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Opening: Prime Minister, Birdsong, Fever, Faust

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Amongst the major London openings, in the West End and further afield, this week are:

OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 27 September 2010 (previews from 17 September), the stage version of hit British sitcom Yes, Prime Minister transfers to the Gielgud Theatre after its premiere at Chichester Festival earlier this year, starring David Haig and Henry Goodman.

OPENING TUESDAY, 28 September 2010 (previews from 18 September), Ben Barnes stars in the world premiere stage version of Sebastian Faulks’ best-selling novel Birdsong, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and directed by Trevor Nunn, at the West End's Comedy Theatre. 

ALSO ON TUESDAY (previews from 23 September), Stephen Unwin directs Celia Imrie as Judith Bliss in Noël Coward’s classic 1924 comedy Hay Fever at the Rose Theatre, Kingston for a run to 23 October.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, Northern Broadsides’ production of Harold Brighouse’s The Game, the first major revival of the football comedy in nearly a century, arrives at Watford Palace as part of a national tour.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, poet Inua Ellams performs his one-man play Untitled, a "magical realist" story of identical twin boys separated at infancy, at Soho Theatre during the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence. Until 9 October.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, Peter Gill’s first play, The Sleepers Den, centring on the plight of a family living in squalid surroundings and totally incapable of fending for themselves, is revived at the Riverside Studios (of which Gill was founding artistic director). Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, it runs until 16 October and will be followed by a revival of Gill's second play Over Gardens Out.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, the UK tour of Enron, Lucy Prebble’s multi-award winning play chronicling one of the most infamous financial scandals in recent history, arrives at Richmond Theatre for a week-long run.

OPENING WEDNESDAY, 29 September 2010 (previews from 27 September), On Ageing, Fevered Sleep’s new devised piece performed by children for adults, premieres at the Young Vic’s Maria studio.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, Burn My Heart, based on the award-winning novel by Beverly Naidoo, opens at the New Diorama Theatre for a week-long run prior to a national tour.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (previews from 27 September), Caroline O’Connor, The Showgirl Within opens at the Garrick Theatre for a very limited run until 3 October.

OPENING THURSDAY, 30 September 2010 (previews from 29 September), Pam Ann - Flying High opens at the Vaudeville Theatre, marking the first West End season for Pam Ann, the comic creation of Australian comedian Caroline Reid, running until 10 October.

OPENING FRIDAY, 1 October 2010 (previews from 25 September), Gísli Örn Garðarsson’s  circus-inspired production of Goethe’s Faust, featuring an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, opens at the Young Vic, continuing until 30 October.

ALSO ON FRIDAY (previews from 29 September), a revival of classic 50s Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing opens at the Union Theatre, directed by Paul Foster and starring Anna Jane-Casey. Until 23 October.


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