5 of the best shows
The Cane Royal Court Theatre, SW1, to 26 Jan
It is more than 20 years since the Royal Court staged Mark Ravenhill’s decade-defining 90s work Shopping and Fucking. Now he returns to the
venue with his new play featuring a fine cast of Alun Armstrong, Maggie Steed and Nicola Walker, directed by artistic director Vicky Featherstone. Edward is a popular teacher retiring after 45 years and anticipating a lovely send-off, but suddenly he and his wife Maureen find themselves trapped in their home for days by a mob of angry students. Why?
Crimes of the Christmas Pudding Lichfield Garrick: Studio, to 5 Jan
Agatha Christie, Gosford Park and classic Ealing comedies combine in this annual offering – a take on cosy crime drama – from the New Old Friends company, which is dedicated to creating original comedy. This year, a cast of four play 13 characters as lady detective Artemis Arinae finds herself among high society in the isolated manor house of Lord and Lady Lorde. Expect goofy gags and daft goings-on aplenty.
White Christmas Curve Theatre, Leicester, to 13 Jan
In the chocolate box of festive productions, White Christmas is the escapist soft centre, with its slightly mushy tale of two former army buddies who put on a show for their retired commander at his snowless Vermont hotel. Danny Mac returns to the Curve after starring in Sunset Boulevard there and gets to sing the title song made famous by Bing Crosby (though it was actually written by Irving Berlin for the film Holiday Inn). Nikolai Foster directs. Mark Cook
Carlos María Romero & Steven Warwick: HQ – (I Feel So Mezzaniney) Second Home, E1, Sat & Sun
Trendy co-working space Second Home is the setting for this UK premiere. Composer Warwick and choreographer Romero respond to the office’s architecture, raising questions of community and commercialism via a group of go-go dancers.
Protein Dance: The Little Prince Ipswich, Wed to 16 Dec; Falmouth, 22 Dec
The witty, playful and socially engaged choreographer Luca Silvestrini makes his first family show, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story about a prince who comes to Earth to discover the follies of human nature, as well as love and friendship. Lyndsey Winship
A good shoeing: Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella