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Last updated : 17th February 2012

David Seidler's The King's Speech, from which the film was adapted, about how a speech therapist helped King George VI to overcome his stutter, with Charles Edwards, Jonathan Hyde, Emma Fielding, Joss Ackland, Ian McNeice, Michael Feast, Charlotte Randle, David Killick and Daniel Betts, directed by Adrian Noble, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 27th March. The producers are Playful Productions and Michael Alden.

The summer season at the Young Vic in Waterloo will include Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in a new version by Simon Stephens, in which a woman rebels against the confines of her marriage, directed by Carrie Cracknell, opening on 9th July; and Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, in a new version and directed by Benedict Andrew, in which three siblings living in a rural dacha yearn for the city life in Moscow, opening on 13th September.

The musical The Glorious Ones, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, tracing the lives of a touring troupe of commedia dell'arte players in the Italian Renaissance of the 17th century, inspired by a novel by Francine Prose, directed by Robert McWhir, with choreography by Robbie O'Reilly, will open at the Landor Theatre, in Clapham, on 12th March.

New York TheatreNet: Radio City Music Hall has confirmed that Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana, written and directed by Francois Girard, music by Nick Littlemore, with choreography by Elena Kolyadenko and Debra Brown, featuring cast of 75 international artists, will return for a second season from June 6th to September 2nd. In an abandoned theatre a magician who has lost his love, and with her his magic, begs the Gods for her return, and is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The summer season at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill Gate will comprise Greyscale Theatre's Tenet: A True Story About The Revolutionary Politics Of Telling The Truth About Truth As Edited By Someone Who Is Not Julian Assange In Any Literal Sense, by Sandy Grierson and director Lorne Campbell, about thinking outside the box, radical politics, maths, tea and biscuits, bringing together the 19th century mathematician Evariste Galois and the Wikileaks founder, opening on 2nd May; Hassan Abdulrazzak's The Prophet, based on interviews in Cairo with revolutionaries, soldiers, journalists and cab drivers involved in the Arab spring uprising, directed by Christopher Haydon, from 14th June; and Dominique Morisseau's Sunset Baby, a comical look at the point where personal and political collide, centring on a black revolutionary and political prisoner, who must come to terms with his estranged daughter's beliefs, directed by Charlotte Westenra, from 13th September.

On The Casting Couch: Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker will feature in Sophocles's Antigone opening at the National Theatre on 30th May; and Mark Rylance will be joined by Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett, Johnny Flynn, Liam Brennan, Peter Hamilton Dyer and Colin Hurley in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night opening at Shakespeare's Globe on 22nd September.

J M Barrie's Mary Rose, a supernatural story of love, lost innocence and a parallel world where departed ones are still present, just beyond reach, with Jessie Cave, Joanna Watt, Charlie Kerson, Nicholas Hoad, Phil Bishop, Alec Gray, Sally Preston, Philippa George, Ariel Harrison and Maya Thomas, directed by Matthew Parker, will open at the Riverside Studios, in Hammersmith, on 30th March. The producers are Midnight (12am), Darbourne Luff and DogOrange.

The Royal Shakespeare Company production of I, Cinna, written and directed by Tim Crouch, which retells the story of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar through the eyes of Cinna the Poet, will be broadcast 'as live' into up to 3,000 secondary schools across the country for free on 2nd July, as part of the World Shakespeare Festival. After the screening, there will be a live question and answer session with the production's creative team. Further information can be found on the WSF web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

A revised version of Alan Plater's Close The Coalhouse Door, a play with music charting British mining history from the formation of the first unions in 1831, with additions by Lee Hall, music by Alex Glasgow, directed by Samuel West, will open a national tour at Northern Stage in Newcastle on 18th April. The producers are Mark Goucher and Ann Pinnington.

The Rose Theatre in Kingston will stage Michael Frayn's Here, which is constructed entirely in the present tense with no reference to past events, about a young couple trying to organise their new apartment and their new relationship, and their interfering neighbour, with Alison Steadman, directed by Lisa Spurling, opening on 27th April.

Move It 2012, the annual dance exhibition at Olympia from 9th to 11th March, will bring together all kinds of dance, with 100 performances, 250 classes at all levels, seminars, masterclasses, a teacher's convention, fashion shows and 180 commercial exhibitors. 45 minute taster classes, in everything from bollywood to ballroom, jazz to street, and ballet to salsa will run continuously in 7 studios from 10.30am to 7pm on the first two days and 5pm on the final day. Running in tandem will be Perform 2012, an event for anyone looking for a career in acting, singing, performance, stage management and technical theatre. It will offer opportunities to meet industry experts, get career advice, and learn new skills, with over 30 exhibitors, and 26 free workshops covering all aspects of performance and levels of experience, which will run continuously throughout the event.

The Rumour Machine says: that Joe Orton's farce What The Butler Saw, set in a psychiatrist's office, with Omid Djalili, directed by Sean Foley, may play at the Vaudeville Theatre in May; that the Lincoln Center Theater New York production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, with Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot, directed by Bartlett Sherr, currently touring, may return to London, playing the London Palladium in the autumn; and that The Bodyguard a stage adaptation of the 1992 film, with Heather Headley, directed bt Thea Sharrock, will open at the Adelphi Theatre in November. The Rumour Machine grinds on.