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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd July 2016

E M Forster's A Room With A View, adapted by Simon Reade, the Edwardian comedy of romance and class, with Felicity Kendal, directed by Adrian Noble, will open a prospective pre West End tour at the Theatre Royal Bath on 28th September.

Owen McCafferty's Unfaithful, in which a chance meeting sparks a chain of events that reveal the unspoken desires and regrets of two relationships on the brink, with Sean Campion, Niamh Cusack, Ruta Gedmintas and Matthew Lewis, directed by Adam Penford, will open at Found111, the former site of the Central St Martin's School of Art in Charing Cross Road, on 31st August.

The autumn season at the Curve in Leicester will include the jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet, book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, set on the night in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together at Sun Records in Memphis, with Jason Donovan, Martin Kaye, Robbie Durham, Ross William Wild, Matt Wycliffe and Katie Ray, directed by Ian Talbot, opening a national tour on 14th September; a contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, with Cathy Tyson, Edward Franklin, Fela Lufadeju, Sharan Phull, Dominic Gately, Angela Clerkin and Darren Bennett, directed by Nikolai Foster, from 6th October, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre; and the musical Grease, book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the classic '50s high school musical, directed by Nikolai Foster, with choreography by Nick Winston, opening on 1st December.

The Union Theatre will stage the musical Children Of Eden, book by John Caird, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, based on the book of Genesis, telling the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah, with Natasha O'Brien, Stephen Barry, Joey Dexter, Samantha Giffard, Guy Woolf, Nikita Johal, Susie Chaytow, Daniel Miles, Kris Marc-Joseph, Verity Burgess and Gabriel Mokake, directed by Christian Durham, with choreography by Lucie Pankhurst, opening on 12th August.

Richard Stirling's A Princess Undone, set in Kensington Palace in 1993, looking at the relationship between Princess Margaret and ex gangster John Bindin, with Stephanie Beacham and Jason Merrells, directed by Matthew Gould, will open a regional tour at Cambridge Arts Theatre on 19th October.

The autumn season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh will include Aesychlus's The Suppliant Women, in a new version by David Greig, a story of Egyptian refugee women sailing to Greece to seek sanctuary, directed by Ramin Gray, opening on 4th October; April De Angelis's Jumpy, which looks at the changing perceptions of life after the age of 50, with Daniela Nardini, directed by Cora Bissett, opening on 29th October; and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, adapted and directed by Anthony Neilson, from 26th November.

And Finally . . . One of the eight original sets of puppets from the National Theatre production of War Horse, comprising horses Joey and Topthorn, plus the goose and a pair of crows, will be included in a charity auction Bonhams on 13th September. So now anyone (with enough money) will be able to recreate the magical moment in the show that evoked a memory of Muffin The Mule - or was that just me?

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

The Plough And The Stars - National Lyttelton
Sean O'Casey's classic play charting the lives of the people living in a Dublin tenement before and during the Easter Rising of 1916, directed by Howard Davies and Jeremy Herrin.
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.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 - Palace
The mega franchise jumps art forms (and sharks) in pursuit of further riches, in Jack Thorne's stage realisation of J K Rowling's story of Harry Potter: The Next Generation. What next - Harry: Deep Pott Nine?

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

July
27th - The Plough And The Stars - National Lyttelton
28th - Breakfast At Tiffany's - Haymarket
30th - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 - Palace
August
3rd - Ivanov - National Olivier
3rd - Platonov - National Olivier
3rd - The Seagull - National Olivier
9th - Horrible Histories: The Best Of Barmy Britain - Apollo
10th - Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour - National Dorfman
16th - Groundhog Day - Old Vic
17th - 946 - The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips - Shakespeare's Globe

Finales

4th - Sunset At The Villa Thalia - National Dorfman
6th - The Taming Of The Shrew - Shakespeare's Globe
6th - Unreachable - Royal Court
13th - Romeo And Juliet - Garrick
13th - The Spoils - Trafalgar Studios 1
17th - The Deep Blue Sea - National Lyttelton
20th - Faith Healer - Donmar Warehouse