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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th December 2012

Booking is now open for the Society Of London Theatre's 12th Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London, running for selected performances from 1st January to 15th February. Over 50 shows are available, including opera, ballet, dance and pantomime, encompassing West End, fringe and suburban theatres at prices from 10 to 35 (according to the venue). In addition, there are accompanying events, including backstage tours, workshops and classes. Further information and booking is available on the GILT web site, via the link opposite below.

Jamie Lloyd will direct a series of four plays about politics and power in a reconfigured in the round Trafalgar Studios 1, beginning with Shakespeare's Macbeth, with James McAvoy, opening on 19th February. The producers are Jamie Lloyd Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group.

The Old Vic Theatre's 2013 season will comprise Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, in which the defence of a boy expelled from school for stealing becomes a cause celebre, directed by Lindsay Posner, opening on 19th March; Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird Of Youth, about an ageing film star's relationship with a gigolo hellbent on achieving his own movie stardom, with Kim Cattrall, directed by Marianne Elliott, opening on 12th June, a co-production with Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer; and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Mark Rylance, opening on 19th September.

Meanwhile, actress Fiona Shaw and dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon will perform Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, at The Old Vic Tunnels, under Waterloo Station, from 4th to 13th January. It is a co production by the Young Vic Theatre, Fitzroy Productions, The Athens and Epidaurus Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The recent arena production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will return for a further tour next year, with the original cast of Ben Forster, Tim Minchin, Melanie Chisholm, Chris Moyles and Alex Hanson, opening at Nottingham Arena on 10th March.

New York TheatreNet: MCC Theater will stage the premiere of Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Happy, in which former partners meet and wonder if they can make a go of it again, despite both being in new relationships with other people, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 2nd June. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

Dame Edna Everage is to undertake a 'farewell tour' with a new show Eat, Pray, Love!, directed by Simon Phillips, opening at Milton Keynes Theatre on 23rd October.

Forthcoming productions at the Print Room, in Notting Hill, will include the premiere of Flow, a dance piece inspired by water, choreographed by Hubert Essakow, to a score by Peter Gregson, from 6th Febuary; Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney, in which a woman, blind since infancy, undergoes an operation to try to restore her sight, directed by Abigail Graham, from 2nd April; and Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, about a nonagenarian and her grandson, who is grieving for his best friend, directed by James Dacre, from 14th May, a Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio production.

The spring season at the Curve in Leicester will include in the Main House yet another revival of Hot Stuff, the back catalogue show featuring songs of the '70s and '80s, devised and directed by Paul Kerryson with Ceri Dupree, choreography by David Needham, from 20th April; and in the Studio, Pam Gems's Piaf, a bioplay about the French singer Edith Piaf, with Frances Ruffelle, directed by Paul Kerryson, from 22nd February; and the musical The Hired Man, book and lyrics by Melvyn Bragg, music by Howard Goodall, the story of a Cumbrian farm labourer and coal miner in the early 20th century, directed by Daniel Buckroyd, from 12th April, a co-production with the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

The premiere of Ailis Ni Riain's Desolate Heaven, the story of two teenage girls whose lives caring for their parents are transformed when they meet each other and embark on an ill-fated trip of self-discovery, directed by Paul Robinson, will open at the Theatre503, in Battersea, on 8th February.

The Faction Theatre Company will stage a repertoire at the New Diorama Theatre, off the Euston Road, comprising Friedrich Schiller's Fiesco, in a new version by Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher, about the dilemma of enlisting a possible new tyrant to overthrow a current one, directed by Mark Leipacher, opening on 5th January; Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, in which three siblings living in a rural dacha yearn for the city life in Moscow, directed by Mark Leipacher, opening on 11th January; and Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, in a new version by Gareth Jandrell, a tale of love, lust and betrayal, whose action is highly symbolic, incorporating song, chant, poetry, music, and rhythm, directed by Rachel Valentine Smit, opening on 29th January.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt, the children's picture book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, about a family's adventures in search of a bear, adapted and directed by Sally Cookson, with a score by Benji Bower, will return to the West End, playing daytime performances at the Lyric Theatre, from 6th July to 1st September. The producers are Kenny Wax and Nick Brooke.

Richard Vergette's American Justice, a contemporary political thriller about guilt and redemption in America's deep south, with Ryan Gage, Peter Tate and David Schaal, directed by Lisa Forrell, will open at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, on 15th January. The producers are The Playground Studio and Echo, in association with Louise Chantal.