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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th October 2018

The spring season at the Royal Court Theatre will include Anchuli Felicia King's White Pearl, a comedy in which a Singapore company tries to rectify a social media crisis before America wakes up, directed by Nana Dakin, opening on 16th May; and the premiere of Jack Thorne's The End Of History…, a dark family comedy of socialist enthusiasm crashing into real life, directed by John Tiffany, opening on 3rd July.

The Off Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by William Finn, adapted from the 2006 film about a family's road trip to California in order for the 7 year old daughter to take part in a beauty pageant, directed by Mehmet Ergen, with choreography by Anthony Whiteman, will open a national tour at the Arcola Theatre, in Dalston, on 1st April.

The spring season at Birmingham Repertory Theatre will include Alexis Michalik's Edmond de Bergerac, translated by Jeremy Sams, about how Edmond Rostand came to write Cyrano de Bergerac, with Freddie Fox, directed by Roxana Silbert, opening on 21st March; Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, a story of three generations of women in Afghanistan, adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma, directed by Roxana Silbert, opening on 8th May; and Louis de Bernieres's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Italian and German occupation of the Second World War, adapted by Rona Munro, directed by Melly Still, opening on 29th May.

Operation Ouch!, based on the CBBC series in which doctors Chris and Xand van Tulleken explore the ins and outs of the human body in a variety of eye-opening experiments, will play daytime performances at the Apollo Theatre from 6th December to 6th January.

Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant & Castle, will include James Saunders's Bodies, a comic portrait of sexual and marital relations in the 1960's and 1970's, directed by Tricia Thorns, opening on 15th February; the premiere of Alex Oates's All In A Row, a black comedy about a couple bringing up an autistic child, directed by Dominic Shaw, opening on 18th February; Stay Awake, Jake, a one person musical written and performed by Tim Gilvin, in which a man is driving through the night from London to Carlisle, opening on 15th March; James Phillips's The Rubenstein Kiss, inspired by the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg who were executed for passing American atomic secrets to the Russians in the 1950s, directed by Joe Harmston, from 14th March; Jerry Sterner's Other People's Money, in which a corporate raider attempts to dismantle a company that is the main employer in a small town, directed Katharine Farmer, opening on 23rd April; and the premiere of the musical The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, book and lyrics by Jethro Compton, music and lyrics by Darren Clark, adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald's story of a man born old who gets younger as time goes by, directed by Jethro Compton, opening on 17th May.

The Rumour Machine says: that Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, the story of a small time travelling salesman with a blind belief in the American Dream, who, despite his lack of success, tries to force his failed ambitions and values onto his unwilling sons, with an all black cast headed by Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke, directed my Marianne Elliott, will open in the West End next May. The Rumour Machine grinds on.