 July, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Nature Elly is at the Little Angel Theatre until July 31

INDHU Rubasingham directs the first major revival of Ayad Akhtar’s acclaimed play, The Invisible Hand, at the Kiln Theatre until July 31. American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell in rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market? Visit: kilntheatre.com/

Camden-based theatre company Clean Break has a major heritage exhibition, I am a theatre, at Swiss Cottage Gallery until July 31. The exhibition features an installation inspired by its prison van production, Sweatbox, alongside previous unseen archive material, letters between the founders, original scripts, photos and artwork, TV and documentary footage. There are webinars, screenings and workshops accompanying the exhibition, and an online finale of writing from prison. From July 15-17, you can catch live performances of Through This Mist outside at Clean Break’s studios. Visit: www.cleanbreak.org.uk/

• The first production in the Arcola Theatre’s outside space, The Game of Love and Chance by Pierre de Marivaux, is billed as a raucous romantic comedy about sex, class and blessings in disguise. Lady Sylvia might be 58th in line to the throne, but she’s not been so lucky in love. This looks set to change with the arrival of sweetheart son-of-a-billionaire Dorante. There’s just the small matter of his charming chauffeur – a man her royal family will never accept. Let the game begin. Marivaux’s classic comedy is catapulted into a contemporary world of minor royals and major scandals in a new English version by Quentin Beroud and Jack Gamble. From July 14 to Aug 7. Visit: arcolatheatre.com

Changing Destiny, the stage adaptation of the 4,000-year-old Egyptian poem about the Warrior King Sinuhe, written by Ben Okri and directed Kwame Kwei-Armah, will be at the Young Vic until August 21. This radical in-the-round staging of one of the earliest known literary texts explores the essence of humanity and the complexities of immigration and will be vividly brought to life with design by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye. Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha will share the role of Sinuhe, with a game played on stage at the start of each performance dictating who will play the role in that show. Visit: youngvic.org

• Featuring a cast of stunning animal puppets, Nature Elly will be at the Little Angel Theatre until July 31. Elly runs the best little farm in Lincolnshire, but not everything is going to plan. The corn has been trampled, all the apples have vanished and there’s hay everywhere! What could have happened? Come and help Elly and Bob the Pheasant fix the farm in time to save the harvest, and discover the secrets of the mystery animal hiding in the hay-stack. Aimed at ages 2-5. Visit: littleangeltheatre.com

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