Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are Our Country's Good at the St James Theatre, Midnight Tango, Great Expectations, the NT's Captain of Kopenick, and more:
The revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country’s Good, starring Dominic Thorburn and Laura Dos Santos, is set in Australia in 1789, where Lieutenant Clark attempts to direct Australia’s first ever play, featuring a cast of convicts. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark, the play will run at the St James Theatre until 23 March.
Electronic multimedia dance theatre extravaganza; SIRO-A is a six strong performance group from Sendai, Japan, who fuse modern technology with mime and movement all set to a pulsating electro beat, mixed live every night. Runs at the Leicester Square Theatre until 22 April.
Doll mender Ifans is peacefully at work until suddenly his entire life is ripped apart by the unannounced intrusion of two strangers. As they torment him with their own secret agenda and mind games, Ifans loses his grip on reality. Performed in Welsh, with English surtitles, the play runs at the Finborough Theatre until 19 February.
Carl Zuckmayer’s The Captain of Kopenick tells the story of Wilhelm Voight, a man released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, wandering 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazardous pursuit of identity papers. Starring Antony Sher, it runs at the NT Olivier until 4 April.
Strictly stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace make a return to the West End along with ten of the finest tango dancers in the world, plus a special appearance from Russell Grant. It runs at the Phoenix Theatre until 2 March.
Casino and Queenie used to be hedge fund managers before the financial crisis of 2008. Now they’ve turned to performance art to share stories of how to make and lose billions from economic downturn. Playing with £10,000, you are invited to bet long, short and hedge, as game show hosts challenge you to play a series of high stake games. Runs until 2 March.
Shehrazard lives in an Arabian kingdom, where she offers herself as the Sultan’s next bride, knowing that each bride must meet her fate the morning after the wedding. Persuading the Sultan to grant her a story for her younger sister, Sherazard’s tale transports her enchanted listeners to other worlds, but how many tales will it take for the Sultan to lift his deadly curse? Runs at the Unicorn Theatre until 17 March.
Alex Helfrecht and Sam Snape’s adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises will fuse live jazz performance and dynamic choreography into a play that stars Gideon Turner as Jake, an American writer living a bohemian lifestyle in 1920s Paris who travels to Pamplona to witness the infamous bullfighting. Fiesta runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 until 2 March.
Former stage star Gay Daventry opens a drama school and finds that what is needed to get her back on top is, in the title of the show's hit song, “Vitality!” Other numbers include “If Only He'd Looked My Way”, “Bees Are Buzzin’” and “On Such a Night as This”. Runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 2 March.