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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th October 2017

The musical The Rink, book by Terence McNally, music by John Kander, lyrics Fred Ebb, which explores the bittersweet relationship between a mother and daughter who are reunited after years apart, directed by Adam Lenson, with choreography by Fabian Aliose, will open at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, on 29th May.

The Theatre Royal Bath will stage the premiere of Simon Reade's Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, in which Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, now retired, is faced with the possibility that his arch nemesis Moriarty is still alive, with Robert Powell and Liza Goddard, directed by David Grindley, from 25th April.

The spring season at the Park Theatre, in Finsbury Park, will include Rothschild And Sons, a revised version of The Rothschilds, the biographical musical about one of the world's most famous banking dynasties, book by Sherman Yellen, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Jeffrey B Moss, opening on 29th January; EM Forster's A Passage To India, set at the height of the British Raj about the tensions that exist when two cultures collide, adapted by Simon Dormandy, directed by Sebastian Armando and Simon Dormandy, opening on 22nd February; Pressure, written by and featuring David Haig, about how the decision of whether or not to make the D-Day landing in 1944 came down to the weather forecast, directed by John Dove, opening on 3rd April; Robert Schenkkan's Building The Wall, a contemporary American political thriller, directed by Jez Bond, opening on 4th May; and the premiere of Torben Betts's Monogamy, a state of the nation comedy, directed by Alastair Whatley, opening on 11th June.

Forthcoming productions at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, will include Mischief Movie Night, an improv show on a film theme, with Josh Elliot, Dave Hearn, Harry Kershaw, Henry Lewis, Ellie Morris, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, from 13th December; and All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical, a back catalogue biomusical about the Small Faces, written, directed by and featuring Carol Harrison, with Chris Simmons, opening on 8th February.

The spring season at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield will include Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, about the interviews David Frost had with Richard Nixon after his resignation from the White House in 1977, directed by Kate Hewitt, from 21st February; Peter Gill's The York Realist, set in the early 1960s, focusing on the relationship and culture clash between a middle class outsider directing the York Mystery Plays, and a local working class amateur performer, with Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Lesley Nicol, Katie West and Matthew Wilson, directed by Robert Hastie, opening on 28th March; Dan Wasserman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, the story of a gambler who has faked psychosis to avoid jail, but finds that life in a mental hospital is worse than he bargained for, directed by Javaad Alipoor, opening on 12th June; and the musical Songs From The Seven Hills, by John Hollingworth, Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour, telling the stories of people from the city, directed by Emily Hutchinson, opening on 18th July.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Young Marx - Bridge
The Bridge Theatre opens with premiere of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's comedy about the dissolute youth of the revolutionary in Victorian London, with Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris, directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Romantics Anonymous - Wanamaker Playhouse
The premiere of Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman's musical adaptation of the film, a love story set in a chocolate factory, with Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding and Gareth Snook, directed by Emma Rice.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

October
26th - Young Marx - Bridge
27th - Romantics Anonymous - Wanamaker Playhouse
November
2nd - Minefield - Royal Court
6th - Coriolanus - Barbican Theatre
9th - Glengarry Glen Ross - Playhouse
13th - Network - National Lyttleton

Finales

October
21st - Jane Eyre - National Lyttelton
21st - Victory Condition - Royal Court
21st - B - Royal Court
November
4th - Dr Suess's The Lorax - Old Vic
11th - Minefield - Royal Court
14th - Beginning - National Dorfman
18th - Apologia - Trafalgar Studios 1
18th - Coriolanus - Barbican Theatre