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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th December 2016

Brodsky / Baryshnikov, a one man show based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky, performed (in Russian) by Mikhail Baryshnikov, conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, will play at the Apollo Theatre from 3rd to 6th May.

The Watermill Theatre Newbury production of Nick Newman and Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times, adapted from the television film telling the true story of the satirical newspaper created in the trenches of the First World War, with Kevin Brewer, James Dutton, George Kemp, Jake Morgan and Dan Tetsell, directed by Caroline Leslie, will be remounted at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, opening on 27th March.

Forthcoming productions at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly will include the comic song cycle Cautionary Tales For Daughters, music and lyrics by Tanya Holt, additional lyrics and direction by Robin Kingsland, tales of the hapless, feckless and foolish, from 30th January; Ron Hutchinson's Beau Brummell - An Elegant Madness, about the latter days of the Regency dandy and wit, with Sean Brosnan and Richard Latham, directed by Peter Craze, opening on 14th February; and the British premiere of the revised version of the musical The Frogs, book by Burt Shevelove, with additions by Nathan Lane, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on an Aristophanes play featuring a Heavenly debate between Aeschylus and Euripides to determine who is the greater artist, so that he can be returned to earth to save civilization, updated to a debate between William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, directed by Grace Wessels, with movement by Tim McArthur, opening on 16th March

On The Casting Couch: Maxwell Caulfield, Zoe Doano and Chris Peluso will head the cast of the Thomas Meehan-Peter Stone-Maury Yeston musical Death Takes A Holiday, opening at the Charing Cross Theatre on 16th January; and Donna McKechnie, John Owen-Jones and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will join Frances Ruffelle in the Michael John LaChiusa-George C Wolfe musical The Wild Party, opening at The Other Palace, in Victoria, on 20th February.

Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include a 90 minute immersive production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, directed by Amy Draper, opening on 6th January; Alex MacKeith's School Play, exploring what it means to be a primary school teacher in contemporary Britain, directed by Charlie Parham, opening on 6th February; Sonja Linden's Roundelay, a Third Age take on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, with Roger Alborough, Doreene Blackstock, Holly De Jong, Ann Firbank, Elan James, John Moraitis, Vincenzo Nicoli, Clare Perkins and Anna Simpson, directed by Anna Ledwich, opening on 27th February; Marielle Heller's The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner recounting the coming-of-age adventures of a San Francisco girl growing up in the counterculture haze of the 1970s, directed by Alexander Parker, opening on 6th March; and Glen Waldron's Natives, charting a life-altering day for three teenagers on three continents, directed by Rob Drummer, opening on 31st March.


Opening This Week

Potted Panto - Garrick
The return of the show that condenses 7 favourite pantomimes into 80 minutes, written and performed by children's television presenters Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner.
Dreamgirls - Savoy
Amber Riley in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical portraying the backstage drama surrounding the rise to fame of a 1960s Motown style girl group, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
Cinderella - London Palladium
Spectacular pantomime returns to the world's greatest variety theatre with a cast including Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Amanda Holden, Lee Mead, Nigel Havers, Count Arthur Strong and Natasha J Barnes.
Mr Popper's Penguins - Criterion
A new musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's much loved children's book about a family who lives are changed by the surprise arrival of a penguin.
Love's Labours Lost - Haymarket
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Edwardian country house setting of Shakespeare's comedy in which a king and his friends take an oath to forswear the company of women, which they are unable to keep.
Much Ado About Nothing - Haymarket
The Royal Shakespeare Company's companion post First World War country house party setting of Shakespeare's middle age rom com, both plays performed by the same company and directed by Christopher Luscombe.


First Nights

11th - Potted Panto - Garrick
14th - Dreamgirls - Savoy
14th - Cinderella - London Palladium
16th - Mr Popper's Penguins - Criterion
17th - Love's Labours Lost - Haymarket
17th - Much Ado About Nothing - Haymarket
3rd - Art - Old Vic


23rd - King Lear - Barbican Theatre
31st - Dirty Dancing - Phoenix
31st - Mr Popper's Penguins - Criterion
7th - Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Drury Lane