Our pick of London's best theatre, opera, and dance opening this week; plus a reminder of those shows taking their final curtain in the next seven days.
Opening tonight is Mess, a play about anorexia at BAC; The Anorak at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre; Cuddles by young playwright Joseph Wilde at the Oval House; and The Opposite Sex at the Hen & Chickens Theatre.
From tomorrow, you can see Pastoral by Thomas Eccleshare at the Soho Theatre; on Thursday, The Victorian In The Wall opens at the Royal Court (see the trailer below); and on Monday, Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking opens at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon.
A duo of Shakespeare’s tragedies come to London this week, each with a different angle: take your pick from an all-female Lear at the Greenwich Theatre from Thursday; and a foursome creating a kid-friendly Julius Caesar at the Orange Tree Theatre from Saturday.
Sadler’s Wells gets it bang on trend with the Northern Ballet’s full-length work adapted from novel of the moment, The Great Gatsby, opening tonight. If you've caught the Gatsby bug, check out our other recommendations for Gatsby fun in London over the coming weeks. And on Monday, 6000 Miles Away comes to the same venue; it’s a show devised and performed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Sylvie Guillem.
Just one opera recommendation for this week: Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago comes to the Royal Opera House from Friday, directed by John Fulljames.
Saturday is your last chance to see Evita at the New Wimbledon theatre; #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei at the Hampstead Theatre; Rooms – A Rock Romance at the Finborough Theatre; A Day in The Death of Joe Egg at the Rose Theatre; Table at the National’s Shed; and new musical Geek! at the Tristan Bates Theatre.