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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th March 2018

The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Mike Poulton's two part adaptation of Robert Harris's Imperium novels, charting the downfall of the Republic of Rome and the role of philosopher and rhetorician Cicero in the death of Julius Caesar, with Richard McCabe, Siobhan Redmond, Nicholas Boulton, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone and Hywel Morgan, directed by Gregory Doran, will be remounted at the Gielgud Theatre, opening on 30th June.

In addition, the upcoming Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston, Nimah Cusack and Edward Bennett, directed by Polly Findlay; Romeo And Juliet, with Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick, directed by Erica Whyman; and The Merry Wives Of Windsor, with David Troughton, directed by Fiona Laird, will transfer to the Barbican Theatre, from 15th October.

The recent National Theatre production of Nina Raine's Consent, examining law and justice, in which two friends take opposing sides in a rape case, with Heather Craney, Adam James, Claudie Blakey and Stephen Campbell Moore, directed by Roger Michell, will be remounted at the Harold Pinter Theatre, opening on 29th May.

It will be preceded at the Harold Pinter Theatre by Cirque Berserk!, an international troupe of over 30 artists combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with stunts including the motorcycle Globe Of Terror, running from 19th April to 7th May.

The recent Young Vic production of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's The Jungle, about their experiences in the Calais refugee camp, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, will be remounted at the Playhouse Theatre, opening on 5th July.

Highlights of this year's Edinburgh International Festival, running from 3rd to 27th August, will include new productions by Peter Brook's theatre company Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, including Marguerite Duras's La Maladie de la Mort, a psychological thriller, adapted by Alice Birch, directed by Katie Mitchell, and The Prisoner, by Marie-Helene Estienne, asking questions about justice, guilt and retribution, co-written and directed by Peter Brook; Geoff Sobelle's Home, songs by Elvis Perkins, a spectacle of illusion, choreography and storytelling that explores the everyday drama of what makes a house a home, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, with choreography by David Neumann; and Hocus Pocus, a dance theatre piece for families set to the music of Greig's Peer Gynt, concept and choreography by Philippe Saire, in collaboration with Mickael Henrotay-Delaunay and Philippe Chosson.

The Band, a musical about a fictitious boy band featuring the Take That back catalogue, book by Tim Firth, directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, which is currently touring, will play a season at the Haymarket Theatre, opening on 5th December.

The Rumour Machine says: that Gillian Anderson may head the cast of Ivo van Hove's stage adaptation of the 1950 film All About Eve, inspired by Mary Orr's backstage story of an over ambitious understudy. The Rumour Machine grinds on.