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Matthew Warchus di­rects this play about friendship, prej­u­dice and tol­er­ance. Please check for times. Tick­ets £16-£125. www.old­victhe­atre.com. The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. T: 0844- 871 7628. F9. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

The Comedy about a Bank Rob­bery

A hi­lar­i­ous play about six in­com­pe­tent crooks des­per­ate to get hold of a di­a­mond, from the team be­hind The Play That Goes Wrong. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £20-£49.50. www.thecom­e­dyaboutabankrob­bery.com. Cri­te­rion Theatre, 218-223 Pic­cadilly, W1V 9LB. T: 0844- 815 6131. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time

Adap­ta­tion of Mark Had­don’s novel about a boy with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties who un­cov­ers more than ex­pected when in­ves­ti­gat­ing a lo­cal mystery. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £18-£92.50. www.cu­ri­ouson­stage.com. Giel­gud Theatre, Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 6AR. T: 0844- 482 5130. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus/ Le­ices­ter Square.

Death Takes a Hol­i­day

From 16 Jan: In Italy shortly af­ter World War I, Death dis­guises him­self as a hand­some prince in a bid to un­der­stand why life is so cher­ished and death is so dreaded. Then he falls head over heels for a woman who is al­ready en­gaged. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed 2.30pm; Sat 3pm. Tick­ets £17.50£39.50. Char­ing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Vil­liers St, WC2N 6NL. T: 0844- 493 0650. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

The Dresser

To 14 Jan: The show must go on! This comedy, set dur­ing World War II, is about an ac­tor who is so un­will­ing to play King Lear that his dresser ends up tak­ing the part. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10-£85. www.duke ofy­ork­sthe­atre.co.uk. Duke of York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844871 7627. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Es­caped Alone

From 25 Jan: Fol­low­ing its premiere ear­lier this year, Caryl Churchill’s crit­i­cally-ac­claimed play re­turns for a short run be­fore go­ing on tour. Please check for times and prices. www.roy­al­courtthe­atre.com. Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS. T: 020-7565 5000. Off map. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

Faulty Tow­ers: The Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence

Seven­ties-style din­ing and in­ter­ac­tive comedy com­bine in this the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence based on the cult TV comedy. Please check for times. Tick­ets £59-£69. www.fault­y­tow­ers-uk.com. The Torquay Suite Theatre, Amba Ho­tel Char­ing Cross, Strand, WC2N 5HX. T: 0845-154 4145. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross. Kingsway Hall Ho­tel, 66 Great Queen St, WC2B 5BX. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

The Kite Run­ner

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-sell­ing novel, this new play is set in Kabul, Afghanistan, dur­ing a kite com­pe­ti­tion just as it’s on the verge of war. But child­hood friends Has­san and Amir don’t fore­see the ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent which will shat­ter their lives. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £14.75-£91.75. www.del­font­mack­in­tosh.co.uk. Wyn­d­ham’s Theatre, Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA. T: 0844- 482 5120. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Mary Stu­art

To 21 Jan: A clas­sic tragedy about the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots as she is im­pris­oned in Eng­land for the mur­der of her hus­band – although the real rea­son is be­cause she claims the throne of Eng­land held by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Will Elizabeth sign Mary’s death sen­tence? Please check for times. Tick­ets £10-£60. www.almeida.co.uk. Almeida Theatre, Almeida St, N1 1TA. T: 020-7359 4404. Off map. Sta­tion: High­bury & Is­ling­ton.

The Lit­tle Match­girl and Other Hap­pier Tales

To 22 Jan: As a des­ti­tute girl strug­gles to sur­vive, she strikes matches to keep warm – and each match con­jures up a new story. Check for times. Tick­ets £10-£62. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. Sam Wana­maker Theatre, Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

The Mouse­trap

A mur­derer strikes at a house party in Agatha Christie’s long-run­ning who­dun­nit. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Tue 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tick­ets £18.50-£67.50. www.the-mouse­trap.co.uk. St Martin’s Theatre, West St, WC2H 9NZ. T: 0844-499 1515. D7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Nice Fish

Di­rect from a sold-out sea­son in New York, Academy and Bafta Award-win­ner Mark Ry­lance re­turns to the West End to per­form in this comic play about two men fish­ing on a frozen lake. Directed by Claire van Kam­pen. Please check for times. Tick­ets £15-£90. www.at­gtick­ets.com. Harold Pin­ter Theatre, Pan­ton St, SW1Y 4DN. T: 0844- 871 7622. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Once in a Life­time

To 14 Jan: Three ac­tors in a strug­gling vaudeville troupe travel West to try their luck in 1930s Hollywood. With the ad­vent of talk­ing pic­tures, it’s a chang­ing in­dus­try. A chance meet­ing with a film jour­nal­ist gives the friends an idea: brim­ming with chutz­pah they found a school of elo­cu­tion for star­lets of the silver screen, to help them adapt to ‘talkies’. When their scheme takes off they are plunged into a world of glam­our – but as their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties es­ca­late, will the lus­tre last? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £10£35. www.youngvic.org. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ. T: 020-7922 2922. F9. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

To 29 Jan: A drama so­ci­ety is des­per­ate to de­liver a per­fect per­for­mance of Peter Pan but on the way to Nev­er­land the ac­ci­dent­prone thes­pi­ans bat­tle cast dis­putes, tech­ni­cal hitches and gen­eral bad luck – with hi­lar­i­ous re­sults. Please check for times. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £15-£ 71.50. www.apollo the­atrelon­don.co.uk. Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 7ES. T: 0330-333 4809. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Slap­stick comedy about a drama so­ci­ety stag­ing a mur­der mystery. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tick­ets £20-£67.50. www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com. Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Cather­ine St, WC2B 5LA. T: 0844- 482 9672. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Saint Joan

Gemma Arter­ton – star of St Trinian’s and Quan­tum of So­lace – takes the lead in this tragedy about a 1431 trial of a young peas­ant, Joan of Arc, who was tor­tured and sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment af­ter claim­ing to have vi­sions of saints and an­gels. Joan chose to be burnt at the stake in­stead, and 25 years af­ter her death was posthu­mously deemed a saint. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £7.50-£40. www.don­mar­ware­house.com. Don­mar Warehouse, 41 Earl­ham St, WC2H 9LX. T: 0844- 871 7624. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

The Tem­pest

5-28 Jan: Wil­liam Shake­speare does it again: this time, Amy Draper di­rects his play about Pros­pero, a fa­ther ex­iled on an is­land with his daugh­ter. Pared back to 90 min­utes, this is an ex­cit­ing pro­duc­tion of the mag­i­cal play with en­sem­ble per­for­mances and live mu­sic. Thur-Sat 8pm; Sat 3.30pm. Tick­ets £12-£20. www.south­wark play­house.co.uk. South­wark Play­house, 77- 85 New­ing­ton Cause­way, SE1 6BD. T: 020-7407 0234. Off map. Sta­tion: Ele­phant and Cas­tle.

The Woman in Black

A spooky story adapted from Su­san Hill’s Gothic 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 Theatre, Russell St, WC2B 5HH. T: 0844- 871 7626. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

The White Devil

From 26 Jan: Loosely based on bizarre real-life events from Re­nais­sance Italy, this Ja­cobean tale writ­ten by John Web­ster is a com­pelling tale of hypocrisy and cor­rup­tion. Vil­lains, vic­tims and con­spir­a­tors move through the dark spa­ces be­tween reality and the world of night­mares, in the flick­er­ing light and shadow of the Play­house. Please check for times and prices. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. Sam Wana­maker Theatre, Shake­speare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

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