Amongst the major openings in London this week are:

OPENING TUESDAY, 20 November 2007 (previews from 14 November), the Bush Theatre presents the world premiere of Mike Packer’s new punk comedy tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (See News, 6 Jul 2007). The play is Packer’s third comedy for the Bush, following A Carpet, A Pony and a Monkey and Card Boys. Thirty years after the punk music movement, can former band tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! keep the Anarchy flag flying by deciding not to sell out to the corporate giants? Tamara Harvey directs a cast featuring Rupert Procter, Julia Ford, Pearce Quigley, Ralph Brown and Josephine Butler. The production runs until 22 December 2007.


OPENING THURSDAY, 22 November 2007 (previews from 20 November), Samuel Adamson’s new one-woman play entitled Some Kind of Bliss (pictured) opens at the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 2, starring Lucy Briers (See News, 12 Sep 2007). The play tells the story of a tabloid journalist en route to interview a pop legend. It was written especially for Briers, who first performed it at a National Theatre Platform in July 2006.

Adamson’s stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s Spanish film All About My Mother is currently running at the Old Vic, starring Lesley Manville and Diana Rigg. His other credits include versions of Ibsen’s Pillars of the Community and Chekhov’s Three Sisters and his own plays Southwark Fair and Clocks and Whistles. Some Kind of Bliss is directed by Toby Frow (Beautiful Thing).

ALSO FROM THURSDAY, Theatralia performs Misterioso for three nights only at west London’s Riverside Studios. Recreating the setting of a 1950s jazz club, Misterioso tells the story of struggling jazz musicians in the McCarthy era, alternating poetic words written by superb Italian writer Stefano Benni. The piece follows the story of pianist Thelonious Monk. Musicians include Guy Barker and Jean Toussaint and production notes indicate that “your enjoyment will be strongly enhanced if you choose to wear black and white only”.

- by Tom Atkins