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Weekend Extra: Plays online and off —from Emma Thompson to Martin Sheen

Theatre Royal Bath

The venue welcomes socially distanced audiences back with a trio of classics: Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and David Mamet’s Oleanna. Casts are yet to be announced but the directors — Jonathan Church (pictured above), Polly Findlay, and Nicole Charles — are top-notch. Oct 14 to Dec 12, theatreroyal.org.uk

The Watermill Theatre

This stunningly located theatre just outside Newbury in Berkshire has announced an indoor autumn/winter season, which includes film noir-inspired thriller Bloodshot and a stripped-back festive production of A Christmas Carol. September 22 to January 3, 2021, booking opens on Monday, watermill.org.uk

Private Lives

Online theatre doesn’t get starrier than this one-off Zoom reading of act one of the Noel Coward classic, featuring Robert Lindsay, Emma Thompson, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Emilia Clarke (pictured, clockwise from top left) and followed by a Q&A. Proceeds are going to the Royal Theatrical Fund, helping theatre workers through the crisis. Sunday, 7pm, rtflockdown.com

Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked

Bubble, a new lockdown-themed play by playwright-du-jour James Graham (above), is the highlight of this festival of work reopening the Midlands theatre. For all productions and events, you can buy tickets to watch in person or via a livestream. Oct 21 to Nov 7, nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Faith Healer

Martin Sheen (above) and Indira Varma star in a revival of Irish playwright Brian Friel’s profound chamber drama about a professional mystic, which is the latest in the Old Vic’s In Camera series of productions livestreamed from its stage. Wed to September 19, oldvictheatre.com