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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.