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Shakespeare's Globe has announced its 2014 season, comprising Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra; Julius Caesar directed by Dominic Dromgoole; Titus Andronicus directed by Lucy Bailey; and The Comedy Of Errors directed by Blanche McIntyre; and the premieres of Howard Brenton's Dr Scroggy's War, about a soldier from the First World War and the founding father of plastic surgery, directed by John Dove; David Eldridge's Holy Warriors, about two millennia of conflict for possession of Jerusalem, directed by James Dacre; Simon Armitage's The Last Days Of Troy, a dramatisation of Homer's Iliad, directed by Nick Bagnall, a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester; and Richard Bean's Pitcairn, about the colonisation of the remote island by the Bounty mutineers, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, a co-production with Out Of Joint and Chichester Festival Theatre. In addition a production of Hamlet directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, will launch a world tour; this year's small scale touring production of Shakespeare's King Lear directed by Bill Buckhurst, will return, together with a mid-scale reworking of this year's productions of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Max Webster; plus Deafinitely Theatre's British Sign Language interpreted production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well in Gujarati, directed by Sunil Shanbag; and Lope de Vega's Punishment Without Revenge in Spanish, directed by Ernesto Arias.
An adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World In Eighty Days, in which a Victorian adventurer attempts to circumnavigate the world for a bet, directed by Sean Foley, will open in a pavilion at the 02 Arena next June, prior to an American an arena tour, produced by Matthew Churchill Productions.
The 2014 season at Northampton Theatres will include in the Royal: Charles Dickens's A Tale Of Two Cities, in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton, directed by James Dacre, from 21st February; Georges Feydeau's Every Last Trick, adapted by Tamsin Oglesby, an ingenious look at the game of infidelity and marriage, directed by Paul Hunter, from 18th April, produced in collaboration with Spymonkey and Told By An Idiot; Pat Barker's Regeneration, adapted Nicholas Wright, in which a psychiatrist whose job is to return shell-shocked officers to the trenches of the First World War, becomes tormented by the morality of what is being done following an encounter with Siegfried Sassoon, directed by James Dacre, from 20th August, a co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company; and Tennessee Williams's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, set at a birthday celebration during which hypocrisy, greed and secret passions threaten to tear apart a wealthy but dysfunctional Mississippi family, directed by James Dacre, from 1st October, a co-production with Northern Stage and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
New York TheatreNet: Robert Schenkkan's All The Way, telling the story of the first whirlwind year of Lyndon B Johnson's presidency, with Bryan Cranston, Michael McKean and Brandon J Dirden, directed by Bill Rauch, will open at the Neil Simon Theatre on 6th March. John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men, the classic tale set in the Great Depression of two itinerant farm workers who buy a small farm of their own, but find the ensuing hardship tests their friendship to its limits, with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, directed by Anna D Shapiro, will open at the Longacre Theatre on 16th April. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.
The musical Lost Boy, book, music, lyrics and direction by Phil Willmott, a dark sequel to Peter Pan, reuniting J M Barrie's characters as young adults on the eve of the First World War, with Andrew C Wadsworth, Steven Butler, Lauren Cocoracchio, Grace Gardner, Hannah Grace, Richard James-King, Natalie Lipin, Luka Markus, Max Panks, David Scotland, Joseph Taylor and Joanna Woodward, choreographed by Racky Plews, will transfer from the Finborough Theatre in Earls Court to the Charing Cross Theatre, opening on 14th January, produced in association with Steven M Levy and The Steam Industry.
On The Casting Couch: Emilia Fox will be joined by Emma Fielding, Polly Adams, Adam James and Shannon Tarbet in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, opening at Hampstead Theatre on 22nd January
In Anything Goes: A History Of American Musical Theatre, recently published by OUP USA, Ethan Mordden takes an entirely fresh look at the musical, from The Beggar's Opera to Wicked. Examining the Star Comic, the Sweetheart Heroine, the war between musical comedy and operetta, the rise of the sexy story in the 1920s, the wedding of ballet and hoofing in the 1930s, the Oklahoma! and Carousel musical play in the 1940s, the Novelty Star in the 1950s, and other developments, Mordden takes the reader from George Gershwin to Ethel Merman to Jerome Robbins to the director-choreographer and the offbeat contemporary show. In his trademark style that is at once scholarly, witty and conversational, Mordden emphasizes not only the writing of musicals but the performing of them, taking the reader virtually into the theatre to experience what a great show is like. From ballad opera and burlesque to the sometimes indescribable titles of today, this book tells where the musical came from and where it has been heading ever since. A special feature is the extremely detailed discographical essay, a guide for aficionado and student alike in exploring the recorded archives.
The winter season at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith will include Shakespeare's Othello, with Stefan Adegbola, Peter Lloyd, Gillian Saker and Andrew Lewis, directed by Rebekah Fortune, from 14th January, produced by Orangutan Productions; Kiss Me Figaro!, written and directed by John Ramster, a romantic comedy set backstage at the opera, with music by Mozart, Handel, Puccini, Irving Berlin and others, from 12th February, produced by The Merry Opera Company; and Euripides's Medea, directed by Anastasia Revi, from 5th March, produced by Theatre Lab Company.