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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 11th August 2017

Last year's Birmingham Repertory Company production of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist, about the attempts of a priest to save a girl supposedly possessed by the devil, adapted by John Pielmeier, directed by Sean Mathias, will be remounted at the Phoenix Theatre from 20th October.

Forthcoming productions at the Red Lion Theatre at The Angel Islington, will include Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, a satire on reality programming and the slippery nature of free speech, with Matthew Jure, Cel Spellman, George Turvey, Andy Secombe and Molly McNerney, directed by Sean Turner, opening on 31st August; and the premiere of Harrison Rose's Fox, a darkly funny examination of the price of passion and the everyday travesties that define people's lives, directed by Rupert Hands, opening on 28th September.

The autumn season at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch will include Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers, the legendary 1950s Ealing comedy film about a criminal gang posing as musicians in the house of a dotty old lady, with Steven Elliott, Graham Seed, Sam Lupton, Damian Williams, Anthony Dunn, Marcus Houdon and Ann Penfold, directed by Peter Rowe, opening on 10th October; H G Wells's The Invisible Man, about a scientist who makes himself invisible in an experiment but is unable to reverse the process, adapted by Clem Garritty, directed by Ryan McBryde, opening on 30th October; and Beauty And The Beast, written by Andrew Pollard, directed by Martin Berry, with choreography by Liz Marsh, opening on 1st December.

Stage One is inviting further applications for a New Producer's Bursary. The bursaries are intended to support individuals in progressing their careers as theatre producers. Successful applicants will be able to use the bursary to develop and/or present a new production, or to support themselves while being an intern at an approved producer's office. In addition to a broad package of financial assistance of up to 15,000 per applicant, the scheme also provides the benefit of an established industry figure as a mentor for the project, and possibly shared office accommodation in Central London. The closing date for this round of applications is 21st August. Further information and an application form can be found on the Stage One web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Tobacco Factory in Bristol is to set up a resident company, which will launch with Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Adele Thomas, from 22nd February; and Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, the story of a Brooklyn longshoreman who has raised his orphaned niece, but becomes infatuated with her, and jealousy transforms him from a respected, honourable man to a virtual stranger, shamed and broken by his own actions, directed by Mike Tweddle, from 18th April.

9 To 5: The Musical, adapted from the 1980 film about three secretaries taking revenge on their chauvinist boss, book by Patricia Resnick, based on her screenplay, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, directed by Joseph Hodges, with choreography by Chris Whittaker, will open at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village on 1st September.

And Finally . . . The Royal Shakespeare Company is to hold a jumble sale of 10,000 items from its productions of the last 20 years, in its former rehearsal rooms in Stratford upon Avon on 23rd September. Sale items, available from just 1, will feature a variety of period and contemporary costumes, including uniforms, suits, shirts, doublets, shoes, jewellery and hats, mainly made by the RSC Costume Workshop, which hires out items once the productions they have featured in have ended. Most pieces are labelled with the name of the actor who originally wore them. The money raised will go towards recently announced 8.7m plans to renovate the Costume Workshop buildings. Entry to the sale will cost 3.


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