Amongst the major London openings, in the West End and further afield, this week are:

OPENING TONIGHT

The Colour of Nonsense
MONDAY 19 DECEMBER 2011

Acclaimed Bristol-based company Forkbeard Fantasy presents its last show before it closes due to funding cuts, as part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival. Until 30 December.

OPENING TUESDAY


Swallows & Amazons
20 DECEMBER 2011
(PREVIEWS FROM 15 DECEMBER)

Bristol Old Vic’s musical adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s much-loved book series transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre, where it runs to 14 January as part of a national tour.

Stones in his Pockets
(PREVIEWS FROM 15 DECEMBER)

Marie Jones’ popular Irish comedy is revived at its original home, the Tricycle Theatre, directed by the venue’s soon-to-be artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.

Christmas with the Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas

The Rat Pack return to the West End for a limited five-week festive season at Wyndham’s Theatre, the show’s eighth West End home.

Potted Panto
(PREVIEWS FROM 15 DECEMBER)

CBBC’s Dan and Jeff serve up a second season of précised pantomimes, offering ‘eight pantos for the price of one'. It runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until 8 January.