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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 2nd November 2012

The National Theatre production of Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, about a 15 year old boy on the autism spectrum living in Swindon, with Luke Treadaway, Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack, Sophie Duval, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty, Nick Sidi and Howard Ward, directed by Marianne Elliott, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre, opening on 12th March.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced the remaining productions in its 2013 season, running from 15th May to 7th September. Joining the previously announced courtroom drama To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's novel about prejudice in a small southern town during the American great depression of the 1930s, directed by Timothy Sheader; and the musical The Sound Of Music, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, about a novice nun falling in love with a widowed naval captain and his children in 1930s Austria, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh; are Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice, adapted by Simon Reade; and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale re-imagined for children aged 6 and older.

Highlights of the newly reinvigorated Theatre Awards UK, given to regional and touring productions, include Imelda Staunton - Performance (Musical) - Sweeney Todd - Chichester Festival Theatre; Henry Goodman - Performance (Play) - The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Chichester Festival Theatre; Musical Production - The Go-Between, by Richard Taylor and David Wood - West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal & Derngate Northampton/Derby LIVE!; and New Play - In The Next Room, by Sarah Ruhl - Theatre Royal Bath. Full details of all the nominees and winners can be found on the Theatrical Management Assiciation web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The spring season at Sadler's Wells will include the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Two Cigarettes In The Dark and Vollmond; Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre with new interpretations of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring and Petrushka by Michael Keegan-Dolan; Hofesh Shechter with a double bill of Uprising and The Art Of Not Looking Back, Political Mother: The Choreographer's Cut, and a new work; the National Ballet of Canada with Alexei Ratmansky's Romeo And Juliet; Akram Khan with his latest full length work iTMOi (In The Mind Of Igor); and The Forsythe Company.

New York TheatreNet: Lincoln Center Theater will stage the premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's comedy The Nance, about a vaudeville performer during New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's campaign to ban burlesque in the 1930s, with Nathan Lane, directed by Jack O'Brien, opening at the Lyceum Theatre on 21st March. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The spring season at Hampstead Theatre will include Amelia Bullmore's Di And Viv And Rose, about university friends as they progress through life, with Tamsin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin, directed by Anna Mackmin, opening on 23rd January; and the premiere of William Boyd's Longing, a tale of 19th century Russian life, based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov, directed by Nina Raine, opening on 7th March;

On The Casting Couch: Robert Hardy, Haydn Gwynne and Paul Ritter will be among the Prime Ministers joining Helen Mirren in Peter Morgan's The Appointment, opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 5th March.

The European premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, in which two childhood friends find that their lives keep intersecting at bizarre intervals over 30 years, directed by Justin Audibert, will open at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill on 24th January. The producers are Paul Jellis, the Gate Theatre and the National Theatre Studio.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket's Masterclass season for young people who have an interest in theatre, or are keen to pursue a career in the arts, continues, featuring the following masters of their arts: 13th November - director Jonathan Church, 20th November - actor Tom Hollander, and 27th November - actor Ray Fearon. Sessions begin at 2.30pm and last around two hours. Events are open to people aged between 17 and 30 and mature students, and are free of charge - but there is a refundable deposit required confirming the booking. Those aged over 30 who would like to attend can buy tickets. Further information and online booking can be found on the Theatre Royal Haymarket web site via the link from the London Venues in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Dick Whittington And His Cat, written and directed by Susie McKenna, with Joanna Riding, Steve Elias, Alexia Khadime, Tony Whittle, Darren Hart and Rina Fatania, choreographed by Steve Elias and Sam Francis, will open at the Hackney Empire on 1st December.

The Tete a Tete production of Salad Days, the 1950s musical in which a young couple find a magic piano, book and lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade, music by Julian Slade, with Luke Alexander, Lee Boggess, Charlie Cameron, Richard Kent Chalk, Nicholas Collier, Matthew Hawksworth, Mark Inscoe, Kathryn Martin, Leo Miles, Tom Millen, Katie Moore, Gemma Page, Ellie Robertson, Tanya Stephens, Tony Timberlake, Josephine Warren, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones, with choreography by Quinny Sacks, will return to Riverside Studios, in Hammersmith, from 20th December.

An arena tour of Madagascar Live!, adapted from the 2005 animated film, in which animals from New York's Central Park Zoo find themselves on an unexpected journey to Madagascar, directed by Gip Hoppe, will open at Bournemouth International Centre on 10th January. The producer is Stage Entertainment Touring Productions.