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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th August 2010

The Bridge Project has announced that its final season will be a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, with Kevin Spacey leading a company of British and American actors, directed by Sam Mendes. The production will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in February 2012 and transfer to the Old Vic in May, prior to a world tour.

Forthcoming productions at Soho Theatre Will include Re-orientations, a global canvas of locations, characters and experiences, exploring love, sexuality and performance in contemporary Asia, directed by Michael Walling, from 7th September, a co-production with Border Crossings; Hattie Naylor's Ivan And The Dogs, a true story of survival on the streets of Moscow in the early 1900s, directed by Ellen McDougall, from 12th October; Charged, new plays by E V Crowe, Sam Holcroft, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Chloe Moss, Winsome Pinnock and Rebecca Prichard, about women and the criminal justice system, presented in two cycles, staged in various locations around Soho, from 10th November; Bea, written and directed by Mick Gordon, examining the limits of our capacity to understand one another, from 1st December, a co-production with On Theatre; and the Birmingham Stage Company production of Bagpuss, stories of the legendary children's television character adaped for the stage by Jon Lloud, told through puppetry and song, playing daytime performances from 9th December.

New York TheatreNet: The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed the dates and casting for its 6 week residency in a full scale replica of its Courtyard Theatre constructed in the historic Park Avenue Armory, as part of next year's Lincoln Center Festival. As You Like It, with Katy Stephens, Jonjo O'Neill, Richard Katz, Mariah Gale, Forbes Masson and Charles Aitken, will open on July 7th; Romeo And Juliet, with Sam Troughton, Mariah Gale, Forbes Masson, Jonjo O'Neill and Noma Dumezweni, will open on July 11th; King Lear, with Greg Hicks, Samantha Young, Kelly Hunter, Katy Stephens and Kathryn Hunter, will open on July 16th; The Winter's Tale, with Greg Hicks, Kelly Hunter, Samantha Young, Tunji Kasim, Brian Doherty and Noma Dumezweni, will open on July 22nd; and Antony And Cleopatra, with Darrell D'Silva, Kathryn Hunter, John Mackay, Brian Doherty and Clarence Smith, will open on July 29th. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway, can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

Rooster Productions Productions will stage Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes, with Okezie Morro, Gemma Atkinson and Tom Greaves, directed by Seb Billings, opening at the King's Head Theatre in Islington on 8th September. It tells the story of a married couple when an old school friend moves in, with disastrous consequences for their relationship - although scenes are replayed in different ways, so it is difficult to know what actually happened.

Ghost The Musical, adapted from the 1990 film about a man trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with his girlfriend through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer, book by Bruce Joel Rubin from his screenplay, music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, directed by Matthew Warchus, will play a prospective pre West End season at the Opera House in Manchester from 28th March.

On The Casting Couch: Antony Sher will be joined by Nigel Lindsay, Lucy Cohu, Emily Bruni, Madeleine Potter and Brian Protheroe in Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, opening at the Tricycle Theatre on 6th October; and Kika Markham, Jacob Casselden, Stanley Townsend, Michelle Terry, Harry Treadaway and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will comprise the cast of Nina Raine's Tribes, opening at the Royal Court Theatre on 20th October.

The autumn season at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell will include the Theatre Temoin production Jukai, a devised piece incorporating half-mask, contemporary theatre and Japanese traditional theatre with Taiko drum music, to tell a story about straying from the path, with Nomura Daisuke, Dorie Kinnear, Tomoko Komura, Bradley Wayne Smith, Julia Yevnine, Ikuyo Conant and Nao Masuda, directed by Ailin Conant, opening on 30th September; Mervyn Peake's The Cave, following the fortunes of a family in three different periods in history, directed by Aaron Paterson, opening on 21st October; John Webster's The White Devil, the bloody Jacobean revenge tragedy following an adulterous love affair, directed by Ricky Dukes, opening on 11th November, a Lazarus Theatre Company production; and a double bill comprising the Sebastian Rex Dance Group performing Cliched, exploring what happens when cliches are stripped of their meaning and are given new ones, and Acting Like Mad performing a new play Mind The Gap, in which four people tell stories, opening on 8th December.

Final Performance: A True Story Of Love, Jealousy, Murder And Hypocrisy by Ruth Sylvestre, recently published by Troubador, tells the story of the relationship of the West End actor William Terriss, who was fatally stabbed by a jealous rival Richard Archer Prince, as he entered the Adelphi Theatre on 17th December 1897, and his co-star and mistress Jessie Millward. The murder of the popular figure caused a sensation, and 50,000 people lined the streets as Terriss's funeral cortege passed by. The book traces Terriss and Millward's early lives in the Victorian theatre, their introduction by Henry Irving, their 15 year partnership, the events leading up to the murder, and Irving's kindness to the shunned mistress at the funeral. It vividly captures the backstage world of the period, and of the melodramas in which Terris and Millward specialised, the extravagances of whose plots were eclipsed by the actual events.

The 2010/2011 season at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry will include: Nick Walker's We Love You City, about the day in 1987 when Coventry City football club won the FA Cup, opening on 28th September, a co-production with Talking Birds; Chris Hannan's The Three Musketeers And The Princess Of Spain, a surreal comedy featuring the iconic characters created by Alexandre Dumas, directed by Dominic Hill, opening a national tour on 13th October, a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh; Alan Pollock's One Night In November, a wartime love story set during the Coventry Blitz, directed by Hamish Glen, opening on 2nd November; Iain Lauchlan and Will Brenton's Cinderella, with Andy Hockley, directed by Iain Lauchlan, opening on 3rd December, a co-production with Imagine Theatre; Alan Pollock's Too Much Pressure, set in the industrial strife of Coventry in 1979, directed by Hamish Glen, opening on 1st February; and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, the story of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, opening on 5th April, a co-production with KP Productions and Arcola Theatre.