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:

Opening Monday

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 Trojan Women
12 November 2012
(Previews from 8 November)
 


A new version of Euripides's classic tragedy by poet Caroline Bird comes to the Gate Theatre, starring Louise Brealey. Directed by Christopher Haydon, it runs until 15 December.

Opening Tuesday

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.


The Sleepwalk Collective
13 November 2012

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.

L'elisir d'amore
13 November 2012

Laurent Pelly directes this production of Donizetti's opera. A 1950s Italian village provides the backdrop to a tale of love's twists and turns. It runs at the Royal Opera House until 7 December.


Theatre Uncut
13 November 2012

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.

Opening Wednesday

Sweet Smell of Success
14 November 2012
(Previews from 9 November)

The UK premiere of Marvin Hamlisch's musical Sweet Smell of Success opens at the Arcola Theatre. Directed by Mehmet Ergen, it runs until 22 December.

Opening Thursday

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky
15 November 2012
(Previews from 8 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.

Opening Friday

Constellations
16 November 2012
(Previews from 9 November)

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.

Opening Saturday

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.


Twelfth Night
17 November 2012
(Previews from 2 November)

Starring Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night sees Rylance reprise the role of Olivia he played ten years ago. Another Globe transfer, it runs at the Apollo Theatre until 10 February 2013.