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Opening: Wild Bride, Naughty Bits, Poliakoff City & Mother

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

OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 12 September 2011, award-winning theatre company Kneehigh (The Red Shoes, Brief Encounter) bring their latest show, The Wild Bride, based on the classic fairy tale The Handless Maiden, to the Lyric Hammersmith, where it runs until 24 September as part of a national tour.

OPENING TUESDAY, 13 September 2011 (previews from 8 September), Steve Thompson’s Monty Python-inspired comedy No Naughty Bits premieres at Hampstead Theatre, directed by Edward Hall with Sam Alexander and Harry Hadden-Paton playing Pythons Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. It continues until 15 October.

ALSO ON TUEDAY (previews from 5 September), Anthony Burgess’ cult novel A Clockwork Orange is re-imagined for the Theatre Royal Stratford East stage on the eve of its 50th anniversary, continuing until 1 October 2011.

OPENING WEDNESDAY, 14 September 2011, Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose is the first play in a season of new writing at Hampstead Theatre’s Downstairs studios funded by the Peter Wolff Trust. It runs until 15 October, directed by Anna Mackmin.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (preview 13 September), The Lyric Theatre, Belfast’s production of Owen McCafferty’s new play The Absence of Women comes to the Tricycle Theatre for a run until 8 October.

OPENING THURSDAY, 15 September 2011 (previews from 8 September), Stephen Poliakoff’s first new play in 12 years, My City, premieres at the Almeida Theatre with a cast including Tracy Ullman. Poliakoff also directs, and it runs until 5 November.

ALSO ON THURSDAY, as the Bush prepares to move into its new home, a converted library, This Is Where We Got to When You Came In offers an interactive farewell to its old home above a pub, running until 30 September.

OPENING FRIDAY, 16 September 2011 (previews form 14 September), Broken Glass, starring Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald, reopens at the Vaudeville Theatre following its premiere at the Tricycle last year.

ALSO ON FRIDAY, The Print Room presents Harold Pinter’s one-act plays One for the Road and the ten-minute Victoria Station, in a double bill that runs until 1 October before moving to the Young Vic.

ALSO ON FRIDAY (previews from 14 September), Christopher Hampton's 1964 debut play When Did You Last See My Mother? is revived for the first time at Trafalgar Studios 2, starring Harry Melling and running to 8 October 2011.

ALSO ON FRIDAY (previews from 13 September), Constance, Oscar Wilde’s only unproduced play, written after his release from prison in 1897, is unearthed at the King’s Head Theatre with a run to 23 October.


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