Our guide to the top theatre, dance, and opera shows opening in London this week
Much Ado About Wenlock opens at the Greenwich Theatre tonight. Produced by Vamos Theatre, this show, which is suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, brings puppetry, physicality and dance together to reveal the surprising roots of the modern Olympic Games in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Also opening tonight is Myriad Theatre’s production of Wuthering Heights at the Barons Court Theatre.
Saturday sees Mark Rylance return to the Globe stage for the first time since 2005 (we’ve spotted him in the audience in the meantime) to play one of Shakespeare’s most electrifying villains, Richard III. Jazz At Cafe Society is a new musical celebrating the legendary 1940s New York jazz and blues nightclub, and it opens at the Tricycle Theatre on Monday. Also opening on Monday is yet another production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Almeida Theatre.
It’s all about race relations when it comes to Opera this week. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess opens at the London Coliseum tonight in a production by the Cape Town Opera company who transpose the action from 1920s South Carolina to apartheid era Soweto; tomorrow Guiseppe Verdi’s acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Otello comes to the Royal Opera House in a grand production by Elijah Moshinsky. Like the other Shakespeare plays opening this week, it’s also part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
Part of the London 2012 Festival, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is a collaboration between seven choreographers, three contemporary artists and the Royal Ballet. Poetry, music, choreography and visual art are all drawn together from Titian’s inspiring art to create cross-genre masterpiece. Find out more about this unique collaboration in the video below.
Saturday is your last chance to see Lovers Rock Monologues at the Tricycle Theatre; Detriot at the National Theatre; Utopia at the Soho Theatre; Fear at the Bush Theatre; and Tales From the Shed at the Chickenshed. Odd American epic Gatz closes at the Noel Coward Theatre on Sunday.