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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd September 2017

The musical Company, book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, which examines marriage and relationships in 1970 Manhattan, with Rosalie Craig in the gender swapped leading role and Patti LuPone, directed by Marianne Elliott, will play at the Gielgud Theatre from 26th September next year.

Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, with Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Pearl Mackie, in which a celebration in a seaside boarding house is interrupted by the arrival of two sinister strangers, directed by Ian Rickson, will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 18th January.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, a back catalogue biomusical about the singer Tina Turner, written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast, will open at the Aldwych Theatre on 17th April.

On The Casting Couch: Jenny Seagrove, Peter Bowles, Adam Garcia, Clare Louise Connolly, Todd Boyce, Mitchell Mullen, Elliot Harper and Tristram Wymark will feature in William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist, opening at the Phoenix Theatre on 20th October.

The recent King's Head Theatre Islington production of Puccini's La Boheme, adapted by Becca Marriott and Adam Spreadbury-Maher, who also directs, with Becca Marriott, Matthew Kimble, Roger Paterson, Matthew Palmer, Thomas Isherwood, Honey Rouhani and Lizzie Holmes will be remounted at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 6th December.

Yasmina Reza's Art, translated by Christopher Hampton, in which three friends argue about a painting that appears to be just a white canvass, with Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson, directed by Ellie Jones, will open a national tour at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 14th February.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, comprising 4 of Eric Carle's children's picture book stories, featuring a cast of 4 actors and 75 puppets, adapted and directed by Jonathan Rockefeller, will return with daytime performances at the Ambassadors Theatre from 13th December to 7th January.

Forthcoming productions at the Old Red Lion Theatre at the Angel Islington will include Callum McGowan's No Place Like Hope, depicting an unlikely friendship between a cancer patient and a young woman serving a community punishment order, directed by Carla Kingham, from 7th November; Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, in a contemporary adaptation by Tom Crowley, from 12th December; and the premiere of Catherine Lucie's The Moor, a psychological thriller, part domestic tale, part folk tale, directed by Blythe Stewart, from 6th February.

A stage adaptation of Raymond Allen's 1970s television comedy Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, written and directed by Guy Unsworth, with Joe Pasquale as the accident prone hero, Sarah Earnshaw and Susie Blake, will open a national tour at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on 21st February.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Jane Eyre - National Lyttelton
The return of the Bristol Old Vic's devised adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's story of the plain put upon girl who ultimately finds fulfillment on her own terms, directed by Sally Cookson.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

September
26th - Jane Eyre - National Lyttelton
October
2nd - B - Royal Court
3rd - Labour Of Love - Noel Coward
9th - Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle - Wyndham's
9th - Victory Condition - Royal Court
10th - Young Frankenstein - Garrick
11th - Oslo - Harold Pinter
11th - St George And The Dragon - National Olivier
16th - A Woman Of No Importance - Vaudeville
17th - Venus In Fur - Haymarket
20th - The Exorcist - Phoenix
20th - Dr Suess's The Lorax - Old Vic

Finales

September
23rd - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regent's Park Open Air
30th - Footloose - Peacock
30th - Queen Anne - Haymarket
October
7th - Girl From The North Country - Old Vic
7th - Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - Apollo
7th - Knives In Hens - Donmar Warehouse
14th - King Lear - Shakespeare's Globe
14th - Derren Brown: Underground - Playhouse
15th - Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare's Globe
21st - B - Royal Court
21st - Jane Eyre - National Lyttelton
22nd - Victory Condition - Royal Court