Amongst the major London openings, in the West End and further afield, this week are:

OPENING MONDAY

Collaborators
30 APRIL 2012

The National Theatre's acclaimed production starring Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale as Bulgakov and Stalin transfers from the Cottelsoe to the larger Olivier.

The Conquest of the South Pole
(PREVIEWS FROM 25 APRIL)

Manfred Karge’s play receives its first major London revival since 1988 at the Arcola Theatre, with original director Stephen Unwin returning to direct. Until 26 May.

OPENING WEDNESDAY

Belong
2 MAY 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 26 APRIL)

Bola Agbaje's new play premieres in the Royal Court Upstairs, directed by Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with Tiaita Fahodzi and running until 26 May.

Tenet
(PREVIEWS FROM 1 MAY)

Tenet, which imagines a meeting between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and 19th Century mathematician Evariste Galois, premieres at the Gate Theatre as part of Christopher Haydon's inaugural season as artistic director. Until 26 May.

OPENING THURSDAY

Love, Love, Love
3 MAY 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 27 APRIL)

Mike Bartlett's acclaimed 2010 play, exploring the baby boomer generation as it retires, comes to the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs starring Claire Foy and Ben Miles, running until 2 June.

Shiverman
(PREVIEWS FROM 1 MAY)

Following the success of Madagascar in 2010, Theatre503 and Primavera have reunited to present the world premiere of Shiverman by American playwright James Sheldon, which continues to 26 May.

OPENING FRIDAY

Step 9 (of 12)
4 MAY 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 1 MAY)

Rob Hayes' new play, charting the experiences of a recovering alcoholic, premieres at Trafalgar Studios 2 starring The Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison and running until 26 May.

Brimstone and Treacle
(PREVIEWS FROM 2 MAY)

Rupert Friend stars in the first major London revival of Dennis Potter’s controversial play at the Arcola Theatre, where it runs to 2 June.

ON SUNDAY

The Night of 1000 Voices
6 MAY 2012

The annual star-studded charity gala celebrates the best of British musical theatre at the Royal Albert Hall.