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Last updated : 5th May 2017

British talent featured in the nominations for this year's Broadway Tony Awards was confined to Groundhog Day with 7, including New Musical, Score - Tim Minchin, Leading Actor - Andy Karl, Direction - Mathew Warchus and Choreography - Peter Darling and Ellen Kane; and Miss Saigon with Musical Revival and Leading Actress - Eva Noblezada. The winners will be announced at the 71st Tony Awards ceremony, hosted by Kevin Spacey, at Radio City Music Hall on 11th June. Further information can be found on the Tony Awards web site in the Links section of New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

A small scale family musical adaptation of Lewis Carrol's The Hunting Of The Snark, book by Annabel Wigoder, music and lyrics by Gareth Cooper, an epic quest in search of a mythical creature, directed by Gemma Colclough, will play daytime performances at the Vaudeville Theatre from 26th July to 2nd September.

This year's Opera Holland Park season will run from 1st June to 29th July, comprising new productions of Puccini's La Rondine, directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans; Mozart's Don Giovanni, directed by Oliver Platt; and Leoncavallo's Zaza, directed by Marie Lambert; plus a revival of Olivia Fuchs's production of Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova; and the return of Will Todd and Maggie Gottlieb's family opera Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, directed by Martin Duncan. The Theatre is located in the middle of Holland Park and uses the ruins of Holland House as a backdrop to the performances. Both stage and audience are covered by a canopy. Further information and online booking can be found on the OHP web site via the link from Festivals in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include he premiere of Oliver Cotton's Dessert, about a British financier who hosts a dinner party for his affluent American friends where events take a sinister turn, directed by Trevor Nunn, opening on 18th July; and the return of Eiko Kadono's Kiki's Delivery Service, adapted by Jessica Sian, about the adventures of a teenage witch, directed by Kate Hewitt, opening on 15th August.

The summer season at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick will feature two companies playing in five shows in repertoire from 25th May to 4th November. In the Main House: Terence Rattigan's After The Dance, a satirical social drama about 1920s 'bright young things' and their failure to politically engage, directed by Philip Wilson; Moira Buffini's Handbagged, examining the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, directed by Liz Stevenson; and Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Kate Saxon. In the Studio: August Strindberg's Miss Julie, in a new version by Howard Brenton, charting a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter, directed by Tom Littler; and the premiere of Laura Eason's Remarkable Invisible, an American family drama, directed by Zoe Waterman.