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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th August 2015

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr's commercial venture the London Theatre Company has announced plans for a purpose built flexible 900 seat theatre, designed by Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins Architects, to open in spring 2017, as part of the One Tower Bridge development on the south bank. It will house major productions of predominantly new work with, on occasion, a re-invention of a great work from the past.

Greg Kotis's Pig Farm, a dark farce about a couple struggling for survival on a small farm whose life is disrupted by the arrival of a dangerous stranger, directed by Katherine Farmer, will open at the St James Theatre, in Victoria, on 28th October.

The Silver Sword, a new musical based on the children's book by Ian Seraillier, which follows three children as they try to find their father in the aftermath of the Second World War, book, lyrics and direction by Susie McKenna, music by Steven Edis, with Tom Mackley, Nathan Turner, Lucy Tregear, Julian Harries, John O'Mahony, Oliver Buckner, Sue Appleby, Rachel Flynn and Alex Knox, will open a national tour at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on 26th September.

New York TheatreNet: Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, in which a hustler bombards a hotel's new night clerk with stories of his past and of the time he spent with the previous night clerk, who has recently died, with Forest Whitaker, directed by Michael Grandage, will open on Broadway at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced next spring.

The autumn season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh will include Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, in which, famously, nothing happens - twice, with Brian Cox, Bill Paterson, John Bett and Benny Young, directed by Mark Thomson, opening on 22nd September; Sarah Waters's Tipping The Velvet, adapted by Laura Wade, a story set backstage in the world of the Victorian Music Hall, with Sally Messham, Laura Rogers, Jared Ashe, David Cardy, Addelle Leonce and Andy Rush, directed by Lyndsey Turner, with choreography by Alistair David, from 28th October, a co-production with the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; and C S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, in which children evacuated to a country house during the Second World War find that a wardrobe is a portal to another world, adapted by Theresa Heskins, directed by Andrew Panton, opening on 28th November.

Ten previously unknown plays by Agatha Christie - five full-length and five one-act works - ranging from domestic dramas to light comedies, as well as thrillers, including a stage adaptation of her novel Towards Zero, have been discovered by producer Julius Green during research into the writer's papers.

The autumn season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will include Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which equates the 17th century Salem witch trials to the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigation into communist activity in the 1950s, with Jonjo O'Neill, Matti Houghton and Rachel Redford, directed by Caroline Steinbeis, from 18th September; Alistair McDowall's Pomona, a surreal thriller about the search for a missing sister and a concrete island at the centre of a city, with Nadia Clifford, Rebecca Humphries, Sarah Middleton, Guy Rhys, Sean Rigby, Rochenda Sandall and Sam Swann, directed by Ned Bennett, from 29th October, a co-production with The Orange Tree Theatre Richmond; and the musical Into The Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which characters from a number of fairytales don't live happily ever after, directed by Matthew Xia, with choreography by Jason Penncooke, from 4th December.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

People, Places And Things - National Dorfman
Duncan Macmillan’s new play about a woman in rehab who can’t come to a reconciliation between herself and life as it is in the contemporary world, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
The Oresteia - Shakespeare’s Globe
You don’t see a radical contemporary reinterpretation of Aeschylus’s play for ages, and then... adapted by Rory Mullarkey, with George Irving, Katy Stephens, Joel MacCormack and Rosie Hilal, directed by Adel Thomas.
The Lord Of The Flies - Regent’s Park Open Air
The return of the 2011 production of William Golding’s story of a group of schoolboys who are marooned on a desert island and soon fall into anarchy, directed by Timothy Sheader.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

September
1st - People, Places And Things - National Dorfman
3rd - The Oresteia - Shakespeare’s Globe
5th - The Lord Of The Flies - Regent’s Park Open Air
7th - Oresteia - Trafalgar Studios 1
10th - Future Conditional - Old Vic
11th - The Rocky Horror Show - Playhouse
14th - Photograph 51 - Noel Coward
14th - Pomona - National Temporary
15th - Kinky Boots - Adelphi
17th - Jane Eyre - National Lyttelton
18th - Hangmen - Royal Court
24th - Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - Apollo
24th - Nell Gwynn - Shakespeare’s Globe

Finales

August
29th - The Mentalists - Wyndham’s
29th - Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - Regent’s Park Open Air
29th - Impossible - Noel Coward
30th - I Believe In Unicorns - Vaudeville
30th - Everyman - National Olivier
September
5th - Lord Of The Dance - Dominion
5th - Aliens Love Underpants - Dominion
5th - 1984 - Playhouse
5th - Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 3 - Garrick
5th - As You Like It - Shakespeare’s Globe
5th - The Heresy Of Love - Shakespeare’s Globe
6th - The Three Little Pigs - Palace
6th - Hetty Feather - Duke of York’s
6th - The Gruffalo - Lyric
12th - The Lord Of The Flies - Regent’s Park Open Air
13th - Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare’s Globe
19th - Dear Lupin - Apollo
20th - The Beaux’ Stratagem - National Olivier
26th - Splendour - Donmar Warehouse
26th - The Rocky Horror Show - Playhouse