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

OPENING MONDAY

The Sluts of Sutton Drive
25 JUNE 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 24 JUNE)

US playwright Joshua Conkel makes his UK debut with the world premiere of this darkly comic drama, which continues until 9 July.

OPENING TUESDAY

A Walk On Part
26 JUNE 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 19 JUNE)

The stage adaptation of MP Chris Mullin's bestselling diaries transfers to the Arts Theatre for a limited run to 14 July.

Chicken
(PREVIEWS FROM 25 JUNE)

Mike Bastick's Bronx-set comedy receives its UK premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2, starring Craig Kelly and Lisa Maxwell and running until 21 July.

OPENING WEDNESDAY

The Dark Side of Love
27 JUNE 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 26 JUNE)

Brazilian director Renato Rocha stages his exploration of Shakespeare’s most painful and poignant moments deep in the Dorfman Hub space beneath the Roundhouse, where it runs until 8 July.

OPENING THURSDAY

Birthday
28 JUNE 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 22 JUNE)

Joe Penhall's new play, charting the bumpy ride of a couple expecting a baby, premieres in the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs starring Stephen Mangan and Lisa Dillon. Until 4 August.

OPENING FRIDAY

The Only True History of Lizzie Finn
29 JUNE 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 27 JUNE)

Blanche McIntyre directs the UK premiere of Irish playwright Sebastian Barry's drama about a celebrated Victorian dancer who has a passionate affair with a soldier. Until 21 July.