Ice work… Touching the Void. Photograph: Michael Wharley
The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams’s popular children’s book – about a young lad who loves dresses just as much as he loves football – is being adapted for the stage by Mark Ravenhill, who will be sure not to make things too schmaltzy. Gregory Doran directs and there are songs from the Entertainer himself, Robbie Williams, and collaborator Guy Chambers.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, to 8 March
Touching the Void
Prepare to have your senses dazzled and, perhaps, your love of climbing knocked right out of you. David Greig has adapted Joe Simpson’s gripping memoir about two friends who find themselves stranded on a remote mountain in the Andes, their friendship and survival skills pushed to the very limit. War Horse’s Tom Morris directs.
The Duke of York’s, WC2, Saturday 10 November to 29 February
This new musical will feature a slew of songs from hit-maestro Max Martin, who has written for Britney Spears, Pink, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande. The final song list is a mix of classics such as … Baby One More Time as well as lesser-known gems. The show picks up at the end of Shakespeare’s doomed romance and sees Juliet put aside the dagger and forge a new beginning. Miriam Teak-Lee stars and Luke Sheppard directs.
Shaftesbury Theatre, WC2, to 28 March
All three of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays are being bundled up into one epic piece of theatre. The drama will chart the entire Wars of the Roses, from Henry VI’s doomed coronation through to his inevitable demise (plus a fierce guest appearance from Joan of Arc). With Richard III starting this week, this wraps up a long season of history plays that started with Henry IV in May. Ilinca Radulian and Sean Holmes, both lively theatre-makers, will co-direct.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, SE1, to 26 January
My Cousin Rachel
Anyone who saw Roger Michell’s recent film adaptation of this superb thriller, starring Rachel Weisz, will be keen to see how this one plays out onstage. The novel was written by Daphne du Maurier and is spooky and sexy in equal measure. The story unfolds in Cornwall, where Countess Rachel Sangalletti has come to reclaim the home of her recently deceased husband – but is Rachel everything she claims to be? Helen George takes the lead role.
Theatre Royal, Bath, Wednesday to 23 November