Our pick of London’s best theatre, dance and comedy opening this week. Plus a reminder about those shows that are closing.
Tonight, a new production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy opens at the Old Vic, starring Henry Goodman. Or you can head to Greenwich, and see the opening night of PoundTown, a gruesome story of poverty and revenge by the Kidbrooke Theatre Company at Corelli College.
Tomorrow is the first night for Proof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the story of one woman’s struggle to cope with the legacy of her father’s genius. It stars Mariah Gale and Jamie Parker. Over at the Lyric in Hammersmith, the ever-inventive Kneehigh theatre company present Steptoe And Son, opening tomorrow. (See the trailer below.) Also opening tomorrow is Judgement at Nuremberg by Abby Mann at the Bridewell Theatre; the world premiere of musical Quasimodo by Lionel Bart at the King’s Head Theatre; and another musical, A Class Act at the Landor Theatre, by Tony Award winning lyricist Edward Kleban.
From Thursday, you can get A Guide To Second Date Sex at the Soho Theatre, or head to the Prince of Wales Theatre for the biggest musical opening of the week, The Book of Mormon. On Friday, Janice Okoh’s award-winning drama, Three Birds transfers top the Bush Theatre, following performances in Manchester. Finally, on Monday, Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw take on the eponymous roles in John Logan’s new play Peter And Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre.
On Sunday, Potted Potter returns to the Garrick Theatre: double-act Dan and Jeff plough through the Harry Potter books in record time.
Tomorrow, the Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Aladdin at the London Coliseum. On Thursday, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia bring Metafora to Sadler’s Wells; expect traditional castanets, fans and bata de cola dresses. And then from Monday at Sadler’s Wells, Gala Flamenca marks the 10th anniversary of the venue’s annual season of flamenco dance. Olé.
Piff The Magic Dragon is at the Soho Theatre for a season with previews from tonight. On Sunday, you can see Arthur Smith Exposed! at the Greenwich Theatre. And on Monday, check out Doctor Brown: Befrdfgth also at the Soho Theatre, running until 20 April.
Closing on Saturday is The Metamorphosis at the Linbury Studio; Some Small Love Story at the Arts; Measure for Measure at the Cockpit; Facts at the Finborough; Tales From The Shed at Chickenshed; A Time To Reap at the Royal Court; Our Country’s Good at the St James Theatre; Ballet Revolucion at the Peacock Theatre; and God’s Property at the Soho Theatre.
Simon Stephen’s play Port closes at the National Theatre on Sunday. But before then, here's the trailer for Steptoe And Son at the Lyric Hammersmith. Enjoy.