Our top tips for the best theatre and dance shows opening in London this week; plus a reminder about those shows closing this Saturday.
Tonight, Will Young makes his West End debut in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre, playing Emcee in Rufus Norris’ production of Cabaret. He’s playing alongside Michelle Ryan and Siân Phillips in what’s sure to be one of this week’s hottest theatrical openings.
Elsewhere you can see newly weds fall apart in Cupcakes and Carousels at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre; Elegy at Theatre503, about the homophobic murders that still take place in Iraq today; and Lucy and the Hawk, a comedy about lonliness and peregrine falcons at the Oval House Theatre from tonight. And comedy show Ten Out Of Ten also transfers to the Oval House Theatre tonight.
From tomorrow, see Frank McGuinness’ updated version of Damned by Despair at the National Theatre, as 17th-century Naples and gang culture collide. Sebastian Armesto and 2012 Olivier award-winner Bertie Carvel play the saintly Paulo and the evil Enrico in this new production. Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children is produced at the Greenwich Theatre from tomorrow; or you can check out You Can Still Make a Killing, a dissection of the financial crisis, at the Southwark Playhouse.
Thursday is the first night for the Trevor Nunn-directed All That Fall at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Acting heavyweights Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon star in this London premiere of Samuel Beckett’s play.
From Friday, check out Stephen Belber’s Tape at the Trafalgar Studios, starring EastEnder Marc Elliott; the story of two high school friends and with a linked past.
Our dance recommendation for the week is a mixed bill by the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at Sadler’s Wells, on for just three nights from Thursday. This New York-based dance company is renowned for combining powerful physicality with classical technique; look out for Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid, and Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine.
Saturday is your last chance to see The Taming Of The Shrew and Richard III at the Globe; The Judas Kiss starring Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox at the Hampstead Theatre; Caryl Churchill’s Ding Dong The Wicked and Love And Information at the Royal Court; and Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock Theatre. Let us know if we’ve missed anything in the comments below…