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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th November 1997

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Pinero's farce The Magistrate is transferring to the Savoy Theatre, opening on 9th December. It stars Ian Richardson and Abigail McKern, and is directed by Nicholas Broadhurst, with Duncan Weldon producing. The play was last seen in the West End in 1969 with Alastair Sim and Patricia Routledge, also transferring from Chichester.

The Old Vic has been given a short reprieve following the departure of the Peter Hall Company. Turnstyle will present a Christmas season of Slava Palunin's Snowshow from 12th December to 3rd January. The Russian clown's unique mixture of circus and mime was originally brought to London last January by Sadlers Wells, following an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996. You still have time to buy the Old Vic. Sealed bids must be received by 14th November.

Producer Edward Snape has revealed plans to establish a long term relationship with the Vaudeville Theatre, offering a range of attractions aimed at a younger audience, under the umbrella title "Live At The Vaudeville". The first event will be Julian Clary - Special Delivery, which runs from 12th December to 3rd January. The Right Size physical comedy company's new show Do You Come Here Often? opens on 8th January, with Dan Coleman co-producing. Kit and the Widow will follow, with David Helfgot and Larry Adler performing Gershwin in the spring. If it works, the plan is to run a season from autumn to spring, and present a more traditional theatre company during the summer.

More Grimm Tales, a new collection of dramatised stories opens for the Christmas season at the Young Vic on 24th November. Adaptor Carol Ann Duffy and director Tim Supple hope to repeat the success of their first Grimm Tales collaboration last year. The cast includes Robert Bowman, Linda Kerr Scott and Leo Wringer.

The musical version of Dr Dolittle with Philip Schofield has been put back from March. It will now premiere on 14th July at the Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith. There is a rumour that this may be due to problems in making the animatronic figures convincingly lifelike - although that never worried anyone when he played Joseph.

A reminder that Improthon 97 is at Her Majesty's Theatre this Sunday 9th November at 5.00pm. It features the usual suspects: Steve Frost, Josie Lawrence, Mike McShane, Paul Merton, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Jim Sweeney and Richard Vranch.