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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th May 2017

The premiere of James Graham's Labour Of Love, a comedy charting the clash of philosophy, culture and class against the backdrop of the Labour Party over the last 25 years, with Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on 25th September.

Alexi Kaye Campbell's Apologia, a family drama in which two sons challenge their mother after the publication of her controversial memoir, with Stockard Channing, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 3rd August.

The musical The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13, book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, adapted from Sue Townsend's legendary tale of the careworn teenager, directed by Luke Sheppard, with choreography by Rebecca Howell, will open at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, on 26th July.

The Theatre Royal Bath production of Daniel Kehlmann's The Mentor, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, about the clash that occurs when a young playwright is given the chance to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, a cantankerous old writer, with F Murray Abraham, Daniel Weyman, Naomi Frederick and Jonathan Cullen, directed by Laurence Boswell, will open the Vaudeville Theatre on 4th July.

The autumn season at Hampstead Theatre will include the premieres of Prism, about the life of cinematographer Jack Cardiff, written and directed by Terry Johnson, with Robert Lindsay, Claire Skinner, Rebecca Night and Barnaby Kay, opening on 14th September; and Nicholas Wright's The Slaves Of Solitude, adapted from Patrick Hamilton's darkly comic and melancholy novel set in a boarding house in Henley during the Second World War, directed by Jonathan Kent, opening on 30th October; plus Simon Gray's Cell Mates, about the double agent George Blake and the petty criminal who helped him escape from prison to Moscow in 1966, directed by Edward Hall, opening 7th December.

The musical Blondel, book and lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver, additions to the book by Tom Williams, additional music by Mathew Pritchard, telling the story of the legendary 12th century minstrel, who refused to believe that Richard I was dead, and travelled around Europe until he found him imprisoned by the Duke of Austria, and helped to aid his escape, directed by Sasha Regan, with choreography by Chris Whittaker, will open at the Union Theatre in Southwark on 23rd June.

Last year's Jermyn Street Theatre production of Lee Tannen's I Loved Lucy, adapted from his memoir about his relationship with the actress Lucille Ball in her latter years, with Sandra Dickinson and Matthew Scott, directed by Anthony Biggs, will be remounted at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, opening on 24th July.

Cirque du Soleil will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a new show OVO, a celebration of nature and co-existence set in a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, featuring a cast of 50 artists from 17 countries, written, directed and choreographed by Deborah Colker, from 7th January to 11th February

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Globe
Emma Rice's latest Shakespeare travesty, this time his greatest comedy (with a gender swapped Malvolio and transvestite Feste of course) - well it's not as though you haven't been warned.
On The Town - Regent's Park Open Air
The classic Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Leonard Bernstein musical telling the story of 3 sailors on 1 day leave in New York in 1944, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

May
24th - Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Globe
25th - On The Town - Regent's Park Open Air
31st - Sand In The Sandwiches - Haymarket
June
5th - Annie - Piccadilly
7th - Barber Shop Chronicles - National Dorfman
8th - The Kite Runner - Playhouse
8th - Anatomy Of A Suicide - Royal Court
15th - Hamlet - Harold Pinter

Finales

May
20th - Obsession - Barbican Theatre
20th - The Ferryman - Royal Court
27th - Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? - Harold Pinter
June
3rd - Sand In The Sandwiches - Haymarket
3rd - The Miser - Garrick
3rd - The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - Gielgud
3rd - David Baddiel - My Family: Not The Sitcom - Trafalgar Studios 1
10th - Don Juan In Soho - Wyndham's
17th - The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui - Donmar Warehouse