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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th August 2012

It has been confirmed that the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the musical Loserville, by Elliot Davis and James Bourne, inspired by the Son of Dork album Welcome To Loserville, a story of everyday American misfit teenagers in 1971, with Aaron Sidwell, Eliza Hope Bennett, Stewart Clarke, Charlotte Harwood, Richard Lowe, Lil' Chris and Daniel Buckley, directed by Steven Dexter, with choreography by Nick Winston, will open at the Garrick Theatre on 17th October. The producers are Kevin Wallace Limited, TC Beech Limited, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Youth Music Theatre UK.

New York TheatreNet: The musical Kinky Boots, adapted from the 2005 film, about how a conservative British shoe factory was saved from closing by producing fetish footwear at the suggestion of a drag performer, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, with a cast headed by Stark Sands and Billy Porter, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, will open on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 4th April. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

Anthony Trollope's Barchester novel The Warden, adapted by David Witherow, in which newspaper allegations of corruption sees the warden of the cathedral's alms houses caught between powerful conflicting forces, with Simon Brandon, James Butler, Laura Hanna, Bryan Hands, Andrew McRobb, Semane Parsons, Lindsey Readman, Roger Sansom, Tim Thomas, Andrew Wickes and Jonson Wilkinson, directed by Harry Meacher, will play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, in Highgate village, from 11th September. The producer is Traffic Of The Stage.

Scottish Ballet's autumn tour, opening at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on 4th October, will be a triple bill comprising Martin Lawrance's Run For It, a new work inspired by Olympic athletes, set to John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony; William Forsythe's Workwithinwork, a study of the possibilities of motion, set to Luciano Berio's Duetti for two violins; and Hans van Manen's Five Tangos, a unique mix of tango and classical ballet, set to Astor Piazzolla's tango music.

The North Wall will stage the premiere of Ron Hutchinson's Dead On Her Feet, about the participants in a 1930s dance marathon, with Jos Vantyler, Ben Whybrow, Sam Trueman, Kelly Gibson, Rowan Schlosberg, Victoria Fischer, Sandra Reid and Lloyd Thomas, directed by Barry Kyle, with choreography by Stephanie Roberts, will play at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, from 3rd October.

The autumn season at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold will include Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton, in which two couples debate different styles of parenting, following a squabble between their children that turned violent, with Catrin Aaron, Philip Bretherton, Richard Elfyn and Jenny Livsey, directed by Emma Lucia, from 20th September; Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross's 1960s farce Boeing-Boeing, the story of an English playboy living in Paris, with three air hostess girlfriends, whose different schedules enable him to keep them apart - until the introduction of new high speed Boeing aircraft changes their timetables, with Steven Meo, Victoria John, Eleanor Howell, Caryl Morgan and Simon Dutton, directed by Terry Hands, from 11th October; David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, about the cut-throat world of Florida real estate salesmen, with Sion Pritchard and Wayne Cater, directed by Kate Wasserberg, from 1st November; and Dick Whittington, written and directed by Peter Rowe, with Barnaby Southgate, Phylip Harries, Tom Connor, Alex Parry, James Haggie, Daniel Lloyd, Francesca Gosling and Maddie Cole, from 23rd November.

Spilt Milk Theatre sill stage F Scott Fitzgerald's Save Me, a semi autobiographical work about a woman's mental breakdown and psychological traumas, adapted by Caroline af Petersens, at the Union Theatre, in Southwark, from 4th September.

Donmar Warehouse's final season of plays directed by alumni of its resident assistant director scheme at Trafalgar Studios 2 will comprise Aleksei Arbuzov's The Promise, in a new version by Penelope Skinner, following 3 teenagers in Leningrad in 1942 and the people they have become by 1960, directed by Alex Sims from 15th November; August Strindberg's Dance Of Death, in a new version by Conor McPherson, a bleakly humorous examination of a marriage soured by hatred, directed by Titas Halder, from 13th December; and Vercors's The Silence Of The Sea, in a new version by Anthony Weigh, about the relationship between an old man and his niece, and a soldier billeted with them during the Nazi occupation of France, directed by Simon Evans, from 10th January.

Haunted West End Theatres, by Ian Shillito and Becky Walsh, published by The History Press, offers a visit behind the scenes of London's West End theatres to discover the range of spectres that may lurk there, after centuries of performances. With hundreds of eye-witness accounts from actors, backstage and front of house staff, this book reveals the most haunted theatres in London. In researching these ghost stories, the authors have held vigils in dark auditoriums, lonely stairwells and melancholy boxes, behind the scenery and underneath the stages in the search of the phantoms. Their comprehensive results demonstrate historical links between spirits and the stage (although unlike the Cottingley Fairies, they can't offer photographic evidence).

Forthcoming productions at The King's Head Theatre, in Islington, will include Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates Of Penzance, directed by John Savournin, from 4th September, a co-production with Charles Court Opera; and Puccini's Tosca, directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, from 2nd October, a co-production with Malmo Opera House.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Tony Award winning Broadway musicals Once, adapted from John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by John Tiffany, with musical staging by Steven Hoggett, and Newsies, adapted from the 1992 Disney film inspired by the real life Newsboy Strike of 1899, book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, are both looking for West End transfers next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.