5 of the best shows

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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

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