Our pick of London’s best dance, theatre, opera and comedy opening this week. Plus a reminder about those shows that are closing.
This week’s hottest dance ticket is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House, a newish ballet from Christopher Wheeldon with thrilling choreography and gorgeous music. Alternatively, dance fans can see The Metamorphosis at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House, Arthus Pita’s dance-theatre adaptation of Kafka’s novella. Or there’s a hip hop choreographer Ivan Blackstock taking over the Lilian Baylis Studio from Thursday.
Tonight is the first night of Above Me The Wide Blue Sky at the Young Vic by the critically acclaimed theatre group, Fevered Sleep. Over in the West End, it’s also opening night for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre, a transfer of the National Theatre’s hugely successful adaptation of Mark Haddon’s popular book.
Tomorrow at the Orange Tree Theatre, you can see The Man Who Pays The Piper, all about the suffragette movement and its consequences. And from Friday, Dirty Great Love Story opens at the Soho Theatre, a comic romantic mistake fusing poetry and prose to ask: can a one night stand last a lifetime?
If you like your opera outside the Opera House, check out La Rondine by Opera di Peroni at Factory 7 in Hearn Street from tonight. It’s a new collaboration between British musician, producer and electronic artist Kwes and Go Opera and promises to bring opera up-to-date for the next generation of Puccini’s fans.
There’s lots of comedy about this week, much of it at the Soho Theatre: choose from Loretta Maine: Bipolar from tomorrow; Zoe Lyons: Pop-Up Comic from Friday; and Mark Thomas and David Baddiel are testing new material at the venue from Monday.
London shows closing on Saturday include The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida Theatre; The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at the Arcola; Watt at the Barbican Pit; and Medea at the London Coliseum.
Sunday is your last chance to see Hymn at the National Theatre (it’s transferring to the West End if you missed this run); The Barber of Seville at the Coliseum; and 1001 Nights at the Unicorn Theatre. Enjoy.