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Last updated : 11th May 2012

Fuerza Bruta, the show combining physical theatre, acrobatics, music and audience involvement by the Argentinean company that created De La Guarda, will return to the Roundhouse at Chalk Farm for a 4 week season from 26th December.

The Love Theatre/Soho Theatre production of A Walk On Part - The Fall Of New Labour, adapted from the diaries of former minister Chris Mullin by Michael Chaplin, with John Hodgkinson, Tracy Gillman, Hywel Morgan and Joe Caffrey, directed by Max Roberts, will transfer to the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, opening 26th June.

The autumn season at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury will include the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, new music by Jeanine Tesori, new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, adapted from the 1967 film about a girl from Kansas who arrives in 1920s New York to start a new life, directed by Caroline Leslie, with choreography by Alistair David, opening on 8th August; Shakespeare's The Tempest, directed by Paul Hart, opening on 1st October; and Arabian Nights, in a new version by Toby Hulse, directed by Robin Belfield, from 22nd November.

New York TheatreNet: Triassic Parq The Musical, by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, which claims to 'vividly bring together music, sex and singing dinosaurs in ways hitherto unimagined', with Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Brandon Espinoza, Wade McCollum, Claire Neumann, Lee Seymour, Shelley Thomas and Alex Wyse, directed by Marshall Pailet, with choreography by Kyle Mullins, will open at the Soho Playhouse on 27th June. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The Full Monty, a new play adapted from the 1997 film about unemployed Sheffield steelworkers who become male strippers, by original screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, (not the American musical, book by Terrence McNally, which relocated the action to Buffalo, New York) will premiere at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 1st February. It will be a co-production with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers.

The National Student Drama Festival will take place in its new home of Sheffield from 22nd to 30th June, open to everyone: colleges, youth theatres, community organisations and universities. It will comprise 20 shows, chosen from 150 entries, embracing all styles and themes, from devised work to modern classics, from musical theatre to new writing, and from physical theatre to the great classic drama of the past. In addition to the performances, the Festival also has an extensive programme of over 200 workshops, masterclasses, debates, street theatre and other events. Last year's participants included Lucy Briers, Femi Elufowoju Jr, Tamara Harvey, Thelma Holt, Paul McGann, David Newman, Mark Ravenhill, Mark Rosenblatt, Janet Suzman and Richard Wilson, as well as companies such as Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe, Headlong, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Studio and Royal Shakespeare Company, Further information can be found on the NSDF web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The summer season at Dundee Repertory Theatre will include Shakespeare's The Tempest, from 6th June; the return of the local musical comedy The Mill Lavvies, a slice of life in a Dundee jute mill in the 1960s, with book and lyrics by Chris Rattray, and music by Michael Marra, from 30th August; and Sharman Macdonald's She Town, a play with music set amongst the working class women in 'the backies' of Dundee in the summer of 1936, from 12th September.

The architectural and cultural splendour of the West End can now be enjoyed in Great West End Theatres, a new project that takes viewers on an exclusive journey through the doors and into the most magnificent and best loved theatres in the world, both in front of and intriguingly, backstage. Legendary actor Donald Sinden tells the history, traditions and gossip of each theatre, inviting international theatrical celebrities to join him on his expedition around this magical and largely unknown world, sharing their reminiscences and times spent on the stages of the West End. The first 10 theatres are now available on DVD or digital download from the Dress Circle web site via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of TheatreNet

Inner City Productions will stage Mike Batistick's Chicken, about a dysfunctional couple in the Bronx in contemporary New York, with Craig Kelly and George Georgiou, directed by Sam Neophytou, opening at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 26th June.

Rather more homespun than Glyndebourne, Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, hosts outdoor opera performances in the round in the Peto garden, plus promenade style jazz and world music and chamber concerts, from 8th June to 11th August. This season's opera productions are Iford Festival Opera with Verdi's Falstaff, directed by Bruno Ravella; Chroma's production of Mozart's The Abduction From The Seraglio, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones; and The Early Opera Company performing Handel's Susannah, directed by Pia Furtado. The garden opens for picnics at 6pm with opera performances beginning at 7.30pm. Further information can be found on the Iford Arts web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that Lincoln Center Theater production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, a family drama that takes place over the course of a Christmas Eve, with a former matinee idol turned politician, his screenwriter wife and their novelist daughter, who has written an unflattering memoir, directed by Joe Mantello, currently playing on Broadway, will transfer to the West End in the autumn with Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach reprising their roles as the parents. The Rumour Machine grinds on.