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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th April 2017

English National Opera's 2017/2018 season at the London Coliseum will comprise the premiere of Nico Muhly's Marnie, libretto by Nicholas Wright, adapted from Winston Graham's psychological thriller and the screenplay of the 1964 film, directed by Michael Mayer; new productions of Verdi's Aida, directed by Phelim McDermott; Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, directed by Cal McCrystal; and Verdi's La Traviata, directed by Daniel Kramer; plus revivals of Jonathan Miller's production of Rossini's The Barber Of Seville; Richard Jones's production of Handel's Rodelinda; Phelim McDermott's production of Philip Glass's Satyagraha; Robert Carsen's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream; and Fiona Shaw's production of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro. There will also be a a new production of Britten's The Turn Of The Screw, directed by Timothy Sheader, at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

New York TheatreNet: Caissie Levy, Patty Murin, Greg Hildreth, Jelani Alladin, John Riddle and Robert Creighton will head the cast of the musical Frozen, book by Jennifer Lee, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez, adapted from the 2013 film, directed by Michael Grandage, with choreography by Rob Ashford, opening on Broadway at the St James Theatre in spring next year.

The English Touring Theatre contemporary production of Shakespeare's Othello, with Abraham Popoola, Mark Lockyer, Norah Lopez Holden, Piers Hampton and Katy Stephens, directed by Richard Twyman, will play at Wilton's Music Hall, in Wapping, from 16th May to 3rd June.

On The Casting Couch: Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Sheila Atim, Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup and Jim Norton will head the cast of Connor McPherson's Bob Dylan back catalogue musical Girl From The North Country, opening at the Old Vic Theatre on 26th July.

The summer season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre will comprise the musical High Society, book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, a stage adaptation of the film musical based on Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, which story unfolds at a New England society wedding of the year, where the bride has last minute second thoughts as to who should be the groom, when her ex husband appears, directed by John Durnin, with choreography by Chris Stuart-Wilson; J M Barrie's Mary Rose, a supernatural story of love, lost innocence and a parallel world where departed ones are still present, just beyond reach, directed by Richard Baron; Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, about three couples and the events that take place during three successive Christmas Eve gatherings, directed by Richard Baron; Alan Bennett's People, set in a decaying stately home, directed by Patrick Sandford; Peter Barnes's The Ruling Class, a satire in which a paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex inherits an Earldom, directed by John Durnin; and David Grieg's Europe, about refugees, shifting borders, changing identities and globalisation, directed by John Durnin.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Nell Gwynn - Shakespeare's Globe
The return of Jessica Swale's acclaimed comedy about the orange seller turned Drury Lane actress turned Charles II's mistress, with Laura Pitt-Pulford, directed by Christopher Luscombe.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Donmar Warehouse
Lenny Henry in Bertolt Brecht's satire on the rise of Hitler in Germany through the story of a Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade, in a new translation by Bruce Norris, directed by Simon Evans.
The Ferryman - Royal Court
The premiere of Jez Butterworth's play set in a Northern Irish farmhouse during preparations for the annual harvest in 1981 staged on an epic scale, with Paddy Considine, directed by Sam Mendes.
Three Comrades - Piccadilly
The Russian Sovremennik Theatre company's season opens with a play adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's novel set in Germany in at the height of the depression, about a man scarred by his experiences in the trenches during the First World War.
Angels In America - National Lyttelton
Tony Kushner's two part tale of public and private lives during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, with Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough, Russell Tovey, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, directed by Marianne Elliott.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

May
2nd - Nell Gwynn - Shakespeare's Globe
2nd - The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Donmar Warehouse
3rd - The Ferryman - Royal Court
4th - Angels In America - National Lyttelton
8th - Two For The Seesaw - Piccadilly
9th - Salome - National Olivier
11th - Three Sisters - Piccadilly
11th - Love In Idleness - Apollo
13th - Woyzeck - Old Vic
15th - Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour - Duke of York's
24th - Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Globe
25th - On The Town - Regent's Park Open Air

Finales

April
29th - The Glass Menagerie - Duke of York’s
29th - Travesties - Apollo
May
6th - Three Comrades - Piccadilly
6th - Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead - Old Vic
9th - Two For The Seesaw - Piccadilly
13th - Three Sisters - Piccadilly
13th - Nell Gwynn - Shakespeare's Globe
13th - Carousel - London Coliseum
17th - Consent - National Dorfman
20th - The Ferryman - Royal Court