Among the major shows opening in London this week are:

OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 26 September 2005 (previews from 21 September), at Southwark’s Menier Chocolate Factory is Ryan Craig’s What We Did to Weinstein, directed by Tim Supple. Harry Towb and Josh Cohen star in the new drama which personalises the Arab-Israeli conflict and explores the consequences and its effect on ordinary lives (See News, 24 Aug 2005). It continues until 12 November 2005.

OPENING TUESDAY, 27 September 2005 (previews from 20 September), Joseph Fiennes plays the title role in a revival of John Osborne and Anthony Creighton’s Epitaph for George Dillon at the West End’s Comedy Theatre (See News, 1 Sep 2005). Also appearing in the domestic and political drama is Francesca Annis, partner of Joseph’s brother Ralph, and Anne Reid. In a lower middle class household in south London, the Elliots lead an unhappy suburban life. But this is disrupted when Kate (Reid) brings home a surrogate for her son killed in the war. This aspiring actor/penniless writer is the charismatic bohemian George Dillon. Peter Gill’s production is initially booking until 14 January 2006.

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OPENING WEDNESDAY, 28 September 2005, Nigerian author Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel is brought to the Barbican’s Pit Theatre as part of the Young Vic’s Young Genius season (See News, 17 Jun 2005). Soyinka, who became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, penned this satirical comedy at the age of 23. It continues at the Barbican until 8 October 2005 before continuing on a regional tour.

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OPENING THURSDAY, 29 September 2005, also at the Barbican as part of the Young Genius season, Francis Beaumont’s 1607 comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle is presented for a season to 8 October 2005, in a production starring Rafe Spall, son of actor Timothy who played the same role in the 1981 RSC production and subsequently named his son after the character.

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OPENING SUNDAY, 2 October 2005, a gala performance of Little Women - The Musical, is presented at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane for one night only, with a cast led by Dave Willetts and Dillie Keane and narration by Sandi Toksvig.

- by Caroline Ansdell