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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th October 2012

Shakespeare's Globe has announced its 2013 season, which will comprise Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Tempest; and Macbeth; the premieres of Che Walker's The Lightning Child; Jessica Swale's Blue Stockings; and Samuel Adamson's Gabriel, a celebration of the transporting power of the trumpet; the return of this year's Globe To Globe productions of Venus And Adonis by the Isango Ensemble from South Africa; As You Like It by the Marjanishvili Theatre from Georgia; and King Lear by the Belarus Free Theatre; plus the Footsbarn theatre company production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. In addition, touring productions of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, King Lear and The Taming Of The Shrew, will include visits to the Globe.

The recent touring production of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking, involving mistaken identities and a misplaced marriage proposal, with Felicity Kendal, Kara Tointon, Max Bennett and Jonathan Coy, directed by Lindsay Posner, will transfer to Wyndham's Theatre, opening on 16th May. The producer is Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

The spring season at the Barbican will include the Deborah Colker Dance Company with Tatyana, inspired by Eugene Onegin; Robert Wilson performing an interpretation of John Cage's Lecture On Nothing; Samuel Beckett's surreal novel Watt, adapted and performed by Barry McGovern, directed by Tom Creed; Theatre de la Ville's production of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, depicting the struggle of a man whose friends and neighbours are turning into rhinoceroses; Cheek By Jowl's production of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi, the cartoon style satire on bourgeois conventions of respectability, directed by Declan Donnellan; the Richard Alston Dance Company with works from the Merce Cunningham repertoire; and Michel van der Aa's opera Sunken Garden, libretto by David Mitchell, a contemporary occult mystery, combining live action and 3D film, a co-commission with English National Opera.

The Edinburgh Fringe hit The Boy With Tape On His Face, which offers 'stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting, and punchlines with no words' will play a season at the Duchess Theatre from 17th December to 5th January.

New York TheatreNet: A stage version of Breakfast At Tiffany's, adapted by Richard Greenberg directly from Truman Capote's novella, rather than the subsequent film, with Emilia Clarke, directed by Sean Mathias, (who directed a different adaptation of the story in London in 2009) will open on Broadway at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced in February. Set in New York in 1943, it is the story of a poor writer in love with a girl who needs rich, but as she begins falls for him, her past catches up with her. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The Young Vic has announced further productions next year, which will include the return of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in a version by Simon Stephens, in which a woman rebels against the confines of her marriage, with Hattie Morahan, Dominic Rowan, Nick Fletcher, Yolanda Kettle and Steve Toussaint, directed by Carrie Cracknell, from 2nd April; Henrik Ibsen's Public Enemy, in a new version by David Harrower, exploring political accountability and expediency, as one man makes a stand against a community, directed by Richard Jones, from 4th May; Aime Cesaire's A Season In The Congo, charting the rise and fall of Patrice Lumumba in the struggle for independence from Belgium in 1960, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, directed by Joe Wright, from 6th July; and American Lulu, adapted from Alban Berg's opera Lulu by Olga Neuwirth, setting the story against the backdrop of the civil rights movement in 1950s New Orleans, directed by John Fulljames, from 13th September, a co-production with The Opera Group, Scottish Opera and Bregenzer Festspiele.

The British premiere of Howard Barker's Lot And His God, which look at the human truth behind the biblical legend of the story of Lot, directed by Robyn Winfield-Smith, will play at the Print Room, in Notting Hill, from 3rd November.

Following a donation of $2m from members of the Getty family, Welsh National Opera is to embark on a 5 year series of productions of new works, comprising Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream, which mixes scenes from Wagner's domestic life with the myth of Prakriti, the subject of his uncompleted work; Gordon Getty's Usher House, paired with Robert Orledge's completed version of Claude Debussy's unfinished The Fall Of The House Of Usher, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's classic novel, directed by David Pountney; Richard Ayres's Peter Pan; and Korean composer Unsuk Chin's Alice In Wonderland.

The spring season at the Soho Theatre will include the musical Lift, book by Ian Watson, music and lyrics by Craig Adams, which follows the thoughts of 8 people in a lift at Covent Garden tube station, directed by Steven Paling, opening on 1st February, produced in association with Theatre Bench and Ros Povey; and Arinze Kene's God's Property, in which two brothers who are unexpectedly re-united are put to the test when a pack of hostile neighbours gather to deliver some rough justice, directed by Michael Buffond, opening on 27th February, a co-production with Talawa Theatre Company and the Albany Theatre.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Roundabout Theatre's current Broadway production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, the classic romance in which an ugly but romantic man woos the woman he loves for his handsome but dumb friend, with Douglas Hodge, directed by Jamie Lloyd, may transfer to London; that Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird Of Youth, about a faded movie star and a gigolo who hopes she can help him to break into movies, with Kim Cattrall, directed by Marianne Elliott, will play at the Old Vic Theatre in June; and that the Australian production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Ben Elton-Glen Slater-Charles Hart musical Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera, directed by Simon Phillips, will open a British tour in the autumn of next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.