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The National Theatre has confirmed details of new productions in its autumn season, which will include in the Olivier, a contemporary production of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, with John Heffernan, Vanessa Kirby and Kyle Soller, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins; and Erich Kastner's children's classic Emile And The Detectives, adapted by Carl Miller, with Sue Wallace and Naomi Frederick, directed by Bijan Sheibani; in the Lyttelton, a new musical The Light Princess, loosely based on the Scottish fairy tale by George MacDonald about a princess cursed with a lack of gravity, book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson, music and lyrics by Tori Amos, with Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Clive Rowe, Hal Fowler and Laura Pitt-Pulford, directed by Marianne Elliott, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, and puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell; and in the Shed, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World Of Extreme Happiness, a picture of contemporary China as a woman leaves her family and embarks on a journey to a new life, directed by Michael Longhurst; and Nut, written and directed by Debbie Tucker Green, with Gershwyn Eustache Jr, Nadine Marshall, Anthony Welsh and Sharlene Whyte.
The Almeida Theatre/Headlong production of Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, about a journalist and a secret history, examining the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will come to define our own, with Stephen Campbell Moore, Claudie Blakley, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Chan, Vera Chok, Karl Collins, Trevor Cooper, Nancy Crane, Sean Gilder, Sarah Lam and Andrew Leung, directed by Lyndsey Turner, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre, opening on 15th August. It will be presented by Sonia Friedman, Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin, and Jean Doumanian.
English National Ballet's 2014 season will include Lest We Forget, marking the centenary of the First World War, with new works by Akram Khan, Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant; and a reworking of Firebird, by George Williamson, at the Barbican from 2nd April; My First Ballet: Coppelia, choreographed for young audiences by George Williamson after Ronald Hynd, at the Peacock Theatre from 8th April; Derek Deane's in the round production of Romeo And Juliet, with Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo heading a cast of 120, at the Royal Albert Hall from 11th June; and Ronald Hynd's Coppelia, at the London Coliseum from 23rd July.
New York TheatreNet: The winners in this year's Tony Awards were very much as forecast. Kinky Boots took 6, including Musical, Score - Cyndi Lauper, Actor (Musical) - Billy Porter, and Choreography - Jerry Mitchell; Matilda The Musical took Book - Dennis Kelly, Featured Actor (Musical) - Gabriel Ebert, Scenic Design (Musical) - Rob Howell and Lighting (Musical) - Hugh Vanstone; Pippin took 4, including Musical Revival, Leading Actress (Musical) - Patina Miller and Director (Musical) - Diane Paulus; Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike took Play; Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? took Play Revival, Leading Actor (Play) - Tracy Letts, and Director (Play) - Pam MacKinnon; and Cicily Tyson took Leading Actress (Play) - The Trip To Beautiful. News, information and special offers about theatre on and off Broadway can be found on New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.
The autumn season at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow will include Dostoyevsky's Crime And Punishment, in a new adaptation by Chris Hannan, directed by Dominic Hill, opening on 7th September, a co-production with the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; Sam Shepard's True West, about the sibling rivalry between two brothers, one an achiever, the other a drifter, with Alex Ferns and Eugene O'Hare, directed by Philip Breen, opening on 31st October; and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, adapted by Stuart Paterson, directed by Nikolai Foster, opening on 3rd December.
[title of show], the musical about the making of a musical, book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, directed by Robert McWhir, will open at the Landor Theatre, in Clapham, on 12th August. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of two struggling writers creating a show for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, which then played Off Broadway, and finally transferred to Broadway.
The autumn season at the Unicorn Theatre, at London Bridge, will include home grown productions of Dora, adapted from Helen East's picture book about a hoarder, directed by Purni Morell, from 13th September; Ignace Cornelissen's Henry The Fifth, adapted from Shakespeare's tale of war and royal duty, directed by Ellen McDougall, from 8th October; Adam Peck's Cinderella: A Fairytale, a contemporary retelling of the story, directed by Sally Cookson, with choreography by Joel Daniel, from 26th November, a co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatre and Travelling Light; and Clement Clarke Moore's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas..., directed by Douglas Rintoul, from 5th December.
Slava's Snowshow, Russian clown Slava Polunin's wordless show that sees a group of clowns overcoming various physical obstacles, culminating in the coup de theatre of a blizzard, will return to the Royal Festival Hall from 17th December to 5th January. The producers are Mark Goucher, Matthew Gale and Jenny King by arrangement with Slava and Gwenael Allan.
The autumn season at Watford Palace Theatre will include Gary Owen's Perfect Match, about a couple whose decision to marry after nine years together is affected when one of them makes the acquaintance of an online dating agency, directed by Brigid Larmour, from 19th September; E V Crowe's Virgin, telling of the effect of the internet on two generations of women, with different ideas on friendship and privacy, directed by Joe Murphy, from 26th September; Stacey Gregg's Override, a dark comedy examining a potential revolt from the magic of modern technology, directed by Selina Cartmell, from 2nd October; and Robin Hood, by Andrew Pollard, directed by Brigid Larmour, from 6th December.
The Rumour Machine says: that Jamie Lloyd will direct an unnamed show (currently code named UGC) that will run at the St James Theatre, in Victoria, from 21st February next year, which is believed to be Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis's Tony Award winning musical Urinetown, a comic parody about a futuristic society where people revolt about having to pay exorbitant fees to 'use the bathroom', written in a pseudo Brechtian style. The Rumour Machine grinds on.