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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st September 2018

The National Theatre production of Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, about a 15 year old boy on the autism spectrum living in Swindon, directed by Marianne Elliott, will return to the West End, opening at the Piccadilly Theatre on 11th December.

The new season at the Almeida Theatre will include Shakespeare's Richard II, with Simon Russell Beale, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, opening on 18th December; the premiere of Anne Washburn's Shipwreck, a 'sinister and sensational' play set around a dinner with American president Donald Trump, directed by Rupert Goold, from 11th February; Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, in a new version by Cordelia Lynn, with Patsy Ferran and Pearl Chanda, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, from 8th April; David Farr's adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg's film The Hunt, set in a small town in northern Denmark where children celebrate Harvest Festival, directed by Rupert Goold, from 17th June; and Maxim Gorky's Vassa, the story of a formidable matriarch who sees her family destroyed by its adherence to her values, in a new version by Mike Bartlett, directed by Tinuke Craig, from 7th October.

A Christmas Carol, with Simon Callow using an adaptation of Charles Dickens's own performing version of the classic story, directed by Tom Cairns, will return to the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, from 8th December to 12th January.

New York TheatreNet: The National Theatre production of Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy, translated and adapted by Ben Power, which charts the story of the Lehman family from their arrival in the America in 1844 to the collapse of the financial company in 2008, with Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale, directed by Sam Mendes, will transfer to the Park Avenue Armory in New York, from 22nd March to 20th April; and a new production of Shakespeare's King Lear, with Glenda Jackson and Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O'Sullivan, Pedro Pascal and Ruth Wilson, directed by Sam Gold, will open on Broadway at the Golden Theatre on 4th April.

The opening season in the reconfigured Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House will include the operas The Monstrous Child, music by Gavin Higgins, libretto by Francesca Simon adapted from her novel about a seemingly ordinary teenager who is goddess of the Underworld, directed by Timothy Sheader; Handel's Berenice, directed by Adele Thomas; and the Muziektheater Transparant production of Janacek's The Diary Of One Who Disappeared, directed by Ivo van Hove; and dance including Blue Moon, choreographed by Aletta Collins to a score by David Sawer, for an ensemble of female dancers; and Lost Dog's Juliet & Romeo, which imagines Shakespeare's star-crossed couple as they survive, marry and move into their 40s, choreographed by Ben Duke.

Arthur Miller's The American Clock, a panoramic 'dramatic vaudeville' about the American Great Depression of the 1930s, directed by Rachel Chavkin, will play at the Old Vic Theatre from 4th February.

Joanna Murray-Smith's Songs For Nobodies, a one woman play with songs in which Bernadette Robinson performs as Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, directed by Simon Phillips, will open at the Ambassadors Theatre on 10th January.


Opening This Week

Poet In Da Corner - Royal Court
A semi-autobiographical hip-hop dance piece by Debris Stevenson about the cultural and spiritual awakening of a repressed dyslexic Essex girl. (I'm not making this up.)
Antony And Cleopatra - National Olivier
Shakespeare's epic story of politics and passion and an Empire lost for love, with Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo and Nicholas Le Prevost, directed by Simon Godwin.
The Lover / The Collection - Harold Pinter
A double bill of plays by Harold Pinter exploring secrets, lies and seduction, with David Suchet, John Macmillan, Hayley Squires and Russell Tovey, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
One For The Road / New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes - Harold Pinter
A quadruple bill of potent and dangerous political plays by Harold Pinter, with Maggie Steed, Paapa Essiedu, Kate O'Flynn, Antony Sher and Jonjo O’Neill, directed by Jamie Lloyd and Lia Williams.


First Nights

25th - Poet In Da Corner - Royal Court
26th - Antony And Cleopatra - National Olivier
27th - The Lover / The Collection - Harold Pinter
28th - One For The Road / New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes - Harold Pinter
3rd - Measure For Measure - Donmar Warehouse
9th - I'm Not Running - National Lyttelton
9th - The Height Of The Storm - Wyndham's
17th - Wise Children - Old Vic
17th - Company - Gielgud
18th - Stories - National Dorfman


22nd - Sylvia - Old Vic
22nd - Little Shop Of Horrors - Regent's Park Open Air
22nd - Aristocrats - Donmar Warehouse
29th - The King And I - London Palladium
4th - The Prisoner - National Dorfman
6th - Poet In Da Corner - Royal Court
6th - Exit The King - National Olivier
13th - Eyam - Shakespeare's Globe
13th - Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
14th - The Winter's Tale - Shakespeare's Globe
20th - The Lehman Trilogy - National Lyttelton
20th - The Lover / The Collection - Harold Pinter
20th - One For The Road / New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes - Harold Pinter
20th - Misty - Trafalgar Studios 1
20th - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville