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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th June 2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, will stage Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which imagines James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara meeting in Zurich at the height of the First World War, resulting in calamitous mix-ups and mistaken identities, with Tom Hollander, Freddie Fox and Amy Morgan, directed by Patrick Marber, opening on 4th October.

Meanwhile, the Menier Chocolate Factory production of David Baddiel in My Family: Not The Sitcom, a 'massively disrespectful' celebration of his late parents, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre from 12th September.

The autumn season at Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, will include the musical Floyd Collins, book by Tina Landau, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, based on a true story from Kentucky in 1925, when a man became trapped in an underground cave, and sparked the first American media circus, directed by Jonathan Butterell, from 21st September; the Royal Opera's contemporary production of Handel's Oreste, with singers from the Young Artist Programme, directed by Richard Gerard Jones, from 8th November; and a new version of Mother Goose, written by and featuring Roy Hudd, directed by Debbie Flitcroft, from 2nd December.

Forthcoming productions at The Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, will include the premieres of Al Smith's contemporary reworking of Nikolai Gogol's Diary Of A Madman, about a descent into madness brought about by changing circumstances, with Deborah Arnott, Lois Chimimba and Liam Brennan, directed by Christopher Haydon, opening on 6th September; and Jonas Hassen Khemiri's I Call My Brothers, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, looking at a city in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, directed by Tinuke Craig, opening on 14th November.

The Last Five Years, a two handed song cycle about a relationship, told from beginning to end by the man, and from end to beginning by the woman, written and directed by Jason Robert Brown, with Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey, will open at the St James Theatre, in Victoria, on 2nd November.

The Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will stage Michael Head's The Greater Game, adapted from the book They Took The Lead by Stephen Jenkins, telling the true story of how 41 players, staff and supporters of Leyton Orient Football Club went to fight in the First World War, directed by Tilly Vosborough, opening on 20th September; and the revised 2010 Broadway version of the musical Promises, Promises, book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, adapted from the film The Apartment, in which a junior executive seeks to climb the corporate ladder by lending his apartment to his superiors to use for extra marital affairs, opening in January.

La Soiree, the show that mixes cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety, will return to a 1920s Spiegeltent, the Belgium originated portable performance venue with mirrors lining the interior walls, located in Leicester Square, from 11th November to 8th January.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Faith Healer - Donmar Warehouse
Brian Friel's play about a man whose gift brings him into conflict with his wife and his manager, with Stephen Dillane, Ron Cook and Gina McKee, directed by Lyndsey Turner.
1894 - Playhouse
The return of Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell's 1948 dystopian vision of a future where the state controls everything and everyone.
Breakfast At Tiffany's - Haymarket
Richard Greenberg's adaptation of Truman Capote's novella, set in New York in 1943, the story of a poor writer in love with a girl who needs rich, but as she begins to fall for him, her past catches up with her, with Pixie Lott.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

June
28th - Faith Healer - Donmar Warehouse
28th - 1984 - Playhouse
30th - Breakfast At Tiffany's - Haymarket
July
6th - The Gruffalo - Lyric
7th - How The Other Half Loves - Duke of York's
8th - Unreachable - Royal Court
13th - Impossible - Noel Coward
21st - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regents Park Open Air
21st - The Bodyguard - Dominion

Finales

June
25th - The Suicide - National Lyttelton
25th - Doctor Faustus - Duke of York's
25th - How The Other Half Loves - Haymarket
July
2nd - Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk - Wanamaker Playhouse
9th - Henry V - Regents Park Open Air