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

OPENING MONDAY, 27 June 2011 (previews from 21 June), Lou Ramsden’s Hundreds and Thousands inaugurates the new Soho Theatre Upstairs studio. A woman plagued by her inevitable mortality pins all her hopes on finding true love. It continues until 16 July.


OPENING TUESDAY, 28 June 2011 (previews from 23 June), Phil Daniels stars in John Gay’s 1728 raucous comic ballad The Beggar’s Opera, directed by Lucy Bailey at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. The production plays until 23 July.

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ALSO ON TUESDAY (previews from 18 June), The Railway Children returns to the Waterloo Station where it played an extended run last year, picking up an Olivier and Whatsonstage.com Award. Following Roberta, Peter and Phyllis after their father mysteriously disappears, the show features a fully working steam train and one of the carriages from the famous film. It plays until 4 September. Come on our hosted Whatsonstage.com Outing on 29 June 2011 and get your top-price ticket, a FREE programme and EXCLUSIVE post show meet & greet for an INCREDIBLE £34.50!! Click here to book now! ALSO ON TUESDAY, Duckie’s dreamy sleepover Lullaby opens at the Barbican Pit. “A moonlit soporific serenade followed by seven hours of slow-wave sleep rounded-off by breakfast to send you on your way”. Plays until 24 July.

OPENING WEDNESDAY, 29 June 2011 (previews from 18 June), Kevin Spacey takes on the title role in Sam Mendes’ staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III. The production, which runs until 11 September at the Old Vic, is the final offering of the three-year, transatlantic Bridge Project. The cast, which will also tour the production to BAM in New York as well as dates in Greece, Hong Kong, Spain and Singapore, includes Maureen Anderman, Haydn Gwynne, Chuk Iwuji, Gemma Jones and Chandler Williams.


OPENING THURSDAY, 30 June 2011 (previews from 28 June), Danger: Memory! at the Jermyn Street Theatre brings one of Arthur Miller's lesser known works to London for the first time since its 1988 Hampstead Theatre debut. Presented as part of the Jermyn Street Theatre’s season of revivals, it plays until 23 July.


OPENING FRIDAY, 1 July 2011 (previews from June), Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is revived at the Arcola. Directed by Alex Crampton, Space Productions put their audience at the heart of the action with Ibsen’s powerful tale of deception and betrayal playing around them. The production continues until 30 July.

ALSO ON FRIDAY (previews from 24 June), The Village Bike at the Royal Court Upstairs until 30 July. The Royal Court debut for young writer Penelope Skinner, the play stars Romola Garai, Nicholas Burns and Alexandra Gilbreath in a corporeal, provocative dark comedy about fantasy and romance.

- Matt Hannigan