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Opening: Helen Mirren in The Audience, Tricycle's Paper Dolls & Hampstead's Longing

By • West End

Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are Helen Mirren in The Audience, Paper Dolls at the Tricycle, Hampstead's Longing, and more:

Opening Monday

Laburnum Grove
4 March 2013
(Previews from 3 March)

An early comedy from J.B. Priestley exploring greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Laburnum Grove runs at the Finborough Theatre until 19 March.

Opening Tuesday

The Audience
5 March 2013
(Previews from 15 February)

Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in this play imagining a series of pivotal meetings between a succession of Prime Ministers and their Queen. Also starring Haydyn Gwynne, Edward Fox and Nathaniel Parker, it runs until 15 June.


Purple Heart
5 March 2013
(Previews from 28 February)

The UK premiere of this major early work from Bruce Norris which centres on a woman trying to rebuild her life after her husband is killed in Vietnam. It runs at the Gate Theatre until 6 April.


The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
5 March 2013

The stage adaptation of Tom Baker's children's novel about an evil 13 year-old who wants to take over the world comes to London following a run at the Lowry Theatre. It runs at Jackson's Lane until 16 March.

Opening Wednesday

Paper Dolls
6 March 2013
(Previews from 28 February)

A new play telling the true story of a group of Filipino immigrants who work 6 days a week as carers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men, transforming on the seventh day into a musical drag act. It runs at the Tricycle Theatre until 13 April.

Opening Thursday

Mydidae
7 March 2013
(Previews from 5 March)

Jack Thorne's Mydidae tranfers to the Trafalgar Studios following a run at the Soho Theatre. An intimate exploration of a relationship between two people staged in a fully plumbed bathroom, it runs until 30 March.


Longing
7 March 2013
(Previews from 28 February)

William Boyd's play based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov spins a tale of 19th century Russian life. Starring Tamsin Greig, Iain Glen and John Sessions, it runs at the Hampstead Theatre until 13 April.


Lysistrata
7 March 2013
(Previews from 6 March)

A musical adaptation of Aristophanes' comedy set against the backdrop of the European crisis, Lysistrata runs at the Riverside Studios until 23 March.

Opening Friday

The Living Room
8 March 2013
(Previews from 5 March)

Graham Greene's 1953 play, a story of sex, sin and guilt, stars Christopher Timothy and Tuppence Middleton, and runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 30 March.


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