Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:

OPENING TONIGHT, 13 March 2006 (previews from 10 March), Ted Craig directs Being Olivia, a new play by George Parsons about the conflict between being true to oneself and fulfilling the needs of those around us, at Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre for a run to 2 April.

OPENING TUESDAY, 12 March 2006 (preview from 13 March), Divorced, Beheaded, Died – a new play by Graham Billing and Frederica Dunstan about three of Henry VIII’s famous Queens, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour - is at the Jermyn Street Theatre for a limited run to 1 April.

** DON’T MISS the chance to get two tickets for the price of one for Divorced, Beheaded, Died – offer ends 22 March 2006 - click here for more details! **

OPENING WEDNESDAY, 15 March 2006 (previews from 3 March), three short new plays first seen as part of the NT Shell Connections 2005 programme - Deborah Gearing’s Burn, Enda Walsh’s Chatroom and Mark Ravenill’s Citizenship - return now in full professional productions at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre (See News, 20 Dec 2005). The plays continue in rep until 3 June.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, Luc Bondy directs a fully-staged production of Handel’s Hercules for three performances only at the Barbican Theatre tonight and on 17 and 18 March 2006.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (preview 14 March), the Royal Shakespeare Company brings six of the plays from last autumn’s New Work Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon to London’s Soho Theatre (See News, 13 Dec 2005). The schedule, which continues until 22 April, opens with Debbie Tucker Green’s Trade, which revolves around female sex tourism and is directed by Sacha Wares.

** DON’T MISS the chance to see Trade for just £8 – offer ends 25 March 2006 - click here for more details! **

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (preview 14 March), Wilton’s Music Hall hosts the touring production of the English translation of Jose Sanchis Sinisterra’s The Leningrad Siege, about two women who live in an abandoned theatre. Its London season concludes on 25 March 2006.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, (previews from 6 March), Adam Cooper, Award winner Sally Ann Triplett and her Acorn Antiques co-star Neil Morrisey open in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre. (See News, 7 Feb 2006). The trio head the third cast of Michael Grandage’s award-winning musical, which originally opened on 1 June 2005 (previews from 19 May) and is now booking up to 2 September 2006.

OPENING THURSDAY, 16 March 2006 (previews from 9 March), the Almeida Theatre stages a rare revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1960 play Period of Adjustment, with a cast that comprises Benedict Cumberbatch and Lisa Dillon (reunited from last year’s Almeida production of Hedda Gabler), Jared Harris (actor son of the late Richard) and Sandy McDade (See News, 27 Jan 2006). Howard Davies directs.

** DON’T MISS the Outing to Period of Adjustment – on 28 March 2006 - click here for more details! **

OPENING SUNDAY, 19 March 2006, Notes From New York, a showcase of songs by upcoming British composers Grant Olding and Charles Miller, features Anna-Jane Casey, Dougal Irvine, Paul Spicer and Julie Atherton in a one-off concert at the West End’s Duchess Theatre (See News, 8 Mar 2006).

- by Caroline Ansdell