Spitlip’s dizzyingly inventive musical based on a fascinating true story from the Second World War was one of the hits of last year, netting glowing reviews and The Stage Debut Award. It runs from January 4-10 and is deservedly sold out but fortunately it returns for a longer run in May.
Mischief Theatre is on a roll at the moment, with its Goes Wrong Show on the BBC. Following Groan Ups, its West End residency continues with a new Goes Wrong project made in collaboration with magic legends Penn and Teller. It opens on January 8.
The New Diorama kicks off the year with an irreverent new adaptation of Sophocles’ play by Barrel Organ collaborator Lulu Raczka, whose previous plays include Some People Talk About Violence and A Girl in School Uniform (Walks Into a Bar). It opens on January 9.
Scottish Ballet marked its 50th anniversary with Christopher Hampson’s evocatively staged and sumptuously designed production of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. It’s at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal from January 8-18.
Described by The Stage as “bombastic and stylish”, Eleanor Rhode’s production of Shakespeare’s infrequently performed play is in rep in Stratford-upon-Avon until March. In the title role, Rose Sheehy has been marked out by the Guardian as a talent to watch in 2020.