A dance of star-crossed lovers

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It’s 50 years since Ken­neth MacMil­lan’s ground­break­ing bal­let RomeoandJuliet (from 18 Sep; p. 50) first played at the Royal Opera House. The pro­duc­tion, set to Sergey Prokofiev’s clas­sic score, has been a sta­ple of the venue ever since. It re­turns as part of the new sea­son, and in­cludes a live screen­ing to cine­mas na­tion­wide on 22 Sep. The sea­son starts with a bang thanks to the Deloit­teIg­niteFes­ti­val (3-27 Sep), a se­ries of mostly free events tak­ing place at the venue and in Covent Gar­den Pi­azza. This cel­e­bra­tion of opera, dance, mu­sic, street per­for­mance and food in­cludes ses­sions with ac­claimed artists and even a club night.

Thriller Live

Non-stop songs and dance celebrate Michael Jack­son’s ca­reer. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tick­ets £27.50-£100. www. thriller­live.com. Lyric, Shaftes­bury Ave, W1D 7ES. T: 0844- 482 9674. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Tip­ping the Vel­vet

From 18 Sep: Lyn­d­say Turner, fresh from di­rect­ing Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch in Ham­let, presents a new adap­ta­tion of the Sarah Wa­ters novel. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£35. www.lyric.co.uk. Lyric Ham­mer­smith, Lyric Sq, King St, W6 0QL. T: 0871221 1729. Off map. Sta­tion: Ham­mer­smith.

What to Do When You Find a Di­nosaur

From 24 Sep: History, hu­mour, mu­sic and au­di­ence part­ci­pa­tion. Suit­able for ages 4- 8. Times vary. Tick­ets £10-£13.50. www.polkathe­atre. com. Polka Theatre, 240 The Broad­way, SW19 1SB. T: 020- 8543 48888. Off map. Sta­tion: Wim­ble­don.

Wicked

This multi-award-win­ning show about friend­ship and ri­valry tells the back story of the witches of Oz. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £17.25-£125. www.wickedthe­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Apollo Vic­to­ria, 2-3 Wil­ton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844- 826 8000. F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

39 Steps, The

To 5 Sep: Comic adap­ta­tion of the 1935 Hitch­cock film in which a man is pur­sued by se­cret agents dur­ing World War I. Mon-Sat 8pm; Wed 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tick­ets £15.25-£66.25. www.love39steps.com. Cri­te­rion Theatre, 218223 Pic­cadilly, SW1Y 4XA. T: 0844- 847 1778. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Bakkhai

To 19 Sep: A vis­ceral new ver­sion of Euripi­des’ he­do­nis­tic tragedy by Anne Car­son. Ben Whishaw makes his Almeida de­but as Dionysos and Ber­tie Carvel re­turns to the Almeida as Pen­theus. Mon-Sat 8pm; Wed & Sat 1pm. Tick­ets £10-£38. www.almeida.co.uk. Almeida Theatre, Almeida St, N1 1TA. T: 020-7359 4404. Off map. Sta­tion: An­gel.

Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time, The

Award-win­ning adap­ta­tion of the novel by Mark Had­don about a boy with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties who in­ves­ti­gates a lo­cal mys­tery. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£85. www.cu­ri­ouson­stage.com. Giel­gud Theatre, Shaftes­bury Ave, W1D 6AR. T: 020-7452 3000. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Dear Lupin

Fa­ther and son James Fox ( Down­ton Abbey) and Jack Fox star in this new stage adap­ta­tion of Roger Mor­timer’s funny and touch­ing letters to his son, Char­lie. Span­ning 25 years, their cor­re­spon­dence forms a memoir of their re­la­tion­ship, and an affectionate por­trait of a time gone by (p. 42). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £20-£ 71.50. www.ni­maxthe­atres. com. Apollo Theatre, Shaftes­bury Ave, W1D 7ES. T: 0844- 482 9671. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Ham­let

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch ( Sher­lock) stars as Shake­speare’s great tragic hero, in a pro­duc­tion di­rected by Lyn­d­sey Turner. Forced to avenge his fa­ther’s death but paral­ysed by the task ahead, Ham­let rages against the im­pos­si­bil­ity of his predica­ment (p. 42). Mon-Sat 7.15pm; Sat 1.30pm. Tick­ets from £10. www.bar­bican.org.uk. Bar­bican Cen­tre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891. C10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.

Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest, The

To 7 Nov: David Suchet ( Poirot) dons a dress to play Lady Brack­nell in Os­car Wilde’s clas­sic com­edy of mis­taken iden­tity. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £22- 67.50. www.im­por­tance ofearnest.com. Vaude­ville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH. T: 0844- 412 4663. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Jac­que­line Wil­son’s Hetty Feather

To 6 Sep: Hit stage adap­ta­tion of the book about a girl raised at the Foundling Hos­pi­tal on the hunt for her lost mother. Tick­ets £15-£50. www.het­tyfeath­er­live.com. Duke of York’s, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844871 7627. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Mouse­trap, The

A mur­derer strikes at a party in Agatha Christie’s long-run­ning who­dun­nit. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Tue 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tick­ets £17.50-£65. www.the­mouse­trap.co.uk. St. Martin’s, West St, Cam­bridge Cir­cus, WC2H 9NZ. T: 0844- 499 1515. D8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

1984

To 5 Sep: This five-star adap­ta­tion of Ge­orge Or­well’s clas­sic dystopian novel has bold stag­ing and in­volves in­no­va­tive use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy. Not for the faint-hearted. Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10-£85. www.at­gtick­ets.com. Play­house Theatre, Northum­ber­land Ave, WC2N 5DE. T: 020-7359 4404. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Our Coun­try’s Good

Tim­ber­lake Werten­baker’s story of a group of con­victs in 19th-cen­tury Aus­tralia who find them them­selves trans­formed by the act of putting on a play. Score by Cerys Matthews of Cata­to­nia. Tick­ets £15-£35. www.na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk. Olivier, Na­tional Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

Peo­ple, Places and Things

A new play, co-pro­duced with lead­ing theatre com­pany Head­long, about a woman seek­ing to deal with her ad­dic­tion. Tick­ets £15-£45. www.na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk. Na­tional Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. F8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

Play That Goes Wrong, The

Slap­stick com­edy about a drama so­ci­ety stag­ing a mur­der mys­tery. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £20-£67. www.the­p­laythat­goeswrong.com. Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Cather­ine St, WC2B 5LA. T: 0844- 482 9672. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Rail­way Chil­dren, The

Award-win­ning stage adap­ta­tion of E. Nes­bit’s clas­sic novel re­turns to Lon­don, now re­lo­cated to a new spe­cially built theatre at King’s Cross, com­plete with a rail­way track and plat­forms. Times vary. Tick­ets £18.75-£69.50. www.rail­way chil­dren­lon­don.com. King’s Cross Theatre, Cor­ner of King’s Boule­vard and Goods Way, N1C 4QL. T: 0844- 871 7604. Off map. Sta­tion: King’s Cross St Pan­cras.

Red Lion, The

To 30 Sep: New play by Pa­trick Mar­ber ( Closer) about a young man try­ing to make his way in semi-pro­fes­sional football. Tick­ets £15-£55. www.na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk. Na­tional Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

O2 Arena, The

24-30 Sep: Pop sen­sa­tion One Di­rec­tion. 30 Sep: Brian Wil­son. www.theo2.co.uk. The O2 Arena, Penin­sula Sq, SE10 0DX. T: 0844- 856 0202. Off map. Sta­tion: North Green­wich.

Ron­nie Scott’s

Lon­don’s most fa­mous jazz venue. 3-5 Sep: Deodato. 7-12 Sep: Stacey Kent. 16-17 Sep: Court­ney Pine. 23-26 Sep: Loose Tubes. www.ron­ni­escotts. co.uk. Ron­nie Scott’s, 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

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