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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 29th April 2016

The Birmingham Stage Company production of Horrible Histories: Best Of Barmy Britain, adapted from Terry Deary's series of children's books and directed by Neal Foster, with Neil Foster and Alison Fitzjohn, choreographed by Kenn Oldfield, will play daytime performances at the Apollo Theatre, from 5th July to 3rd September.

On The Casting Couch: Anne-Marie Duff will head the cast of Ella Hickson's Oil, at the Almeida Theatre from 7th October; Glenda Jackson will be joined by Rhys Ifans and Harry Melling in Shakespeare'a King Lear, at the Old Vic Theatre from 25th October; and Ruth Wilson will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, at the National Theatre from December.

The Off-Broadway musical I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road, book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, music by Nancy Ford, about a middle aged singer/songwriter finally 'finding herself' and starting a new life, with Landi Oshinowo and Nicolas Colicos, directed by Matthew Gould, will open the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, on 9th July.

Melissa Bubnic's Boys Will Be Boys, with music by James Fortune, a satirical cabaret play set in the financial world where women must take on roles to negotiate a world run by men, with Kirsty Bushell, Emily Barber, Chipo Chung, Helen Schlesinger and Ellora Torchia, directed by Amy Hodge, with movement by Sarah Dowling, will open at the Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush on 29th June.

Forthcoming productions at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston will include Hassan Addulrazzak's Love, Bombs & Apples, a darkly tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation, performed by Asif Kahn, directed by Rosamunde Hutt, from 31st May; and the premiere of Tess Berry-Hart's Cargo, about a group of refugees in a container on a ship seeking a new life, with Jack Gouldbourne, Debbie Korley, John Schwab and Milly Thomas, directed by David Mercatali, opening on 8th July.

The autumn season at the Park Theatre, in Finsbury Park will include J B Priestley's The Roundabout, a comedy about a dysfunctional family in the 1930s, when it seemed as if the social order might be changing, directed by Hugh Ross, opening on 25th August; Mart Crowley's The Boys In The Band, about a group of gay men in New York who gather for a birthday celebration, but spend the night airing their pleasures and miseries, with Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard, directed by Adam Penford, opening on 4th October; the premiere of Jonathan Maitland's Deny, Deny, Deny, inspired by doping scandals in sports, directed by Sarah Esdaile, opening on 3rd November; and the British premiere of C S Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, adapted by Jeffrey Fiske and Max McLean, a portrait of spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, as a tempter in training receives guidance in compromising the salvation of an unwitting soul through daily temptations, opening on 9th December.

This Is Living, written and directed by Liam Borrett, with Michael Socha and Tamla Kari as a loving couple forced to knowingly say their final farewells, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 17th May.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Globe
Regime change at the Globe begins with Emma Rice's production of Shakespeare's tale of lovers and lunatics, fairies and factotums - probably revealing whether the lunatics are just on the stage or also in charge of the asylum.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

May
5th - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Globe
17th - Ophilias Zimmer - Royal Court
17th - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Barbican Theatre
19th - Running Wild - Regent's Park Open Air
20th - Jekyll & Hyde - Old Vic
20th - The Taming Of The Shrew - Shakespeare's Globe
25th - Romeo And Juliet - Garrick
26th - The Threepenny Opera - National Olivier

Finales

April
30th - Nell Gwynn - Apollo
30th - The War Of The Worlds - Dominion
30th - The Painkiller - Garrick
30th - Wonder.land - National Olivier
30th - Hand To God - Vaudeville
May
5th - Cleansed - National Dorfman
7th - Another World: Losing Our Children To The Islamic State - National Temporary
7th - X - Royal Court
7th - Sunset Boulevard - London Coliseum
14th - The End Of Longing - Playhouse
14th - The Caretaker - Old Vic
18th - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - National Lyttelton
21st - Ophelias Zimmer - Royal Court
21st - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Barbican Theatre
21st - The Maids - Trafalgar Studios 1
28th - Jeykll & Hyde - Old Vic