Five things to see or do this month

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Billie Piper in Yerma

Yerma
National Theatre Live Encore screenings
One of last year’s theatre highlights returned to London’s Young Vic this summer for a sellout run culminating in a live broadcast to cinemas on 31 August. Repeat showings throughout September will enable audiences around the country to see Billy Piper’s shattering performance in this new adaptation of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 masterpiece. Director Simon Stone has transplanted the play about a woman who cannot conceive from rural Spain to present-day London.

Lions and Tigers
Until 16 September,
Globe Theatre, London
New play by leading playwright Tanika Gupta based on the true story of her great uncle the freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta. It charts the political awakening of this extraordinary 19 year old. Culminating in actions that shook the foundations of the empire, the play challenges our assumptions about Indian independence.

Boudica
8 September-1 October
Globe Theatre, London
AD 61, Britannia. On the furthest outreaches of the Roman Empire rebellion is brewing. The King of the Iceni has died and his widow Boudica claims her rightful throne. Gina McKee stars in this brand new play by Tristan Bernays.

R17 season
Various venues, Wales,
23 September-29 November
The season dedicated to the Russian Revolution continues with Welsh National Opera’s productions of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Janácek’s From the House of the Dead. Look out for playwright Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan’s radical reworking of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard set in early 1980s Britain and National Dance Company Wales and artist Marc Rees’s recreation of PARADE, which premiered a century ago. Another highlight is BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s performance of Shostakovich’s 12th symphony, “The Year of 1917”.

Spark
Phoenix and Rio cinemas, London
“Of all the arts the most important for us is the cinema” — Lenin. The Russian Revolution Centenary Committee’s festival of revolutionary film features classics of early Soviet cinema including Vsevolod Pudovkin’s Mother (1926) and The End of St Petersburg (1927), Sergei Eisenstein’s The Battleship Potemkin (1925), October (1928) and Strike (1925), Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera (1929) and Esfir Shub’s The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927). Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981) will also be shown as a unique and daring Hollywood film about the Revolution, released at the height of the Cold War.