Min­istry Of Silly Mu­si­cals

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It’s been nearly a year since Monty Python’sS­pa­malot (26-31 Jan; p. 42) was last in London, but what a year it’s been for Python fans. In sum­mer 2014, the an­ar­chic com­edy troupe re­formed for a se­ries of gigs at The O2 arena. Star­ring John Cleese, Terry Gil­liam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, the first night of the show sold out in less than a minute. Ap­petite for their clas­sic Bri­tish hu­mour is stronger than ever, so it’s no sur­prise that Spa­malot, the mu­si­cal adapted from the 1975 film Monty PythonAndTheHolyGrail, is em­bark­ing on a UK tour. The pro­duc­tion, which was penned by Eric Idle with mu­sic by John Du Prez and Neil Innes, is on at the Rich­mond The­atre and stars Joe Pasquale, Todd Carty and Bon­nie Lang­ford.


A smash hit in London and around the world, Wicked is based on the novel by Gre­gory Maguire and tells the un­told story of the Witches Of Oz and how one came to be called ‘good’ and the other ‘wicked’. With spec­tac­u­lar sets and cos­tumes, and thrilling mu­sic, Wicked daz­zles the eyes and ears. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Seats £15-£95. www.wickedthe­mu­si­cal. co.uk. Apollo Vic­to­ria, 2-3 Wil­ton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844- 826 8000. F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Women On The Verge Of A Ner­vous Break­down

This adap­ta­tion of the film of the same name by ac­claimed Span­ish di­rec­tor Pe­dro Almod­ó­var cen­tres on the messy love lives of sev­eral women. Tam­sin Greig ( Ex­tras) plays Pepa, a singer and ac­tress strug­gling to deal with be­ing dumped. Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Seats £24.50-£75. www.at­gtick­ets.com. Play­house The­atre, Northum­ber­land Ave, WC2N 5DE. T: 020-7359 4404. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

PLAYS 39 Steps, The

Comic adap­ta­tion of the 1935 Al­fred Hitch­cock film and John Buchan’s novel, in which four ac­tors play more than 139 roles be­tween them. Bri­tish hero Richard Han­nay is on the run, be­ing pur­sued by se­cret agents dur­ing World War I. Mon-Sat 8pm; Wed 3pm; Sat 4pm. Seats £15.25-£65.25. www.love39steps.com. Cri­te­rion The­atre, 218-223 Pic­cadilly, SW1Y 4XA. T: 0844-847 1778. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.


From 8 Jan: A ra­zor-sharp play about the line be­tween of­fice pol­i­tics and play­ground bul­ly­ing, by Olivier Award-win­ning play­wright Mike Bartlett. Seats £10-£25. Mon-Sat 7.45pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm. www.youngvic.org. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ. T: 020-7922 2922. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Changeling, The

From 15 Jan: Hat­tie Mo­ra­han stars in the great­est Ja­cobean re­venge tragedy in the English canon. Seats £10 (stand­ing)-£60. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. Sam Wana­maker Play­house, Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Fever, The

From 7 Jan: Wal­lace Shawn’s ( The Princess Bride) con­fes­sional play about a man look­ing for an­swers. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sun 5pm. Seats £18-£30. www.almeida.co.uk. Almeida The­atre, Almeida St, N1 1TA. T: 020-7359 4404. Off map. Sta­tion: High­bury & Is­ling­ton.

Ghost Sto­ries

To 18 Jan: Chill­ing yarns with gen­uine shocks galore, writ­ten and di­rected by Jeremy Dyson ( The League Of Gen­tle­men) and Andy Ny­man ( Sev­er­ance). Suit­able for ages 15+. Tue-Fri 8pm; Sat 5pm & 8pm; Sun 4pm & 7pm. No per­for­mance 1 Jan. Seats £20-£55. www.ghost­sto­ri­es­theshow.co.uk. Arts The­atre, 6-7 Great New­port St, WC2 7JB. T: 020-7836 8463. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Sq.

Great Bri­tain

To 10 Jan: Richard Bean’s ( One Man, Two Gu­vnors) satire on the press, the po­lice and the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment in its West End trans­fer from the Na­tional The­atre. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Seats £15-£85. The­atre Royal Hay­mar­ket, 18 Suf­folk St, SW1Y 4HT. T: 0207-930 8890. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Henry I

To 24 Jan: This ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s his­tory play has trans­ferred to the West End from the RSC’s home in Strat­ford-uponAvon. It runs along­side the sec­ond part in the story, Henry II. Check for times. Seats £10-£55. www.rsc his­to­ries.org.uk. Bar­bican Cen­tre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891. C10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.

Henry II

To 24 Jan: The sec­ond part in the RSC’s ac­claimed pair­ing of Shake­speare’s his­tory plays, trans­ferred from Strat­ford-upon-Avon. Check for per­for­mance times. Seats £10-£55. www.rschis­to­ries.org.uk. Bar­bican Cen­tre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 0207-638 4141. C10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.


To 13 Jan: A new ver­ba­tim dance work by Lloyd Newson about a man who, after years of crime, drug use and strug­gling to sur­vive, finds his de­sire for a new life leads him to a place un­known to most. Seats £15-£35. www.na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk. Na­tional The­atre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

King Charles III

To 31 Jan: Ac­claimed play about Prince Charles’ as­cen­sion to the throne stars Tim Pigott-Smith. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Seats £10-£87.50. www.almeida.co.uk. Wyn­d­ham’s The­atre, Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA. T: 0844- 482 5120. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Sq.

Knight Of The Burn­ing Pes­tle, The

To 11 Jan: Par­ody on chival­ric ro­mances first per­formed in 1607. Times vary. Seats £10 (stand­ing)-£60. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Mer­chant Of Venice, The

Shake­speare’s play about greed, lust and money is set in glitzy Las Ve­gas. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Seats £9-£45. www.almeida.co.uk. Almeida The­atre, Almeida St, N1 1TA. T: 020-7359 4404. Off map. Sta­tion: An­gel.

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