Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:

OPENING TOMORROW, Tuesday 1 February 2005, the first of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Spanish Golden Age Season, House of Desires (See News, 6 Dec 2004), opens at the West End's Playhouse Theatre. Shared Experience’s Nancy Meckler directs the play written by poet nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, one of the few female playwrights of the age. The romantic farce, involving a brother and sister entangled in a web of love with four others, continues in rep until 21 March 2005.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, 1 February 2005 (previews from 27 January), at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, April de Angelis’ new play Wild East receives its premiere (See News, 8 Dec 2004). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, it stars Tom Brooke, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Helen Schlesinger. De Angelis’ other plays include A Laughing Matter, Playhouse Creatures, Hush and The Positive Hour. Wild East is booking up to 12 March 2005.


OPENING WEDNESDAY, 2 February 2005 (previews from 27 January), David Mamet’s 1977 two-hander A Life in the Theatre, is revived at the West End's Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue (See News, 22 Oct 2004). Dawson's Creek heartthrob Joshua Jackson stars with Patrick Stewart in the comedy about two actors at different ends of their careers. Lindsay Posner directs the production, which is booking until 23 April 2005.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, 2 February 2005, (previews from 21 January), Dog in a Manger comes to the Playhouse Theatre, as part of the RSC's Spanish Golden Age season. Lope de Vega's 1613 social comedy about a countess who compromises her honour has been newly translated by David Johnston and is directed by RSC associate director Laurence Boswell, who has curated the season. The production, which comes via Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle and Madrid, runs in repertory until 26 March 2005.


OPENING THURSDAY, 3 February 2005 (previews from 28 January), the Whatsonstage.com Award-nominated Don Carlos transfers from the Sheffield Crucible to the West End's Gielgud Theatre (See News, 5 Nov 2004). Friedrich Schiller’s 1787 thriller has been newly adapted by Mike Poulton. The production - which is the final production directed by Michael Grandage for Sheffield theatres – retains the original star-studded cast with Derek Jacobi, Una Stubbs, Claire Price and previous Whatsonstage.com Award winner Richard Coyle. It's booking until 30 April 2005.

- by Hannah Kennedy