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

Opening Monday

An Incident at the Border
23 July 2012

Kieran Lyn's new play, about a couple divided by a country's redrawn border, premieres at the Finborough Theatre with a run to 7 August.

Opening Tuesday

The Doctor's Dilemma
24 July 2012
(Previews from 17 July)

George Bernard Shaw's 1906 play is revived at the National Theatre starring Aden Gillett, Malcolm Sinclair and Tom Burke. Directed by Nadia Fall, it continues in rep in the NT Lyttelton until 12 September.

Opening Wednesday

Richard III
25 July 2012
(Previews from 14 July)

Olivier Award-winner Mark Rylance returns to Shakespeare's Globe for the first time since stepping down as artistic director in 2005 to play the title role in Richard III, which continues in rep until 13 October. 


Out There
25 July 2012

Elliot Davis and Busted star James Bourne reunite to present a new "out of this world" musical. Featuring a national of 40 YMT members aged 11-21, it runs at Riverside Studios until 28 July.

Opening Friday

Olympics Opening Ceremony
27 July 2012

Danny Boyle directs the £27million opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 3-hour spectacular is thought to include evocations of the English countryside, Shakespeare readings by Kenneth Branagh and a show-closing set from Paul McCartney. Many West End theatres will be dark during the event, so be sure to check with box offices if you're planning a trip.