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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th May 2016

The current Broadway production of School Of Rock - The Musical, adapted from the 2003 film about an out of work musician who pretends to be a substitute teacher and transforms his students into a rock band, book by Julian Fellowes, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, in addition to songs from the original score by Jack Black, Warren Fitzgrald, Mike White and Sammy James Jr, directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter, will open at the New London Theatre on 14th November.

The recent Menier Chocolate Factory/ Theatre Royal Bath production of Florian Zeller's The Truth, in a new version by Christopher Hampton, a comedy that explores friendship, suspicion, deceit and truth through the story of two couples, with Tanya Franks, Frances O'Connor, Alexander Hanson and Robert Portal, directed by Lindsay Posner, will transfer to Wyndham's Theatre, from 22nd June.

Fiasco Theater's award winning Off Broadway production of the musical Into The Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which characters from a number of fairytales don't live happily ever after, with the original cast of 10, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, with choreography by Lisa Shriver, will be remounted at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, opening on 12th July.

The Broadway show Big The Musical, book by John Weidman, music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, adapted from the 1988 film, the story of a 12 year old New York boy who wishes he was a grownup, but when he wakes up transformed into a 30 year old man, finds that there is more to being an adult than he realised, with Jay McGuiness, directed and choreographed by Morgan Young, will open a prospective pre West End tour at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 5th November.

The autumn season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will include the premiere of Zoe Cooper's Jess And Joe Forever, a story of growing up, fitting in, secrets and friendship, with Nicola Coughlan and Rhys Isaac-Jones, directed by Derek Bond, opening on 12th September; a double bill of Caryl Churchill's Blue Heart, in which a family is awaiting their daughter's return from Australia, and Blue Kettle, about a conman and the women he misleads into believing he is their biological son, directed by David Mercatali, opening on 18th October; Somerset Maugham's Sheppey, a comedy about a lottery winner and the expectations of his family and friends, directed by Paul Miller, opening on 28th November; Extra Yarn, adapted by Elinor Cook from the children's book by Mac Barnett, directed by Imogen Bond, opening on 19th December; and Roland Schimmelpfennig's Winter Solstice, translated by David Tushingham, a comedy about family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past,directed by Ramin Grey, opening on 18th January.

The Rumour Machine says: that the recent St Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn production of Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins's Nice Fish, a meditation on friendship, solitude and landscape during an ice fishing expedition, with Mark Rylance and possibly the rest of the original cast, directed by Claire van Kampen, will be West End bound in November. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


Opening This Week

Jekyll & Hyde - Old Vic
Daniel Collins and Tim Hodges head the cast of a dance adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's gothic novella of transformation, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie.
The Taming Of The Shrew - Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's story of a tempestuous courtship is given an Irish makeover, with Kathy Rose O’Brien and Edward MacLiam, directed by Caroline Byrne - warning: this play contains the use of a Dramaturg.
Romeo And Juliet - Garrick
Prince Charming and Cinderella take on the roles of the world's other great lovers in Shakespeare's tragic tale, with Lily James and Richard Madden, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The Threepenny Opera - National Olivier
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's take on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, relocated to the time of the coronation, with Rory Kinnear, Rosalie Craig, Haydn Gwynne, Nick Holder and Sharon Small, directed by Rufus Norris.


First Nights

20th - The Taming Of The Shrew - Shakespeare's Globe
20th - Jekyll & Hyde - Old Vic
25th - Romeo And Juliet - Garrick
26th - The Threepenny Opera - National Olivier
1st - Sunset At The Villa Thalia - National Dorfman
2nd - The Spoils - Trafalgar Studios 1
7th - The Go-between - Apollo
8th - The Deep Blue Sea - National Lyttelton
8th - Hobson's Choice - Vaudeville
15th - Aladdin - Prince Edward
16th - Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk - Wanamaker Playhouse


21st - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Barbican Theatre
21st - The Maids - Trafalgar Studios 1
21st - Ophelias Zimmer - Royal Court
28th - Jeykll & Hyde - Old Vic
2nd - Les Blancs - National Olivier
12th - Running Wild - Regent's Park Open Air
15th - The Flick - National Dorfman
18th - Mrs Henderson Presents - Noel Coward
18th - People, Places And Things - Wyndham's
18th - Elegy - Donmar Warehouse