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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd September 2016

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, the darkly comic play detailing the breakdown of the 23 year marriage of a combative couple during a 'quiet evening with friends', with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, directed by James Macdonald, will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 9th March.

Richard Harris's Stepping Out, the comedy telling the story of a disperate group of participants in a weekly tap dance class at a church hall, with Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson, directed by Maria Friedman, which opens a regional tour at the Theatre Royal Bath on 12th October, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre, opening on 14th March.

The winter season at the Finborough Theatre, in Earl's Court, will include Howard Brenton's Magnificence, centering on a group of left wing activists in a squat in 1970s London, directed by Josh Roche, opening on 27th October; Rodney Ackland's After October, about an aspiring playwright and his bohemian family in 1930s Hampstead, directed by Oscar Toeman, opening on 24th November; and Tony Harrison's The Trackers Of Oxyrhynchus, which combines the story of the discovery of fragments of a play by Sophocles with the play itself, directed by Jimmy Walters, opening on 5th January.

On The Casting Couch: Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay will feature in Lucy Kirkwood's The Children, opening at the Royal Court Theatre on 24th November; and Harry Enfield, John Marquez, Claudie Blakley, Lucy Cohu, Buffy Davis and Amanda Lawrence will head the cast of Christopher Hart's adaptation of Moss Hart and George S Kaufman's Once In A Lifetime, opening at the Young Vic Theatre on 6th December.

The Hope Theatre, in Islington, is to stage a gothic season comprising a new musical The House Of Usher, based on Edgar Allan Poe's story of a family plagued by an ancient curse, book and lyrics by Luke Adamson, music by Dan Bottomley, directed by Luke Adamson and Phil Croft, from 18th October; The Worst Was This, a post apocalyptic verse play, written and directed by Matte O'Brien, from 8th November; and the musical Her Aching Heart, book and lyrics by Bryony Lavery, music by Ian Brandon, a lesbian historical romance parody, directed by Matthew Parker, from 29th November.

Peppa Pig's Surprise, an audience participation show featuring life size puppets of the characters from the children's television series, adapted and directed by Richard Lewis, will play at the Phoenix Theatre from 15th December to 1st January.

The autumn season at the Palace Theatre Watford will include George Bernard Shaw's Arms And The Man, about the futility of war and the hypocrisies of human nature, with Hannah Morrish, Pete Ashmore, Assad Zaman, Kathryn O'Reilly, Walter van Dyk, Jill McAusland and David Webber, directed by Brigid Larmour, opening on 4th October; and Beauty And The Beast, by Andrew Pollard, with Terence Frisch, directed by Eleanor Rhode, with choreography by Kate Flatt, from 2nd December.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

The Libertine - Haymarket
Dominic Cooper in Stephen Jeffreys's play telling the outrageous true story of the Restoration rake and poet John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, directed by Terry Johnson.
The Last Tango - Phoenix
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in their final collaboration, a dance show in which a man delves into an attic full of memories, featuring rumba, jive, flamenco, salsa and tango, directed by Karen Bruce.
The Two Gentleman Of Verona - Wanamaker Playhouse
Nick Bagnall's multicultural take on Shakespeare's early comedy exploring friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behaviour of people in love.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

September
27th - The Libertine - Haymarket
28th - The Last Tango - Phoenix
29th - The Two Gentleman Of Verona - Wanamaker Playhouse
October
3rd - No's Knife - Old Vic
4th - The Merchant Of Venice - Shakespeare's Globe
13th - The Dresser - Duke of York's
17th - The Red Barn - National Lyttelton
19th - A Pacifist's Guide To The War On Cancer - National Dorfman
20th - Peter Pan Goes Wrong - Apollo

Finales

September
24th - The Naked Magicians - Trafalgar Studios 1
October
1st - The Threepenny Opera - National Olivier
1st - The Two Gentleman Of Verona - Wanamaker Playhouse
1st - The Alchemist - Barbican Theatre
1st - Doctor Faustus - Barbican Theatre
1st - Macbeth - Shakespeare's Globe
1st - Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour - National Dorfman
1st - How The Other Half Loves - Duke of York's
8th - Platonov - National Olivier
8th - Ivanov - National Olivier
8th - Funny Girl - Savoy
8th - The Seagull - National Olivier
15th - The Go-between - Apollo
15th - No's Knife - Old Vic
15th - The Merchant Of Venice - Shakespeare's Globe
16th - Imogen - Shakespeare's Globe
22nd - The Plough And The Stars - National Lyttelton
22nd - Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) - Royal Court