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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th July 2018

New York TheatreNet: A new production of West Side Story, the musical relocating the story of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet to Hell's Kitchen in 1950s New York, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Ivo van Hove, with, for the first time, new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, rather than the original by Jerome Robbins, will open on Broadway in February 2020.

The summer season at The Little Angel Theatre, in Islington, the 'National Theatre' of British puppetry, includes Sleeping Beauty In The Wood, the traditional tale told with puppets, projections and automata, directed by Joy Haynes; and Little Angel By The Sea, an immersive puppetry experience, where the audience embark on a whodunnit adventure, watching puppetry as well as making their own puppets, with Andrea Sadler and Bryn Fitch, devised by Slavka Jovanovic.

The first in house production at the recently reopened Haymarket Theatre in Leicester will be a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, book by Sandi Toksvig, music by David Perkins, lyrics by Jenifer Toksvig, directed by Matthew Forbes, with choreography by Ellyn Phillips, from 13th December.

The autumn season at Theatre503 in Battersea will include the premieres of Alison Carr's Caterpillar, set in a B&B in a seaside town closed for business on the busiest weekend of the year, with Judith Amsenga, directed by Yasmeen Joseph, opening on 3rd September; and Dipika Guha's The Art Of Gaman, following a young Japanese woman looking forward to a new American life in the wake of the Hiroshima bombing, directed by Ailin Conant, opening on 8th October.

Forthcoming productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough will include Alan Ayckbourn's Joking Apart, charting the relationships of the friends of a perfect couple through a series of parties in their garden, with Jamie Baughan, Liz Jadav, Frances Marshall, Laurence Pears, Naomi Petersen, Louise Shuttleworth, Richard Stacey and Leigh Symonds, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, opening on 26th July; Zoe Cooper's Jess And Joe Forever, a story of growing up, fitting in, secrets and friendship, directed by Lotte Wakeham, opening on 25th October; and Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, adapted by Nick Lane, music and lyrics by Simon Slater, directed by Paul Robinson, from 6th December.

Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd, a Miss Marple mystery, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff, directed by Melly Still, will open a national tour at Salisbury Playhouse on 15th February.


Opening This Week

A Monster Calls - Old Vic
A devised piece by the company, based on the novel by Patrick Ness, in which a boy awakes one night to find a monster at his window, with Salena Cadell, Stuart Goodwin and Matthew Tennyson, directed by Sally Cookson.
Pity - Royal Court
The premiere of Rory Mullarkey's comically probing take on life in contemporary England, asking whether things really are getting worse, and if we care, directed by Sam Pritchard.


First Nights

17th - A Monster Calls - Old Vic
18th - Pity - Royal Court
25th - Exit The King - National Oliver
26th - King Lear - Duke of York's
31st - Home, I'm Darling - National Dorfman
1st - Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
2nd - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
3rd - Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 4 - Apollo
9th - Little Shop Of Horrors - Regent's Park Open Air


14th - An Ideal Husband - Vaudeville
28th - Red - Wyndham's
28th - Tartuffe - Haymarket
28th - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - Donmar Warehouse
28th - As You Like It - Regent's Park Open Air
4th - Julie - National Lyttelton
11th - Pity - Royal Court
11th - Translations - National Olivier
11th - Consent - Harold Pinter