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Last updated : 26th October 2012

It's Official! As previously forecast here, a musical adaptation of From Here To Eternity, James Jones's novel set in Hawaii just before the Japanese invasion in 1941, book by Bill Oakes, music and lyrics by Stuart Brayson, with additional lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Tamara Harvey, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 23rd October next year.

Peter Nicholls's Passion Play, which charts how a 25 year old marriage falls apart when the husband has an affair with a younger woman, with Zoe Wanamaker, directed by David Leveaux, will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 7th May. The producers are Tali Pelman and the Ambassador Theatre Group.

The spring season at the Almeida Theatre in Islington will comprise Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, in which young governess charged with the care of two small children in a grand country house, becomes convinced that they are communing with ghosts, directed by Lindsay Posner, from 17th January; Rodney Ackland's Before The Party, about middle class guilt and duplicity in the wake of the Second World War, adapted from a short story by W Somerset Maugham, directed by Matthew Dunster, from 21st March; and the premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, about a journalist and a secret history, directed by Lyndsey Turner, from 17th May, a co-production with Headlong.

Now that the season of performances has drawn to a close, Shakespeare's Globe moves indoors to its Education Centre, to continue Read Not Dead, its programme of staged readings of rarely performed Elizabethan plays on Sunday afternoons. These comprise Richard Brome's The Court Beggar, a satire on court intrigue, theatrical politics and sexual and financial impropriety on 4th November; and Ben Jonson's Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain Of Self-Love, a comedy about court behaviour, fashion and theatre, on 2nd December. Each reading is preceded at 12noon by an introduction to its background by leading specialists in Early Modern Theatre.

The Jermyn Street Theatre production of Samuel Beckett's All That Fall, originally written for radio, charting the journey of an old woman to meet her blind husband and guide him home, telling the story of the people she meets along the way, with Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Oliver Barry-Brook, Ruairi Conaghan, Ian Conningham, Catherine Cusack, Aidan Dunlop, Frank Grimes, James Hayes and Gerard Horan, directed by Trevor Nunn, will transfer to the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, on 6th November.

New York TheatreNet: Inner Voices, a triple bill of solo musicals, comprising Arlington, book and lyrics by Victor Lodato, music by Polly Pen, in which a woman waits for her soldier husband to return from war, where he may have committed an atrocity, performed by Alexandra Silber, directed by Jack Cummings III; Borrowed Dust, book and lyrics by Martin Moran, music by Joseph Thalken, in which a man grapples with sudden loss and emotional landmines after burying his brother, performed by Hunter Foster, directed by Jonathan Butterell; and Farhad, or The Secret Of Being, book and lyrics by Nilo Cruz, music by Jim Bauer, in which an Afghan girl who was raised as a boy faces the abrupt changes of womanhood when she is plunged into an arranged marriage, performed by Arielle Jacobs, directed by Saheem Ali, will open at the 30th Street Theatre on November 18th. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

On The Casting Couch: Michelle Terry, Anna Calder-Marshall, Emma Fielding, Seline Hizli, Ellie Kendrick, Stuart McQuarrie, Paul Ready and Peter Wight will feature in Martin Crimp's The Republic Of Happiness, opening at the Royal Court Theatre on 12th December.

Forthcoming productions at the Rose Theatre in Kingston will include Charles Way's Cinderella The Midnight Princess, which tells the classic story with the music of Mozart, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, opening on 7th December; Richard Bean's Smack Family Robinson, a black comedy about a family who have run a successful (and dodgy) business since the 1960s but find that times are changing, directed by Richard Wilson, opening on 3rd April; and Noel Coward's The Vortex, the dark comedy of emotional blackmail and drug abuse in the relationship of a young musician and his socialite mother, directed by Stephen Unwin, opening on 13th February.

TheatreCraft, the free annual event where 17 to 25 year olds can discover all about the exciting non-performance career opportunities in theatre, will take place at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden from 9.30am to 4.30pm on 30th November, to be opened by Michael Grandage. It provides an opportunity to explore the many skills involved in staging a production through workshops, talks, demonstrations, the opportunity to meet representatives from theatres, production companies, training institutions, unions and other professional bodies, and one-to-one advice sessions. Further information and online booking can be found on the TheatreCraft web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre 503, in Battersea, will include Joe Hammond's Where The Mangrove Grows, the tale of a lost boy in care's transformation, with David Birrell, Charlie Jones and Mark Springer, directed by Tamara Harvey, from 6th November, a co-production with Number Nine Theatre; and Matthew Osborn's Cul-De-Sac, a comic 'Stepford Wives' style tale of a suburban community, with Alan Francis and Mike Hayley, directed by Maggie Inchley, from 4th December, a co-production with RBM and the Comedians Theatre Company.

The Rumour Machine says: that Matthew Bourne is working on a dance adaptation of William Golding's Lord Of The Flies for his New Adventures company in 2014. The Rumour Machine grinds on.