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Opening: Helen Mirren in The Audience, Tricycle's Paper Dolls & Hampstead's Longing

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Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are Helen Mirren in The Audience, Paper Dolls at the Tricycle, Hampstead's Longing, and more:

Opening Monday

Laburnum Grove
4 March 2013
(Previews from 3 March)

An early comedy from J.B. Priestley exploring greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Laburnum Grove runs at the Finborough Theatre until 19 March.

Opening Tuesday

The Audience
5 March 2013
(Previews from 15 February)

Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in this play imagining a series of pivotal meetings between a succession of Prime Ministers and their Queen. Also starring Haydyn Gwynne, Edward Fox and Nathaniel Parker, it runs until 15 June.

Purple Heart
5 March 2013
(Previews from 28 February)

The UK premiere of this major early work from Bruce Norris which centres on a woman trying to rebuild her life after her husband is killed in Vietnam. It runs at the Gate Theatre until 6 April.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
5 March 2013

The stage adaptation of Tom Baker's children's novel about an evil 13 year-old who wants to take over the world comes to London following a run at the Lowry Theatre. It runs at Jackson's Lane until 16 March.

Opening Wednesday

Paper Dolls
6 March 2013
(Previews from 28 February)

A new play telling the true story of a group of Filipino immigrants who work 6 days a week as carers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men, transforming on the seventh day into a musical drag act. It runs at the Tricycle Theatre until 13 April.

Opening Thursday

7 March 2013
(Previews from 5 March)

Jack Thorne's Mydidae tranfers to the Trafalgar Studios following a run at the Soho Theatre. An intimate exploration of a relationship between two people staged in a fully plumbed bathroom, it runs until 30 March.

7 March 2013
(Previews from 28 February)

William Boyd's play based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov spins a tale of 19th century Russian life. Starring Tamsin Greig, Iain Glen and John Sessions, it runs at the Hampstead Theatre until 13 April.

7 March 2013
(Previews from 6 March)

A musical adaptation of Aristophanes' comedy set against the backdrop of the European crisis, Lysistrata runs at the Riverside Studios until 23 March.

Opening Friday

The Living Room
8 March 2013
(Previews from 5 March)

Graham Greene's 1953 play, a story of sex, sin and guilt, stars Christopher Timothy and Tuppence Middleton, and runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 30 March.


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