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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th May 2017

David Ives's Venus In Fur, which goes behind the scenes at an audition for a play adapted from the infamous erotic novel, where the lines between fantasy and reality blur, with Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, directed by Patrick Marber, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 17th October.

Gods and Monsters Theatre will stage The Odyssey, adapted from Homer's epic and directed by Phil Wilmott, opening at The Scoop, the 1,000 seater open air amphitheatre next to City Hall, on the south bank opposite the Tower of London, on 9th August. Performances in three parts at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm on Wednesdays to Sundays, are free with no need to book - just turn up and sit down.

Erratica's music theatre work Remnants, about a woman's encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family's connection to the Holocaust in Bosnia fifty years before, conceived and directed by Patrick Eakin Young, based on Courtney Angela Brkic's memoir The Stone Fields, with arrangements of Balkan folk songs and original music by Christian Mason, and electronic soundscapes by Shelley Parke, will open at The Print Room, at the Coronet in Notting Hill, on 14th June.

Forthcoming productions at the Mercury Theatre Colchester will include J M Barrie's Peter Pan, adapted and directed by Daniel Buckroyd and Matthew Cullum, with Pete Ashmore, from 28th July; Connor McPherson's The Weir, in which men in a pub swap ghost stories, directed by Adele Thomas, from 8th September; and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, written and directed by Daniel Buckroyd, with Dale Superville and Antony Stuart-Hicks, choreographed by Charlie Morgan, from 25th November.

Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks's children's picture book What The Ladybird Heard, in which a ladybird foils a crime, adapted and directed by Graham Hubbard, with Rosamund Hine, Rachael Henley, Emma Carroll, Edward Way and Matt Jopling, will play daytime performances at the Lyric Theatre from 5th July to 10th September.

The musical A Little Night Music, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, adapted from Ingmar Bergman's 1955 film Smiles Of A Summer Night, a story of tangled romances in turn of the 20th century Sweden, with Josefina Gabrielle, Dillie Keane, Alastair Brookshaw, Lucy Keirl and Benedict Salter, directed by Paul Foster, with choreography by Matt Flint, will open at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, on 2nd August.

Andrea Dunbar's Rita, Sue And Bob Too, a portrait of two girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future, hungry for adult adventure, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, will open a national tour at the Octagon Theatre Bolton from 6th September, ending at Royal Court Theatre, playing from 8th January.

The musical Annie Get Your Gun, book by Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields, revised by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, a fictionalised backstage biography of Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill's travelling Wild West Show, directed by Kirk Jameson, with choreography by Ste Clough, will play at the Union Theatre, in Southwark, from 24th May.