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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th October 2015

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony Award winning musical Grey Gardens, book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, inspired by the 1975 documentary film about the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, living in a crumbling mansion in East Hampton, with Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, directed by Thom Southerland, with choreography by Lee Proud, will open at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, on 7th January.

Following a world tour in which he performed in 4 languages in 28 countries, Eddie Izzard will bring Force Majeure Reloaded a revised version of the show to the Palace Theatre from 18th January to 13th February.

The recent Theatre Royal Bath production of the musical Mrs Henderson Presents, book and direction by Terry Johnson, lyrics by Don Black, music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, adapted from Martin Sherman's screenplay of the 2005 film about the eccentric widow who bought the Windmill Theatre in the 1930s and launched a nude revue, with Tracie Bennett, Ian Bartholomew and Emma Williams, choreographed by Andrew Wright, will be remounted at the Noel Coward Theatre opening on 16th February.

The National Theatre has confirmed new productions in its Temporary Theatre in the new year: the Sherman Theatre Cardiff production of Gary Owen's Iphigenia In Splott, a contemporary adaptation of Euripides's story about the high price people pay for society's shortcomings, with Sophie Melville, directed by Rachel O'Riordan; the Graeae Theatre Company/Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Jack Thorne's The Solid Life Of Sugar Water, an intimate portrait of a couple who experience loss, grief and recovery, with Genevieve Barr and Arthur Hughes, directed by Amit Sharma; and the Islington Community Theatre production of Brainstorm, in which teenagers investigate the workings of the adolescent brain.

The Barbican has announced further productions for 2016, which will include Complicite's The Encounter, inspired by Petru Popescu's book Amazon Beaming using binaural technology, performed and directed by Simon McBurney; Forced Entertainment's Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, in which all 36 plays are performed in condensed form, using everyday objects as the cast, directed by Tim Etchells; the Royal Opera's contemporary take on Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, music and libretto by Gerald Barry, directed by Ramin Gray; Schaubuhne Berlin's production of Duncan Macmillan's The Forbidden Zone, a female perspective on war and the advance of chemical weapons, directed by Katie Mitchell; Odeon-Theatre de l'Europe's Phaedra(s), drawing on the writings of Sarah Kane, Wajdi Mouawad and J M Coetzee, with Isabelle Huppert, adapted and directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski; and Needles And Opium, inspired by the lives of Jean Cocteau and Miles Davis, written and directed by Robert Lepage.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current National Theatre production of Duncan Macmillan's People, Places And Things, about a woman in rehab who can't come to a reconciliation between herself and life as it is in the contemporary world, with Denise Gough, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will be remounted at Wyndham's Theatre in March. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


Opening This Week

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined - Criterion
The recent Menier Chocolate Factory production of the hit Off Broadway revue, conceived by and featuring singer Kyle Riabko, offering radical new arrangements of over 30 of the legendary songs of Burt Bacharach, directed by Steven Hoggett.


First Nights

15th - Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined - Criterion
21st - The Comedy Of Errors - National Temporary
23rd - Cats - London Palladium
23rd - Orpheus - Wanamaker Playhouse
26th - Omeros - Wanamaker Playhouse
26th - Roosevelvis - Royal Court
27th - Husbands And Sons - National Dorfman
29th - The Hairy Ape - Old Vic
3rd - The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead - Wanamaker Playhouse
3rd - As You Like It - National Olivier
4th - Mr Foote's Other Leg - Haymarket
5th - Elf The Musical - Dominion
7th - Harlequinade / All On Her Own - Garrick


10th - Sinatra At The London Palladium - London Palladium
10th - Pomona - National Temporary
10th - Hangman - Royal Court
16th - The Orestia - Shakespeare’s Globe
17th - Measure For Measure - Shakespeare’s Globe
17th - McQueen - Haymarket
17th - Nell Gwynn - Shakespeare’s Globe
17th - Our Country’s Good - National Olivier
18th - Richard II - Shakespeare’s Globe
21st - Three Days In The Country - National Lyttelton
31st - Memphis - Shaftesbury
31st - Omeros - Wanamaker Playhouse
31st - Hamlet - Barbican Theatre
1st - The Commitments - Palace
4th - People, Places And Things - National Dorfman
6th - The Comedy Of Errors - National Temporary
7th - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
7th - Orestia - Trafalgar Studios 1