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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th February 2015

The current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer, revealing the personal cost of the development of the atomic bomb, with John Heffernan, directed by Angus Jackson, with movement by Scott Ambler, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre, opening on 31st March.

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its 2015 season. In the Festival Theatre: Alan Ayckbourn's Way Upstream, set in a holiday cabin cruiser on a river, with Sarah Parish, directed by Nadia Fall; the premiere of the musical A Damsel In Distress, book by Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, adapted from the 1937 film musical based on a story by P G Wodehouse, about an American composer in London who falls for a member of the aristocracy, with Isla Blair and Sally Ann Triplett, directed by Rob Ashford; the musical Mack And Mabel, book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, set in Hollywood at the peak of the silent movie era in the 1920s, charting the tempestuous relationship of director Mack Sennett and his star, the comedienne Mabel Normand, with Michael Ball, directed by Jonathan Church, with choreography by Stephen Mear; and David Hare's adaptation of Anton Chekov's Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull, performed in repertoire by an ensemble including Anna Chancellor, James McArdle and Samuel West, directed by Jonathan Kent.

In the Minerva Theatre: Jean Anouilh's The Rehearsal, in which a rehearsal for a high society amateur dramatic performance reveals the participants' true characters, translated and directed by Jeremy Sams; Willy Russell's Educating Rita, in which a hairdresser takes an Open University course in English Literature with a disenchanted professor, with Lenny Henry and Lashana Lynch, directed by Michael Buffong; W Somerset Maugham's For Services Rendered, an 'anti-comedy' examining provincial middle class English life in the depression after the First World War, directed by Howard Davies, and Frank McGuinness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, the story of three men held hostage a cellar in the Lebanon, with David Haig, directed by Michael Attenborough.

Richard Bean's The Mentalists, a comedy about two friends holed up in a cheap hotel room forced to confront the darker side of their relationship, with Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri, directed by Abbey Wright, will open at the Wyndham's Theatre on 13th July. The producers are Old Vic Productions, Smith & Brant Theatricals and Steven Harris in association with Jimmy Jewell.

A first folio of William Shakespeare's plays discovered at the Saint-Omer library in France last year will be displayed at Shakespeare's Globe next July and August to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. The collection of Shakespeare's plays, one of only around 230 of the first compendium of his works created in 1623, includes stage directions scribbled in the margins. Shakespeare's Globe is planning an on site library and archive, which will house its own First Folio and Quarto editions of Shakespeare's work, together with other rare volumes.

The recent Young Vic production of Golem, written and directed by Suzanne Andrade, combining animation, live music and performance to bring to life a dark and fantastical story about a man and his machines, with Will Close, Charlotte Dubery, Lillian Henley, Rose Robinson and Shamira Turner, will transfer to the Trafalgar Studios 1, opening on 22nd April.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Let It Be - Garrick
A multimedia concert showcasing the music and career of The Beatles and the sights and sounds of the ‘60s.
Clarence Darrow - Old Vic
The return of Kevin Spacey performing David W Rintels’s one person play recounting a selection of pivotal moments from the career of the pioneering American lawyer, directed by Thea Sharrock.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

February
28th - Let It Be - Garrick
March
3rd - Clarence Darrow - Old Vic
13th - Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games - Dominion
18th - The Broken Heart - Wanamaker
23rd - Harvey - Haymarket
24th - Rules For Living - National Dorfman

Finales

1st - The Changeling - Wanamaker
5th - L’Ormindo - Wanamaker
7th - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Savoy
8th - Farinelli And The King - Wanamaker
14th - Di And Viv And Rose - Vaudeville
14th - Taken At Midnight - Haymarket
21st - Once - Phoenix
21st - How To Hold Your Breath - Royal Court