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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th October 2018

The Almeida Theatre production of 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, with movement by Aletta Collins, will be remounted at the Ambassadors Theatre, opening on 12th March.

A musical based on the television comedy series Only Fools And Horses, book, music and lyrics by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, additional book and lyrics by original creator John Sullivan, music by Chas Hodges, with Tom Bennett, Ryan Hutton and Paul Whitehouse, Dianne Pilkington and Pippa Duffy, directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 19th February.

Forthcoming productions at the Bridge Theatre at London Bridge will include the return of Elizabeth Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton, adapted by Rona Munro, a monologue by a woman coming to terms with her life as she awakens in hospital after an operation, performed by Laura Linney, directed by Richard Eyre, from 23rd January; the premiere of Harriet Lane's Alys, Always, adapted by Lucinda Coxon, a psychological thriller in which a woman insinuates herself into a life of privilege, with Joanne Frogatt, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opening on 5th March; and an immersive production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opening on 11th June.

On The Casting Couch: Maggie Steed, Nicola Walker and Alun Armstrong will feature in Mark Ravenhill's The Cane, opening at the Royal Court Theatre on 13th December.

Peppa Pig's Adventure, an audience participation show featuring life size puppets of the characters from the children's television series, adapted and directed by Richard Lewis, will play daytime performances at the Haymarket Theatre from 8th December to 6th January.

Hampstead Theatre will stage Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a tale of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit, in a new version written and directed by Terry Johnson, opening on 6th December.

Forthcoming productions at the Curve in Leicester will include Louis de Bernieres's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Italian and German occupation of the Second World War, adapted by Rona Munro, directed by Melly Still, opening a national tour on 13th April; and New Adventures' contemporary reimagining of Romeo And Juliet, with Andrew Monaghan, Paris Fitzpatrick, Joao Carolino and Harrison Dowzell, and Cordelia Braithwaite, Seren Williams, Bryony Harrison and Bryony Wood, in the title roles, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, to new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, opening a national tour from 13th May.

Headlong Theatre will stage Shakespeare's Richard III, with Tom Mothersdale, directed by John Haidar, opening a national tour at the Theatre Royal Bristol on 1st March, which will include the newly refurbished Alexandra Palace Theatre, opening on 14th March.


Opening This Week

Company - Gielgud
The George Furth-Stephen Sondheim musical examining marriage and relationships, with Rosalie Craig in the gender swapped leading role and Patti LuPone, directed by Marianne Elliott.
Wise Children - Old Vic
Angela Carter's novel about the life stories of twin chorus girls and their bizarre theatrical family over the course of the 20th century, adapted and directed by Emma Rice.
Stories - National Dorfman
The premiere a tragicomedy written and directed by Nina Raine, about a 39 year old singleton looking to have a baby, with Claudie Blakley.


First Nights

17th - Company - Gielgud
17th - Wise Children - Old Vic
18th - Stories - National Dorfman
23rd - Macbeth - Barbican Theatre
31st - Ear For Eye - Royal Court
8th - Don Quixote - Garrick


13th - Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
13th - Eyam - Shakespeare's Globe
14th - The Winter's Tale - Shakespeare's Globe
20th - Foxfinder - Ambassadors
20th - One For The Road / New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes - Harold Pinter
20th - The Lover / The Collection - Harold Pinter
20th - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
20th - The Lehman Trilogy - National Lyttelton
20th - Misty - Trafalgar Studios 1
27th - Strictly Ballroom - Piccadilly
3rd - King Lear - Duke of York's
3rd - The Jungle - Playhouse
10th - Wise Children - Old Vic