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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 10th August 2018

New York TheatreNet: The National Theatre production of Network, adapted by Lee Hall from Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film about a television news anchor who's "mad as hell and is not going to take it any more", with Bryan Cranston, directed by Ivo van Hove, will be remounted on Broadway, opening at the Cort Theatre on 6th December.

The autumn season at Liverpool Theatres will include in the Everyman: the premiere of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, about a family coming to terms with the death of a child, adapted by Bryony Lavery, with Pete Ashmore, Charlotte Beaumont, Emily Bevan, Bhawna Bhawsar, Susan Bovell, Natasha Cottriall, Keith Dunphy, Karan Gill, Jack Sandle and Ayoola Smart, directed by Melly Still, from 25th September; and The Snow Queen, a rock'n'roll pantomime by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton, with Francis Tucker and Adam Keast, from 24th November; and in the Playhouse: Spymonkey's adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with Aitor Basauri, Sophie Russell, Petra Massey and Toby Park, directed by Ed Gaughan, from 8th December.

A new musical, Midnight, book and lyrics by Timothy Knapman, music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe, adapted from Elchin's Citizens Of Hell, set in Azerbaijan during Stalin's Great Terror in 1937, directed by Kate Golledge, will open at the Union Theatre, in Southwark, on 10th September.

The recent West End production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, set in the cut-throat world of Florida real estate salesmen, with Mark Benton and Nigel Harman, directed by Sam Yates, will open a national tour at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on 14th February.

Stage One is inviting applications for a New Producer's Bursary. The bursaries are intended to support individuals in progressing their careers as theatre producers. Successful applicants will be able to use the bursary to develop and/or present a new production, or to support themselves while being an intern at an approved producer's office. In addition to a broad package of financial assistance of up to 15,000 per applicant, the scheme also provides the benefit of an established industry figure as a mentor for the project, and possibly shared office accommodation in Central London. The closing date for this round of applications is 21st August. Further information and an application form can be found on the Stage One web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's novel about prejudice in a small southern town during the American great depression of the 1930s, originally directed by Timothy Sheader, redirected by Fiona Dunn, will open a national tour at the Curve Leicester on 7th February.


Opening This Week

Dinosaur World Live - Regent's Park Open Air
An interactive family puppet show set in a prehistoric world of astonishing creatures, written and directed by Derek Bond.
Gangsta Granny - Harold Pinter
The return of the Birmingham Stage Company's production of David Walliams's children's story about the secret life of a senior citizen, adapted and directed by Neal Foster.
Emilia - Shakespeare's Globe
The premiere of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's bioplay about 16th century poet Emilia Bassano, with Leah Harvey, Vinette Robinson and Clare Perkins, directed by Nicole Charles.


First Nights

14th - Dinosaur World Live - Regent's Park Open Air
14th - Gangsta Granny - Harold Pinter
15th - Emilia - Shakespeare's Globe
29th - Love's Labour's Lost - Wanamaker Playhouse
6th - Sylvia - Old Vic


11th - Consent - Harold Pinter
11th - Translations - National Olivier
11th - Pity - Royal Court
18th - Killer Joe - Trafalgar Studios 1
25th - Young Frankenstein - Garrick
25th - A Monster Calls - Old Vic
26th - Hamlet - Shakespeare's Globe
26th - As You Like It - Shakespeare's Globe
26th - Gangsta Granny - Harold Pinter
1st - Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 4 - Apollo
1st - The Star Seekers - National Dorfman
1st - Emilia - Shakespeare's Globe
1st - Pressure - Ambassadors
2nd - We're Going On A Bear Hunt - Lyric
5th - Home, I'm Darling - National Dorfman
8th - Imperium Parts I & II - Gielgud
8th - The Lieutenant Of Inishmore - Noel Coward
8th - Julie - National Lyttelton