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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd June 2017

The recent Almeida Theatre production of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, about the struggle for the English throne between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams alternating in the roles, will be remounted at the Duke of York's Theatre opening on 25th January.

Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution, a courtroom drama in which a man is accused of murdering a widow for her money, directed by Lucy Bailey, will be performed for a season in the council chamber of Country Hall, opening on 23rd October.

On The Casting Couch: Stockard Channing will be joined by Laura Carmichael, Freema Agyeman, Desmond Barrit and Joseph Millson in Alexi Kaye Campbell's Apologia, opening at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 3rd August.

The autumn season at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, will include the premieres of Howard Brenton's The Blinding Light, about the playwright August Strindberg's breakdown in Paris in 1896, directed by Tom Littler, running from 6th September; and Judith Burnley's Anything That Flies, examining the lives of refugees and people who see themselves as 'citizens of nowhere', directed by Alice Hamilton, opening on 20th October; plus August Strindberg's Miss Julie, charting a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter, in a new version by Howard Brenton, with Charlotte Hamblin, James Sheldon, and Izabella Urbanowicz, directed by Tom Littler opening on 15th November; and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound Of The Baskervilles, directed by Lotte Wakeham, opening on 8th December.

The touring production of the musical Evita, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, telling the life story of Eva Peron, the wife and 'power behind the throne' of the Argentinean dictator Juan Peron, with Emma Hatton and Gian Marco Schiaretti, directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson, will open a short season at the Phoenix Theatre on 2nd August.

The Sheffield Theatres production of the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, music by Dan Gillespie Sells, based on the true story of a troubled teenager, with Josie Walker, Mina Anwar, Tamsin Carroll and Daniel Anthony, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Lucie Shorthouse and Kirstie Skivington, directed by Jonathan Butterell, with choreography by Kate Prince, will be remounted at the Apollo Theatre, opening on 22nd November.

The autumn season at Theatr Clywd in Mold will include Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya, in a new version by Peter Gill, a story of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit, directed by Tamara Harvey, from 21st September; and Jim Cartwright's The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, the story of a mousey girl who lives through impersonating singers such as Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey, directed by Kate Wasserberg, from 5th October.


Opening This Week

Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill - Wyndham's
Broadway star Audra McDonald in the Tony Award winning production of Lanie Robertson's one woman bioplay with music about Billie Holiday, directed by Lonny Price.
The Wind In The Willows - London Palladium
A new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's beloved tale by Julian Fellows, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with Rufus Hound as the irrepressible Mr Toad, plus Neil McDermott, Gary Wilmot and Denise Welch.
The Tempest - Barbican Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company's multimedia 'rough magic' Stratford upon Avon production of Shakespeare's play of illusions, with Simon Russell Beale, directed by Gregory Doran.


First Nights

26th - Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill - Wyndham's
29th - The Ferryman - Gielgud
29th - The Wind In The Willows - London Palladium
30th - The Tempest - Barbican Theatre
3rd - The Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company - Donmar Warehouse
4th - The Mentor - Vaudeville
10th - Queen Anne - Haymarket
13th - A Tale Of Two Cities - Regent's Park Open Air


24th - The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? - Haymarket
24th - Woyzeck - Old Vic
8th - Anatomy Of A Suicide - Royal Court
9th - Romeo And Juliet - Shakespeare's Globe
22nd - Tape Face - Garrick
22nd - The Philanthropist - Trafalgar Studios 1