Among this week's major London theatre
openings, in the West End and further afield, are 55 Days at the Hampstead Theatre starring Mark Gatiss, Jez Butterworth's new play The River at the Royal Court, a double bill of work from Birmingham Royal Ballet, and more:
Birmingham Royal Ballet brings three modern ballets to Sadler's Wells. Lyric Pieces is American choreographer Jessica Lang’s first ballet for a major European company. Take Five is a tribute to jazz icon Dave Brubeck, and completing the bill is Grösse Fuge, one of Hans van Manen's most famous works. It runs at Sadler's Wells until 27 October.
55 Days 24 October 2012 (Previews from 18 October)
Howard Brenton's play about the events leading up to Charles I's execution stars Mark Gatiss as the king and Douglas Henshall as Oliver Cromwell. Directed by Howard Davies, it runs at the Hampstead Theatre until 24 November.