Hitlist - the best theatre
*Ian Rankin's picks
Tamburlaine Must Die A modern thriller in Elizabethan guise. Louise Welsh’s adaptation of her novel revisits the life, and mysterious death of Christopher Marlowe. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 3–Sun 11 Nov.
Whipping It Up Richard Wilson plays the lead in this new political play set in a Conservative whip's office. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Mon 5–Sat 10 Nov.
Molly Sweeney Brian Friel’s play tells the story of a woman, blind since birth, who finds her sight restored in middle age. But the surgical miracle brings tragic consequences. Cara Kelly reprises her CATS award-winning role in the lead. Dervaig Hall, Isle of Mull, Fri 9 Nov, then touring.
Faustus Rupert Goold and Ben Powers’ version of Dr Faustus has a second strand to it, paralleling the demise of the man who sells his soul with the contemporary and iconoclastic art and lives of the Chapman brothers. Dundee Rep, Tue 13–Sat 17 Nov.
The Pearlfisher Iain F Macleod’s play incorporates the oral tradition of travelling people in his mythic story of the journey through many hands of a string of pearls, originally stolen from a traveller. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 10 Nov.
Rambert Dance Company Choreographer Garry Stewart’s first show in charge is a dynamic frenzy in four parts. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 7-Fri 9 Nov.