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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th May 2015

The Broadway show Motown The Musical, a back catalogue musical based on the life and career of Berry Gordy, the record producer who founded the Motown label, book by Gordy, with Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia Lekae, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 8th March.

The television improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, with Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence and Brad Sherwood, hosted by Clive Anderson, will make its stage debut at the Adelphi Theatre from 20th June to 5th July.

The musical Grand Hotel, book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, with additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, adapted from the novel by Vicki Baum, about the eccentric and sometimes dubious guests and staff at a grand hotel in Berlin in 1928, directed by Thom Southerland, with choreography by Lee Proud, will open at Southwark Playhouse on 5th August.

The recent Menier Chocolate Factory show James Freedman: Man Of Steal, featuring the 'pickpocket entertainment skills' of stealth-crime expert James Freeman, directed by Edward Hilsum, will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 1, opening on 29th May.

Australian puppet theatre company Erth's production of Dinosaur Zoo, an interactive journey through prehistoric Australia featuring creatures large and small, suitable for 3 year olds and above, will return to London, playing daytime performances at the King's Cross Theatre from 18th July to 30th August.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre's autumn season will include Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, a 'future history play' examining the royal family and the unwritten rules of British democracy, directed by Rupert Goold, opening on 8th September; the premiere of Meera Syal's Anita And Me, a semi-autobiographical novel centring on a 9 year old girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a Black Country mining village in the 1970s, adapted by Tanika Gupta, directed by Roxana Silbert, opening on 13th October; and C S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, in which children evacuated to a country house during the Second World War find that a wardrobe is a portal to another world, adapted by Adrian Mitchell, directed by Tessa Walker, opening on 26th November.

The Rose Playhouse, in Bankside, will stage Euripides's Iphigenia In Tauris, in a new version by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, from an English translation by Roy Pascal, with Suzanne Marie, Ben Hale, James Barnes, Andrew Strafford-Baker and Alec Bennie, directed by Pamela Schermann, from 16th June to 4th July.

The autumn season at the Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush will include the premiere of Tanya Ronder's F*ck The Polar Bears, a surreal family drama by about the power of the individual to affect change to the planet, opening on 16th September; and Tom Holloway's Forget Me Not, about the programme in the 1950s in which British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia with the promise of a better life but were subject to neglect and abuse, directed by Steven Atkinson, opening on 11th December.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

The Elephant Man - Haymarket
The Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance’s story of a man disfigured by disease who rose from a Victorian travelling freak show to become the toast of London society, with Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.
As You Like It - Shakespeare’s Globe
Shakespeare’s Arcadian comedy of exile, disguise and romance, with Simon Harrison, Michelle Terry, William Mannering, Ellie Piercy and Daniel Crossley, directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Peter Pan - Regent’s Park Open Air
J M Barrie's original stage version of his story of the boy from Neverland who can fly and never grew up, with Hiran Abeysekera, David Birrell and Kae Alexander, co-directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

May
19th - The Elephant Man - Haymarket
20th - As You Like It - Shakespeare’s Globe
21st - Peter Pan - Regents Park Open Air
26th - The Beaux Stratagem - National Olivier
27th - Temple - Donmar Warehouse
28th - Just Jim Dale - Vaudeville
June
1st - King John - Shakespeare’s Globe
10th - The Red Lion - National Dorfman

Finales

May
16th - Beyond Caring - National Temporary
17th - Man And Superman - National Lyttelton
22nd - Golem - Trafalgar Studios 1
23rd - Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown - Playhouse
23rd - Oppenheimer - Vaudeville
27th - The Hard Problem - National Dorfman
31st - The Twits - Royal Court
June
7th - The Merchant Of Venice - Shakespeare’s Globe