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Last updated : 12th October 2012

It has been confirmed that the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Once, adapted from John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician who makes music with an Eastern European immigrant, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by John Tiffany, with musical staging by Steven Hoggett, will open at the Phoenix Theatre on 9th April. The producers are Barbara Broccoli, John N Hart Jr, Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

Anjin: The Shogun And The English Samurai, by Mike Poulton with Shoichiro Kawai, the epic story of William Adams, an English maritime pilot believed to be the first Englishman ever to reach Japan, who became adviser to the powerful Shogun Tokugawa, at the heart of a dangerous clash of cultures and struggle for power, performed by a cast of Japanese and English actors, including Masachika Ichimura, Stephen Boxer and Yuki Furukawa, directed by Gregory Doran, will play at Sadler's Wells from 31st January to 9th February.

It has been confirmed that Harold Pinter's Old Times, in which a couple are visited by an old friend and discuss incidents that may or may not have happened in their past, with Rufus Sewell, and Lia Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas alternating in the other roles, directed by Ian Rickson, will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 31st January. The producer is Sonia Friedman Productions.

The Hampstead Theatre production of David Hare's The Judas Kiss, about the fall from grace of Oscar Wilde, focussing on the eve of his arrest and the night after his release from two years imprisonment, with Rupert Everett, Freddie Fox, Cal Macaninch, Ben Hardy, Kirsty Oswald, Alister Cameron and Tom Colley, directed by Neil Armfield, will transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre, following its current tour, opening on 17th January. The producers are Robert Fox, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Hampstead Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre.

New York TheatreNet: The new musical Hands On A Hardbody, book by Doug Wright, music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, lyrics by Amanda Green, based on the documentary film about an auto dealership that launches an endurance contest in which 10 economically-strapped strangers compete to win a truck, with Keith Carradine, Hunter Foster, Mary Gordon Murray, Allison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson, David Larsen, Jacob Ming-Trent, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Jim Newman, Connie Ray, Jon Rua, Keala Settle, Dale Soules, Scott Wakefield and William Youmans, directed by Neil Pepe, with musical staging by Sergio Trujillo, will open on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 23rd March. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

It has been confirmed that Douglas Hodge will head the cast of the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the story of a boy who wins the chance to visit the mysterious Willy Wonka's idiosyncratic sweet manufacturing plant, book by David Greig, music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, directed by Sam Mendes, with choreography by Peter Darling, which will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June.

The London International Mime Festival will run from 10th to 27th January, featuring companies from around the world spanning the full range of visual theatre, including leading exponents of mime, animation, circus, puppetry, clowning, juggling and vaudeville, together with a programme of talks and workshops. Performers will include British aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor with Not Until We Are Lost, which explores what it is to be lost; Chinese puppeteer Yeung Fai presenting Hand Stories, about his father's victimisation during China's Cultural Revolution; Belgian dance theatre collective Les Ballets C de la B with The Old King, revealing the thoughts of one man and the way he relates to society; circus-theatre act Zimmermann and de Perrot performing Hans Was Heiri, which elicits hidden meaning from objects, bodies and sounds; and puppet company Blind Summit with the world premiere of The Heads. Further information can be found on the LIMF web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Malthouse Theatre, Sydney, Australia, production of Meow Meow's The Little Match Girl, created by and featuring cabaret performer Meow Meow, music by Iain Grandage, inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, featuring Chris Ryan, directed by Marion Potts, will play at the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 13th to 30th December.

The National Theatre of Scotland's 2013 season will include Wils Wilson's Ignition, a site specific production about fuel and cars and their impact on island life; Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in a version by Zinnie Harris, in which a woman rebels against the confines of her marriage, directed by Graham McLaren; Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, adapted by Abigail Docherty, directed by Lu Kemp; Paul Bright's Confession Of A Justified Sinner, a radical new interpretation of James Hogg's classic Scottish novel about religious obsession, directed by Stewart Laing; Jack Thorne's adaptation of cult Swedish romantic horror film, Let The Right One In, with the action relocated to Scotland, directed by John Tiffany, with Steven Hoggett as associate director; Joe Corrie's In Time O'Strife, a site-specific production, directed by Graham McLaren; a season of between 4 and 6 new plays from China in collaboration with the National Theatre of China; and a new as yet untitled play written and directed by Anthony Neilson.

The musical High Society, book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, a stage adaptation of the film musical based on Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story, which story unfolds at a New England society wedding of the year, where the bride has last minute second thoughts as to who should be the groom, when her ex husband appears, with Michael Praed, Sophie Bould, Daniel Boys, Keiron Crook, Carolyn Pickles and Alex Young, directed by Anna Linstrum, will open a national tour at Venue Cymru Llandudno from 24th January. The producer is Music and Lyrics.

Forthcoming productions at Dundee Repertory Theatre will include Mike Kenny's The Snow Queen, adapted from the Hans Andersen fairy tale, from 4th December; and J B Priestley's Time And The Conways, the story of a family that starts with hopes of new beginnings the end of the First World War, flashes forward to reveal how these have been dashed 20 years later at the approach of the Second World War, and then returns to the original scene, pointing up the irony its optimism, from 13th March.