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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th January 2015

David W Rintels's Clarence Darrow, recounting a selection of pivotal moments from the career of the pioneering lawyer, a one person play performed by Kevin Spacey, directed by Thea Sharrock, will return to the Old Vic Theatre from 3rd March.

Jagged Fence Productions will stage August Strindberg's The Father, in a new version Laurie Slade, charting the breakdown of the relationship of a couple after a disagreement about how to bring up their child, with Alex Ferns, Emily Dobbs, June Watson, Thomas Coombes and Barnaby Sax, directed by Abbey Wright, will play at Trafalgar Studio 2 from 11th March.

On The Casting Couch: Daniel Cerqueira, Clare Burt and Jodie McNee will head the cast of Mike Bartlett's Game, opening at the Almeida Theatre on 3rd March; and Zoe Wanamaker will be joined by Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin in Hugh Whitemore's Stevie, opening at Hampstead Theatre on 16th March.

The premiere of the musical The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, adapted from Sue Townsend's legendary tale of the careworn teenager, with Rosemary Ashe, Cameron Blakely, Amy Booth-Steel, Neil Ditt, Kirsty Hoiles and Neil Salvage, plus Lewis Andrews, Sebastian Croft, Joel Fossard-Jones and Toby Murray sharing the title role, directed by Luke Sheppard, with choreography by Tim Jackson, will open at the Curve in Leicester on 17th March.

New York TheatreNet: Churchill, a one man bioplay, adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, from the life and writing of Winston Churchill, set as Churchill is about to give his Iron Curtain speech, directed by Kurt Johns, will open at New World Stages on 18th February. The producers are Greenhouse Theater Center, SoloChicago, and the Wendy and William Spatz Charitable Foundation.

The Okai Collier Company will stage Bram Stoker's Dracula, adapted and directed by Simon James Collier, with Ella Garland, Geoffrey Grant, Cristinel Hogas, Mitch Howell, Connie Jackson, Grant Leat, Mark Lawson, Anthony Matteo and Josephine Rattigan, movement direction by Omar F Okai, opening at the Lion and Unicorn, in Kentish Town, on 12th February.

The spring season at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester will include Willy Russell's Educating Rita, in which a hairdresser takes an Open University course in English Literature with a disenchanted professor, from 26th February; Michael Frayn's Noises Off, showing the onstage and behind the scenes travails of a group of actors performing in a touring production of a farce, from 1st May; and the musical Little Shop Of Horrors, music by Alan Menkin, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, loosely based on Roger Corman's 1960 film about a flesh eating plant, directed by Gareth Machin, with choreography by Nick Winston, from 27th May, a co-production with Salisbury Playhouse.

The Rumour Machine says: that Kenneth Branagh's new theatre company will stage a season comprising Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, another classic play and a new work at the Garrick Theatre from October. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


Opening This Week

L’Ormindo - Wanamaker
The return of Francesco Cavalli’s opera, a tale of the loves and betrayals of princes, at the mercy of the forces of Destiny, Love and Luck, directed by Kasper Holten, with choreography by Signe Fabricius.


First Nights

3rd - L’Ormindo - Wanamaker
10th - How To Hold Your Breath - Royal Court
16th - A View From The Bridge - Wyndham’s
20th - Farinelli And The King - Wanamaker
23rd - The Nether - Duke of York’s
23rd - Closer - Donmar Warehouse
24th - Beautiful: The Carole King Musaical - Aldwych
25th - Man And Superman - National Lyttelton
28th - Let It Be - Garrrick


31st - Tree - Old Vic
31st - King Charles III - Wyndham’s
3rd - 3 Winters - National Lyttelton
7th - City Of Angels - Donmar Warehouse
21st - The Scottsboro Boys - Garrick