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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th July 2017

A revised smaller scale version of the musical The Woman In White, adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins, a Victorian gothic romantic thriller, with book by Charlotte Jones, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel, directed by Thom Southerland, with movement by Cressida Carre, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre, in The Arches under Charing Cross Station, on 4th December.

The new season at the Royal Court Theatre will include the return of Minefield, written and directed by Lola Arias, in which veterans of the Falklands War share memories and ruminations, opening on 3rd November; the premiere of Liwaa Yazji's Goats, translated by Katharine Halls, examining the realities of life in Syria during the civil war, directed by Hamish Pirie, opening on 1st December; Andrea Dunbar's Rita, Sue And Bob Too, a portrait of two girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future, hungry for adult adventure, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, opening on 11th January; and the premiere of Dennis Kelly's Girls And Boys, in which an immediate and intense relationship begins to unravel and take a disturbing turn, directed by Lyndsey Turner, opening on 15th February.

Angela Carter's Wise Children, about twin chorus girls and their theatrical family, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, will play at the Old Vic Theatre next year.

The Young Vic has announced new productions, including the premiere of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's The Jungle, about their time in the Calais refugee camp, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, from 7th December; Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size, a fable about the bond between brothers, directed by Bijan Sheibani, from 19th January; Matthew Lopez's The Inheritance, about gay life in New York City a generation after the AIDS crisis, directed by Stephen Daldry, from 2nd March; and the Broadway musical Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her relationship with her father growing up in the family funeral home, directed by original director Sam Gold, opening on 18th June.

The National Theatre production of Duncan Macmillan's People, Places And Things, about a woman in rehab who can't come to a reconciliation between herself and life as it is in the contemporary world, with Lisa Dwyer Hogg, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will open a regional tour at Home in Manchester on 28th September.

The Puppet Theatre Barge, moored at its summer home on the River Thames at Richmond from 22nd July, will be giving daytime performances of a double bill comprising The Three Little Pigs and Captain Grimey; and The Hare And The Tortoise & Other Tales, from Aesop's fables; and evening performances for older children and adults of Wendy Cope's The River Girl, exploring gender politics, love and loss. The company also performs and runs schools workshops at its winter berth in Little Venice. Further information can be found on the PTB web site via the link from London Venues in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current sellout Almeida Theatre production of James Graham's Ink, about Rupert Murdoch's launch of The Sun newspaper, with Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle, directed by Rupert Goold, will transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre in September. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


Opening This Week

Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare's Globe
In the latest horror at the Globe, Shakespeare's mature rom-com is transported to the Mexican revolution of 1914 - to quote Dorothy Parker "What fresh hell is this?"
Oliver Twist - Regent's Park Open Air
Anya Reiss's new small scale adaptation of Dickens's story of London's Victorian underworld aimed at a younger audience, so hopefully without the sex'n'violence injected into Regent's Park's other current Dickens adaptation of A Tale Of Two Cities.


First Nights

20th - Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare's Globe
23rd - Oliver Twist - Regent's Park Open Air
24th - Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - Apollo
26th - Girl From The North Country - Old Vic
28th - The Hunting Of The Snark - Vaudeville
28th - Road - Royal Court
1st - Gangsta Granny - Garrick
1st - Evita - Phoenix
3rd - Apologia - Trafalgar Studios 1
4th - Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain - Garrick Theatre
11th - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regent's Park Open Air


15th - The Girls - Phoenix
22nd - Tape Face - Garrick
22nd - The Philanthropist - Trafalgar Studios 1
29th - The Kite Runner - Playhouse
5th - Bat Out Of Hell The Musical - London Coliseum
5th - A Tale Of Two Cities - Regent's Park Open Air
5th - Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Globe
5th - Beautiful - The Carol King Musical - Aldwych
12th - The Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company - Donmar Warehouse