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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th December 2017

A revised version of the 2015 Hampstead Theatre production of David Hare's The Moderate Soprano, charting John Christie's struggle to establish an opera house at his estate at Glyndebourne in the 1930s with his soprano wife, with Roger Allam and Nancy Carrol, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 12th April.

The Broadway production of the musical Chicago, book and lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, co-authored by Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, featuring 'murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery - all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts', will return to the West End at the Phoenix Theatre from 26th March.

The musical Oranges And Elephants, book and lyrics by Lil Warren, music by Jo Collins, using music hall style to tell the story of two rival female Victorian gangs in London, with Kate Adams, Rebecca Bainbridge, Susannah van den Berg, Rosalind Ford, Liz Kitchen, Natasha Lewis, Sinead Long, Kate Marlais, Christina Tedders and Sarah J Warren, directed by Susie McKenna, will open at Hoxton Hall on 25th January.

On The Casting Couch: Hayley Atwell, Aidan McArdle and Tom Riley will feature in Sarah Burgess's Dry Powder, opening at Hampstead Theatre on 1st February

The new season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will include Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, in a contemporary reworking by April De Angelis, with Shane Zaza, directed by Matthew Xia, from 9th March; Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, picturing rural Russia at the brink of the Revolution, in a new version by Rory Mullarkey, directed by Michael Boyd, from 19th April; Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, in which a woman is buried up to her waist in earth, with Maxine Peake, directed by Sarah Frankcom, from 25th May; and the premiere of Maxine Peake's The Queens Of The Coal Age, about women in a pit community facing closure, directed by Briony Shanahan, from 28th June.

The spring season at the Bunker Theatre, in Southwark, will include the Hampstead Theatre production of Terry Johnson's Ken, a freewheeling reminiscence of Johnson's relationship with actor and director Ken Campbell, with Terry Johnson and Jeremy Stockwell, directed by Lisa Spurling, from 24th January; DumbWise Theatre's production of Sophocles's Electra, in a new adaptation by John Ward, infused with a live punk rock score, from 27th February; the premiere of Kevin Armento's Devil With The Blue Dress, based on the American Monica Lewinsky scandal, directed by Joshua McTaggart, from 29th March; and Izzy Tennyson's Grotty, exploring dark themes in London's lesbian subculture, directed by Hannah Hauer-King, from 1st May.


Opening This Week

The Grinning Man - Trafalgar Studios 1
The acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of the musical based on Victor Hugo's story of a 'Phantomesque' figure in a vision of how an alternate history of England might have unfolded, directed by Tom Morris.
Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow - Wanamaker Playhouse
The cabaret performer Meow Meow offers an untraditional Christmas programme, with reflections on loneliness, lost dreams and the apocalypse.
Hamilton - Victoria Palace
The Tony Award winning New York Public Theater production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip hop musical inspired by Ron Chernow's biography of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail.


First Nights

18th - The Grinning Man - Trafalgar Studios 1
20th - Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow - Wanamaker Playhouse
22nd - Hamilton - Victoria Palace
3rd - De Profundis - Vaudeville
11th - Girl From The North Country - Noel Coward


30th - Goats - Royal Court
30th - Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow - Wanamaker Playhouse
30th - Oslo - Harold Pinter
30th - A Woman Of No Importance - Vaudeville
31st - Young Marx - Bridge
1st - The Gruffalo's Child - Lyric
3rd - Follies - National Olivier
6th - An American In Paris - Dominion
6th - De Profundis - Vaudeville
6th - Romantics Anonymous - Wanamaker Playhouse
6th - Ink - Duke of York's
6th - Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle - Wyndham's
7th - Stomp - Ambassadors
7th - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Ambassadors
9th - Barber Shop Chronicles - National Dorfman