London. THE HERESY OF LOVE by Helen Edmundson. Shakespeare’s Globe 21 New Globe Walk Bankside SE1 9DT In rep to 5 September 2015. 7.30pm 21, 27, 28 Aug, 4 Sept Mat 2pm 22 Aug, 5 Sept. Runs 2hr 35min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7401 9919. www.shakespearesglobe.com Review: Timothy Ramsden 12 August. Hardly a play for the great Globe itself, but an unfamiliar corner of history given dramatic immediacy.
London. HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh. Royal Court (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs) Sloane Square SW1W 8AS To 10 October 2015. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm. Audio-described 10 Oct 2.30m (+ Touch Tour 1pm). Captioned 7 Oct. Runs 2hr 30min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7565 5000. www.royalourttheatre.com Review: Timothy Ramsden 25 September. Comedy; menace; shades of Harold Pinter don’t detract from the unique McDonagh tone.
London. BYE BYE BIRDIE book by Michael Stewart lyrics by Lee Adams music by Charles Strouse. Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre 53 Hoe Street Walthamstow E17 4SA To 4 September 2015. Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sun 3pm. Runs 2hr 20min. One interval. TICKETS: 020 8520 8674. www.allstarproductions.ticketsource.co.uk Review: William Russell 16 August. Tired satire, great tunes as Rose rises to the occasion.
London. THE SWEETHEARTS by Sarah Page. Finborough Theatre above The Finborough Arms 118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED To 17 October 2015. Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat & Sun 3pm. Runs 1hr 30min No interval. TICKETS: 0844 847 1652. www.finbooroughtheatre.co.uk (no booking fee by ’phone or online). Review: Timothy Ramsden 26 September. Good ingredients not fully mixed as convincing drama.
London. IRISH CLASSICS Riders to the Sea by J M Synge, The Pot of Broth by W B Yeats, The Travelling Man by Lady Gregory. Pentameters Theatre 28 Heath Street NW3 6TE (entrance in Oriel Place) To 30 August 2015. Tue-Sat 8pm Sun 5pm. Runs 1hr 10min No interval. TICKETS: 020 7435 3648. www.pentameters.co.uk Review: Timothy Ramsden 16 August. Three brief gems from the Emerald Isle.
London. DINNER WITH SADDAM by Anthony Horowitz. Menier Chocolate Factory 53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU To 14 November 2015. Tue-Sat 8pm Mat Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Runs 2hr 20min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7378 1713. www.menierchocolatefactory.com Review: Timothy Ramsden 26 September. Mix of domestic farce and charged political comedy.
London. THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE book by Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan new lyrics by Dick Scanlan new music by Jeanine Tesori. Landor Theatre 70 Landor Road SW9 9PH To 13 September 2015. Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat & Sun 3pm. Runs 2hr 15min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7737 7276. www.landortheatre.co.uk Review: William Russell 26 August. Send for My Sister Eileen. Good performances can’t breathe life into a dodo.
London. PURE IMAGINATION - the songs of Leslie Bricusse. devised by Leslie Bricusse, Christopher Renshaw & Danielle Tarento. St James Theatre 12 Palace Street SW1 3JA To 17 October 2015. Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Runs 2hr 20min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 264 2140. www.stjamestheatre.co.uk Review: William Russell 29 September. More imagination needed.
London. HAMLET by William Shakespeare. Barbican Theatre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS To 31 October 2015. Mon-Sat 7.15pm Mat Sat 1.30pm. Runs: 3hr 5min One interval TICKETS: 020 7638 8891. (sold out but 30 £10 tickets available daily In person: Mon– Sat, 9.00am-8pm; Sun & Bank Hols 11.00am-8pm). www.hamlet-barbican.com Review: by Carole Woddis 26 August. Somewhat flaky Danish pastry.
London. ABSENT by dreamthinkspeak. The Ditch Shoreditch Town Hall 380 Old Street EC1V 9LT To 25 October 2015. Various times Mon-Fri from 6pm, Sat/Sun from 12pm – individual entry at 15minute intervals, as available. Probable time 30min - 1hr. TICKETS: www.shoreditchtownhall.com Review: Carole Woddis 1 September. Fabulous in every sense.
