Top 10 theatre openings this week: 30 November - 6 December
Sheridan Smith, John Heffernan and Natasha McElhone are among the big names featured in this week's UK theatre openings
John Heffernan: 'I never thought I would be cast in this play'
As John Heffernan prepares to open in a new interpretation of Macbeth, he talks about the production, his student days and the success of Oppenheimer
John Heffernan and Anna Maxwell Martin star in Young Vic Macbeth
Further casting has also been announced for Measure for Measure, La Musica and Creditors
Matt Trueman: Greek revivals taking theatre back to the future
By Matt Trueman
What is the purpose of the recent spate of Greek revivals?
King Charles III, Anita and Me and Paterson Joseph feature in new Birmingham Rep season
The season will also see the return of Of Mice and Men and Beryl
Royal Court and Guardian collaborate on online plays
Off the Page is themed around food, music, fashion, politics, sport and education
Royal Court celebrates 20th anniversary of Jerwood New Playwrights
The programme, which gives new writers the opportunity to produce plays in full productions on both Royal Court stages, has led to the discovery of some of theatre's most influential voices.
The Gate's Christopher Haydon: 'We want to create work that looks at massive ideas'
The artistic director of the Gate Theatre on the theatre's history, its 35th anniversary and his attitude to programming
Theatre Highlights of the Week: Medea, The Nether and Shakespeare in Love
Several major openings and closings this week