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Last updated : 25th May 2012

The Royal Court Theatre has announced an addition to its West End transfer season at the Duke of York's Theatre. The Theatre Upstairs production of Nick Payne's Constellations, a romantic comedy centring on the relationship between a bee keeper and cosmology academic, with Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, directed by Michael Longhurst, will open on 16th November.

Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful, a one man show in which a young First World War soldier, awaiting the firing squad at dawn, looks back at growing up in rural Devon, adapted and directed by Simon Reade, will play at the Haymarket Theatre from 18th to 29th September, while One Man, Two Guvnors takes a break. It is a Scamp Theatre production in association with Poonamallee Productions, presented by the National Theatre.

New York TheatreNet: Bring It On: The Musical, set in the world of competitive cheerleading and cutthroat high school politics, book by Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, additional music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Amanda Green, directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, which is currently touring, will play a limited Broadway season at the St James Theatre, opening on 1st August. 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 Sadler's Wells's Peacock Theatre will include the return of ZooNation's Some Like It Hip Hop, conceived, directed and choreographed by Kate Prince, music and lyrics by DJ Walde, Josh Cohen and Kate Prince, inspired by Billy Wilder's film Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, featuring Teneisha Bonner, Lizzie Gough, Tommy Franzen and Duwane Taylor, with choreography by Tommy Franzen, Ryan Chappell and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, from 20th September; and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman, with a score by Howard Blake from the animated film, choreographed by Robert North, directed by Bill Alexander, from 28th November.

The 34th Association of British Theatre Technicians Theatre Show will take place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane in East London on 13th and 14th June. As usual it will be the complete theatre package, featuring the products of over 80 leading lighting, sound and staging manufacturers, costume, prop and scenery makers, and suppliers of seating and soft furnishings, box office and IT systems, print and publicity, insurance and legal services, drama schools, training and safety, books and publications, and leading theatre organisations. There will also be the presentations of the ABTT and Stage Management Association Awards. Entrance is free to pre-registered visitors. Further information and online registration can be found on the ABTT and SMA web sites via the links from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Importance Of Being Earnest - The Musical, book and lyrics by Douglas Livingstone, music by Adam McGuinness and Zia Moranne, adapted from Oscar Wilde's 'trivial comedy for serious people' about living a double life, with Gyles Brandreth as Lady Bracknell, directed by Iqbal Khan, will play at the Theatre Royal Windsor from 19th June.

Buxton Festival, centred on the spectacular Opera House designed by Frank Matcham, running from 7th to 25th July, will include new festival productions of Richard Strauss's Intermezzo, directed by Stephen Unwin; Handel's Jeptha, directed by Frederic Wake-Walker; and a double bill of Sibelius's The Maiden In The Tower and Rimsky-Korsakov's Kashchei, The Imortal, directed by Stephen Lawless; plus La Serenissima's production of Vivaldi's L'Olimpiade, directed by Richard Williams; Bampton Classical Opera's production of Marcos Portugal's The Marriage Of Figaro, directed by Jeremy Gray; NI Opera's production of Britten's The Turn Of The Screw, directed by Oliver Mears; and a community production of Roald Dahl's James And The Giant Peach. Further information can be found on the Buxton Festival web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Forthcoming productions at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, will include The Sunny Side Of The Street - A Musical Tribute To Dorothy Fields, devised by Tim McArthur and Sarah Travis, with Rosemary Ashe, Helen Hobson, Leanne Jones, Jane Milligan and Shona White, directed by Tim McArthur, opening on 19th June; and the British premiere of Henrik Ibsen's first publicly performed play, St John's Night, loosely based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, in a translation by James McFarlane, with Sara Crowe, Louise Calf and Isla Carter, directed by Anthony Biggs, opening on 12th July.

The autumn season at the Finborough Theatre, in Earl's Court, will include J B Priestley's Cornelius, exploring the relationship between business, the economy and the individual, interrogating the ethics of Capitalism, directed by Sam Yates, from 14th August, produced by Anna Collins and 31 Productions; and Stanley Houghton's Hindle Wakes, about the repercussions of an unmarried couple's illicit weekend away from a Lancashire mill town just before the First World war, directed by Bethan Dear, from 11th September, produced by Jamil Jivanjee for Jackdaw Theatre.

The Puppet Theatre Barge, currently moored at its winter home in Little Venice, is presenting daytime performances of the traditional tale The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse, the story of two cousins who visit each other, both experiencing exciting new sights and sounds, at weekends until 15th July. The 50 seater theatre created on a canal barge, now in its 30th season, presents marionette and rod puppet spectacles throughout the year. It spends August and September on the River Thames, giving performances at Richmond, where it will also present Brer Rabbit Visits Africa, and evening performances of Bottom's Dream, adapted from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The company also runs schools workshops. Further information can be found on the PTB web site via the link from London Venues in the Links section of TheatreNet.