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

OPENING MONDAY

The Hurly Burly Show
2 JULY 2012

Miss Polly Rae and her all-singing, all-dancing Hurly Burly girls return to the West End with a summer run at the Duchess Theatre. Until 22 September.

OPENING WEDNESDAY

The Taming of the Shrew
4 JULY 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 23 JUNE)

Olivier Award-winner Samantha Spiro plays the title role in Toby Frow's revival of Shakespeare controversial comedy at Shakespeare's Globe, where it runs in rep to 13 October.

Propeller

Edward Hall's all-male Shakespeare company bring their productions of Henry V and The Winter's Tale to Hampstead Theatre, running in rep until 21 July.

OPENING THURSDAY

The 8th
5 JULY 2012

Paul Heaton and Che Walker's new musical The 8th comes to the Barbican Centre for one night only as part of a national tour.

The Scoop Festival

The Scoop Festival of free theatre returns to City Hall with a season of Greek classics - Orestes, Agamemenon and children's show The Trojan Horse. Until 5 August.

OPENING FRIDAY

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
6 JULY 2012
(PREVIEWS FROM 4 JULY)

Children's favourite The Tiger Who Came to Tea arrives at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue for another summer season. Until 2 September.