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Shakespeare's Globe will celebrate of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death next year with a short film on each of his 37 plays, to be screened along the South Bank, between Westminster and Tower Bridges, from 10am to 10pm on 23rd and 24th April. Each of the 10 minute films will include pre-existing footage as well as new material shot in Stratford-upon-Avon and an extract of the play, which will be performed by actors in the real locations each work is set. Directors involved in the project will include Dominic Dromgoole, Jeremy Herrin, Adele Thomas, Sam Yates and Michelle Terry.
Hampstead Theatre will stage David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, about a happy suburban couple suddenly faced with the loss of their son, directed by Edward Hall, opening on 4th February.
The National Theatre of Scotland's 2016 season will include Oliver Emanuel's Dawn, the first play in The 306, a trilogy commemorating those who were shot for cowardice or desertion in the First World War, directed by Laurie Sansom; the return of Lee Hall's musical Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour, with music by Handel, Bach and ELO, adapted from Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos, about a group of teenage girls from a Catholic school on a visit to Edinburgh, directed by Vicky Featherstone; Zinnie Harris's The Restless House, adapted from Aeschylus's The Oresteia, directed by Dominic Hil; and I Am Thomas, by Simon Armitage, a black comic musical about the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy in 1696.
On The Casting Couch: Ralph Fiennes will be joined by Sarah Snook, Linda Emond, James Laurenson and James Dreyfus in Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, opening at the Old Vic Theatre on 29th January; and Harry Melling, Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Jemima Rooper and Kevin Mains will feature in Robert Askins's Hand To God, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 11th February.
Forthcoming productions at the Rose Theatre in Kingston will include Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville, with Martin Ball, Elisa Boyd, Tomm Coles, Paul Hawkyard, Anthony Hunt, Anne-Marie Piazza and Jon Trenchard, from 1st December; Roald Dahl's The Witches, adapted by David Wood, about young boy and his grandmother battling child-hating evil witches, directed by Nikolai Foster, from 29th March, a co-production with the Curve in Leicester; and Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed, based on the true story of a court case involving Shakespeare's eldest daughter and her alleged affair with a married neighbour, directed by James Dacre, from 26th April, a co-production with English Touring Theatre.
The spring season at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield will include Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, in which, famously, nothing happens - twice, directed by Charlotte Gwinner, opening on 8th February; the premiere of Richard Bean's The Nap, a comedy thriller set in the world of snooker, with Jack O'Connell, directed by Richard Wilson, opening on 15th March; and the premiere of the musical Flowers For Mrs Harris, by Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff, adapted from the novel by Paul Gallico, about a cockney charwoman in the 1940s who goes to Paris in search of an original Dior dress, with Clare Burt, directed by Daniel Evans, opening on 23rd May.
And Finally . . . The Bolton Octagon Theatre will stage #Chip Shop The Musical, by Emma Hill, about the relationship that develops between a shy teenager who applies for a job in her local chippy and its disillusioned, out of step with the world, owner, performed over dinner in the Olympus fish and chip restaurant from 11th May, opening a tour of chippies across the country.