Stan sits in a box (and it's press night)
Building the auditorium - Roundhouse | RSC

Shakespeare double bill and a bit of fun at the National

Am quite excited about this weeks trio of theatrical goodies mainly because I reasonably confident they'll all be excellent.

First up is the RSC's Romeo and Juliet which was marvellous in Stratford but now transfers to the Roundhouse in Camden. I'm really hoping they use the space imaginatively and that Sam Troughton as Romeo has learnt to deliver his lines with a bit more clarity.

Then there is Season's Greetings at the National which has got to be good with the likes of Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tate, David Troughton, Katherine Parkinson and Oliver Chris in it. Am particularly excited about Mr Chris as I nearly cracked a rib laughing at his Bottom (in A Midsummer Night's Dream, silly).

And to finish it off King Lear at the lovely Donmar. I'm not particularly fond of Lear as a play but it has Derek Jacobi in it so I have to go; Miss Egan my retirement-age, A-level english teacher had a bit of a soft spot for him so it's in her honour. And he is rather good, last seen in yellow stockings in the Donmar @ Wyndhams' Twelfth Night, demonstrating his comedy skills. Not expecting many laughs in Lear though.

He'll be supported by an equally fab cast including the wonderful Gina McKee and Ron Cook.