Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are the Donmar Warehouse's all-female production of Julius Caesar starring Frances Barber and Harriet Walter, The Bodyguard starring Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen, Simon Callow's A Christmas Carol, and more:
Phyllida Lloyd directs Shakespeare's raw and eternal study of power in an all-female production. Starring Frances Barber, Harriet Walter & Jenny Jules, it runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 9 February 2013.
The Snowman 4 December 2012 (Previews from 28 November)
Now in its 15th year, Raymond Briggs' classic children's story is brought to life on stage by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It runs at the Peacock Theatre until 6 January 2013. American Idiot 4 December 2012
The award-winning musical featuring the songs of Green Day comes to London following a UK tour. Featuring songs such as "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "American Idiot", it runs at the Hammersmith Apollo until 16 December.
The classic film, which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, is brought to life in a new musical starring Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen. Featuring songs including "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "I Will Always Love You", it runs at the Adelphi Theatre. Don't miss our Outing.
Old Money 5 December 2012 (Previews from 29 November)
A classic of French grand opera by Meyerbeer combining romance and the supernatural, Laurent Pelly's production is inspired by medieval France. It runs at the Royal Opera House until 21 December.Mydidae 6 December 2012 (Previews from 5 December)
A story of intimacy, fragility and the darker side of love, Mydidae comes from new writing theatre company DryWrite, and runs at the Soho Theatre until 22 December.Seussical 6 December 2012 (Previews from 4 December)
The magical "thinks" of Dr Seuss are brought to the stage in this family-friendly musical. It runs at the Arts Theatre until 6 January 2013.
2013 Whatsonstage.com Awards Launch 7 December 2012
In the final production at the Southwark Playhouse's current home, this family show by playwright and children’s author Philip Ridley is an epic story of magic and migration. It runs until 5 January 2013.Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty 7 December 2012 (Previews from 4 December)
Sleeping Beauty sees Matthew Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio that started with Nutcracker! and Swan Lake. This new production is a gothic romance; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder. It runs at Sadler's Wells until 26 January 2013.Father Christmas 7 December 2012 (Previews from 30 November)
Raymond Briggs' Christmas story is brought to the stage for the first time in a festive adaptation of the children's classic. It runs at the Lyric Hammersmith until 5 January.