Rhys Ifans as Scrooge, La Soirée and The Jungle Book in our week's top openings
A herd of goats begin their spell at the Royal Court, while The Jungle Book begins a UK tour
Theatre Royal Bath, until 23 December
Greg Hicks reunites with director and former RSC boss Michael Boyd in the UK premiere of Will Eno's The Open House, an intimate look at a fractious family celebration. Hicks stars alongside Teresa Banham in the production, with the pair playing two parents seemingly at war with one another and unwilling to confess what has happened to their pet dog. The show will transfer to London early next year for a run at the the Print Room in Notting Hill.
Royal and Derngate, until 31 December, then UK tour
Director Max Webster, who wowed audiences of all ages with his production of The Lorax last month, hits the road with Jessica Swale's new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, with music by Joe Stilgoe. From the pictures we've seen of rehearsals, the show looks like it's going to be an epic retelling of the classic tale, and will move to Chichester in January, going on to tour the UK during the new year.
Royal Court, until 30 December
They say never work with children or animals, so the Royal Court did the exact opposite and put a herd of kids onstage in the UK premiere of Syrian writer Liwaa Yazji's play Goats. Directed by Royal Court regular Hamish Pirie, the show tackles the fallout of conflict in Syrian towns, where grieving families are fed propaganda and compensated with livestock.
2. La Soirée
Aldwych Theatre, until 3 February
La Soirée has been a firm festive fixture for the past few years, running on the South Bank, in Leicester Square and now, for the first time, has moved into a West End venue. Debuting new acts and transforming the Aldwych into an in-the-round configuration, this is the sort of seasonal shindig to chase away the winter blues.
The Old Vic, until 20 January
Rhys Ifans returns to The Old Vic after playing the Fool in last year's production of King Lear. This time he trades japes for gloomy scowls as he assumes the mantle of Ebenezer Scrooge, Dickens' famous Christmas killjoy. The Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne adapts the tale, which has direction by Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus. Expect both humming and bugging.