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Last updated : 18th May 2012

The musical Soho Cinders, book by Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis, music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, which centres on an impoverished student who becomes romantically involved with an engaged Mayoral candidate, with Jenna Russell, Michael Xavier, Clive Carter, Suzie Chard, Amy Lennox and Beverly Rudd, plus the voice of Stephen Fry, directed by Jonathan Butterell, with choreography by Drew McOnie, will premiere at Soho Theatre on 8th August. The producers are Soho Cinders Ltd, Jamie Hendry Productions, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for the Booking Office in association with Soho Theatre.

The 2006 production of the musical Cabaret, book by Joe Matseroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, adapted from John van Druten's play I Am A Camera, inspired by Christopher Isherwood's book Goodbye To Berlin, set in the world of German cabarets during the rise of Nazism, directed by Rufus Norris, with choreography by Javier de Frutos, with Will Young, will return to the Savoy Theatre from 3rd October. The producer is Bill Kenwright.

Dora The Explorer Live! Search For The City Of Lost Toys, featuring characters from the animated television series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh and Eric Weiner, in a show designed to teach children to explore, communicate and solve puzzles, will play daytime performances at the Apollo Theatre, from 28th August to 16th September. The producers are Nickelodeon, Life Like Touring and Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions

Anthony Rapp - Without You, the one man show based on Rapp's memoir about his time starring in Broadway musical Rent, with music by John Keaney, David Matos, Joe Pisapia and Anthony Rapp, as well as songs from Rent, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, directed by Steve Maler, will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, from 29th August to 15th September.

New York TheatreNet: Chaplin, a biomusical about the silent film star Charlie Chaplin, book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, will open at the Barrymore Theatre on 10th September. 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 the Curve in Leicester will include Finding Neverland, the stage musical adaptation of the 2004 film about how J M Barrie came to write Peter Pan, book by Allan Knee from his original novel, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, with a cast expected to be headed by Julian Ovenden, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, from 22nd September; Kevin Fegan's Obama, The Mamba - President Of The Slums, about American President Barack Obama's Kenyan half-brother George Hussein Obama, directed by Kully Thiarai, from 11th October, a co-production with The Lowry in Salford; Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane, in which a young man charms his way into the home of two middle aged siblings, who vie for his attention, leading to blackmail and murder, directed by Paul Kerryson, from 1st November; and the musical Hello Dolly!, book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, adapted from Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, the story of a meddling widow who tries to engineer the romances of several couples - including her own with a curmudgeonly merchant, also directed by Kerryson, from 30th November.

On The Casting Couch: Tim Minchin, Melanie Chisholm and Chris Moyles will head the cast of the arena tour of the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar, opening at the O2 Arena on 21st September.

The 50th City Of London Festival, running from 24th June to 27th July, has a focus on the City's trading links around the world. The festival comprises the usual mixture of lunchtime, rush hour and evening events, with concerts of every kind of music, plus drama and poetry, installations and exhibitions of visual art, film screenings, and architectural walks and talks, in both historic and modern city buildings, and outdoors in squares and gardens. Among the highlights are Berlioz's Requiem performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Colin Davis, at St Paul's Cathedral; and the premieres of a piece by Tansy Davies performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Mansion House; and Francisco Coll's Golden Fanfare, performed by the LSO Brass at Goldsmiths' Hall, plus 50 Golden Pianos at locations all over the city for anyone to play. Further information can be found on the COLF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Upcoming events in the Royal Opera House's ROH2 series of innovative and experimental small scale dance, opera and music, staged in the Linbury Theatre, will include the premiere of the opera Sum, music by Max Richter, libretto by David Eagleman, based on his book of short stories Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives, directed by Wayne McGregor, from 23rd May to 2nd June.

The 1930s backstage musical 42nd Street, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, the legendary backstage musical in which a chorus girl is instructed to "go out there a youngster and come back a star", with Dave Willetts and Marti Webb, directed by Mark Bramble, will open a national tour at Rhyl Pavilion on 1st June. The producer is UK Productions.

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's stage adaptation of their television sitcom Yes, Prime Minister, about life behind the scenes in 10 Downing Street, directed by Lynn, which is currently touring, will return to the West End at Trafalgar Studios 1, opening on 6th June. The producers are Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions

Almost-normal will stage the musical Jubilee, book by Moss Hart, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story of the royal family of a fictional European country, inspired by the silver jubilee of King George V, with Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Adam Dutton, Barry Joseph Keenan, Catherine Nicole, Robert Paul, Adam Pendrich, Hannah Powell, George Reeve, Holly Tyler and Emma Williamson, directed by Neil Bull, with choreography by James Houlbrooke, at the Tabard Theatre, in Chiswick, from 13th June.