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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th June 2015

The Royal Court Theatre's production of Nick Payne's Constellations, a romantic comedy centring on the relationship between a bee keeper and cosmology academic, with Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey, directed by Michael Longhurst, will open a short season at the Trafalgar Studios 1 on 14th July.

The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible, featuring international illusionists including Jamie Raven, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Colin Cloud and Ben Blaque, will play a Christmas season at the Shaftesbury Theatre, opening on 16th November.

The Print Room's first season played in the main auditorium at the Coronet in Notting Hill Gate will include T S Eliot's The Cocktail Party, the rarely performed verse play telling the story of a recently estranged couple who hold a cocktail party that is visited by a mysterious stranger, directed by Abbey Wright, from 14th September; the Handspring Puppet Company production of Jane Taylor's Ubu And The Truth Commission, combining Alfred Jarry's characters with testimonies from the South African body's hearings, with Busi Zokufa and Dawid Minnaar, directed by William Kentridge, from 15th October; and Theatre Damfino's The Table Of Delights, a participatory picnic created for children, with Tristan Sturrock, Les Bubb and Benji Bower, directed by Katy Carmichael, from 23rd November.

A new musical, Crush, book by Maureen Chadwick, music and lyrics by Kath Gotts, a coming of age comedy set in a 1960's girls school, with Rosemary Ashe, Sara Crowe, Kirsty Malpass, Eleanor Brown, Stephanie Clift, Emma Harrold, Catherine Hayworth, James Meunier, Brianna Ogunbawo, Georgia Oldman and Charlotte Miranda-Smith, directed by Anna Linstrum, with choreography by Richard Row, will open a prospective pre West End tour at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on 8th September.

The autumn season at the Theatre Royal Stratford East will include Che Walker's The Etienne Sisters, music by Anoushka Lucas, additional songs by Sheila Atim, the contemporary story of the difficult relationship of three sisters, with Allyson Ava-Brown, Jennifer Saayeng and Nina Toussaint-White, opening on 16th September; the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production 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 4th November; and Robin Hood, by Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman, directed by Kerry Michael, from 5th December.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Broadway adaptation of the Disney film Aladdin, with a new book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will make its West End debut at the Prince Edward Theatre next summer; and that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne from a new story by J K Rowling, telling what happened to Harry's parents before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, directed by John Tiffany, will play at the Palace Theatre, also next summer. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


Opening This Week

The Gruffalo - Lyric
The stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's children's picture book, about a mouse in a forest who invents stories about a terrifying creature to scare off predators, but then comes face to face with his imaginary creation.
Measure For Measure - Shakespeare’s Globe
Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of inflexible virtue combine in Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice, directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
Oscar Wilde’s ‘trivial comedy for serious people’ hailed as the funniest comedy in the English language, with David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, and Michele Dotrice and Richard O'Callaghan, directed by Adrian Noble.
To Kill A Mockingbird - Barbican Theatre
Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee's novel about prejudice in a small southern town during the American great depression of the 1930s, with Robert Sean Leonard, directed by Timothy Sheader.


First Nights

1st - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
1st - Measure For Measure - Shakespeare’s Globe
1st - The Gruffalo - Lyric
2nd - To Kill A Mockingbird - Barbican Theatre
13th - The Mentalists - Wyndham’s
14th - Constellations - Trafalgar Studios 1
20th - Sinatra At The London Palladium - London Palladium
20th - Richard III - Shakespeare’s Globe
22nd - Richard II - Shakespeare’s Globe
22nd - Brainstorm - National Temporary
23rd - Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - Regent’s Park Open Air
24th - Impossible - Noel Coward
25th - Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 3 - Garrick


27th - King John - Shakespeare’s Globe
27th - Beyond Bollywood - London Palladium
27th - American Buffalo - Wyndham’s
5th - Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Adelphi
8th - Rules For Living - National Dorfman
11th - An Oak Tree - National Temporary
11th - We Want You To Watch - National Temporary
11th - The Seagull - Regent’s Park Open Air
18th - Death Of A Salesman - Noel Coward
18th - Hang - Royal Court
25th - To Kill A Mockingbird - Barbican Theatre
25th - The Audience - Apollo
25th - Temple - Donmar Warehouse
25th - Richard III - Shakespeare’s Globe
25th - Brainstorm - National Temporary