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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th September 2011

The Almeida Theatre in Islington has announced its 2012 season, which will comprise: Federico Garcia Lorca's The House Of Bernarda Alba, about sibling rivalry and a clandestine affair in a household of sexually repressed women, in a new version by Emily Mann, relocating the setting to Iran, with Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, directed by Bijan Sheibani, opening on 26th January; Eduardo De Filippo's Filumena in a new version of Tanya Ronder, a slice of Neapolitan life in the late 1940s, with Samantha Spiro, directed by Michael Attenborough, opening on 22nd March; the premiere of Matthew Dunster's Children's Children, centring on two acting college friends 20 years after they have left student life behind, one successful, one not, directed by Jeremy Herrin, opening on 24th May; and as previously announced, Shakespeare's King Lear, with Jonathan Pryce, directed by Michael Attenborough, opening on 11th September.

Shakespeare's Globe has confirmed plans for Globe To Globe, its contribution to the Cultural Olympiad, with all 37 plays performed in 37 languages, from 21st April to 9th June. Productions will include the three parts of Henry VI performed by the national companies from Serbia, Albania and Macedonia in their native languages; The Comedy Of Errors by Roy-e-Sabs from Afghanistan; The Merry Wives Of Windsor by Bitter Pill in Swahili; Love's Labour's Lost in full in British Sign Language by Deafinitely Theatre; Richard III by the National Theatre of China; and a hip hop version of Othello by the Q Brothers. Ticket packages will include a Decathlon (10 shows), a Marathon (26 shows) and an Olympian (all 37 shows).

The Sticking Place theatre company and Seabright Productions will stage the 8th Terror season, on the theme of 'Love Me To Death', at the Soho Theatre from 21st October to 5th November. It will comprise the premieres of Dave Florez's The Waiting Mortuary, Lucy Kirkwood's Mad About The Boy, both directed by Hannah Eidinow, Carl Grose's Wormy Close, Jack Thorne's The Gong, and Tom Holloway's If I Should Stay I Would Only Be In Your Way, all directed by Matt Peover.

New York TheatreNet: Warren Manzi's thriller Perfect Crime, directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, which opened Off Broadway in 1987, and is the longest running play in the history of New York theatre, celebrated its 10,000th performance on 25th September. Original cast member Catherine Russell, who has secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and has only missed 4 performances during the run, also serves as the general manager of the Snapple Theatre Center, where the show currently plays. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

Forthcoming productions at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton will include Maggie Nevill's Alchemy In The UK, a new play about the realities of being out of work today, directed by Patrick Sandford, from 20th October; and Mary Norton's classic children's tale The Borrowers, adapted by Charles Way, directed by Patrick Sandford, from 24th November.

Baz Productions will stage William Shakespeare's Macbeth, with Scott Brooksbank, Lucy Brueggar, Ffion Jolly, Geoff Lumb and Katherine Newman, directed by Sarah Bedi, in The Crypt, at St Andrew Church, in Holborn, from 18th October.

Scrooge, Leslie Bruicusse's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with Tommy Steel, directed by Bob Tomson, with choreography by Lisa Kent, will open a national tour at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne on 24th October, which will include a Christmas season at the Lowry in Salford, opening on 12th December. The producer is Bill Kenwright

On The Casting Couch: Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley will be joined by Tom Bateman, Sonya Cassidy, Joseph Drake, Rory Fleck-Byrne and James Norton in James Goldman's The Lion In Winter, opening at the Haymarket Theatre on 15th November; and David Suchet will be joined by Laurie Metcalf and Kyle Soller in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, opening at the Apollo Theatre on 2nd April.

The Brixton Empire theatre company is to open in St Matthews Church on Brixton Hill with the British premiere of Laurence Holder's When The Chickens Came Home To Roost, about the American black activist Malcolm X, directed by Daljinder Singh, from 5th October.

The autumn season at Clwd Theatre in Mold will include George Orwell's Animal Farm, the allegorical story 20th century Fascism, adapted by Peter Hall, music by Richard Peaslee, lyrics by Adrian Mitchell, with Esther Biddle, Jenni Bowden, James Haggie, Victoria Hamnett, Deborah Hewitt, Graham Kent, Daniel Lloyd, Jane Milligan, Simon Nock, Michael O'Connor, Elin Phillips, Alun Saunders, Claire Storey, Jon Trenchard, Johnson Willis and Edward York, directed by Tim Baker, from 13th October; and Arnold Wesker's Roots, the rural kitchen sink play, with Catrin Aaron, Richard Atwill, Brendan Charleson, Sara Harris-Davies, Victoria John, Stephen Marzella, Caryl Morgan, Sion Pritchard and Joshua Richards, directed by Kate Wasserberg, from 27th November.

The Rumour Machine says: that Lincoln Center Theater New York production of the musical South Pacific, with Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot, directed by Bartlett Sherr, which has just completed a run at the Barbican Theatre, may transfer to the West End at the end of its national tour. The Rumour Machine grinds on.