April is usually a bouyant month for the West End. Here’s a round-up of what’s opening in London theatre-land (dates are for opening First Nights).

  • 6 April: POLAR BEARS at the Donmar Warehouse. Mark Haddon’s new play starring Jodhi May.
  • 7 April: WET WEATHER COVER at the Arts Theatre, starring Michael Brandon and Steve Furst.
  • 7 April: JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN at the Trafalgar Studios. Stephen Adly Guirgis’s high octane prison drama.
  • 8 April: EDUCATING RITA at the Menier Theatre starring Laura Dos Santos and Larry Lamb, directed by Jeremy Sams.
  • 8 April: SHIRLEY VALENTINE at the Menier Theatre. Meera Syal stars in this revival of Willy Russell’s comedy.
  • 8 April: THE EMPIRE at the Royal Court. Directed by Mike Bradwell. Cast includes Rufus Wright.
  • 14 April: HAIR at the Gielgud Theatre. Gavin Creel and the entire award-winning Broadcast cast are over in London.
  • 14 April: GRUMPY OLD WOMEN 2 – CHIN UP BRITAIN. With Jenny Eclair, Susie Blake and Wendi Peters
  • 15 April: POSH at the Royal Court. Directed by Lyndsey Turner
  • 16 April: DANCING ON ICE THE TOUR at the O2 Arena.
  • 21 April: THE REAL THING at the Old Vic. Tom Stoppard classic with Toby Stephens.
  • 27 April: WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN at the National Theatre. Harriet Walter in Thomas Middleton’s play.
  • 29 April: DEBBIE REYNOLDS ALIVE AND FABULOUS at the Apollo Theatre. An evening with the legendary Hollywood star.