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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 20th April 2018

The National Theatre has announced that the New York Theatre Workshop production of the musical Hadestown, book, music and lyrics by Anais Mitchell, mixing American folk music with jazz to tell the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice's journey into the underworld, developed and directed by Rachel Chavkin, will open on 13th November; and that the musical Follies, book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which a group of former Follies stars return to their theatre as it is about to be demolished, provoking memories and a reassessment of their lives and what could have been, with Janie Dee and Peter Forbes reprising their roles, directed by Dominic Cooke, with choreography by Bill Deamer, will return from 14th February.

The new season at the Young Vic Theatre will include a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, originally performed at the Public Theater in New York, book by Kwame Kwei-Armah, music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, with Gabrielle Brooks and Gbemisola Ikumelo, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis, opening on 8th October; Danai Gurira's The Convert, exploring the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity, opening on 14th December; and Stephen Adly Guirgis's Jesus Hopped The A Train, in which two murders awaiting trial in Ryker's Island, New York, wrestle with God and their demons, directed by Kate Hewitt, opening on 20th February.

The Glenn Miller Show, a biomusical about the big band leader featuring his hits of the 1930s and 1940s, with Tommy Steele in the title role, directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, with choreography by Bill Deamer, a revised version of the show that toured in 2015, will play a season at the London Coliseum from 6th July.

On The Casting Couch: Jonathan Cake, Greg McHugh, Laura Pitt-Pulford and John Gordon Sinclair will feature in Jordi Galceran's The Gronholm Method, opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, on 22nd May; Orlando Bloom will be joined by Sophie Cookson, Steffan Rhodri, Neve McIntosh and Adam Gillen in Tracy Letts's Killer Joe, opening at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 4th June; and Rhys Ifans will be joined by Indira Varma, Adrian Scarborough, Debra Gillett, Derek Griffiths and Amy Morgan in Eugene Ionesco's Exit The King, at the National Theatre from 17th July.

A revised version of the Off Broadway show Heathers The Musical, book, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, adapted from the 1988 dark comedy film about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, with Carrie Hope Fletcher, directed by Andy Fickman, with choreography by Gary Lloyd, will play at The Other Palace, in Victoria, from 9th June.

Sounds And Sorcery Celebrating Disney Fantasia, a new multi sensory immersive experience based on the 1940 Disney animated film, which featured eight scenes set to music by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Bach, directed by Daisy Evans, will run at The Vaults under Waterloo Station, opening on 11th July.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Strictly Ballroom - Piccadilly
Zizi Strallen, Jonny Labey, Will Young, Anna Francolini and Gerard Horan in a musical adapted from the Baz Luhrman film set in the highly competitive world of Australian ballroom dancing competitions, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie.
Absolute Hell - National Lyttelton
Rodney Ackland's study of life after dark in post Second World War Soho, with Joanna David, Charles Edwards, Kate Fleetwood and Danny Webb, directed by Joe Hill Gibbins.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

April
24th - Strictly Ballroom - Piccadilly
25th - Absolute Hell - National Lyttelton
30th - Nine Night - National Dorfman
May
1st - Chess - London Coliseum
2nd - Mood Music - Old Vic
3rd - An Ideal Husband - Vaudeville
15th - Red - Wyndham's
17th - Hamlet - Shakespeare's Globe
17th - As You Like It - Shakespeare's Globe

Finales

April
21st - The Four Seasons - Wanamaker Playhouse
21st - The Little Match Girl And Other Happier Tales - Wanamaker Playhouse
24th - Amadeus - National Olivier
May
5th - Frozen - Haymarket
7th - Cirque Berserk! - Harold Pinter
12th - Macbeth - National Olivier
19th - The Ferryman - Gielgud
19th - Instructions For Correct Assembly - Royal Court