Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are Our Boys starring Matthew Lewis, Laurence Fox and Arthur Darvill, Berenice starring Anne-Marie Duff, Scenes from an Execution starring Fiona Shaw, and more:

Opening Monday

Ding Dong the Wicked
1 October 2012


A short 30 minute play by Caryl Churchill, played around the evening performances of her main stage play, Love and Information, Ding Dong the Wicked runs at the Royal Court Theatre until 13 October.


Charley's Aunt
1 October 2012
(Previews from 20 September)

Brandon Thomas' classic comedy about two friends awaiting the arrival of one's aunt, her delays, and the hilarity that ensues stars Jane Asher and Mathew Horne and runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 10 November.


Julius Caesar
1 October 2012

A new production from ENO of Handel's opera about one of the most famous Roman emperors. Conducted by Baroque expert Christian Curnyn, Julius Caesar runs at the London Coliseum until 2 November.


Opening Tuesday

Berenice
2 October 2012
(Previews from 27 September)

Racine's tragedy of unfulfilled passion, in a new version by author Alan Hollinghurst stars Anne-Marie Duff, and runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 24 November.


Paul Merton - Out of my Head
2 October 2012
(Previews from 1 October)

Comedian Paul Merton is returning to stand-up after a 13-year absence. Billed as a "night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls (two of them aren’t girls)", it runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until 20 October.

Opening Wednesday

Our Boys
3 October 2012
(Previews from 26 September)

Jonathan Lewis's award-winning play about the tedium, terror and tribulations suffered by five young soldiers recovering from injuries incurred in the line of duty stars Laurence Fox, Matthew Lewis and Arthur Darvill, among others, and runs at the Duchess Theatre until 15 December. Why not come on our Outing?

Opening Thursday

Scenes from an Execution}
4 October 2012
(Previews from 27 September)

Howard Barker's play about the shadowy territory between personal ambition and moral responsibility was first written for radio before being adapted for the stage in the eighties. Starring Fiona Shaw, it runs at the NT Lyttelton until 9 December.


Fireface
4 October 2012
(Previews from 28 September)

Directed by the 2012 James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director award-winner Sam Pritchard, Marius von Mayenburg's Fireface runs at the Young Vic until 20 October.


Opening Friday

The President and the Pakistani
5 October 2012
(Previews from 3 October)

Tom Attenborough directs the world premiere of Rashid Razaq's new play about the young Barack Obama, tieing in with the US presidential election 2012. It runs at Waterloo East Theatre until 4 November.