As festival activities continue in Edinburgh in August, they slow down markedly in London. Nevertheless, the major openings in the capital this week include:

OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 21 August 2006 (previews from 10 August), Frost/Nixon receives its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, where it runs until 7 October 2006. TV screenwriter Peter Morgan’s debut stage play is inspired by the bruising 1977 interview in which British TV presenter David Frost tried to get the disgraced former US president Richard Nixon to apologise for his crimes.

Michael Sheen (last seen at this address in 2003’s Caligula, which won him the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Actor) and Frank Langella (pictured with Sheen) play the title roles in the premiere production, directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage. The cast also features Elliot Cowan and Corey Johnson.


OPENING TUESDAY, 22 August 2006 (preview 21 August), children’s show Professor Bumm's Story Machine comes to the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 2 for a limited season to 2 September 2006, following its run earlier this month at the Edinburgh Fringe. Professor Bumm and Doctor Whee present their “brilliantly bonkers” improvised comedy for the whole family. Following London, the Black Sheep production continues on a regional tour.


OPENING THURSDAY, 24 August 2006 (previews from 17 August), another children’s show, Cyclops!, in a new version by director Phil Willmott based on Euripides’ adventure, joins the Steam Industry open-air summer season at the Scoop amphitheatre near City Hall (See News, 3 Aug 2006). With a mixture of actors, puppets and live original music, it recounts the adventures of the brave warrior Odysseus and his crew, as they encounter the giant one-eyed monster on their long journey home from the Trojan War. Cyclops! runs in rep with Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, with performances taking place Wednesdays to Sundays until 17 September 2006.

- by Terri Paddock