Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews
A revised version of the 2007 Broadway musical Young Frankenstein, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, adapted from the 1974 film in which an esteemed brain surgeon Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather's castle in Transylvania, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, will open at the Garrick Theatre on 10th October.
The yet to open Royal Court Theatre premiere production of Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, set in a Northern Irish farmhouse during preparations for the annual harvest in 1981 staged on an epic scale, with Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O'Reilly, Bríd Brennan, Turlough Convery, Fra Fee, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Gerard Horan, Carla Langley, Des McAleer, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Eugene O'Hare and Niall Wright, directed by Sam Mendes, will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, opening on 29th June.
The Tony Award winning Broadway production of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill, a one woman bioplay with music about Billie Holiday, performed by Audra McDonald, directed by Lonny Price, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 27th June.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's winter season in Stratford upon Avon will include in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Shakespeare's Coriolanus, with Sope Dirisu, directed by Angus Jackson; Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Christopher Luscombe; and Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, in a new adaptation by David Edgar, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh; and in the Swan Theatre: Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen Of Carthage, directed by Kimberley Sykes; and the premiere of Imperium: The Cicero Plays, a two part adaptation of Robert Harris's Roman trilogy by Mike Poulton, directed by Gregory Doran.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2015 production of Helen Edmundson's Queen Anne, exploring the life of one of England's least known sovereigns and her friendship with her childhood confidante the Duchess of Marlborough, with Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai, directed by Natalie Abrahami, will be remounted at the Haymarket Theatre, opening on 10th July.
The Russian Sovremennik Theatre company will play at the Piccadilly Theatre from 3rd to 13th May, with a repertoire comprising Three Comrades, adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's novel set in Germany in at the height of the depression, about a man scarred by his experiences in the trenches during the First World War; William Gibson's Two For The Seesaw, charting an intense and tempestuous affair of two people from very different backgrounds in 1950s New York, with Chulpan Khamatova and Kirill Safanov; and Anton Chekov's The Three Sisters, in which three siblings living in a rural dacha yearn for the city life in Moscow. All the plays are directed by Galina Volchek, and performed in Russian with English surtitles.
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, the musical satirising the corporate world of the 1960s through the relentless rise of a window cleaner, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, with Marc Pickering, Hannah Gover, Lizzii Hills, and Geri Allen, directed by Benji Sperring, with choreography by Lucie Pankhurst, will open at Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, on 11th April