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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st February 1997

The RSC production The Herbal Bed, written by Peter Whelan, is transferring from The Pit to the Duchess Theatre on 10th April, following Maureen Lipman's Live And Kidding. This new play is based on a true story about Shakespeare's eldest daughter and her affair with a married neighbour.

New York's hottest ticket Rent - the relocation of the La Boheme story in contemporary Lower East Side, with Aids deputising for consumption - is beginning its journey to the West End. Auditions start on 3rd March, looking for "Raw, fresh talent - strictly no musical theatre tunes". Check out their site at for background and start practising - it opens in the Autumn.

The Peter Hall Company "7 days a week/10 performances a week" season at the Old Vic starts on 4th March with a revival of Waste by Harley Granville Barker. The all star cast includes Michael Pennington, Felicity Kendal, Peter Blythe, Anna Carteret, Alan Dobie, Greg Hicks, Lesley Manville, Denis Quilley, and David Yelland.

Future production plans by the Musicals Alliance, whose tour of A Chorus Line opens 24th February include The Pyjama Game directed by Simon Callow, Bells Are Ringing starring Twiggy, directed by Ian Judge, and the London premiere of My One And Only. This Gershwin show will be directed by Tommy Tune, who re-invented, directed and starred in the Broadway production a few years ago with Twiggy.

The recasting for Art at Wyndhams Theatre is to be Adrian Lesser for Albert Finney, David Haig for Tom Courtney and Mark Williams for Ken Stott. Clearly after winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, the producers no longer see it as a star vehicle.