Here are a few highlights from London’s theatrical calendar for the next seven days (plus a head's up about those shows that are closing...)
Some Like It Hip Hop returns to the Peacock Theatre from tonight. ZooNation’s Olivier nominated show is a comic tale of love, mistaken identity, revolution and cross-dressing. (See below for a taster.) Another dance recommendation for this week is Sasha Waltz & Guests – Continu at Sadler’s Wells from Friday. Continu is a full-length dance performance inspired by two museums: David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin, and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome.
There are two new shows opening at the ever-interesting Unicorn Theatre this week. Monkey Bars is a surprising and inventive verbatim show for adults about children; Dr Korczak’s Example by David Greig is for kids over the age of 11, and tackles the story of a Polish doctor in a Warsaw ghetto.
On Thursday, a couple of big hitters open in London’s West End. Choose between seeing Meera Syal in the RSC’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Noel Coward Theatre; or Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen in Trevor Nunn’s production of A Chorus of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Finally, on Monday, Charley’s Aunt, starring Mathew Horne, opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory; and Ding Dong The Wicked, Caryl Churchill’s new short play, opens at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.
Paul Merton returns to the London stage on Monday for a 20-night run at the Vaudeville Theatre. Out Of My Head sees the Have I Got News For You star return to stand-up for the first time since 1999.
Saturday is your last chance to see Volcano at the Vaudeville Theatre; Soul Sister at the Savoy; Mademoiselle Julie at the Barbican; Fascinating Aida at the Royal Festival Hall and Private Peaceful at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.