Welcome back to our weekly round-up, highlighting the best things you can see on London's stages, be it comedy, drama, musicals, opera or dance.
Kooza by Cirque du Soleil is this week’s biggest theatrical event. Playing at the Royal Albert Hall from tonight until Valentine’s Day, this newest show tells the story of The Innocent, who is searching for his place in the world. That’s a world of contortionists, Wheels of Death, trapeze artists and high wires, in case you were wondering.
Elsewhere you can see Norwegian drama in Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea at the Courtyard Theatre from tonight; genito-urinary comedy in Impotent! at the Lion and Unicorn theatre, also from tonight; or Shakespearean obscurity (or is it?) Fair Em at the Union Theatre, also opening tonight. Tomorrow, get a strange kidult fix at the Unicorn Theatre as hit show Monkey Bars returns, taking children’s chat and asking adults to reproduce what’s been said verbatim. The result is a revelatory show that is funny, touching and endlessly surprising.
There’s a lovely Sleeping Beauty opening at the London Coliseum tomorrow. Produced by the English National Ballet, this is Kenneth MacMillan’s popular production full of fairy sparkle. (See below for a taster.)
Thursday is your last chance to see The Animals And Children Took To The Streets at the National Theatre.
Saturday is the final night for The Dark Earth And The Light Sky at the Almeida Theatre; Old Money at the Hampstead Theatre; The Arabian Nights at the Tricycle Theatre; and Yes, Prime Minister at the Trafalgar Studios (here's a review of the latter at an earlier venue; we strongly suspect it'll be back…
Did we miss anything? Let us know what theatre shows you're seeing this week below...