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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st October 2016

The recent Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with original cast members Cherry Jones and Brian J Smith joined by Michael Esper and Kate O'Flynn, directed by John Tiffany, with movement by Steven Hoggett, will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 2nd February.

A Christmas Carol, with Simon Callow using an adaptation of Charles Dickens's own performing version of the classic story, directed by Tom Cairns, will return to the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, from 8th December to 2nd January.

Forthcoming productions at the Arcola Theatre, in Dalston, will include Drones, Baby, Drones, a double bill comprising Ron Hutchinson and Christina Lamb's This Tuesday, focusing on the decisions taken by a CIA director, a White House advisor and a Pentagon General, directed by Nicholas Kent, and David Greig's The Kid, looking at what happens when a missile lands on a wedding party in Pakistan, directed by Mehmet Ergen, with Anne Adams, Joseph Balderrama, Sam Dale, Raj Ghatak, Tom McKay and Rose Reynolds, from 2nd November; Henry Naylor's Angel, about a legendary Syrian woman sniper, with Filipa Braganca, directed by Michael Cabot, from 21st November; and Sergio Blanco's Thebes Land, looking at the crime of patricide, with Trevor White and Alex Austin, with on-stage participation from Martin Santos, a convicted patricide, staged inside a large protective cage, adapted and directed by Daniel Goldman, from 30th November.

ZooNation's hip-hop production of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen, a contemporary twist on characters created by Lewis Carroll, directed by Kate Price, will open at the Roundhouse, in Chalk Farm, on 4th January.

The spring season at Birmingham Rep will include Jeremy Sams's What's In A Name?, adapted from Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere's play Le Prenom focusing on a dinner party conversation, with Nigel Harman and Sarah Hadland, opening on 31st January; One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, a back catalogue bioshow, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, opening on 16th March; the musical The Who's Tommy, book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon, focused on deaf and disabled artists and audiences, directed by Kerry Michael, opening on 18th May; and Stadium, exploring the passion that football inspires, created and directed by Mohamed El Khatib, choreographed and performed by Dimitri Hatton, with 50 local football fans, from 9th June.

The Flute Theatre/English Touring Theatre 90 minute version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Mark Arends, Tom Mannion, Katy Stevens, Francesca Zoutewelle, Finlay Cormack and David Fielder, directed by Kelly Hunter, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 8th December.

Peter James's Not Dead Enough, a thriller about a man who maintains he has an alibi for the night his wife was murdered, adapted by Joshua Andrews, with Shane Ritchie, Laura Whitmore and Cleo Morey, directed by Ian Talbot, will open a national tour at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on 25th January.


Opening This Week

Amadeus - National Olivier
Peter Shaffer's groundbreaking play exploring the relationship between the Austrian Court composer Antonio Salieri and his young rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen, directed by Michael Longhurst.


First Nights

26th - Amadeus - National Olivier
1st - Comus - A Masque In Honour Of Chastity - Wanamaker Playhouse
3rd - Dead Funny - Vaudeville
4th - King Lear - Old Vic
10th - An Inspector Calls - Playhouse
15th - School Of Rock - New London
15th - King Lear - Barbican Theatre
16th - Peter Pan - National Olivier
17th - Half A Sixpence - Noel Coward
19th - Comus - A Masque In Honour Of Chastity - Wanamaker Playhouse


22nd - Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) - Royal Court
22nd - The Plough And The Stars - National Lyttelton
29th - 1984 - Playhouse
29th - Sunny Afternoon - Harold Pinter
12th - The Entertainer - Garrick