Hitlist - The best theatre & dance
• A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tim Supple’s highly-acclaimed, life-affirming production of the bard’s most popular romantic comedy brings together actors, creative staff and languages from India, Sri Lanka and the UK. A must-see, even for the most hard-bitten critic. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 23–Sat 27 Oct.
• The Oresteia Cumbernauld Theatre, Thu 18–Sat 20 Oct.
• Only the Men Reeling and Writhing’s new work tells the story of a middle-aged photographer’s dilemma upon returning to the croft he has inherited following his father’s death. The supporting characters and environment are represented through a specially commissioned score and live, onstage flute performance. Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Thu 25 Oct; Platform, Glasgow, Tue 30 Oct; Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 31 Oct; CCA, Glasgow, Thu 1–Sat 3 Nov.
• Living Quarters John Dove’s powerful production of Brian Friel’s 1977 classic explores the disorientating effect of celebrity on a Donegal garrison, when an Irish army officer saves the lives of a number of his men and ends up being beseiged by journalists and politicians. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 26 Oct–Sat 17 Nov.
• The Pearlfisher In his final production for the Traverse, artistic director Philip Howard helms this epic new work by his frequent collaborator Iain F Macleod, set among the post-WW2 traveller communities in the West Highlands. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 30 Oct–Sat 10 Nov (not Mondays).