Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews
Forthcoming productions at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, will include All Our Children, written and directed by Stephen Unwin, set in Germany in 1941 in a clinic for disabled children examining the programme of ending 'lives unworthy of life', opening on 2nd May; Maxim Gorky's The Last Ones, translated by Cathy Porter, picturing life in a small town in the chaos following the October Revolution, directed by Anthony Biggs, opening on 9th June; and American Servicemen In Britain, created by Dan March, Jim Millard, Matt Sheahan and John Walton, a comedy inspired by the 1942 pamphlet given to embarking GIs explaining the ways of British life, performed by Dan March, Jim Millard and Matt Sheahan, directed by John Walton, with movement by Sam Fogell, from 3rd July.
The summer season at the Theatre Royal in Bath will include in the Main House: David Hare's Racing Demon, looking at how the church of England faces contemporary issues, with David Haig, directed by Jonathan Church, from 21st June; Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest, in a comedy adaptation by Carolyn Burns, directed by Simon Phillips, from 21st July; and Alan Bennett's The Lady In The Van, the autobiographical story of an eccentric woman who lived in a caravan in his drive for fifteen years, directed by Jonathan Church, from 16th August; and in the Ustinov Studio: the premiere of Alan Franks's Looking At Lucian, about the working life of the painter Lucian Freud, with Henry Goodman, directed by Tom Attenborough, from 3rd August.
Forthcoming productions at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith will include the previously mentioned City Of Glass, adapted by Duncan Macmillan from the novel by Paul Auster and the graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, in which a noir detective fiction writer becomes a private detective, with Vivienne Acheampong, Mark Edel-Hunt, Chris New and Jack Tarleton, directed by Leo Warner, with movement by Kim Brandstrup, opening on 26th April, a co-production with HOME in Manchester; Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror, translated by David Tushingham, an interactive courtroom drama that asks the audience to decide the fate of a fighter pilot who ignores orders and shoots down a hijacked plane, directed by Sean Holmes, opening on 20th June; Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens, with Lesley Sharp, directed by Sean Holmes, opening on 10th October; and Jack And The Beantstalk, by Joel Horwood, co-directed by Jude Christian and Sean Holmes, opening on 25th November.
Kneehigh theatre company will stage Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum, a satire set against the Second World War in Poland told by a man gifted with both child and adult sensibilities, adapted by Carl Grose, directed by Mike Shepherd, opening at Liverpool Everyman on 28th September.
Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include James Shirley's The Cardinal, a bloody Jacobean tale of the lust for power, with Stephen Boxer, directed by Justin Audibert, opening on 28th April; Sam Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind, a tale of how disappointments and desertions reverberate through successive generations of a family, with Gethin Anthony, Kate Fahy, Robert Lonsdale, Laura Rodgers and John Stahl, directed by James Hiller, opening on 8th May; and Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona's The Island, charting the lives of two men in a prison drawn from the stories of Robben Island in South Africa, with Edward Dede and Mark Springer, directed by John Terry, opening on 2nd June.