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Last updated : 6th April 2018

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 a meteorologist's assessment of the weather forecast, with Malcolm Sinclair and Laura Rogers, directed by John Dove, will open at the Ambassadors Theatre on 6th June.

Jordi Galceran's The Gronholm Method, translated by Anne Garcia-Romero and Mark St Germain, in which four candidates undergo a gruelling job interview for a Fortune 500 company in New York, directed by B T McNicholl, will open at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, on 22nd May.

Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include John Wilson's For King And Country, in which a lawyer defends a boy charged with desertion because he left the trenches in the First World War when he was the only one remaining of his unit, directed by Paul Tomlinson, opening on 2nd July; and the Off Broadway musical The Unexpected JoyThe, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood, the story of three generations of female singers, where long-held family tensions rise as they spend a week together, directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, opening on 13th September.

This year's Opera Holland Park season will run from 29th May to 28th July, comprising new productions of Verdi's La Traviata, directed by Rodula Gaitanou; Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, directed by Oliver Platt; Mascagni's Isabeau, directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans; and Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos, directed by Antony McDonald; plus performances by the Royal Ballet School and film screening. 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.

The spring season at Salisbury Playhouse will include the premiere of the musical Moonfleet, book, lyrics and direction by Gareth Machin, music by Russell Hepplewhite, based on J Meade Falkner's novel of shipwreck and smugglers in 18th century Dorset, with Ruth Betteridge, Simon Butteriss, Earl Carpenter, Dom Hartley-Harris, Ryan Heenan, Rebecca Lock, Rona McGregor, Ashley Mercer, Dan Smith and Susannah Van Den Berg, movement by Kate Flatt, opening on 23rd April; and P G Wodehouse's Love On The Links, tall stories told in the 19th hole of a Surrey golf course, adapted by Jon Glover and Edward Taylor, with Jenna Boyd, Michael Fenton Stevens, Tim Frances, Tiffany Graves, Adam Jackson Smith, David Shelly and Rob Witcomb, directed by Ryan McBryde, opening on 4th June.