Khandan (Family), Birmingham
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's last play was called Behzti (Dishonour) and its content, including a rape in a temple, created controversy among the local Sikh community. Violent protests led to the theatre bowing to pressure and cancelling further performances. So it's good to see the playwright back with her latest work, which tells the story of widow Jeetom. She believes that it is time for her to return to the Punjab, leaving her son, Pal, to run the family business. However, when a cousin's destitute wife turns up, the cracks in family life appear.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Thu to 7 Jun
Miss Saigon, London
It's strange how some musicals become fashionable or relevant again. The Tim Rice and Abba-penned Chess, for example, fell out of favour when communism and the Berlin Wall fell but feels apt again now that Putin's Russia is making political headlines. Similarly, Miss Saigon, 25 years on from the original West End production, takes on new meaning. Canny producer Cameron Mackintosh has decided to re-imagine Boublil and Schnberg's love story, making it more gritty and realistic, but less operatic. Now it comes to an audience far more attuned to foreign wars than 25 years ago. A member of the original cast, Jon Jon Briones, returns in the lead role of The Engineer, first played by Jonathan Pryce.
Prince Edward Theatre, W1, to 20 Dec
It's a good week ahead at the Brighton festival, with Brussels circus outfit Feria Musica in Sinue (Brighton Dome, Wed & Thu), and Pirates Of The Carabina's exhilarating Flown (Theatre Royal, Thu to 24 May). There's also Perhaps All The Dragons (The Spire, Wed to 24 May), which offers a glimpse into the stories of other people via 30 interactive monologues. Perhaps most intriguing of all is the world premiere of Tomorrow, courtesy of Vanishing Point. A meditation on growing old and the need for care, this will have all of the company's trademark visuals and dreaminess, as a young man suddenly finds himself in an unfamiliar place: old age.
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Wed to 24 May
Bulldozers are buzzing around their ears and the future is hurtling towards the characters in Alan Bennett's 1980 play, which lasted a mere three weeks in the West End on its premiere. At its heart is an ageing couple, Mam and Da, who are living in an area that is being redeveloped and who will eventually be rehoused. It was probably ahead of its time, and the mix of the everyday with the surreal, plus its Orton-esque humour, was probably not what people wanted to hear from the cuddly Bennett at that time. Now, of course, it seems prophetic.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Mon to 7 Jun
John Ferguson, London
At the Finborough Theatre n where they're rather adept at rediscovering old plays n the latest offering is the first UK production in almost a century of a tragedy by an Ulster playwright. St John Ervine's John Ferguson was first staged at Dublin'sAbbey Theatre (unusual in that Ervine was a Protestant), where the writer was literary manager under WB Yeats. It was subsequently staged in New York and premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith five years later. Set in a rundown farmhouse in County Down in the 1880s, its titular hero is a God-fearing man, while his wife is more of a realist, and their faith is tested by a series of events, including the threat of eviction.
Finborough Theatre, SW10, Tue to 14 Jun
The Roof, Bristol
Heading to the London international festival of theatre after this Bristol premiere as part of Mayfest, this is a follow-up piece to the superb Electric Hotel by director David Rosenberg and choreographer Frauke Requardt. If you saw that you'll probably enjoy this 360-degree performance, staged in the evening as darkness falls. Drawing on parkour, it is likely to be a thrilling experience as you gaze up at the rooftops and watch a deadly challenge unfold, with the hero having to run for his life in a brutal game of cat and mouse. Performed in a specially built arena and experienced through your eyes and ears (the audience all wear headphones), it's likely to be spectacular and thrilling as you get a chance to feel what it might be like to be pursued across rooftops, trying desperately to stay alive.
Millennium Square, Thu & Fri, to 25 May