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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd June 2018

New productions in the autumn season at the National Theatre will comprise in the Olivier Theatre: Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, directed by Simon Godwin; in the Lyttelton Theatre: the premiere of David Hare's I'm Not Running, a conflict between a local heath campaigner and a Labour Party loyalist, with Sian Brooke, Alex Hassell, Joshua McGuire, Amaka Okafor, Liza Sadovy and Brigid Zengeni, directed by Neil Armfield; and the return of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, the story of a boy who goes to the battlefield in the First World War to rescue his horse, adapted by Nick Stafford, directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott; in the Dorfman Theatre: The Prisoner, written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne, asking questions about justice, guilt and redemption, with Hiran Abeysekera, Herve Goffings, Omar Silva, Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Donald Sumpter; and the premieres of Stories, written and directed by Nina Raine, about a 39 year old singleton looking to have a baby, with Claudie Blakley; and Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, in which a young playwright forms a relationship with her landlady who has a life-altering condition, adapted and directed by Anthony Neilson, with David Carlyle, Imogen Doel and Tamara Lawrance; plus in the new year, the premiere of Martin Crimp's When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other - Twelve Variations On Samuel Richardson's Pamela, an exploration of the complicated roles that men and women play, with Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane, directed by Katie Mitchell.

Meanwhile, the current National Theatre production of Natasha Gordon's Nine Night, an exploration of the rituals of family in a traditional Jamaican wake, directed by Roy Alexander Weise, will be remounted at Trafalgar Studios 1 opening on 6th December.

Sam Shepard's True West, a dark comedy about warring brothers exposing cracks in the American Dream, with Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn, directed by Matthew Dunster, will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 4th December.

The winter season in the Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe will comprise Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Robert Hastie, opening on 14th November; Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, directed by Paulette Randall, opening 6th December; Dark Night Of The Soul: The Feminine Response To The Faustian Myth, by writers including Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Katie Hims, Amanda Wilkin, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence, directed by Jude Christian, from 2nd February; Ralegh: The Treason Trial, a verbatim account of Walter Ralegh's trial for treason, compiled from original sources, edited and dramatised by Oliver Chris, from 24th November; Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, opening on 13th February; Shakespeare's Richard II, opening on 27th February; and the premiere of Tom Stuart's After Edward, written in response to Marlowe's play, opening on 27th March.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford production of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, in a new adaptation by James Fenton, with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound, directed by Angus Jackson, will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, opening on 8th November.

The recent Almeida Theatre production of Tennessee Williams's Summer And Smoke, set in Mississippi in 1916, the tale of the daughter of a minister whose youthful passion is rekindled by the return of a neighbour's prodigal son, with Patsy Ferran, Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Forbes Masson and Matthew Needham, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, will be remounted at the Duke of York's Theatre, opening on 20th November.


Opening This Week

The Turn Of The Screw - Regent's Park Open Air
Benjamin Britten's opera adapted from Henry James's story in which a young governess charged with the care of two small children in a grand country house becomes convinced that they are communing with ghosts.
The Winter's Tale - Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's tale of jealousy and self destruction, yet also joy, and ultimately redemption, both a tragedy and a comedy, containing the most famous stage direction ever: "Exit pursued by a bear", directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Imperium Parts I & II - Gielgud
The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Mike Poulton's two part adaptation of Robert Harris's novels charting the downfall of the Republic of Rome, and the role of philosopher and rhetorician Cicero in the death of Julius Caesar, with Richard McCabe, directed by Gregory Doran.


First Nights

25th - The Turn Of The Screw - Regent's Park Open Air
27th - The Winter's Tale - Shakespeare's Globe
30th - Imperium Parts I & II - Gielgud
3rd - The King And I - London Palladium
4th - The Lieutenant On Inishmore - Noel Coward
5th - The Jungle - Playhouse
11th - As You Like It - Regent's Park Open Air
12th - The Lehman Trilogy - National Lyttelton
17th - A Monster Calls - Old Vic
18th - Pity - Royal Court


23rd - Macbeth - National Olivier
30th - The Two Nobel Kinsmen - Shakespeare's Globe
30th - Sea Wall - Old Vic
30th - The Turn Of The Screw - Regent's Park Open Air
30th - Kiss Me, Kate - London Coliseum
30th - The Moderate Soprano - Duke of York's
14th - An Ideal Husband - Vaudeville