13th to 19th February


This week sees the former Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Josie Rourke begin her tenure at the Donmar Warehouse with a production of George Farquhar’s 1706 comedy The Recruiting Officer starring Nancy Carroll, Mark Gatiss and Mackenzie Crook.

Elsewhere in town Jonathan Church’s Chichester production of Singin’ in the Rain transfers to the West End, Filter’s spirited take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens at the Lyric (you can read more on the company and their methods in our interview with Filter’s Ferdy Roberts) and the Union Theatre continues their tradition of all-male productions of Gilbert and Sullivan with Patience.

New work at Oval House this week includes Nick Field’s performance piece, The Cosmos The Cosmetics, and La JohnJoseph’s Boy in a Dress; Cardboard Citizens’ new production, A Few Man Fridays, is at Riverside Studios and the Panta Rei Theatre Collective present their new work inspired by Don Quixote and Hamlet, Rocinante! Rocinante! at the Bussey Building in Peckham. (For more on this production, read Chiara D’Anna’s essay on madness and theatre).

Comedian Adam Riches’s anarchic and award-winning show Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches is at Soho Theatre; Tim Clare will be performing his deliciously sardonic comedy lecture, How to be a Leader at BAC; Dear Lido, a nostalgic dance theatre piece about outdoor swimming pools will be at a pop-up space in Tooting; and Literary Death Match will be at Concrete on the 16th with a judging panel featuring novelist Joanna Harris.