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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 13th April 2018

The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn will reopen after a 2 year 5.5m refurbishment as the Kiln Theatre with the premiere of Alexis Zegerman's Holy Sh!t, a dark comedy about the struggle to get a child into the 'right' school, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, opening on 10th September; a musical adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth, about a multicultural community in London, book and lyrics by Stephen Sharkey, music by Paul Englishby, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, opening on 5th November; Ishy Din's Approaching Empty, exploring the struggles of a post-industrial generation of South Asian British men, directed by Pooja Ghai, opening on 4th January; plus Florian Zeller's The Son, translated by Christopher Hampton, about a teenager slowly losing hope, directed by Michael Longhurst; Samuel Adamson's Wife, inspired by Ibsen's A Doll's House; Blues In The Night, the jazz and blues musical revue conceived by Sheldon Epps, with Sharon D Clarke and Clive Rowe, directed by Susie McKenna; and Anupama Chandrasekhar's When The Crows Visit, transposing Ibsen's Ghosts to contemporary India.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea, adapted and directed by David Wood, from Judith Kerr's picture book that tells how a young girl's afternoon tea with her mother is unexpectedly interrupted by a mischievous tiger, will return to play daytime performances at the Piccadilly Theatre, from 28th June to 9th September.

The new season at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury will include the musical Sweet Charity, book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, adapted from the Federico Fellini film Nights Of Cabiria, telling of the trials and tribulations of an over optimistic New York dance hall hostess, who is a poor judge of men, with Gemma Sutton, directed by Paul Hart, with choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves, opening on 30th July; the stage premiere of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's Trial By Laughter, telling the true story of the Victorian satirist William Hone who was put on trial for blasphemy and seditious libel, directed by Caroline Leslie, opening on 24th September; and Robin Hood, written by Laura Dockrill, music by Hugo White, directed by Laura Keefe, opening on 17th November.

The creators of La Soiree will stage Club Swizzle, a new comedy, circus and cabaret show, hosted by Reuben Kaye, at the Roundhouse, in Chalk Farm, opening on 3rd August.

The autumn season at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch will include Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, the embarrassment, hysteria and pathos of a 1970s nouveau riche suburban cocktail party from hell, directed by Douglas Rintoul, from 30th August; Once, the musical adaptation of John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician, book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by Peter Rowe, from 3rd October; Alan Ayckbourn's Haunting Julia, a study of grief, obsession and the supernatural, directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace, from 1st November; and Jack And The Beanstalk, from 28th November.

West End Live, the free annual event showcasing West End theatre, will return to Trafalgar Square on Saturday 16th June from midday until 6pm, and Sunday 17th June from midday until 5pm. Cast members from over 25 West End musicals will be among those performing on the central stage, plus a host of other entertainers, exhibits and activities taking place in marquees around the square. Last year the event attracted over half a million visitors.