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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd July 2015

The Theatre Royal Bath/Tricycle Theatre production of Florian Zeller's The Father, in a new version by Christopher Hampton, a dark comedy about the relationship of an aging man beginning to lose touch with reality and his daughter, with Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner, directed by James Macdonald, will be remounted at Wyndham's Theatre, opening on 5th September.

The Union Theatre, in Southwark, will stage the musical The Spitfire Grill, book and music by James Valcq, book and lyrics by Fred Alley, adapted from the 1996 film by Lee David Zlotoff, about a woman just released from prison who goes to work in a small town American cafe, with Belinda Wollaston, Hilary Harwood, Natalie Law, Katie Brennan, Hans Rye, Chris Kiely and Andrew Borthwick, directed by Alastair Knights, with choreography by Lee Crawley, opening on 24th July.

The National Theatre of Scotland will stage the premiere 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, opening at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on 19th August, a co-production with Live Theatre.

The autumn season at Theatre503 in Battersea will include Bea Roberts's And Then Come The Nightjars, about a Devon farm's struggle to survive the foot and mouth crisis, directed by Paul Robinson, from 2nd September, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic; Paul Murphy's Valhalla, in which a scientific researcher and his wife looking for the cure to a devastating disease escape to an isolated Nordic facility, directed by Jo McInnes, from 30th September; Jon Brittain's Rotterdam, a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, from 27th October; and Sleeping Trees's Cinderella And The Beanstalk, a three handed pantomime with a twist, directed by Tom Attenborough, from 25th November.

New Adventures' production of Sleeping Beauty, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, will return to Sadler's Wells from 1st December, launching an international tour.

Opera North's 2015/2016 season will include new productions of the musical Kiss Me, Kate, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the backstage story of a touring production of The Taming Of The Shrew, with Jeni Bern and Quirijn de Lang, directed by Jo Davies, with choreography by Will Tuckett; Giordano's Andrea Chenier, directed by Annabel Arden; the premiere of Mark Simpson's Pleasure, libretto by Melanie Challenger, set in a gay nightclub, with Lesley Garrett, directed by Tim Albery; and the musical Into The Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which characters from a number of fairytales don't live happily ever after, directed by James Brining; plus a full cycle of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, in a concert staging by Peter Mumford.

James Rushbrooke's Tomcat, exploring the ethics of genetic screening, mental illness and abortion, will open at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, on 30th October.

The Rumour Machine says: that the National Theatre and Disney are working on a Pinocchio musical, adapted from the 1940 film and the original stories by Carlo Collidi, with a book by Enda Walsh, directed by John Tiiffany, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, for possible production at Christmas next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


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13th - The Mentalists - Wyndham’s
14th - Constellations - Trafalgar Studios 1
20th - Richard III - Shakespeare’s Globe
20th - Sinatra At The London Palladium - London Palladium
22nd - Richard II - Shakespeare’s Globe
22nd - Brainstorm - National Temporary
23rd - Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - Regent’s Park Open Air
24th - Impossible - Noel Coward
25th - Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 3 - Garrick
28th - Three Days In The Country - National Lyttelton
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8th - Rules For Living - National Dorfman
11th - We Want You To Watch - National Temporary
11th - The Seagull - Regent’s Park Open Air
11th - An Oak Tree - National Temporary
18th - Death Of A Salesman - Noel Coward
18th - Hang - Royal Court
25th - Brainstorm - National Temporary
25th - To Kill A Mockingbird - Barbican Theatre
25th - The Audience - Apollo
25th - Temple - Donmar Warehouse
25th - Richard III - Shakespeare’s Globe
1st - Hay Fever - Duke of York’s
1st - Constellations - Trafalgar Studios 1