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Last updated : 14th September 2012

The Doktor Glas, adapted by Allan Edwall from Hjalmer Soderberg's novel about a 19th century physician who falls madly in love with the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman, with Krister Henriksson, co-directed by Henriksson and Peder Bjurman, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 18th April, playing until 11th May. It will be performed in Swedish with English surtitles.

The Glynis Henderson/Action To The Word production of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, the legendary dystopian vision of the future (now the present), adapted and directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, with Martin McCreadie, Neil Chinneck, Simon Cotton, Matthew Crouzieres, Damien Hasson, Philip Honeywell, Robin Rayner, Stephen Spencer and Will Stokes, choreographed by Hannah Lee, will open at the Soho Theatre on 21st November.

New York TheatreNet: Spotlight On Broadway is a new project designed to celebrate the history of Broadway, by highlighting the theatres and people who contribute to Broadway's unique cultural legacy. The web site aims to inform the broadest possible audience about the rich history of the Broadway theatre in New York City, from the early 20th century to the present. The project will create an unprecedented archive of multimedia Broadway storytelling, and when complete, by the autumn of next year, will comprise a series of 40 short documentaries, each providing a portrait of a Broadway theatre. It has just been launched with the histories of the Al Hirschfeld, Angus Wilson, Booth, Majestic and Richard Rogers. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The christmas season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough will include Cinderella, given a contemporary and local slant by Andrew Pollard, directed by Adam Sunderland, from 27th November; and Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, the 'trivial comedy for serious people', about living a double life, hailed as the funniest comedy in the English language, directed by Chris Monks, from 18th December.

Publishers Routledge and Digital Theatre have formed a partnership to make an audiovisual archive of performing arts material available online. The archive, spanning more than 50 years of documented work by significant practitioners worldwide, is a subscription service, primarily aimed at universities and colleges. Further information can be found at the Routledge Performance Archive web site, via the link from Information, in the Links section of TheatreNet.

On The Casting Couch: Adrian Lester will be joined by Simon Chandler, Charlotte Lucas, Rachel Finnegan, Natasha Gordon, Ryan Kiggell, Ferdinand Kingsley and Eugene O'Hare in Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet, opening at the Tricycle Theatre from 11th October; Damian Humbley, Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers will head the cast of the George Furth-Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along, opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, from 16th November; and Rowan Atkinson will be joined by Conleth Hill, Will Keen, Felicity Montagu and Malcolm Sinclair in Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms, opening at Wyndham's Theatre on 29th January.

The musical Call Me Madam, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, about a rich American socialite widow appointed ambassador to a small impoverished European country, which she sets about 'fixing', with Lucy Williamson, Leo Miles, Natalie Lipin, Blake J Askew, Ralph Birtwell, Jay Worthy, Gavin Kerr, Hans Rye, Carmen Vass, Julia Jade-Duffy, Luke Jarvis, Matthew Mcloughlin, Jenna Moore, Dawn Williams and Liam Wrate, directed by Michael Strassen, with choreography by Mark Smith, will open at the Union Theatre in Southwark on 5th October. The producers are Saha Regan and Paul Callen.

London Open House, the annual scheme to allow the public into architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, takes place on 22nd and 23rd September. Over 750 locations will include some of theatrical interest, such as the Almeida, Arcola, Hackney Empire, Hampstead, Richmond, Royal Court, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Young Vic theatres; the Cadogan, King's Place, Royal Albert and Wigmore concert halls; Battersea Arts Centre, Circus Space and Hoxton Hall; BBC Television Centre and White City Media Village and Alexandra Palace TV studio; Mitcham Granada, Odeon Muswell Hill, Phoenix Finchley and BFI Imax cinemas, and Sands Film Studio & Rotherhythe Picture Research Library; Central School of Speech and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music and White Lodge Royal Ballet School. There will also be talks, conducted walks and other accompanying special events taking place at various locations over the course of the weekend. Entrance is free, but because of limited access, a few of the buildings require prebooking. Further information can be found on the London Open House web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The musical Marguerite, book and lyrics by Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer, music by Michel Legrand, which relocates the story of Alexandre Dumas's La Dame aux Camelias to Nazi occupied Paris in 1942, with a revised book by director Guy Unsworth, with Yvette Robinson, Zoe Doano, James Darch, Alastair Knights, James Meunier, Nadim Naaman, Daniel Oliver, Michael Onslow, Jessica Parker, Jennifer Rhodes and Mark Turnbull, choreographed by Cressida Carre, will open at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick on 9th October.

The Shunt Collective will stage The Architects, a disorientating environmental experience inspired by the myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, opening at V22 workspace, at The Biscuit Factory, in Bermondsey, from 4th December.