Best performances this week in London
1 Vamos Cuba!
If the Latin rhythms of Strictly Come Dancing have your toes tapping for a sultry salsa and rumba, or an energetic cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, prepare for the return of Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra's sizzling spectacle. Set against the backdrop of Havana airport, Vamos Cuba! combines modern and traditional dance styles to live musical accompaniment from a band led by Rodney Barreto.
When: From Oct 24, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Sun 2pm, no perf Nov 1, ends Nov 11
Where: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London. WC2A 2HT
More Details: www.sadlerswells.com/vamos-cuba
2 The Gruffalo: Tall Stories (Over 3s)
Olivia Jacobs directs a musical adaptation of the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler about an intrepid mouse, who takes a stroll through a deep dark wood and encounters a wheeler-dealing fox, an eccentric old owl and a party-loving snake. Aaron Millard growls in the title role opposite Lauren Scott-Berry as Mouse.
When: Oct 24, 2pm, Oct 25-29, 11am & 2pm
Where: Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London. N12 0GA
Contact: +44 (0)20 8369 5454
More Details: www.gruffalolive.com
3 Glengarry Glen Ross
There will be blood as Christian Slater, Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall, Stanley Townsend and Don Warrington star in the West End revival of David Mamet's lacerating satire about four cut-throat Chicago salesmen, who are pitted against each other in a high-stakes competition to sell the most real estate. Directed by Sam Yates.
When: From Oct 26, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no mats Oct 26, Nov 9, extra mat perf Nov 8, no perf Dec 25 (press night Nov 9, 7pm), ends Feb 3
Where: Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London. WC2N 5DE
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7627
More Details: www.glengarrywestend.com
4 Romantics Anonymous
Emma Rice directs a scrumptious and swooning musical based on the French-Belgian film Les Emotifs Anonymes, about a passionate chocolatier and a chocolate factory owner, who realise that life's confection is sweeter in each other's company. Starring Marc Antolin, Carly Bawden and Joanna Riding, with music by Michael Kooman, lyrics by Christopher Dimond and a book by Rice.
When: Oct 20 & 21, 23-28, 30 & 31, Nov 1-4, 6-11, 20, 24 & 25, 27, Dec 1, 4 & 5, 8, 11, 14, Jan 2-6, 7.30pm, mats Oct 26, 28, Nov 1, 4, 9, 11, 25, 28, Dec 1 & 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 22 & 23, 27-30, Jan 4, 6, 2pm (relaxed mat perf Dec 2, captioned perf Dec 5, audio described mat perf Dec 9), ends Jan 6
Where: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London. SE1 9DT
Contact: +44 (0)20 7401 9919
More Details: www.shakespearesglobe.com
5 Stick Man: Scamp Theatre (Over 3s)
Scamp Theatre's delightful stage version of the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is the perfect tonic to cure the January blues. Stick Man lives with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. When a playful dog mistakes him for an ordinary stick, the eponymous hero embarks on an epic adventure.
When: Oct 21-29, Nov 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 10.30am, 2pm, Nov 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29 & 30, Dec 1, Jan 3-5, 11am, Nov 18 & 19, 25 & 26, Dec 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16-18, 20-23, 27-30, Jan 6 & 7, 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2pm, Dec 6-8, 13-15, 11am, 1.30pm, Dec 24, 10.30am & 12.15pm, ends Jan 7
Where: Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London. WC2H 7BX
Contact: +44 (0)20 7734 2222
More Details: www.scamptheatre.com
6 The Exorcist
Adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier from William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel, the demonic possession of a young girl called Regan and her battle with Father Damien haunts the West End stage for the first time. Directed by Sean Mathias. The production contains material which may shock and offend, and is recommended for over 18s.
When: From Oct 19, Mon-Thu, Sat 8pm, Fri 6pm & 9pm, mats Sat 4pm, except Dec 25, 7.45pm, no perfs Dec 26, Jan 1, extra mat perfs Dec 28, Jan 2, ends Mar 17
Where: Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, London. WC2H 0JP
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7627
More Details: www.facebook.com/TheExorcistLIVE/
7 Young Frankenstein
Susan Stroman directs Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film about a New York brain surgeon, who inherits a Transylvanian castle from his deranged grandfather and falls in love with a sexy laboratory assistant. This reanimated staging of a 2007 Broadway production stars Hadley Fraser, Lesley Joseph, Ross Noble, Dianne Pilkington and Summer Strallen.
When: From Sep 28, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm, no perfs Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, extra mat perf Dec 28, Jan 4, extra perfs Dec 31, 3pm & 7.30pm (press night Oct 10, 7pm), booking to Sep 29 2018
Where: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London. WC2H 0HH
Contact: +44 (0)844 412 4662
More Details: www.youngfrankenstein.co.uk
8 Dr Seuss's The Lorax
A tree-chopping businessman known as The Once-ler meets his match in a gruff, moustachioed critter on a mission to protect the earth in Dr Seuss's colourful tale about the insidious threat of corporate greed to the natural world. Adapted for the stage by David Greig and directed by Max Webster, this imaginative staging is laden with puppetry and music and lyrics by Charlie Fink.
When: Oct 15, 20 & 21, 27 & 28, 7.30pm, Oct 17-19, 24 & 25, 31, Nov 1 & 2, 7pm, mats Oct 19, Nov 1 & 2, 1.30pm, Oct 22, 25, 28 & 29, 2.30pm, Nov 4, 11am & 3pm, ends Nov 5
Where: Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London. SE1 8NB
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7628
More Details: www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/dr-seusss-lorax
9 The Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award Shows
Nominees and winners for this year's two awards - Best Comedy Show and Best Newcomers - are joined by top comedians from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for three nights of mirth and revelry. Tonight's line-up includes Sara Pascoe, whose material dissects her split from fellow comedian John Robins, plus John Kearns, Jayde Adams, Larry Dean and MC Kiri Pritchard-McLean.
When: Oct 30, 7.30pm-9.50pm
Where: Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London. WC2B 5LA
Contact: +44 (0)844 412 4659
More Details: www.comedyawards.co.uk
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