Top 5 theatre openings this week: 17 - 23 October
We round up the productions and performances you should be booking for this week
5) A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer
19 October to 29 October, Dorfman Theatre - NT
This brand new musical from the brilliant Bryony Kimmings, Brian Lobel and Tom Parkinson provides a whistlestop tour through life with a cancer diagnosis.
Kimmings directs a cast including Amy Booth-Steel, Francesca Mills and Gareth Snook.
4) The Wind in the Willows
19 to 22 October, Theatre Royal Plymouth (then tours to Salford and Southampton)
Another new musical, this time an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's tale from Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and Stiles and Drewe (Mary Poppins, Half a Sixpence).
3) The Grinning Man
20 October to 13 November, Bristol Old Vic
This is obviously the week for new musicals as Carl Grose, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler's new tragicomic musical based on Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs premieres at the Bristol Old Vic.
2) The Red Barn
From 17 October, Lyttelton Theatre - NT
Expect to hold onto your seats in David Hare's adaptation of the great detective writer Georges Simenon's psychological thriller, La Main.
17 October to 10 December, Charing Cross Theatre
Following the success of his production of Titanic, Charing Cross Theatre's new artistic director Thom Southerland presents a revival of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Tony Award-winning musical about three communities coming together as one.
Ako Mitchell's performance as Coalhouse Walker Jr is reason enough to check out this intimate, actor-muso production, but the stellar cast also includes Anita Louise Combes (Chicago, Saturday Night Fever), Earl Carpenter (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and Gary Tushaw (Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables).