Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are the Old Vic’s production of Hedda Gabler starring Sheridan Smith, Michael Attenborough’s production of King Lear starring Jonathan Pryce at the Almeida Theatre, David Hare's The Judas Kiss at Hampstead Theatre starring Rupert Everett, and more:

Opening Monday

Bravo Figaro!
10 September 2012

Fresh from winning a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, Mark Thomas’ show about the difficult relationship between him and his dad runs at the Tricycle Theatre until 22 September before touring the UK.


Choir Boy
10 September 2012
(Previews from 04 September)

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new play set in an all boys, all black, American prep school scores a gospel refrain of the politics of minority and masculinity. Directed by Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cooke, it runs until 6 October.

Opening Tuesday

King Lear
11 September 2012
(Previews from 31 August)

Running as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, Michael Attenborough’s production stars Jonathan Pryce as the eponymous King. The play runs at the Almeida Theatre until 3 November.

Opening Wednesday

Hedda Gabler
12 September 2012
(Previews from 5 September)

Ibsen’s classic, directed by Anna Mackmin stars Sheridan Smith in the title role, using a new version of the text by Brian Friel. The production runs at the Old Vic until 10 November.


Taboo
12 September 2012
(Previews from 6 September)

Boy George's musical, centring on an aspiring photographer during the 1980's who encounters many of the era's most notorious personalities, runs at Brixton Club House until 10 November. Read our interview with cast member Sam Buttery here


The Judas Kiss
12 September 2012
(Previews from 6 September)

A portrayal of the fall from grace of Oscar Wilde, David Hare's new play The Judas Kiss stars Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox and runs at Hampstead Theatre until 13 October.


Baggage
12 September 2012
(Previews from 6 September)

A new play exploring the world of internet dating which stars Suzanne Shaw and Richard Mylan. It runs at the Arts Theatre until 6 October.

Opening Thursday

Three Sisters
13 September 2012
(Previews from 8 September)

Chekhov’s classic, centring on four siblings left stranded in a provincial backwater following the death of their father, runs at the Young Vic until 13 October.


The Magic Flute
13 September 2012

One of Mozart’s best-loved operas, The Magic Flute runs at the London Coliseum until 18 October.

Opening Friday

Love and Information
14 September 2012
(Previews from 6 September)

Starring Linda Bassett, Caryl Churchill’s new play is billed as a ‘fast moving kaleidoscope’ and plays at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs until 13 October.


The Busy Body
14 September 2012
(Previews from 12 September)

The first professional revival of Susanna Centlivre's eighteenth century comedy directed by Jessica Swale runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 6 October.


San Francisco Ballet
14 September 2012

America’s oldest professional ballet company bring three mixed bills to Sadler’s Wells for two week only, until 23 September.