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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th November 2016

A semi-staged production of the musical Carousel, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, the doomed love story of a naive mill worker and a glamorous but unreliable roustabout, with Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe, directed by Lonnie Price, will play a 5 week season at the London Coliseum from 7th April.

The current Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford upon Avon production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with Simon Russell Beale, directed by Gregory Doran, with movement by Lucy Cullingford, will transfer to the Barbican Theatre from 30th June to 18th August.

The spring season at Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, will include the 10th annual Improvathon Lord Of Thrones, mixing George R R Martin and J R R Tolkien in 50 hours of non-stop improvised comedy, directed by Adam Meggido, starting at 7pm on 20th January; The Depraved Appetite Of Tarrare The Freak, by Tom and Tobi Poster, in collaboration with Hattie Naylor, a new puppet opera based on the true story of an 18th century French revolutionary spy, directed by Sita Calvert-Ennals, with puppets Wattle & Daub, from 30th January; the Watermill Theatre Newbury production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, adapted by Tristan Bernays, directed by Eleanor Rhode, with movement by Tom Jackson Greaves, from 7th March; and the Reduced Shakespeare Company's William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) , by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, from 28th March.

Liverpool Everyman has announced its first season to be performed by a resident company of 14, with productions seen first sequentially, then in repertoire. It comprises the musical Fiddler On The Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, telling the story of a milkman and his family in a rural Russian village during the turbulent times at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Gemma Bodinetz; Manfred Karge's The Conquest Of The South Pole, looking at five young people struggling to live out of work and on benefits, directed by Nick Bagnall; Brian Patten's The Story Giant, adapted by Lindsay Rodden, which brings together four children from different parts of the globe to exchange fairy tales, directed by Matt Rutter; Lizzie Nunnery's play with music The Sum, music by Vidar Norheim, about a young mother in Toxteth struggling to make ends meet, directed by Gemma Bodinetz; and Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet, directed by Nick Bagnall.

Stephen Karam's Speech And Debate, about a trio of high school misfits and their unorthodox response to a controversial sex scandal in their home town, directed by Tom Attenborough, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 24th February.

The Bush Theatre will reopen following its current redevelopment with Rajiv Joseph's Guards At The Taj, a comedy in which in which two men stand guard as construction of the Taj Mahal nears completion, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening on 11th April; Taylor Mac's Hir, a surreal comedy about a dysfunctional family in backwoods America, directed by Nadia Fall, opening on 20th June; and Chris Thompson's Of Kith And Kin, about a gay couple who father a child through surrogacy, directed by Robert Hastie, from 18th October.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Dirty Dancing - Phoenix
The 'play with music' adapted from the 1987 film by screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, about a romance between a rich visitor and a working class dance instructor in an upmarket American holiday camp in the 1960s.
All The Angels - Handel And The First Messiah - Wanamaker Playhouse
The return of Nick Drake's work tracing the story of the world's most popular choral work from its first rehearsal to the world stage, with David Horovitch, Kelly Price and Sean Campion, directed by Jonathan Munby.
Potted Panto - Garrick
The return of the show that condenses 7 favourite pantomimes into 80 minutes, written and performed by children's television presenters Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

December
6th - Dirty Dancing - Phoenix
8th - All The Angels - Handel And The First Messiah - Wanamaker Playhouse
11th - Potted Panto - Garrick
14th - Dreamgirls - Savoy
14th - Cinderella - London Palladium
16th - Mr Popper's Penguins - Criterion
17th - Love's Labours Lost - Haymarket
17th - Much Ado About Nothing - Haymarket

Finales

3rd - The Libertine - Haymarket
3rd - The Last Tango - Phoenix
3rd - King Lear - Old Vic
23rd - King Lear - Barbican Theatre
31st - Dirty Dancing - Phoenix
31st - Mr Popper's Penguins - Criterion