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Last updated : 14th January 2011

The Donmar Warehouse has announced its autumn season. Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, in which an abused young woman struggles to make a fresh start after finding love, with Jude Law and Ruth Wilson, directed by Rob Ashford, will open on 9th August. John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence, about an angry middle aged lawyer who has lost his way, with Douglas Hodge, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open on 18th October. Shakespeare's Richard II, with Eddie Redmayne, directed by Michael Grandage, will open on 6th December.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate will star as the reluctant lovers in Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Josie Rourke, opening at the Wyndham's Theatre on 1st June. The producer is Sonia Friedman.

The spring season at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court will include: Caryl Churchill's Fen, following the interweaving lives of different generations of women, looking at the relationship between aspiration and expectation, directed by Ria Parry, opening on 3rd March, a co-production with Iron Shoes and the National Theatre Studio; the European premiere of the 'silent movie musical' Bed And Sofa, music by Polly Pen, lyrics by Laurence Klavan, based on the 1926 Russian comedy film by Abram Room about menage-a-trios with a twist, directed by Luke Sheppard, opening on 1st April, a co-production with Note Theatre and Claire Evans; and the premiere of Naomi Wallace's And I And Silence, exploring dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950's segregated America, directed by Caitlin McLeod, opening on 12th May, a co-production with Ben Canning and Worn Red Theatre.

New York TheatreNet: The 2009 West End production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, about the relationships between past and present, order and disorder, and the certainty of knowledge, with Billy Crudup, Raul Esparza, Margaret Colin, Glenn Fleshler, Grace Gummer, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Bel Powley, Tom Riley, Noah Robbins, David Turner and Lia Williams, directed by David Leveaux, will open at the Barrymore Theatre on 17th March. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway, can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced further details about the season of premieres it will stage at the Hampstead Theatre at Swiss Cottage. Rona Munro's Little Eagles, about the battle for military supremacy and the competitive fury of the Cold War, with Charles Aitkin, Joseph Arkley, Brian Doherty, Darrell D'Silva, Noma Dumezweni, Dyfan Dwyfor, Phillip Edgerley, Greg Hicks, James Howard, Ansu Kabia, Debbie Korley, John Mackay, Sandy Neilson, Peter Peverley, Oliver Ryan, Hannah Young and Samantha Young, directed by Roxana Silbert, will open on 21st April; Silence, directed David Farr, devised with Filter, exploring 'urban noise and rural emptiness, through rationalism and spirituality, from Russia to the UK', with Christine Entwisle, Mariah Gale, Paul Hamilton, Richard Katz, Jonjo O'Neill, Patrick Romer, Katy Stephens, Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts, will open on 18th May. Tarrell Alvin McCraney's American Trade, about a charismatic American hustler who moves to London to set up an escort business under the guise of a model agency, with Adam Burton, David Carr, Geoffrey Freshwater, Gruffudd Glyn, Kathryn Hunter, Tunji Kasim, Debbie Korley, Dharmesh Patel, David Rubin, Sophie Russell, Simone Saunders, Peter Shorey, Clarence Smith, James Traherne, James Tucker, Larrington Walker, Kirsty Woodward, Hannah Young and Samantha Young, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open on 8th June.

The Kneehigh Theatre Company production of the musical The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Jacques Demy, English lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, additional lyrics by Charles Burr, based on the 1964 film, telling of the troubled romance of a garage mechanic and an assistant in an umbrella shop, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, with Joanna Riding, Meow Meow, Carly Bawden, Gareth Charlton, Andrew Durand, Cynthia Erivo, Dominic Marsh, Aki Omoshaybi, Laura Brydon and Matt Wilman, playing at the Curve in Leicester from 11th February, will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, opening on 22nd March. It is presented by Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh Productions, The Curve, City Lights International and Be Yu Productions.

Children's Touring Partnership has been formed by producer Fiery Angel, the Chichester Festival Theatre and a consortium of major regional theatres, to tour imaginative and bold theatre of the highest quality for children. The first production will be David Wood's adaptation of Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom, with Oliver Ford Davies, Kamran Darabi Ford, Joanne Howarth, Anne Kavanagh, Aoife McMahon, Freya Parker, Georgina Sutton, Alan Vicary and Jonathan Warde, directed by Angus Jackson, opening at Chichester Festival Theatre on 4th February. It is the story of a boy evacuated from London during the Second World War who is put in the care of an elderly recluse.

Stage One, by arrangement with The Society Of London Theatre, is holding another Workshop For New Producers from 3rd to 6th March. This is an intensive course for anyone planning to produce or co-produce in theatre. The aim is to provide detailed information on how to set up a production at a regional theatre and bring it into the West End, for those who have not previously produced commercial plays, or have only limited experience, but possess a firm commitment to a career in theatre production. It will be conducted by leading theatre practitioners led by production doyenne Andrew Treagus. Sessions will include: acquiring rights, budgeting, co-producing, booking a tour, finding and contracting a theatre, marketing, publicity and press. The closing date for applications is 21st January. Further information and an application form can be found on the SO web site via link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The spring season at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich will include the musical Guys And Dolls, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, music by Frank Loesser, based on Damon Runyon's short stories of shady New York characters, directed by Peter Rowe, with choreography by Francesca Jaynes, from 23rd March, a co-production with Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Salisbury Playhouse; and A Passionate Woman, written by and featuring Kay Mellor, a comedy about a middle aged woman who embarks on a revelatory and emotional journey following the death of her son, from 29th April, a co-production with Oldham Coliseum.