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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th November 2017

Simon Callow will perform Oscar Wilde's De Profundis, based on the 50,000 word letter written while he was imprisoned in Reading Gaol detailing his life and experiences, adapted by Frank McGuinness, directed by Mark Rosenblatt, at the Vaudeville Theatre, from 3rd to 6th January.

The spring season at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester will include the premiere of the musical The ToyBoy Diaries, book by Simon Warne, music and lyrics by Andy Cillyer, based on the mid life dating memoirs of Wendy Salisbury, directed by Tania Azevedo, from 18th January; the musical Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play, about the sexual stirrings of young people in a world where parents, ministers and teachers create an atmosphere of shame, silence and ignorance, directed by Luke Sheppard, from 19th March; and the musical Aspects Of Love, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, based on the novel by David Garnett, set in 1940s France and Italy, exploring interconnected love affairs that cross generations and family lines, directed by directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, from 5th July.

The spring season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will include Brad Birch's Black Mountain, a psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness, Elinor Cook's Out Of Love, a tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years, and Sarah McDonald Hughes's How To Be A Kid, about a child forced to become the adult in a household, with Hassan Dixon, Katie Elen-Salt and Sally Mesham, directed by James Grieve, playing in repertoire from 25th January; Charlotte Jones's Humble Boy, the story of a Cambridge astro-physicist in search of a unified field theory, directed by Paul Miller, opening on 12th March; the premiere of Joe White's Mayfly, a family drama set in the aftermath of tragedy, directed by Guy Jones, opening on 23rd April; and Emily Schwend's Utility, looking at a moment in the life of a woman who's treading water trying to keep her family afloat, directed by Caitlin McLeod, opening on 5th June.

The Society Of London Theatre is looking for 14 enthusiastic and knowledgeable theatregoers to join one of the judging panels for next year's Laurence Olivier Awards. Panellists will receive a pair of free tickets for all shows playing in the West End from 21st February. There are four panels assessing Theatre, Opera, Dance and Affiliates (covering work at 'Off West End' theatres). The Theatre panel is expected to attend about 100 plays and musicals, Opera and Affiliates about 30 each, and Dance about 40. Applications can be made online on the SOLT web site, which can be found via the link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet. Alternatively there are leaflets in all West End theatres. The deadline for applications is 19th January

A stage adaptation of the 2005 animated film Madagascar, book by Kevin Del Aguila, music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joe Someillan, directed by Kirk Jameson, the story of four animals from New York's Central Park Zoo who unexpectedly find themselves stranded on the island in the Indian Ocean, will open a national tour at New Wimbledon Theatre on 16th July.


Opening This Week

The Gruffalo's Child - Lyric Theatre
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's children's picture book, in which, on a wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow.
The Secret Theatre - Wanamaker Playhouse
The premiere of Anders Lustgarten's espionage thriller set in the court of Elizabeth I, with Tara Fitzgerald and Aidan McArdle, directed by Matthew Dunster.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Apollo
The Sheffield Theatres production of the Tom MacRae-Dan Gillespie Sells musical based on the true story of a troubled teenager, with John McCrea and Josie Walker, directed by Jonathan Butterell.
Julius Caesar - Barbican Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Roman season continues with James Corrigan, Alex Waldman and Andrew Woodall in the epic political tragedy of a race to claim an empire.


First Nights

13th - Network - National Lyttleton
22nd - Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Apollo
22nd - The Gruffalo's Child - Lyric
22nd - The Secret Theatre - Wanamaker Playhouse
24th - Julius Caesar - Barbican Theatre
29th - A Christmas Carol - Old Vic
30th - Goats - Royal Court
30th - Antony And Cleopatra - Barbican Theatre
5th - The Grinning Man - Trafalgar Studios 1
7th - Titus Andronicus - Barbican Theatre


11th - Minefield - Royal Court
14th - Beginning - National Dorfman
18th - Apologia - Trafalgar Studios 1
18th - Coriolanus - Barbican Theatre
2nd - Labour Of Love - Noel Coward
2nd - Saint George And The Dragon - National Olivier
9th - Venus In Fur - Haymarket