Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews
The autumn season at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court will include: Suzan-Lori Parks's In The Blood, a contemporary picture of a single mother living on the streets of New York, with Frances Ashman, Natasha Bain, Eleanor Fanyinka, Vinta Morgan, Richard Pepple and Clifford Samuel, directed by Daniel Burgess, opening on 19th August, produced by Lambert Maher Productions and Boomerang Theatre Productions; Walter Greenwood and Ronald Gow's Love On The Dole, the legendary story of a family living in poverty in 1930s Salford, with Liz Bagley, Janie Booth, Ben Crowe, Emily Dobbs, Joe Evans, Colette Kelly, William Maxwell, Jack Monaghan, Sadie Pickering, Carl Prekopp, Matthew Randall and Fiona Whitelaw, directed by Beckie Mills, opening on 9th September, a Jagged Fence production; the British premiere of the musical Me And Juliet, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, a love story, a comedy, a show within a show, and a satire of showbusiness, directed by Thom Southerland, with choreography by Sally Brooks, opening on 7th October, produced by Snapdragon and Benn Cody; and Noah Haidle's Saturn Returns, following the life of a man at the ages of 28, 58 and 88, as he reaches a series of crossroads with the three key women in his life, directed by Adam Lenson, opening on 4th November, produced by Treasuretrove Productions.
New York TheatreNet: It has been confirmed that Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark, the long delayed musical about the Marvel comic book hero, book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, directed by Julie Taymor, with choreography by Daniel Ezralow, will feature Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page, and will preview from 14th November at the newly renamed Foxwoods Theatre (formerly the Hilton Theatre) with an official opening on 21st December. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway, can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.
The autumn season at Nottingham Playhouse will include Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops To Conquer, the Georgian comedy of class, courtship and dysfunctional families, with Peter Basham, Ellie Beaven, Mike Burnside, Thomas Eyre, Maxwell Hutcheon, Edmund Kingsley, Rina Mahoney, Joan Moon and Chris Nayak, directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace, opening on 7th September; Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, relocated to colonial Brazil, with Anthony Ofoegbu and Marcus Powell, directed by Paulette Randall, opening on 28th September; David Hare's Amy's View, about women, family, love and loss, directed by Zoe Waterman, opening on 9th November; and Mother Goose, written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor, with John Elkington, choreographed by Adele Parry, opening on 27th November.
On The Casting Couch: Mackenzie Crook, Ralf Little and Olly Alexander will comprise the cast of Annie Baker's The Aliens, opening at the Bush Theatre on 20th September; Ben Barnes will be joined by Nicholas Farrell, Iain Mitchell, Genevieve O'Reilly and Lee Ross in Sebastain Faulks's Birdsong, opening at the Comedy Theatre on 28th September; and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Matt Willis, Sarah Ingram, Hannah Levane, Twinnie-Lee Moore and Charlotte Harwood will feature in Flashdance The Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 14th October.
PapaC Productions will stage mid evening performances of Recipe For A Perfect Wife, a darkly comic peek beneath the glossy veneer of the picture perfect world of the 1950s housewife, devised and directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou, with Emma West, Chloe Eve Thorpe, Matt Houlihan, Asta Parry and Claire Wood, at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, opening on 20th August.
Scottish Opera's 2010/2011 season, opening at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on 29th October, will comprise new productions of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro, directed by Thomas Allen; Handel's Orlando, directed by Harry Fehr; Richard Srauss's Intermezzo, directed by Wolfgang Quetes; and Verdi's Rigoletto, directed by Matthew Richardson; plus small scale touring productions of Bizet's Carmen, directed by Ashley Dean; and a family orientated double bill premiere of Dr Ferret's Bad Medicine Roadshow, inspired by Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales, music by Stephen Deazley, libretto by Mark Riley, directed by Andy Manl, and On The Rim Of The World, music by Orlando Gough, libretto by Jehanne Markham, in which a family travel to a land of dreams, directed by Elly Goodman; plus Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Elaine Tyler, a co-production with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
The Waterloo East Theatre, a new 150 seater venue in a railway arch under Waterloo East station, in Brad Street near the junction with Cornwall Road, will open with an autumn season comprising Aidan Dooley performing Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer telling the life story of man who survived three expeditions with Scott and Shackleton, opening on 4th September; Jessica Martin performing Sunset Bitch, a spoof rags to riches portrait of a self-proclaimed Hollywood legend, opening on 8th September; Douglas Irvine's musical Departure Lounge, in which 4 teenagers delayed on their flight home from Spain have very different memories of their holiday, opening on 28th September; and Carl Caulfield's Being Sellers, with David Boyle as the actor Peter Sellars, opening on 2nd November.
Forthcoming events at Wilton's Music Hall in Wapping will include Co-Opera Co performing Puccini's La Boheme, directed by William Relton, on 16th and 18th September; Jill Halfpenny Celebrates The Great British Songbook, also featuring Chris Elllis-Stanton, from 28th to 30th September; and Chikamatsu Monzaemon's The Love Suicides At Sonezaki, an adult puppetry performance of a traditional story, inspired in design and direction by Japanese animation and manga, from 4th to 6th October.
The autumn season at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres will include in the Everyman: John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, the Jacobean tragedy telling the tale of a brother and sister consumed by incestuous passion, with Ken Bradshaw, Kevin Harvey, Matti Houghton, Paul McCleary, Eileen O'Brien, Emily Pithon, Stuart Richman, Nicholas Shaw and Hugh Skinner, directed by Chris Meads, from 16th September; and Mark Chatterton and Sarah Nixon's rock 'n' roll pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty, directed by Mark Chatterton, opening on 2nd December; and in the Playhouse: Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, with Kim Cattrall, Jeffery Kissoon, Ian Hogg and Martin Hutson, directed by Janet Suzman, opening on 14th October; and No Wise Men, written by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, the tale of a reckless man who risks everything in a madcap adventure one Christmas Eve, with John Nicholson and Javier Marzan, directed by Gemma Bodinetz, opening on 7th December, a co-production with Peepolykus.