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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th March 2017

Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, the sprawling historical saga set in Afghanistan, following one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption, adapted by Matthew Spangler, directed by Giles Croft, which recently closed at Wyndham's Theatre, will be remounted for an 8 week season at the Playhouse Theatre from 8th June.

On The Casting Couch: Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott will be joined by Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot, Craig Mather and Simon Lipkin in the Julian Fellowes-George Stiles-Anthony Drewe musical The Wind In The Willows, opening at the London Palladium on 29th June.

The summer season at the Finborough Theatre, in Earl's Court, will include Jordan Tannahill's Late Company, exploring restorative justice, cyber bullying and the struggle of parents to comprehend the unknown in their child, with Todd Boyce, David Leopold, Alex Lowe, Lucy Robinson and Lisa Stevenson, directed by Michael Yale, opening on 27th April; the premiere of Matt Parvin's Jam, interrogating today's social fault-lines and the tension between truth and justice, directed by Tommo Fowler, opening on 25th May; and Steve Rodgers's Food, in which two sisters sharing a dull life running a takeaway are disturbed by the arrival of a stranger, directed by Cressida Brown, opening on 22nd June.

The autumn season at Nottingham Playhouse will include Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice, in a new adaptation by Sara Pascoe, directed by Susannah Tresilian, opening on 19th September; Arthur Miller's All My Sons, in which a father's manufacture of substandard aircraft parts may have been responsible for the death of his son, opening on 10th October; Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, in a version by Simon Stephens, picturing rural Russia at the brink of the Revolution, with John Elkington, directed by Giles Croft, opening on 7th November; and Cinderella, by Kenneth Alan Taylor, from 1st December.

The premiere of Cordelia O'Neill's No Place For A Woman, set during the Second World War, where a prison camp commandant brings an interred ballet dancer to a party given by his wife, with Ruth Gemmell and Emma Paetz, directed by Kate Budgen, will open at Theatre503 in Battersea on 8th May

The spring season at the Oldham Coliseum will include Bill Naughton's Spring And Port Wine, the comedy about a traditional northern patriarch having difficulty coming to terms with the social revolution of the 1960s, with Joseph Carter, Gareth Cassidy, Lauren Dickenson, Kate Dobson, Isabel Ford, Karen Henthorn, Sam Lupton and James Quinn, from 13th April; Charles Dickens's Hard Times, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys, with Michael Blyth, Cliff Burnett, Isabel Ford, Verity Henry, Samuel Holland, Felicity Houlbrooke and William Travis, directed by Chris Lawson, from 19th May; and Florian Zeller's The Father, in a new version by Christopher Hampton, a dark comedy about the relationship of an aging man beginning to lose touch with reality and his daughter, with Kenneth Alan Taylor, directed by Kevin Shaw, from 16th June.

The Rumour Machine says: that Emilia Clarke will feature in the West End debut of Chiara Atik's Off Broadway two handed comedy Five Times In One A Night, about five couples from the first (Adam and Eve) to the last (in 2119), directed by Thea Sharrock, in late spring next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Don Juan In Soho - Wyndham's
David Tennant in Patrick Marber's play that transports Moliere's notorious character who lives only for pleasure to contemporary London, with Adrian Scarborough and Gawn Grainger.
My Family: Not The Sitcom - Playhouse
The return of the acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production in which David Baddiel offers a 'massively disrespectful' celebration of his late parents.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

March
28th - Don Juan In Soho - Wyndham's
30th - My Family: Not The Sitcom - Playhouse
April
4th - Consent - National Dorfman
4th - 42nd Street - Drury Lane
5th - The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? - Haymarket
11th - Carousel - London Coliseum

Finales

March
25th - An Inspector Calls - Playhouse
26th - Jersey Boys - Piccadilly
April
15th - Limehouse - Donmar Warehouse
16th - Othello - Wanamaker Playhouse
16th - The White Devil - Wanamaker Playhouse