30th January to 5th February


The week’s highest profile opening is probably Jamie Lloyd’s starry production of Oliver Goldsmith’s society comedy, She Stoops To Conquer, at the National Theatre with a cast including Sophie Thompson, Harry Hadden-Paton and Steve Pemberton. Following of the heels of Michael Oakley’s technically ambitious but ultimately rather disappointing take on Middleton and Rowley’s revenge tragedy at Southwark Playhouse, Joe Hill-Gibbins is directing The Changeling at the Young Vic.

The Arcola Theatre has two new shows opening this week: a revival of Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney and Rick Limentani’s debut play, Freedom. The latest batch of Miniaturists will also be at the Arcola on Sunday 5th.  Blanche McIntyre, who was recently awarded Most Promising Newcomer by the Critics’ Circle, directs a double bill of new local writing, Angle, at the Bush Theatre, which is already taking advantage of the space and versatility of its new building. The plays include Repentance by Mediah Ahmed and Behind The Lines by Neil Daley.

The Finborough is dusting off Sutton Vane’s 1923 play, Outward Bound, in a production directed by Louise Hill. Jermyn Street Theatre is reviving Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry, about the lives and loves of Percy Shelley.

Barney Norris’ new play Missing, set during the Thatcher years, is at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Uninvited Guests are staging Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, a show they describe as something ‘between a wedding reception, a wake and a radio dedication show’ at the Southbank Centre and Camden People’s Theatre is presenting an intriguing double bill, the ‘theatrical cabaret’ We Move From Time to Time and Be With Me, the story of one woman told by three.

As part of British Dance Editions, Sadler’s Wells will be presenting work by Hofesh Shechter, Wayne McGregor and CandoCo; the Southbank Centre present the Richard Alston Dance Company and National Dance Company of Wales in a one off double bill on the 4th February while multimedia dance company Protein present LOL at The Place.

Little Bulb will be scratching new work at BAC, a fusion of Orpheus in the Underworld with the 1930s Parisian jazz scene, and previews begin for Paper Cinema’s Odyssey at the same venue – you can read more about the company’s particular brand of live animation here.