Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale, Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!, In the Republic of Happiness at the Royal Court, and more:

Opening Monday

Privates on Parade
10 December 2012
(Previews from 1 December)

Simon Russell Beale stars in Privates on Parade, the first show in the Michael Grandage Company's first West End season. It runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until 2 March 2013. And how about our Outing?

Opening Tuesday

Viva Forever!
11 December 2012
(Previews from 27 November)

The new musical from Jennifer Saunders featuring the music of the Spice Girls stars Sally Anne Triplett and Hannah John-Kamen. It runs at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Opening Wednesday

In the Republic of Happiness
12 December 2012
(Previews from 6 December)

A play from author Martin Crimp, in which a family Christmas is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of an uncle. Directed by Dominic Cooke, it runs at the Royal Court until 19 January.


Nutcracker
12 December 2012

The English National Ballet comes to the London Coliseum with the classic Christmas ballet. It runs until 5 January.

Aladdin - A Wish Come True
12 December 2012
(Previews from 7 December)


Lily Savage returns to the part of Widow Twankey, this time at the O2 Arena. The classic panto runs until 5 January.

Midnight's Pumpkin
12 December 2012
(Previews from 8 December)


Kneehigh bring their footloose and fancy free take on classic fairy tale Cinderella. It runs at the BAC until 13 January.

Opening Thursday

Hansel and Gretel
13 December 2012
(Previews from 7 December)

Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre to stage the classic fairytale. Teaming up again with Lucy Kirkwood and Vicki Mortimer, Mitchell's production runs at the NT Cottesloe until 26 January.


Snow White
13 December 2012
(Previews from 7 December)


The classic pantomime comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre, starring Priscilla Presley, Warwick Davies and Jarred Christmas. It runs until 13 January.