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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th July 2018

The autumn season at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, will include the premiere of Alice Allemano's About Leo, a bioplay about the English born Mexican artist and writer Leonora Carrington, directed by Michael Oakley, opening on 7th September; Bathsheba Doran's Parents' Evening, a comedy about modern marriage and parenthood, directed by Stella Powell-Jones, opening on 5th October; the two person musical Billy Bishop Goes To War, book and lyrics by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson, music by John MacLachlan Gray, telling the story of a Canadian First World War fighter pilot, directed by Jimmy Walters, opening on 2nd November; and Tom Wentworth's Burke And Hare, a black comedy about the infamous Victorian grave robbers and murderers, directed by Abigail Pickard Price, opening on 30th November.

The Natural History Museum is to create a 357 seater theatre to host the Dead Puppet Society production The Wider Earth, written and directed by David Morton, about Charles Darwin's five year voyage on the HMS Beagle around Galapagos, Australia, New Zealand and the Cocos Islands, which provided the basis of his theories of natural selection and evolution, with a cast of seven operating 30 puppets depicting the wildlife he encountered, from 2nd October to 30th December. The theatre will be located adjoining the Darwin Centre, which is home to specimens collected by Darwin during his epic voyage.

English Touring Theatre's 2018/2019 season will include Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Richard Twyman, opening at Oxford Playhouse on 20th September; Martin Crimp's Dealing With Clair, a dark comedy about what lies beneath the surface of everyday lives, directed by Richard Twyman, opening at the Orange Tree Theatre, in Richmond, on 30th October; the premiere of Rose Lewenstein's Cougar, about a contemporary couple in a difficult relationship, directed by Chelsea Walker, opening at the Orange Tree Theatre, in Richmond, on 5th February; and Peter Shaffer's Equus, a series of sessions in which a psychiatrist tries to discover why a stable boy blinded six horses, directed by Ned Bennett, opening at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on 21st February.

The autumn season at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich will include Once, the musical adaptation of John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by Peter Rowe, opening on 11th September; and the return of Cinderella, a rock'n'roll panto, written and directed by Peter Rowe, from 29th November.

Forthcoming productions at The Print Room at the Coronet in Notting Hill Gate will include Albert Camus's The Outsider (L'Etranger), adapted by Ben Okri, in which a man commits a senseless murder and is forced to confront the hypocrisy and injustice of society, directed by Abbey Wright, opening on 18th September; and Don DeLillo's Love Lies Bleeding, which explores key questions regarding quality of life in an age of advanced medical technology, directed by Jack McNamara, opening on 17th November.


Opening This Week

Exit The King - National Oliver
Eugene Ionesco's absurdist comedy charting the death of an incompetent and megalomaniacal monarch who refuses to relinquish any control, adapted and directed by Patrick Marber, with Rhys Ifans, Indira Varma and Adrian Scarborough.
King Lear - Duke of York's
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Shakespeare's tale of the power struggle after a monarch's unsatisfactory plans for succession by his daughters, with Ian McKellen and Sinead Cusack, directed by Jonathan Munby.


First Nights

25th - Exit The King - National Oliver
26th - King Lear - Duke of York's
31st - Home, I'm Darling - National Dorfman
1st - Broken Wings - Haymarket
1st - Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
2nd - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
3rd - Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 4 - Apollo
8th - The Star Seekers - National Dorfman
9th - Little Shop Of Horrors - Regent's Park Open Air
14th - Dinosaur World Live - Regent's Park Open Air
14th - Gangsta Granny - Harold Pinter
15th - Emilia - Shakespeare's Globe


28th - As You Like It - Regent's Park Open Air
28th - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - Donmar Warehouse
28th - Tartuffe - Haymarket
28th - Red - Wyndham's
4th - Broken Wings - Haymarket
4th - Julie - National Lyttelton
11th - Consent - Harold Pinter
11th - Translations - National Olivier
11th - Pity - Royal Court
18th - Killer Joe - Trafalgar Studios 1