The Arcola Theatre's opera festival Grimeborn is nine years old this year and returns with what looks like as nicely varied an offering as ever. Giving up and coming opera directors, writers and performers a rare chance to strut their stuff, Grimeborn features twelve productions over the month of August. The line up includes a mix of new operas and reworkings of established ones, including psychological melodrama 'The Invited' by Richard Knight and Norman Welch and work-in-progress piece 'The Queen and I' about the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Muslim servant. On the known operas front catch Opera 24's production of Puccini's masterpiece 'La Boheme' and Daisy Evans's production of Verdi's 'Falstaff' - both updated to 21st century London. The operas are performed on a small scale and take place in the Arcola's studios. For an alternative to the ROH's grandeur, Grimborn is where it's at. Dates and times vary. See website for more information.