Martin McDonagh returns to the stage, The Go-Between and Downton to the screen, and look out for Jake Gyllenhaal clambering up Everest, says Marianka Swain this week on theartsdesk
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17/09/2015



Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain

It’s back to school for the capital’s theatreland, with a veritable feast of openings. The prodigal son returns as Martin McDonagh brings new work to the London stage following a 12-year hiatus – Hangmen opens at the Royal Court. Elsewhere in town, the Print Room reopens with a revival of TS Eliot’s The Cocktail Party.

Simon Russell Beale is an extraordinary Georgian celebrity in Mr Foote’s Other Leg at Hampstead Theatre; Sally Cookson’s epic Jane Eyre comes to the National; Steven Berkoff and Sanjeev Bhaskar brave Dinner with Saddam at Menier Chocolate Factory; and Harvey Fierstein has his second London opening of the week, following Kinky Boots with Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse.

The Royal Academy also has a big draw with renowned political artist Ai Weiwei, pioneering saxophonist and bandleader Courtney Pine graces Ronnie Scott’s, and Jake Gyllenhaal breaks out his crampons for action movie Everest. Finally, there’s a costume drama battle royale as the BBC puts The Go-Between up against the last series of Downton Abbey.

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Marianka

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