News Archive

Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 27th July 2018

Conor McPherson's St Nicholas, a one person play in which a middle aged theatre critic falls for a young actress, and as he attempts to woo her, a group of vampires offer him a deal, performed by Brendan Coyle, directed by Simon Evans, will play at the Donmar Warehouse's Dryden Street studio space from 10th September to 5th October.

The autumn season at the Rose Theatre, in Kingston upon Thames, will include Nick Dear's Hogarth's Progress, two plays about the artist William Hogarth, comprising The Art Of Success, with Bryan Dick as the young Hogarth, and The Taste Of The Town, set 30 years later, with Keith Allen as the older Hogarth, plus a company comprising Ruby Bentall, Emma Cunniffe, Ben Deery, Jack Derges, Ian Hallard, Susannah Harker, Jasmine Jones, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Mark Umbers, directed by Anthony Banks, opening on 29th September; Friedrich Schiller's Don Carlos, in a translation by Robert David MacDonald, the story of the tyrannical King of Spain who marries his son's lover, provoking a rebellion against his oppressive regime, with Tom Burke, directed by Gadi Roll, opening on 7th November; and Hansel & Gretel, written by Ciaran McConville, directed by Rosie Jones, opening on 14th December.

The Old Fire Station in Oxford will stage the premiere of Mike Bartlett's Snowflake, a Christmas story about an unexpected family reunion and generational conflict, directed by Clare Lizzimore, from 5th December.

Forthcoming productions at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester will include Moll Flanders, in a new adaptation by Nick Perry, which includes the circumstances surrounding the writing of Daniel Defoe's creation with the story itself, and interpolates period ballads, directed by Ryan McBryde, with movement by Natasha Harrison, from 18th September; Nicola Werenowska's Silence, telling the story of three generations of a Polish/British family, directed by Jo Newman, from 12th October; and Jack And The Beanstalk, written and directed by Daniel Buckroyd, with Antony Stuart-Hicks, Dale Superville, Carli Norris, Ignatius Anthony, Craig Mather, Madeleine Leslay and Phil Sealey, from 24th November.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Lincoln Center New York production of the Lerner and Lowe musical My Fair Lady, featuring Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton and Diana Rigg, may transfer to the Dominion Theatre next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.