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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th August 2016

On The Casting Couch: Nick Hancock, Charlie Clements and Danny Walters will head the cast of Michael Head's The Greater Game, opening at Southwark Playhouse on 20th September; and Tamsin Greig, David Calder, Daniel Flynn, Jessica Hynes and Sara Kestelman will head the cast of Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures, opening at Hampstead Theatre on 24th October

New York TheatreNet: The Tooting Arts Club site specific production of the musical Sweeney Todd, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the Victorian melodrama about the demon barber of Fleet Street, who cut the throats of his customers, whose corpses were then baked into pies in the shop beneath, which played in candlelight at the Edwardian Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop last year, directed by Bill Buckhurst, will be remounted Off Broadway, recreated at the Barrow Street Theatre, opening on 1st March.

Roll Over Beethoven, a jukebox musical using the plot of Hamlet, set at the arrival of rock'n'roll in Britain in 1956, written and directed by Bob Eaton, will open at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on 6th September.

Staging History, an exhibition examining the growth of history plays during the Regency period, and how theatre producers strived to make their plays as realistic as possible, will open at the Weston Library in Oxford on 13th October. It will also explore how Regency theatre shaped popular interpretation of historical events. The display will reveal how a water tank was used to float model ships for the staging of the Siege of Gibraltar at Sadler's Wells, and how another production used live cannon that set fire to the vessels. Exhibits will include the model of a set for the pantomime Omai, designed by Philip James de Loutherbourg, who is credited with revolutionising English stage design; an oil painting of a production of Henry VIII, showing how characters were dressed in historical costumes; and maps of Captain Cook's travels across the Pacific, which influenced theatre productions of the time.

Forthcoming productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough will include in the Round: Henceforward, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, a futuristic comedy featuring a domestic robot, with Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Russell Dixon, Jessie Hart, Velvet Hebditch, Jacqueline King and Laura Matthews, from 8th September; and Pinocchio, adapted by Nick Lane, directed by Paul Robinson, from 8th December; and in the McCarthy Theatre: the premiere of No Knowing, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, a Christmas comedy set at a 40th wedding anniversary party, with Bill Champion, Russell Dixon, Jacqueline King and Laura Matthews Jessie Hart, from 1st December.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

The Entertainer - Garrick
Kenneth Branagh plays the iconic figure of the struggling music hall comedian in John Osborne's scorching portrait of 1950s Britain, with Gawn Grainger, Greta Scacchi and Sophie McShera, directed by Rob Ashford.
The Naked Magicians - Trafalgar Studios 1
Two Australian magicians, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, go to extreme lengths to prove that they have nothing up their sleeves.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

August
30th - The Entertainer - Garrick
September
1st - The Naked Magicians - Trafalgar Studios 1
7th - The Inn At Lydda - Wanamaker Playhouse
7th - Pride And Prejudice - Regent's Park Open Air
13th - Doctor Faustus - Barbican Theatre
14th - The Alchemist - Barbican Theatre
15th - My Family: Not The Sitcom - Vaudeville
20th - No Man's Land - Wyndham's
22nd - Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) - Royal Court
23rd - Imogen - Shakespeare's Globe

Finales

August
27th - Show Boat - New London
27th - Impossible - Noel Coward
27th - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regent's Park Open Air
September
3rd - The Truth - Wyndham's
3rd - Ivanov - National Olivier
3rd - Platonov - National Olivier
3rd - The Seagull - National Olivier
3rd - Horrible Histories: The Best Of Barmy Britain - Apollo
4th - The Gruffalo - Lyric
10th - Hobson's Choice - Vaudeville
11th - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Globe
11th - 946 - The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips - Shakespeare's Globe
17th - The Inn At Lydda - Wanamaker Playhouse
17th - Pride And Prejudice - Regent's Park Open Air
17th - Groundhog Day - Old Vic
17th - Breakfast At Tiffany's - Haymarket