Here’s our pick of London’s best dance, theatre and opera opening this week.
Dance lovers can binge on a feast of seven pieces at the Royal Opera House from tonight. La Valse, Méditation From Thaïs, Voices Of Spring, Monotones I And II, and Marguerite And Armand mark the 25th anniversary of Sir Frederick Ashton’s death. From Thursday, Tanztheater Wuppertal returns to Sadler’s Wells with Pina Bausch’s 1985 creation exploring the monotony of life, called Two Cigarettes In The Dark.
Tonight, The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian is the latest in OvalHouse Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. Over at Baron’s Court Theatre, there’s an innovative version of The Tempest brewing from tonight.
From tomorrow, you can see Kerry Fox and James Dreyfus star in Noel Coward’s The Vortex at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. At the Charing Cross Theatre from tomorrow, Dear World is the first ever UK production of Jerry Herman’s musical, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas. On Thursday, BAC hosts The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey (see a trailer below) while over at the Barbican you can see Rhinoceros by Théâtre de la Ville–Paris: one of the major absurdist plays of the 20th century, all about the destructive power of the collective. From Friday, you can choose between mesmerising kids’ show, There’s a Rabbit in the Moon by Vélo Théâtre at the Barbican, or a revival of Chess at the Union Theatre.
A French baroque masterpiece, Medea opens at the London Coliseum on Friday. It’s the story of a barbarian sorceress who demands a terrible vengeance on her faithless lover set to music by Charpentier.
Saturday is your last chance to see The Wind In The Willows at the Polka Theatre and Gruesome Playground Injuries at the Gate Theatre. Sunday is the last show for Journey’s End at the Greenwich Theatre.