Among this week's major London theatre
openings, in the West End and further afield, are the NT's co-production with Headlong, The Effect, Constellations starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, Globe transfers Richard III and Twelfth Night, and more:
The Seagull 12 November 2012 (Previews from 8 November)
Chekhov's classic is here presented in a new version by Anya Reiss. Directed by Russell Bolam as part of Southwark Playhouse's final season beneath the arches of London Bridge station, it stars Matthew Kelly and Lily James and runs until 1 December.
The Effect 13 November 2012 (Previews from 6 November)
A new play from Lucy Prebble exploring questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine. Directed by Rupert Goold in a co-production with Headlong, with cast including Billie Piper, it runs until 23 February 2013.
Iara Solano Arana of Sleepwalk Collective samples and replays the
iconography of B-movies and early cinema in an
attempt to re-work cinematic and cultural clichés into something
heartfelt and profound. It runs at the Barbican Centre until 17 November.
Established in 2011 to encourage debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives, Theatre Uncut features international playwrights responding to the current political situation. It runs at the Young Vic until 17 November.
Written by Nick Dear, The Dark Earth and the Light Sky delves into the life of poet Edward Thomas in an era of change and destruction. Directed by Richard Eyre, it runs at the Almeida theatre until 12 January 2013.
Written by Nick Payne, Constellations is about free will and friendship. Starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, the play is a Royal Court transfer and plays at the Duke of York's Theatre until 5 January 2013.
Richard III 17 November 2012 (Previews from 2 November)
Transferring from Shakespeare's Globe and starring Mark Rylance as the eponymous King, Richard III runs at the Apollo Theatre until 3 February 2013.