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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st July 2017

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, in a 'radical reworking' by Jack Thorne, with Rhys Ifans, directed by Matthew Warchus, will open at the Old Vic Theatre on 29th November.

The new season at the Almeida Theatre in Islington will comprise the premieres of Mike Bartlett's Albion, examining British national identity and anxiety in the wake of the EU referendum, with Victoria Hamilton, directed by Rupert Goold, opening on 17th October; and Anne Washburn's The Twilight Zone, based on stories from the 1960s American psychological horror television series by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, directed by Richard Jones, opening on 12th December; plus Tennessee Williams's Summer And Smoke, set in Mississippi in 1916, the tale of the daughter of a minister whose youthful passion is rekindled by the return of a neighbour's prodigal son, with Patsy Ferran, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, opening on 7th March.

Self styled 'psychological illusionist' Derren Brown will bring his stage show Underground, a collection of highlights from his previous work, written and directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman, which is currently touring, to the Playhouse Theatre from 11th September to 14th October.

The stage premiere of Jack Rosenthall's The Knowledge, adapted by Simon Block, charting the rigorous training process before someone can pass the examination to become a registered London Taxi driver, directed by Maureen Lipman, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre, in The Arches under Charing Cross Station, on 11th September.

Booking is now open for TheatreCraft, the free annual event where 16 to 25 year olds can discover all about non-performance career opportunities in theatre, taking place at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on 3rd November. It provides an opportunity to explore the many skills involved in staging a production through workshops, talks and 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.

The autumn season at Theatre503 in Battersea will include Philip Correia's Sid And Viv, a coming of age drama, directed by Jonny Kelly, from 30th August; Andrew Thompson's In Event Of Moone Disaster, a multi generational story of space exploration, directed by Lisa Spirling, from 4th October; the premiere of Abgela Betzien's The Dark Room, a psychological thriller, directed by Audrey Sheffield, from 8th November; and the return of The Sleeping Trees three man pantomime Scrooge And The Seven Dwarves, from 6th December.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Oliver Twist - Regent's Park Open Air
Anya Reiss's new small scale adaptation of Dickens's story of London's Victorian underworld aimed at a younger audience, so hopefully without the sex'n'violence injected into Regent's Park's other current Dickens adaptation of A Tale Of Two Cities.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - Apollo
Tennessee Williams's play set at a birthday celebration during which hypocrisy, greed and secret passions threaten to tear apart a wealthy but dysfunctional Mississippi family, with Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell.
Girl From The North Country - Old Vic
Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Sheila Atim, Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup and Jim Norton in Connor McPherson's Bob Dylan back catalogue musical, set in rural American during the Great Depression.
The Hunting Of The Snark - Vaudeville
Annabel Wigoder and Gareth Coope's small scale family musical adaptation of Lewis Carrol's story an epic quest in search of a mythical creature, directed by Gemma Colclough.
Road - Royal Court
Jim Cartwright's agitprop play telling the story of the inhabitants of an unnamed northern street in 1980s Britain, directed by John Tiffany.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

July
23rd - Oliver Twist - Regent's Park Open Air
24th - Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - Apollo
26th - Girl From The North Country - Old Vic
28th - Road - Royal Court
28th - The Hunting Of The Snark - Vaudeville
August
1st - Gangsta Granny - Garrick
2nd - Evita - Phoenix
3rd - Apologia - Trafalgar Studios 1
4th - Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain - Garrick Theatre
11th - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regent's Park Open Air

Finales

July
22nd - Tape Face - Garrick
22nd - The Philanthropist - Trafalgar Studios 1
August
5th - A Tale Of Two Cities - Regent's Park Open Air
5th - Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Globe
5th - Beautiful - The Carol King Musical - Aldwych
12th - The Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company - Donmar Warehouse