To 26 Sep: New play by Abi Morgan ( The Hour) about a Western photojournalist’s encounter with the wife of a dictator on a day that revolution comes to the streets, starring Zawe Ashton ( Fresh Meat) and Tony Award-winning Sinéad Cusack. Mon-Wed & Fri 7.30pm, Thur-Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £10-37.50. www.donmar warehouse.com. Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX. T: 0844- 871 7624. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Three Days in the Country
To 21 Oct: A new adaptation by Patrick Marber ( Closer) of Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy about the arrival of a handsome new tutor who brings reckless, romantic desire to the lives of people living at an eccentric Russian country estate in the 19th century. Tickets £15-£55. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. E8. Station: Waterloo.
Michael Morpurgo’s gripping tale of friendship and loss set during World War I features awardwinning sets and puppetry. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Tue 7pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£95. www.warhorseonstage.com. New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PW. T: 020-7452 3000. D8. Station: Holborn.
Woman in Black, The
A spooky story (prepare to scream) adapted from Susan Hill’s novel about a lawyer who visits a remote house to settle affairs after a woman’s death. Tue-Sat 8pm; Tue & Thur 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tickets £19.50-£60. www.thewomaninblack.com. Fortune, Russell St, WC2B 5HH. T: 0844- 871 7626. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Recreation of the 16th-century playhouse where Shakespeare’s company performed. To 5 Sep: As You Like It. One of the Bard’s most popular romantic comedies. To 17 Oct: Measure for Measure. Shakespeare’s thrilling exploration of sexual politics and social justice. To 18 Oct: Richard III. Charles Edwards ( Downton Abbey) plays one of the Bard’s most flawed monarchs in this eloquent exploration of the meaning of kingship. Tickets £5 (standing)-£43. www.shakespearesglobe.com. Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E9. Station: Blackfriars.
Arts venue with two performance halls. 10 Jan: Rautio Piano Trio Plays Stravinsky, Weill & Shostakovich. 11 Sep: Ayanna Witter-Johnson. 12 Sep: La Barraca. www.kingsplace.co.uk. 90 York Way, N1 9AG. T: 0844-264 0321. Off map. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras.
Royal Albert Hall
Famous concert hall. 10 Sep: Vienna Philharmonic. 22 Sep: Classic FM Live. 26 Sep: Beethoven’s Ninth. Performed by the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 27 Sep: Nicola Benedetti. To 12 Sep: BBC Proms ( including 5 Sep: Bach – Six Cello Suites; 8 Sep: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra). www.royalalberthall.com. Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7589 8212. F4. Station: South Kensington.
St. James’s Piccadilly
This 1676 church has a programme of evening concerts. 8 Sep: A South African Songbook. 18 Sep: Winter Moods. 19 Sep: Beethoven ‘Moonlight Sonata’ by Candlelight. 26 Sep: The Mañana Collective & Javier Zalba: A Latin-inspired evening. Free lunchtime recitals every Mon, Wed & Fri 1.10pm. www.sjp. org.uk. St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7734 4511. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Programme of lunchtime and evening concerts and recitals. www.smitf.org. Trafalgar Sq, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
Royal Albert Hall
13 Sep: BBC Songs of Praise – The Big Sing. Favourite hymns and carols performed by the likes of Aled Jones and Sally Magnusson. 21 Sep: Art Garfunkel. From 23 Sep: David Gilmour. From 30 Sep: Diana Krall. www.royalalberthall.com. Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7589 3203. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Royal Festival Hall
23 Sep: London Philharmonic Orchestra – Mahler’s 7th Symphony. 25 Sep: English Chamber Orchestra & Philharmonia Chorus – Mozart’s Requiem. www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7960 4200. E8. Station: Waterloo.
12 Sep: The English Concert (Handel, Veracini, Porpora). 15 Sep: Borodin Quartet (Beethoven, Shostakoch). 23 Sep: Eggner Trio (Hayden, Dvorak). www.wigmorehall.org.uk. 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP. T: 020-7935 2141. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Royal Albert Hall
21 Sep: Art Garfunkel. From 23 Sep: David Gilmour. From 30 Sep: Diana Krall. www.royalalberthall. com. Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7589 3203. F4. Station: South Kensington.
A quartet of talented young singers, from the Guildhall School of Music, entertain you while you dine at this French restaurant ( Thur-Sat), performing popular opera arias. www.bel cantolondon.co.uk. Corus Hotel Hyde Park, 1 Lancaster Gate, W2 3LG. T: 020-7262 1678. E4. Station: Lancaster Gate.
Home to the English National Opera; all productions are sung in English. From 26 Sep: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Shostakovich’s fast-paced and dynamic opera. From 28 Sep: The Barber of Seville. Rossini’s tale of trickery. www.eno.org. London Coliseum, 33 St. Martin’s Ln, WC2N 4ES. T: 020-7845 9300. E8. Station: Charing Cross/ Leicester Square.
Royal Opera House
Home to the Royal Opera company. From 14 Sep: Orphée et Eurydice. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s great opera, directed by Hofesh Shechter. From 15 Sep: Le Nozze di Figaro. Mozart’s comic opera. www.roh.org.uk. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Young opera singers perform popular arias alongside a string quartet of music students, to enhance your dining experience in this elaborate restaurant. Sun & Mon 8.30pm-9.30pm; Sun 2.30pm. www.sarastro-restaurant.com. 126 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QG. T: 020-7836 0101. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Royal Opera House
Home to the Royal Ballet. From 19 Sep: Romeo and Juliet. A groundbreaking ballet telling the tragic tale of the star-crossed lovers (p. 48). www.roh. org.uk. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
5 Sep: Mangkunegaran Royal Palace Dancers. 16, 17 Sep: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7960 4200.
E8. Station: Waterloo.
8-12 Sep: Lest We Forget. A moving reflection on World War I by the English National Ballet. 18-25 Sep: Barbarians. This new show from Hofesh Shechter features three takes on intimacy, passion and love. www.sadlerswells.com. Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4TN. T: 0844- 412 4300. C9. Station: Angel.