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Christmas season is well and truly on its way now as Winter Wonderland opens its gates and Taste of Christmas promises foodie delights beyond turkey and all the trimmings.

Winter Wonderland

The popular Winter Wonderland takes over a corner of Hyde Park again from 23 November. This free attraction has a European feel and something for all ages, with ice skating, fairground rides, a big wheel, traditional gifts for sale and copious amounts of festive food and drink. 23 Nov-5 Jan

Taste of Christmas

If you’re looking for fine dining this festive season, head over to Taste of Christmas festival at its new home of the Tobacco Docks. Taste dishes from some of the capital’s finest restaurants and watch celebrity chefs display their skills on stage, including Michel Roux Jr, Mark Hix, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Masterchef’s Monica Galetti. 21-24 Nov

Santa’s 5D Grotto at Westfield London

Kids can meet Santa Claus in five dimensions this winter at both Westfield shopping centres. Children will be treated to the animated story of Elbow the Elf, who saves Christmas. As well as a 3D visual experience the extra dimensions of wind, lights and elf dust make this a different grotto experience altogether. Kids receive a free gift from Santa and have the opportunity to feature in the Elbow the Elf film. 21 Nov-24 Dec

London Jazz Festival

This weekend is your last chance to sample the London Jazz Festival, which closes on Sunday evening. There are a whole host of musicians and events dotted across the capital, but head down to the Southbank Centre over the weekend to be sure to catch some jazz. Closes 24 Nov

Henry V

The latest play from the star-studded Michael Grandage Company’s first season sees Jude Law take on the eponymous role as the King of England at the Noel Coward Theatre. Shakespeare’s historic epic deals with Henry V‘s struggles to maintain power and control during the bloody Hundred Years’ War with France. 23 Nov-15 Feb

From Morning to Midnight

This play at the National Theatre opens on 19 November, just in time to catch it over the weekend. Considered the German playwright Georg Kaiser’s expressionist masterpiece, From Morning to Midnight remains relevant today as it charts what happens when an ordinary man steps out of his bourgeois lifestyle for something more exotic, and dangerous. 19 Nov-15 Jan

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Thursday Theatre News: Jude Law, Niamh Cusack, Les Dennis and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s Future Plans Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:55:51 +0000 Michael Grandage is clearly hoping to leave his post as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse with a bang. For his final season, he’s secured Jude Law and Ruth Wilson to star in Eugene O’Neill’s play Anna Christie this summer. In addition, you can see Douglas Hodge in John Osborne’s Inadmissible Evidence and Eddie Redmayne as Richard II. These three new productions follow the already announced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Moonlight and Luise Miller.

Grandage will step down as Artistic Director following Richard II. He said, “I am delighted this final year celebrates so much of the repertoire we have presented over the last decade. It is wonderful to be joined by so many friends and colleagues in this last season of work – it is these collaborations and creative partnerships both on stage and with the staff at the Donmar, that have made the achievements of the past 10 years possible.”

Other cast news this week includes:

This week’s transfer news is about Fela! The Broadway musical about the life of Afrobeat star Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will transfer from the National Theatre to Sadler’s Wells this summer, for a six week run starting 20 July.

Finally, exciting news about my favourite theatre in London: Shakespeare’s Globe. The Bankside venue will be performing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012; wait for it, in different languages – how amazing does that sound?

There’ll be a King Lear in Australian Aboriginal languages, a Spanish Henry VIII, an Italian Caesar and a Tempest in Arabic. Look out for Love’s Labour’s Lost in British Sign Language, too! Rawiri Paratene – who appeared at the Globe last year and is known for the film Whale Rider – will star in a Maori production of Troilus And Cressida, with Zimbabwean actors Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu starring in a Shona version of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona.

Better still, the Globe is expanding. From 2013, there’ll be a new indoor Jacobean Theatre next to the existing “wooden o”. The new venue will seat 320 people, and is based on designs held in Worcester College, Oxford for a 17th-century indoor theatre. Construction work will start next year, in a shell that already exists in the Globe site. It’ll mean that the Globe can produce shows year-round, and that is a very good thing!

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Thursday Theatre News: Tonys for London Transfers, a New Enron Cast, and Fringe News Thu, 06 May 2010 20:25:51 +0000 It’s been a great week for London shows on Broadway, despite the strange early-closure of Enron over there. The Tony Award nominations (the Oscars of American theatre) have been announced, and there are 28 London transfers in with a chance of a gong.

The two biggest hitters in the race are London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, and the Donmar Warehouse. Musicals from the Menier, A Little Night Music and La Cage Aux Folles both have a flurry of nominations: 11 for La Cage Aux Folles including Best Revival of a Musical. A Little Night Music is also up for Best Revival of a Musical, with its Broadway stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury both nominated. And the Donmar Warehouse has two shows in the nominations too: Hamlet (up for two awards including Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Jude Law), and John Logan’s new play, Red (which is in seven categories including Best Play!). And Enron’s got four nominations. It’s great to be able to say London saw these shows first…

Enron continues going strong in London, and has today announced a new cast. Corey Johnson (who you might recognise from The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida theatre, Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse or Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre), RSC regular Paul Chahidi, Sara Stewart (from TV’s The Prisoner, Robin Hood and Sugar Rush) and Clive Francis (New Tricks, Rosemary & Thyme and Wycliffe) all take over from 10 May. And the show (which comes highly recommended!) is taking bookings until 14 August.

Finally for this week, some Fringe news. Finborough Theatre has announced its exciting-sounding summer season which includes Miss Lilly Gets Boned or The Loss of All Elephant Elders, an exploration of love, courage, family, sex and religion by one of America’s most exciting new writers, Bekah Brunstetter; and the first London revival in 50 years of the classic 1908 comedy What Every Woman Knows by J M Barrie, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. And Baron’s Court Theatre’s New Writing Season starts next week (11 May) with two shows: Usher, by Grigory Ryzhakov and That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, by Michael Ross.

If you have any London theatre news to share, or are planning on seeing any London shows in the next week, let us know in the comments below.

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