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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th February 2016

The recent Sheffield Crucible production of the musical Show Boat, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, music by Jerome Kern, adapted from Edna Ferber's novel about life on the Mississippi River around the turn of the 20th century, with Gina Beck, Emmanuel Kojo and Rebecca Trehearn, directed by Daniel Evans, with choreography by Alistair David, will be remounted at the New London Theatre, opening on 25th April.

Forthcoming productions at the National Theatre will include in the Olivier: the Chichester Festival Theatre productions of Young Chekhov: Platonov, Ivanov & The Seagull, in new versions by David Hare, with Anna Chancellor, James McArdle, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Emma Amos, Pip Carter, Jonathan Coy, Nicholas Day, Peter Egan, Joshua James, Beverley Klein, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, Nina Sosanya and Olivia Vinall, directed by Jonathan Kent; Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, exploring the relationship between the Austrian Court composer Antonio Salieri and his young rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Lucian Msamati, directed by Michael Longhurst; the Bristol Old Vic production of J M Barrie's Peter Pan, adapted and directed by Sally Cookson, with a female Captain Hook; Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig as a female Malvolia, directed by Simon Godwin; and Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, with Ralph Fiennes, also directed by Simon Godwin.

In the Lyttelton: the premiere of David Hare's The Red Barn, adapted from Georges Simenon's La Main, directed by Robert Icke; and Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, the story of a passionate woman who feels bored and trapped in her mundane life with the dull university professor whom she has just married, directed by Ivo van Hove. In the Dorfman: the National Theatre of Scotland production of Lee Hall's musical Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour, with music by Handel, Bach and ELO, adapted from Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos, about a group of teenage girls from a Catholic school on a visit to Edinburgh, directed by Vicky Featherstone; the musical A Pacifist's Guide To The War On Cancer, book and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson, telling unexpected stories surrounding cancer; and the premieres of Love, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin; Lucy Kirkwood's Mosquitoes, directed by Rufus Norris; and Nina Raine's Consent. In the Temporary: Another World: Losing Our Children To Islamic State, a verbatim piece, written by Gillian Slovo, developed and directed by Nicolas Kent.

A musical adaptation of L P Hartley's The Go-Between, in which a young boy comes of age as he is unwittingly enlisted as a messenger in an adult affair of deceit and desire, at the turn of the 20th century, book and lyrics by David Wood, music by Richard Taylor, with Michael Crawford, directed by Roger Haines, will open at the Apollo Theatre on 7th June.

The 1981 Tony Award winning musical Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, and music by Henry Krieger, portraying the backstage drama surrounding the rise to fame of a 1960s Motown style girl group, with Amber Riley, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will finally make its West End debut, opening at the Savoy Theatre in November

Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves, the lives and loves, passion and panic of three married couples, seen through action taking place simultaneously at two dinner parties given on different nights, directed by Alan Strachan, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 31st March.

The musical The Bodyguard, book by Alexander Dinelaris, adapted from Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay for the 1992 film, about the relationship between a singer and a man hired to protect her from a stalker, with additional songs from Whitney Houston's back catalogue, with Beverley Knight, Rachel John, Mark Holden, Alex Andreas, Dominic Taylor, Matthew Stathers and Glen Fox, directed by Thea Sharrock, with choreography by Arthur Pita, will return to the West End, opening at the Dominion Theatre on 18th July.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Hand To God - Vaudeville
Harry Melling, Janie Dee, Neil Pearson and Jemima Rooper in Robert Askins's Broadway comedy about a foul-mouthed sock puppet who teaches students at the Christian Puppet Ministry - Sesame Street meets The Exorcist.
Mrs Henderson Presents - Noel Coward
A new musical adapted from the 2005 film about the eccentric widow who bought the Windmill Theatre in the 1930s and launched a nude revue, with Tracie Bennett, Ian Bartholomew and Emma Williams.
The War Of The Worlds - Dominion
A new version of Jeff Wayne's concert musical adapted from H G Well's story of a Martian invasion of the earth, with David Essex, Jimmy Nail, Michael Praed, and a hologram Liam Neeson as the narrator.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

February
15th - Hand To God - Vaudeville
16th - Mrs Henderson Presents - Noel Coward
17th - The War Of The Worlds - Dominion
23rd - Cleansed - National Dorfman
24th - The Tempest - Wanamaker Playhouse
24th - The Father - Duke of York's
25th - The Maids - Trafalgar Studios 1
29th - The Solid Life Of Sugar Water - National Temporary
March
1st - Welcome Home, Captain Fox! - Donmar Warehouse
8th - Motown The Musical - Shaftesbury

Finales

February
13th - Les Liasons Dangereuses - Donmar Warehouse
13th - The Homecoming - Trafalgar Studios 1
13th - Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Reloaded - Palace
14th - Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined - Criterion
20th - Iphigenia In Splott - National Temporary
20th - Goodnight Mister Tom - Duke of York's
27th - Red Velvet - Garrick
27th - Miss Saigon - Prince Edward
March
5th - Hangmen - Wyndham's
5th - Bend It Like Beckham - Phoenix
5th - As You Like It - National Olivier
12th - War Horse - New London
12th - Escaped Alone - Royal Court
12th - Guys And Dolls - Savoy