Ministry Of Silly Musicals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.