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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 2nd October 2015

The current Hampstead Theatre production of Ian Kelly's Mr Foote's Other Leg, a tale of comedy, tragedy and the establishment of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, involving Samuel Foote, the one-legged superstar of Georgian London, with Simon Russell Beale, Dervla Kirwan, Jenny Galloway and Frank Barber, directed by Richard Eyre, will transfer to the Haymarket Theatre next month.

The Young Vic has announced new productions including the premiere of If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, a song and dance piece conjuring the hopes, disillusionment and messy relationships that were the hallmarks of the 1970s and 80s music scene, conceived by and featuring Jane Horrocks and director and choreographer Aletta Collins, opening on 16th March; Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange, exploring medical ethics and racism through the case of a patient in a mental hospital who claims to be the son of an African dictator, directed by Matthew Xia, opening on 19th May; and Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma, the story of a woman whose inability to have a child tears her life apart, adapted and directed by Simon Stone, opening on 4th August.

The current Royal Court Theatre production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen, about the second best hangman in England on the day that hanging is abolished, with David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn, directed by Matthew Dunster, will transfer to Wyndham's Theatre, opening on 7th December.

The autumn season at Nottingham Playhouse will include James Phillips's The Rubenstein Kiss, inspired by the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg who were executed for passing American atomic secrets to the Russians in the 1950s, directed by Zoe Waterman, opening on 6th October; John Webster's The Duchess Of Malfi, the Jacobean tragedy of a young widow's refusal to obey her brother's command never to remarry, directed by Fiona Buffini, opening on 3rd November; and Dick Whittington, directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor, from 27th November.

The musical Romance Romance, book and lyrics by Barry English, music by Keith Hermann, a double bill of contrasting one act musicals on the subject of falling in love, one set in turn of the century Vienna, the other in contemporary America, with Emily Lynne, Lewis Asquith, Sinead Wall and Tom Elliot Reade, directed by Robert McWhir, will open at the Landor Theatre in Clapham on 12th October.

The autumn season at Liverpool Theatres will include at the Playhouse: Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with Greta Scacchi, Tom Motherdale, Erin Doherty and Eric Kofi Abrefa, directed by Ellen McDougall, opening on 8th October, a co-production with Headlong and the West Yorkshire Playhouse; and Shirley Jackson's The Haunting Of Hill House, in a new adaption by Anthony Neilson, a psychological thriller relating inexplicable events, directed by Melly Still, opening on 14th December; and at the Everyman: Rapunzel Rock 'n' Roll Panto, written by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton, who also directs, with Marianne Benedict, Adam Bowler, Tom Connor, Nicola Hawkins, Sam Haywood, Stephanie Hockley, Martina Isibor, Adam Keast, Greg Last and Francis Tucker, directed by Mark Chatterton, with choreography by Jenny Sawyer, opening on 2nd December.


Opening This Week

The Father - Wyndhm's
Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner in Christopher Hampton's version of Florian Zeller's dark comedy about the relationship of an aging man beginning to lose touch with reality and his daughter.
Teddy Ferrara - Donmar Warehouse
Christopher Shinn's play in which the chair of an LGBT students group and his friends encounter a dark and lonely world, with Nancy Crane, Oliver Johnstone, Luke Newberry and Ryan McParland.


First Nights

5th - The Father - Wyndham’s
7th - Teddy Ferrara - Donmar Warehouse
10th - Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games - Playhouse
15th - Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined - Criterion
21st - The Comedy Of Errors - National Temporary
23rd - Orpheus - Wanamaker Playhouse
23rd - Cats - London Palladium
26th - Roosevelvis - Royal Court
26th - Omeros - Wanamaker Playhouse
27th - Husbands And Sons - National Dorfman
29th - The Hairy Ape - Old Vic


3rd - Future Conditional - Old Vic
10th - Sinatra At The London Palladium - London Palladium
10th - Pomona - National Temporary
10th - Hangman - Royal Court
16th - The Orestia - Shakespeare’s Globe
17th - McQueen - Haymarket
17th - Our Country’s Good - National Olivier
17th - Nell Gwynn - Shakespeare’s Globe
17th - Measure For Measure - Shakespeare’s Globe
18th - Richard II - Shakespeare’s Globe
21st - Three Days In The Country - National Lyttelton
31st - Memphis - Shaftesbury
31st - Omeros - Wanamaker Playhouse
31st - Hamlet - Barbican Theatre