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The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 16th Kids Week in the West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events. Once again this year it will run for a whole month, from 1st to 31st August. Children between 5 and 16 can go free (when accompanied by a paying adult) to 39 West End shows, with up to 2 additional children at half price. There will be accompanying events taking place, including backstage tours, workshops, classes, storytelling and 'meet the cast' opportunities. There are also freebies and discounts at restaurants, and on travel and accommodation packages. Booking opens on 18th June. Further information can be found on the Kids Week web site via the link opposite below.
The current Young Vic Theatre production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in a new version by Simon Stephens, in which a woman rebels against the confines of her marriage, with Hattie Morahan, Dominic Rowan, Nick Fletcher and Steve Toussaint, directed by Carrie Cracknell, will transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre, opening on 14th August. It is presented by the Young Vic Theatre, Mark Rubinstein, Gavin Kalin and Neil Laidlaw.
The autumn season at Sadler's Wells will include a number of its regular visitors performing new works, including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet with a mixed bill; Wayne McGregor's Random Dance with Atomos, inspired by the structure and form of an atom; Rambert Dance Company with a mixed bill including a work by Ashley Page set to music by Aphex Twin and Marc Anthony Turnage; Hofesh Shechter with Sun, set to his own music; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with m¡longa, drawing on the sexuality, power and beauty of the tango; a British-Chinese collaboration from Edwaard Liang, Russell Maliphant and Christopher Wheeldon; Stuttgart Ballet's The Taming Of The Shrew and Made In Germany; and two mixed bills by Mark Morris Dance Group.
European Arts Company will stage Four Farces, an evening of one-act farces from the Victorian stage, comprising John Madison Morton's Box And Cox and An Unwarrantable Intrusion, William E Sute's Wanted, A Young Lady and Joseph Stirling Coyne's Duel In The Dark, with Richard Latham, Asta Parry and John O'Connor, directed by Jonathan Kemp, at the Wilton's Music Hall, in Wapping, from 18th to 27th June.
New York TheatreNet: A repertoire comprising Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, both of which feature two characters with an ambiguous relationship in uncertain circumstances, with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, directed by Sean Mathias, will open on Broadway at the Cort Theatre on 24th November. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.
The autumn season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will include Arthur Miller's All My Sons, in which a father's manufacture of substandard aircraft parts may have been responsible for the death of his son, with Don Warrington and Dona Croll, directed by Michael Buffong, from 25th September, a co-production with Talawa Theatre Company; the musical Sweeney Todd, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the Victorian melodrama about the demon barber of Fleet Street, directed by James Brining, from 1st November, a co-production with the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Victoria Wood's musical That Day We Sang, in which two former members of a children's choir meet again in middle age, directed by Sarah Frankcom, from 5th December; and the premiere of Simon Stephens' play Blindsided, an 'unexpected and romantic' play about murder, spanning the beginning of the Thatcher government in 1979 to the beginning of the Blair government in 1997, with Julie Hesmondhalgh and Katie West, directed by Sarah Frankcom, from 23rd January.
On The Casting Couch: Original Broadway cast members Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon will be joined by Christian Dante-White, Clinton Roane, Julian Glover, Dawn Hope, Adebayo Bolaji, Carl Spencer, Martin Bishop, Susan Reynolds and Jordan Shawin in the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys, opening at the Young Vic Theatre on 29th October.
Longborough Festival Opera, one of the 'alternative Glyndebournes', presents its 21st season, running from 16th June to 27th July. It comprises complete cycles of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Alan Privett; and Puccini's La Boheme, directed by Richard Studer. Performances are in a 500 seat theatre, with an orchestra pit for 70 players, set in the heart of the Cotswolds, overlooking the Evenlode valley. In order to accommodate a dinner interval performances generally begin at 6.30pm. Further information can be found on the LFO web site, via the link from Dance & Opera in the Links section of TheatreNet.
The autumn season at the Curve in Leicester will include the premiere of David Rudkin's The Lovesong Of Alfred J Hitchcock, exploring how Hitchcock's childhood informed the development of his films, directed by Jack McNamara, from 27th September, a co-production with New Perspectives Theatre Company; Melody Loses Her Mojo, written and directed by Keith Saha, a hip-hop show charting the stories of three young people in the care system, from 8th October, a co-production with 20 Stories High theatre company and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, a darkly comic tale set in rural Ireland, about the relationship between a lonely spinster and her manipulative mother, directed by Paul Kerryson, from 18th October, a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester; and the musical Chicago, book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fossee, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, a satire on celebrity and corruption in 1920s Chicago, directed by Paul Kerryson, from 29th November.
The Rumour Machine says: that the current sellout production of Nora Ephron's final play, Lucky Guy, about the prize winning newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, with Tom Hanks making his Broadway debut, directed by George C Wolfe, may transfer to London next spring. The Rumour Machine grinds on.