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It has been confirmed that the National Theatre of Scotland production of Jack Thorne's Let The Right One In, adapted from the cult Swedish romantic horror film, about a lonely bullied teenager living with his mother on a housing estate in a neighbourhood that has experienced a spate of sinister killings, with the action relocated to Scotland, with Rebecca Benson, Martin Quinn, Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega and Susan Vidler, directed by John Tiffany, will open at the Apollo Theatre on 7th April. The producers are Marla Rubin, Bill Kenwright, the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Memphis, based on a concept by George W George, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music and lyrics by David Bryan, telling the story of a white radio disc jockey growing up in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950's, with a passion for rhythm and blues, who falls in love with a black singer, with Beverley Knight, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 23rd October.
On The Casting Couch: Tim Pigott-Smith, Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Sampson, Lydia Wilson and Tafline Steen will feature in Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, opening at the Almeida Theatre on 12th June.
Jasper Rees and Jonathan Guy Lewis's I Found My Horn, a memoir charting a journey from despair to redemption through the fulfilment of an unusual challenge, performed by Jonathan Guy Lewis, directed by Harry Burton, will open at the Trafalgar Studios 2 on 2nd April. The producer is Wildcard Theatre.
The recent National Theatre production of Ben Power's The Elephantom, adapted from Ross Collins's picture book about a little girl and her larger-than-life friend, co-directed by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie, with Marianne Elliott as consultant director, will play daytime performances at the New London Theatre from 30th June to 6th September.
TheatreUpClose will stage the Australian musical Once We Lived Here, book and lyrics by Dean Bryant, music by Matthew Frank, a family drama set on a remote and failing sheep station, with Melle Stewart, Iestyn Arwel, Simone Craddock, Shaun Rennie and Belinda Wollaston, directed by Dean Bryant, opening at the King's Head Theatre, in Islington, on 4th April.
Rough Haired Pointer will stage the premiere of Matt Osman's The Boy Who Cried, about a missing girl and a man locked in depression in a dystopian London of werewolves and 'Protection Officers', with Jake Curran, Hamish Macdougall, Jordan Mallory-Skinner, Shelley Lang and Loz Keystone, directed by Mary Franklin, at The Hope Theatre, in Islington, opening on 7th March.
New York TheatreNet: The Flea Theater will stage the premiere of The Mysteries, a radical retelling of the Bible in 50 episodes from The Fall of Lucifer to Judgment Day, conceived and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, written by 48 playwrights, including David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Jeff Whitty, Bill Cain and Billy Porter, opening on April 20th. The idea takes inspiration from plays performed by British craft guilds in the middle ages. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.
The musical Avenue Q, book by Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, a kind of adult Sesame Street with a mixture of real and puppet performers, carrying the warning "full puppet nudity, not suitable for children", directed and choreographed by Cressida Carre, will open a national tour at Greenwich Theatre on 28th April. The producer is Sell a Door Theatre Company.
Blues In The Night, a jazz and blues musical revue conceived by Sheldon Epps, which explores the lives of three women and a saloon singer, with Sharon D Clarke, Paulette Ivory and Clive Rowe, directed by Susie McKenna, with choreography by Frank Thompson, will play at the Hackney Empire from 24th April.
The musical The Beautiful Game, book and lyrics by Ben Elton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, about the members of a Belfast amateur football team, set against the backdrop of the religious conflict, with Niamh Perry, Ben Kerr, Stephen Barry, Daniella Bowen, Freddie Rogers, Will Jeffs, Alan McHale, Natalie Douglas and Carl McCrystal, directed by Lotte Wakeham, with choreography by Tim Jackson, will play at the Union Theatre, in Southwark, from 3rd April. It is produced by Paul Taylor Mills.
Garsington Opera, one of the 'alternative Glyndebournes', will stage its 25th season at the Wormsley estate, near Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire, from 6th June to 19th July. Performances are in the spectacular 600 seat glass pavilion, encompassing stage and audience, designed by Robin Snell. It continues the policy of combining favourite operas with discoveries of little known works, comprising a revival of John Cox's production of Beethoven's Fidelio; the British premiere of Offenbach's comic opera Vert-Vert, directed by Martin Duncan; and a new production of Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Daniel Slater. In addition, a special event, Peace In Our Time?, focuses on the Beethovenian ideals of brotherhood, freedom and the elusive goal of peace. Further information can be found on the GO web site via the link from Dance & Opera in the Links section of TheatreNet.
Forthcoming productions at Riverside Studios, in Hammersmith, will include Euripides's Medea, directed by Anastasia Revi, from 5th March, produced by Theatre Lab Company; and a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, book by Linnie Reedman, music and lyrics by Joe Evans, about a man who preserves his youthful looks thanks to a hidden portrait, with Daisy Bevan and Jack Fox, from 16th April, produced by Ruby in the Dust.
London Wonderground, featuring a mix of international cabaret, circus, sideshow and musical acts, bringing Coney Island to the South Bank, will return in the 1920s Spiegeltent, the Belgium originated portable performance venue with mirrors lining the interior walls, located in Jubilee Gardens, between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye, from 7th May to 28th September. The headline show will again be the circus-cabaret extravaganza Limbo.
The Rumour Machine says: that the current Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, adapted by Mike Poulton from the novels by Hillary Mantel, about the machinations at the court of Henry VIII, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will transfer to the RSC's original London home of the Aldwych Theatre. The Rumour Machine grinds on.
And Finally . . . RIFT theatre company will stage a site specific immersive 12 hour overnight 'Macbeth experience', inspired by Shakespeare's play, in an East London tower block, directed by Felix Mortimer, on Fridays and Saturdays from 20th June to 16th August.