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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th July 2017

It's Official! As previously forecast here, last year's Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, a semi autobiographical story of a dysfunctional family ravaged by addiction to alcohol and drugs, with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, directed by Richard Eyre, will be remounted at Wyndham's Theatre, opening on 6th February.

A revised version of the Broadway musical Big Fish, adapted from the novel by Daniel Wallace and 2003 film, about a man who tells epic tales, whose son embarks on a journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, and the truth from the tall tales, book by John August from his screenplay, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, with Kelsey Grammer, Matt Seadon-Young, Frances McNamee, Laura Baldwin, Forbes Masson, Jamie Muscato, Landi Oshinowo, George Ure, Jonathan Stewart and Gemma McMeel, directed by Nigel Harman, will open at The Other Palace, in Victoria, on 7th November

Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage And Her Children, in an adaptation by Tony Kushner, charting the devastating effects of the 17th century Thirty Years War on the people of Europe, with Josie Lawrence, directed by Hannah Chissick, will open at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, on 6th November.

The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, will stage Florian Zeller's The Lie, translated by Christopher Hampton, about a woman who sees her friend's husband with another woman, and can't decide if she should tell her, directed by Lindsay Posner, opening on 27th September.

The autumn season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will include Thornton Wilder's Our Town, the tale of two families in a small provincial American town in the early 20th century, directed by Sarah Frankcom, from 14th September; the premieres of James Fritz's Parliament Square, about the power of political protest, directed by Jude Christian, from 18th October, a co-production with the Bush Theatre; and Jubilee, based on Derek Jarman's 1978 film celebration of punk, contemporary adaptation and direction by Chris Goode, with Toyah Willcox, from 2nd November; plus the musical Guys And Dolls, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerlin, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, the 'musical fable of Broadway' based on Damon Runyan's short stories of colourful New York characters, relocated to the streets of Harlem, directed by Michael Buffong, from 2nd December, a co-production with Talawa Theatre Company.

The Bunker Theatre, in Southwark, will stage the premiere of Alex Gwyther's Eyes Closed, Ears Covered, examining what happens when children are exposed to domestic violence, with Danny-Boy Hatchard, Joe Idris-Roberts and Phoebe Thomas, directed by Derek Anderson. opening on 8th September.

The Rumour Machine says: that Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo will head the cast of Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, directed by Simon Godwin, at the National Theatre late next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Gangsta Granny - Garrick
The Birmingham Stage Company's production of David Walliams's children's story about the secret life of a senior citizen, adapted and directed by Neal Foster.
Evita - Phoenix
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical telling the life story of Eva Peron, the wife and 'power behind the throne' of the Argentinean dictator Juan Peron, with Emma Hatton and Gian Marco Schiaretti.
Apologia - Trafalgar Studios 1
Stockard Channing, Laura Carmichael, Freema Agyeman, Desmond Barrit and Joseph Millson in Alexi Kaye Campbell's darkly funny family story in which two sons challenge their mother after the publication of her controversial memoir.
Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain - Garrick Theatre
The story of British history as it has never been told before, adapted from Terry Deary's comic children's books, featuring the greatest characters from our past - it's history with the nasty bits left in.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

August
1st - Gangsta Granny - Garrick
2nd - Evita - Phoenix
3rd - Apologia - Trafalgar Studios 1
4th - Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain - Garrick Theatre
11th - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regent's Park Open Air

Finales

5th - A Tale Of Two Cities - Regent's Park Open Air
5th - Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Globe
5th - Beautiful - The Carol King Musical - Aldwych
12th - The Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company - Donmar Warehouse
22nd - Bat Out Of Hell - London Coliseum
26th - The Kite Runner - Playhouse