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Last updated : 16th December 2011

Forthcoming productions at the Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush will include Nancy Harris's Our New Girl, a psychological drama about the darker side of parenthood, with Kate Fleetwood, Denise Gough and Mark Bazeley, directed by Charlotte Gwinner, opening on 17th January; and Ishy Din's Snookered, in which the relationship of four friends unravels during a game of pool, with Jaz Deol, Asif Khan, Muzz Khan, Michael Luxton and Peter Singh, directed by Iqbal Khan, opening on 29th February, a co-production with Tamasha and Oldham Coliseum.

Conor McPherson's Port Authority, which comprises monologues by 3 characters whose lives intersect at a bus terminal, with Ardal O'Hanlon, Andrew Nolan and John Rogan, directed by Tom Attenborough, will open at the Southwark Playhouse, in London Bridge, on 27th January. The producers are Tim Johanson Productions, Ollie Jordan and Rhapsody of Words.

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge, in which Britain's favourite German entertainer, relates the life and performs the routines of, Britain's favourite Danish entertainer, will open at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, on 8th March. The producer is Masterpiece Entertainment.

The Opera North production of the musical Carousel, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, the doomed love story of a naive mill worker and a glamorous but unreliable roustabout, directed by Jo Davies, with choreography by Kim Brandstrup, will play a 4 week season at the Barbican Theatre from August 15th.

Improbable's production of The Devil And Mister Punch, devised by Julian Crouch, Rob Thirtle, Nick Haverson, John Foti, Saskia Lane, Jessica Scott and Seamus Maynard, text by Nick Haverson, Julian Crouch and Rob Thirtle, a tragical comedy of manslaughter and love, in which the story of Punch and Judy is presented by a pair of broken vaudevillians, with Nick Haverson, Rob Thirtle, Jessica Scott, Saskia Lane, John Foti and Seamus Maynard, directed by Julian Crouch, will open at the Barbican Pit on 7th February.

New York TheatreNet: The current New York Theatre Workshop production of Once, a musical adaptation of John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, with Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, David Abeles, Claire Candela, Will Connolly, Elizabeth Davis, David Patrick Kelly, Anne L Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J Michael Zygo, directed by John Tiffany, with musical staging by Steven Hoggett, will transfer to Broadway, opening at the Jacobs Theatre on 18th 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 spring season at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court will include Sutton Vane's Outward Bound, in which 7 disperate passengers meet in the saloon bar of a ship in the 1920s on a remarkable voyage, directed by Louise Hill, opening on 2nd February, produced by Coracle; Odon von Horvath's Don Juan Comes Back From The War, in a new version by Duncan Macmillan, a tale of displacement and isolation in the aftermath of the Great War, directed by Andrea Ferran, opening on 1st March, produced by Volta Theatre; and Arthur Miller's The American Clock, a panoramic 'dramatic vaudeville' about the American Great Depression of the 1930s, directed by Phil Willmott, opening on 30th March, produced by The Steam Industry.

The next production by Northern Broadsides, famous for its 'eh bah gum' versions of the classics, will be Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Barrie Rutter, opening a regional tour at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme on 27th January, with a different 'surprise' cast member at each venue.

The spring season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will include Torben Betts's Muswell Hill, a comedy in which people in London ponder their minor worries provoked by a catastrophic natural disaster, with Timothy Block, Tala Gouveia, Jasmine Hyde, Katie Hayes, Dan Starkey and Leon Ockenden, directed by Sam Walters, from 8th February; a double bill written and directed by Martin Crimp, comprising Play House, about a young couple's attempt to set up home, and Definitely The Bahamas, in which parents worry about their seemingly successful son, with Obi Abili and Kate Fahy, from 14th March; Allan Monkhouse's The Conquering Hero, in which a family is torn by differing attitudes to the approach of the First World War, directed by Auriol Smith, from 25th April; and a double bill comprising Amiri Baraka's Dutchman, exploring racial tensions in contemporary America, directed by Karima Setohy, and St John Hankin's The Burglar Who Failed, where a botched burglary tests the notion of 'good Christianity', directed by Polina Kalinina, from 13th June.

Shakespeare's Rome And Juliet, with Daniel Boyd and Catrin Stewart, directed by Robert Icke, will open a national tour at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton on 7th February. It is a co-production with Headlong Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, in association with Hull Truck Theatre.

Forthcoming productions at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston will include Philip Ridley's The Pitchfork Disney, a surreal play exploring childhood fears and fantasies, directed by Edward Dick, from 25th January, produced by Danielle Tarento; and the British premiere of Sofi Oksanen's Purge, English translation by Eva Buchwald, a story of misguided love, hope and betrayal in Soviet occupied Estonia, with Liam Thomas, directed by Elgiva Field, from 22nd February, produced by Borealis Theatre in association with Oblique House.

The next production by The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, a partnership between the writer's estate and producer Bill Kenwright, with exclusive rights to create new touring productions of Christie's original stage plays, will be Murder On The Nile, set on a steamer during a honeymoon cruise, with Kate O'Mara, Denis Lill, Susie Amy, Chloe Newsome and Ben Nealon, directed by Joe Harmston, opening at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 10th January.