Our top tips for the best opera, theatre and seasonal shows opening in London this week
Opening tonight are three very different shows, demonstrating the variety of life on London's theatre scene. At the Bush, you can see Straight, DC Moore's sharp comedy about a bet that throws a friendship into a whole new level; at the Old Vic, it's all about the music as the Trevor Nunn directed Kiss Me, Kate opens, starring Hannah Waddingham, Clive Rowe, and Adam Garcia among others; while the Phoenix Theatre is transported to the Second World War as Goodnight Mister Tom examines the plight of a young London-born evacuee's adventures in the English countryside. Oliver Ford Davies stars.
On Thursday, Hero opens at the Royal Court. A play by E V Crowe, a graduate from the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, its the story of an heroic modern man. The synopsis runs as follows: "Danny’s gay, a primary school teacher, and he’s not afraid of anything. His colleague Jamie’s straight, and thinks he should be." Finally, The Shawl opens at the Young Vic on Monday; it's a drama by David Mamet about a dodgy spiritualist - or is it?
Jonathan Miller's inventive and stylish production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado opens at the London Coliseum on Saturday. It's the return of a much-loved favourite - if you like that kind of thing... We'll let you decide: check out the preview vid below.
Cinderella opens at the Lyric Hammersmith tonight, starring actress, broadcaster and comedian Mel Giedroyc as the Evil Stepmother and West End star Julie Atherton as Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty - Dream On opens at Chickenshed tomorrow. Two seasonal shows open on Thursday: Simon Callow's one-man show A Christmas Carol returns to the Arts Theatre; while The Prince And The Pauper opens at the Unicorn. Saturday is the opening night for panto Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Saturday is your last chance to see The Tear Thief at the Unicorn Theatre; circus Du Goudron Et Des Plumes at the Barbican; and the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company's production called Quimeras at Sadler's Wells. This House closes at the National on Saturday; happily this critically acclaimed show is transferring in February, so you'll have another chance to see it.