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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd March 2018

Donmar Warehouse will stage Muriel Spark's The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, the story of an idiosyncratic 1930s Edinburgh school teacher and her pupils, in a new adaptation by David Harrower, with Lia Williams, Rona Morison, Nicola Coughlan, Emma Hindle, Grace Saif, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Angus Wright and Kit Young, directed by Polly Findlay, opening on 12th June.

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Caroline, or Change, book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori, about Civil Rights in 1960s Louisiana, with Sharon D Clarke, directed by Michael Longhurst, which has just opened at the Hampstread Theatre, will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre from 16th November.

The Royal Opera's 2018/2019 Season will include new productions of Verdi's La forza del destino, directed by Christof Loy; Tchaikovsky's The Queen Of Spades, directed by Stefan Herheim; Janacek's Katya Kabanova, directed by Richard Jones; Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, directed by Deborah Warner; and Humperdinck's Hansel And Gretel, directed by Antony McDonald. The Royal Ballet's 2018/2019 Season will include new one act ballets choreographed by Alastair Marriott and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; and the first part of a two part full length ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor, set to a score by Thomas Ades, to be completed in 2020.

The Wardrobe Ensemble production of The Star Seekers, a show that takes children out into the cosmos to see the starry sights of the universe beyond, with Jesse Meadows, Ben Vardy and Jack Drewry, directed by Helena Middleton, will play at the National Theatre's Dorfman auditorium from 8th August to 1st September.

Katy Brand's 3Women, about the different attitudes to feminism and women's rights by three generations of women in the same family, with Anita Dobson, Debbie Chazen, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Oliver Greenall, directed by Michael Yale, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 17th May.

Forthcoming productions at Upstairs At The Gatehouse, in Highgate Village, will include the premiere of James Hugh Macdonald's Happy Warriors, which imagines Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill billeted together in a Yugoslav farmhouse during the Second World War, opening on 29th March; and the musical Return To The Forbidden Planet, adapted from the 1957 sci-fi film that relocated the plot of Shakespeare's The Tempest in outer space, and packed with 1950s rock'n'roll classics, created by Bob Carlton, directed by John Plews, opening on 17th June.

York Theatre Royal will stage the premiere of Jonathan Lewis's The Be All And End All, about a high achieving couple torn apart by desperately trying to get the best exam results for their son, with Imogen Stubbs and Jonathan Guy Lewis, directed by Damian Cruden, from 4th May.

The Rumour Machine says: that plans are being made for a season of 20 one act plays by Harold Pinter to be staged at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the autumn, featuring major actors including (possibly) David Suchet, Jane Horrocks and David Tennant, with directors including (possibly) Jamie Lloyd and Patrick Marber. The Rumour Machine grinds on.