Top 5 theatre openings this week - 23 - 29 November
There's a veritable smorgasbord of theatre openings on offer this week
5. Jack and the Beanstalk - Hackney Empire
A Christmas without a Hackney panto is like an Easter without a chocolate egg and this year's offering looks to be as fabulous as ever.
The wonderful Clive Rowe will play Dame Daisy Trott alongside Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard, Anything Goes) as Jack. The production, written and directed by Susie McKenna, also stars local favourite Kat B and the voice of Olivier Award-winner Sharon D. Clarke.
It's going to be a blast, oh yes it is!....
26 November - 3 January, Hackney Empire. More information and tickets here.
4. Wendy and Peter Pan - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
If panto's not your thing but you're still looking for a show to kick off the Christmas period then look no further than Ella Hickson's acclaimed re-telling of JM Barrie's classic children's story.
The production, directed by Jonathan Munby, returns to the Stratford-upon-Avon venue starring Darrell D'Silva as Hook.
19 - 29 November, Barbican Centre. More information and tickets here.
3. Little Eyolf - Almeida Theatre
Following his award-winning production of Ghosts, Richard Eyre returns to the Almeida to direct another Ibsen classic, Little Eyolf.
26 November - 9 January 2016, Almeida Theatre. More information and tickets here.
2. Evening at the Talkhouse - Dorfman Theatre, NT
Wallace Shawn leads the cast of his new play about a reunion at a member's club, directed by Ian Rickson.
Further casting includes Sinead Matthews, Anna Calder-Marshall and Simon Shepherd.
24 November - 30 March, Dorfman Theatre, NT. More information and tickets here.
1. The Homecoming - Trafalgar Studios
Winning the award for knockout casting this week is Jamie Lloyd's 50th anniversary production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming.
Gemma Chan. Keith Allen. John Simm. Gary Kemp. Ron Cook. John Macmillan.
Need we say anymore?
23 November - 13 February, Trafalgar Studios. More information and tickets here.