North Finchley. ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Arts Depot 5 Nether Street Tally Ho Corner N12 9GA 8 December-3 January 2016. 10am 8-10, 14-17 Dec. 11am 12, 13, 19-24, 26-31 Dec, 2, 3 Jan. 1.30pm 8, 10, 14-17 Dec. 2.30pm 12, 13, 19-24, 26-31 Dec, 2, 3 Jan. 4.30pm 9 Dec. Runs 1hr 10min No interval. TICKETS: 020 8369 5454. www.artsdepot.co.uk Review: Timothy Ramsden 29 August at Oxford Playhouse. Colourful stage adaptation.
London. PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS by Duncan Macmillan. Dorfman Theatre Upper Ground South Bank SE1 9PX In rep to 4 November 2015. 2.30pm 8, 19, 22 Sep, 8, 10, 31 Oct, 3, 4 Nov. 7.30pm 7-10, 17-19, 21-23 Sep, 1-3. 5-10, 12, 29-31 Oct, 2, 3 Nov. Audio-described 9 Oct, 10 Oct 2.30pm(+ Touch Tour). Captioned 6 Oct, 2 Nov. Runs: 2hr 30min One interval. TICKETS 020 7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/tickets Review: Carole Woddis 2 September. Addiction drama from an addictive …
London. OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Olivier Theatre Upper Ground South Bank SE1 9PX In rep to 17 October 2015. 2pm 15, 22 Sept, 1. 3, 7, 10, 13, 17 Oct. 7.30pm 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 Sept-3, 5-10, 12-17 Oct. Audio-described 2 Oct, 3 Oct 2pm (+ Touch Tour). Captioned 22 Sept 7.30pm. Runs: 2hr 50min One interval. TICKETS 020 7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/tickets Review: Carole Woddis 5 September. Historical yet pertinent play in largely successful epic …
London. DUSTY by Chris Cowey, Madpan Entertainments Ltd and Kim Weild. The Arches Villiers Street WC2N 6NL To 21 November 2015. Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed, Thu 2.30pm Sat 3pm. Runs 2hr One interval. TICKETS : 08444 930 650. www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk Review: Carole Woddis 7 Sept 2015: Very dusty.
London/Bristol. AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS by Bea Roberts. Theatre 50above The Latchmere Pub 503 Battersea Park Road To 26 September. SW11 3BW Tue-Sat 7.45pm Sun 5pm. TICKETS: 020 7978 7040. www.theatre503.com then Bristol Old Vic (Studio) King Street BS1 4ED 6-17 October 2015. Mon-Sat 8pm Mat Sat 3pm. TICKETS: 0117 987 7877. www.bristololdvic.org.uk Runs: 1hr 30min No interval. Review: Carole Woddis 8 September. Mature drama shows trouble down the farm.
London. ORESTEIA by Aeschylus new adaptation created by Robert Icke. Trafalgar Studios (Studio 1) 14 Whitehall SW1A 2DY To 7 November 2015. Mon-Sat 7pm Mat Thu & Sat 1pm. Runs 3hr 30min Two intervals. TICKETS: 0844 871 7632. www.trafalgarstudios.com/venues/trafalgar-studios Review: Timothy Ramsden 7 September. Bold, gripping and innovative.
London. PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler. Noel Coward Theatre St Martin’s Lane WC2H 9LX To 21 November 2015. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Runs: 1hr 35min No interval. TICKETS: 0844 482 5141(no booking fee). www.noelcowardtheatre.co.uk (Limited number of tickets at £10 each available 10.30am for most performances, in person from the Box Office (maximum 2 per person). Review: Carole Woddis 15 September. From theatrical Viagra to dramatic DNA.
London. F*CK THE POLAR BEARS by Tanya Ronder. Bush Theatre 7 Uxbridge Road W12 8LJ To 24 October 2015. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Audio-described 3 Oct 2.30pm. Ccaptioned 9 Oct. Runs 1hr 40min No interval. TICKETS: 020 8743 5050. www.bushtheatre.co.uk Review: Carole Woddis 16 September. Variable temperatures in bringing climate change home.
London. KINKY BOOTS book by Harvey Fierstein lyrics & music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper based on the Miramax motion picture written by Geoff Dean and Tim Firth. Adelphi Theatre 411-412 Strand WC2R 0NS To 27 May 2016. Mon- Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Runs 2hr 20min One interval. TICKETS: 020 3725 7060. www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk Review: William Russell 17 September. These boots are made for running.