A dance of star-crossed lovers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.