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Last updated : 2nd December 2011

In addition to the already announced Globe To Globe Festival, featuring all 37 Shakespeare plays being performed in 37 different languages, Shakespeare's Globe's 2012 season will run from 7th June to 14th October under the title of The Play's The Thing, comprising Richard III and Twelfth Night, in all male 'original practices' productions using Elizabethan clothing, music and dance, with Mark Rylance, directed by Tim Carroll, plus The Taming Of The Shrew, directed by Toby Frow, and Henry V, with Jamie Parker, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, held over from the Festival.

An American touring production of the Broadway musical American Idiot, based on the album of the same name, whose characters search for meaning in a chaotic world following 9/11, music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer, who also directs, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, will open a British national tour at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on 9th October, which will end at the Hammersmith Apollo from 3rd to 8th December. It will be presented by SJM Concerts and Flying Entertainment.

The National Theatre of Scotland has announced further productions for 2012, including Alan Cumming performing a one man version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by John Tiffany and Andy Goldberg; the musical Glasgow Girls, conceived and directed by Cora Bissett, about teenage asylum seekers; My Shrinking Life, created and performed by Alison Peebles, about living with MS, directed by Lies Pauwels; and Michel Tremblay's The Guid Sisters, in Scots translation by Bill Findlay, exploring the relationships between women in a Glasgow tenement in the 1960s, directed by Serve Denoncourt.

The Off Broadway comedy All New People, written by and featuring American television actor Zach Braff, in which a man seeking peace in a Long Beach Island apartment in winter, is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits, directed by Peter Dubois, will open at the Duke Of York's Theatre on 24th February. The producer is the Ambassador Theatre Group.

New York TheatreNet: The American theatrical publishing and licensing company Samuel French has begun to release its titles, including plays and musical librettos, in eBook format via Apple's iBookstore, for use on iPhone, iPod and iPad. Starting with around 100 titles, including works by Dale Wasserman, Charles Busch, Israel Horovitz, Ray Cooney and Marsha Norman, the aim is to have 1,000 available by the end of the year. Samuel French is also preparing the scripts for use on the Kindle, Nook and Sony eReader via all online retailers next year. Most plays will retail for $8.99. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The winter season at Theatre 503 in Battersea will include the Australian Cheepuk production of Ron Elisha's Man In The Middle, a bioplay about the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with Darren Weller, directed by Lucy Skilbeck, from 10th January; and Kefi Chadwick's Mathematics Of The Heart, centring on the chaotic personal life a professor of Chaos Theory who specialises in storm patterns, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, from 7th February.

Forthcoming productions at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith will include: The Importance Of Being Earnest - A New Musical, book by Douglas Livingstone, music and lyrics by Adam McGuinness and Zia Moranne, adapted from Oscar Wilde's 'trivial comedy for serious people' about living a double life, with Gyles Brandreth, directed by Iqbal Khan, from 7th December; At Swim Two Boys, created and directed by Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen, based on the novel by Jamie O'Neill, about the relationship between two boys, with dancers Daniel Connor and Murilo Leite D'Imperio and musicians Frank Naughton and Sion Orgon, which unfolds against a cascading wall of water that slowly fills the stage, opening on 8th February, produced by Earthfall; and A Few Man Fridays, written and directed by Adrian Jackson, inspired by the expulsion of the entire population of a chain of tropical islands in the 1960s, opening on 15th February, produced by Cardboard Citizens.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is to celebrate entering its 60th year with a series of 60 themed events, including productions in 60 countries across the world, culminating in its first ever British tour, directed by Angus Jackson, opening a 60 venue, 60 week marathon at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on 11th September.

Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse at London Bridge will include in the Main House: Emily Mann's Execution Of Justice, a verbatim play examining the controversy surrounding the shooting of the mayor of San Francisco in 1979, directed by Joss Bennathan, from 11th January, produced by Lindsay Fraser; Doug Lucie's The Shallow End, a satire on the mercenary agenda in the British media, directed by Sebastien Blanc, from 8th February; and the premiere of Philip Ridley's Shivered, a story of two families as they grapple with war, love, grief and mysterious lights in the sky, directed by Russell Bolam, from 7th March, produced by Moya Productions; and in The Vault: the musical Floyd Collins, book by Tina Landau, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, based on a true story from Kentucky in 1925, when a man became trapped in an underground cave, and sparked the first American media circus, directed by Derek Bond, from 22nd February, produced in association with Peter Huntley Productions.

Someone To Blame, written by Tess Berry-Hart from spoken evidence, about a man convicted of murder after a street fight in 2004, directed by David Mercatali, will play at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, opening on 9th March.