Our pick of London’s best theatre, circus, dance and opera opening this week
Tonight, Howard Davies’ production of Children Of The Sun opens at the National Theatre. Over in Covent Garden, you can see My Daughter’s Trial. Staged in the former Westminster County Court, you’ll witness an ambitious young Muslim barrister deciding whether to section her mentally ill mother. Also opening tonight is Once at the Phoenix Theatre, winner of eight Tony Awards on Broadway. And Rope, Patrick Hamilton’s tense murder non-mystery plays at the Brockley Jack Theatre from tonight.
Tomorrow, a new musical called Carnaby Street opens at the Hackney Empire, bringing the swinging 60s back to London until 14 April. Also opening tomorrow is Narrative, a new play by Anthony Neilson at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, starring actress and writer Zawe Ashton. And Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry’s brutal satire about greed and power opens at the Barbican tomorrow too. (See below for a video taster of this crazy-looking show). From Thursday, Our House, the Madness musical, is on at artsdepot, presented by UpStaged Theatre Company. Finally on Monday, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei opens at the Hampstead Theatre.
The UK’s best-loved contemporary circus company comes back to London this week. NoFit State Circus: Bianco builds on the success of Tabu, their sell-out hit at the Roundhouse in 2009; they’re back at the same venue until the end of the month.
Tonight is the opening night of the much-discussed Peter Schaufuss ballet Midnight Express at the London Coliseum. No longer starring Sergei Polunin, who disappeared from rehearsals last week, audiences will now see 20-year-old understudy Johan Christensen taking the lead. From Thursday, you can see a double-bill of The Rite of Spring and Petrushka at Sadler’s Wells by the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.
We’ve already nudged you about Sunken Garden, which opens at the Barbican this Friday. Here’s another reminder to get your tickets now.
Saturday is your last chance to see Rowan Atkinson in Quartermaine’s Terms at Wyndham’s Theatre; The Firework-Maker’s Daughter at the Linbury Studio; Egg at the Polka Theatre; A Class Act at the Landor; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House; and Trelawny Of The Wells at the Donmar. Enjoy.