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Opening: The World of Extreme Happiness, NYT's West End season and Lesley Manville in Ghosts

Opening this week, in the West End and further afield, include ''The World of Extreme Happiness'', National Youth Theatre's ''Romeo and Juliet/Prince of Denmark'' and ''Tory Boyz'', ''Ghosts'' starring Lesley Manville, and more

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Lesley Manville in rehearsal for Ghosts
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Opening Monday

The World of Extreme Happiness

30 September 2013

(Previews from 25 September)

This new play, directed by Michael Longhurst, journeys through the transformation in contemporary China and runs at National Theatre Shed until 26 October.

Opening Tuesday


1 October 2013

(Previews from 26 September)

Based on the critically-acclaimed short play from Women, Power & Politics, Handbagged runs at the Tricycle Theatre until 9 November and looks at the relationship between Margaret Thatcher and the Queen.

Opening Wednesday

Romeo and Juliet/Prince of Denmark

2 October 2013

The National Youth Theatre performs a double bill of Lolita Chakrabarti's adaptation of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy, and Prince of Denmark, which follows Hamlet, Ophelia and Laertes as they rage against their parents' expectations, at the Ambassadors Theatre until 27 November.

Tory Boyz

2 October 2013

(Previews from 24 September)

Another in NYT's West End season, James Graham's political comedy leads audiences down the corridors at Westminster where saving face and avoiding scandal is order of the day. It runs at the Ambassadors Theatre until 27 November.

Opening Thursday


3 October 2013

(Previews from 26 September)

Adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, Lesley Manville leads the cast in Ibsen's haunting story of escaping ghosts of one's past, running at the Almeida Theatre until 23 November.

Opening Friday

Hidden in the Sand

4 October 2013

(Previews from 1 October)

Running at the Trafalgar Studios until 26 October, this love story is set against a backdrop of war and the partition of countries.

The Boys from Syracuse

4 October 2013

(Previews from 2 October)

Based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors this musical is set against a backdrop of Ancient Greece and runs at the Union Theatre until 26 October.


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