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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th January 2018

The Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg will play a season at the Haymarket Theatre from 8th to 20th May, comprising Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a tale of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit; and Vasily Grossman's Life And Fate, a semiautobiographical story of a Jewish family in Nazi concentration camps, Gulags in Siberia and the Battle of Stalingrad, adapted and directed by Lev Dodin.

The Edinburgh Fringe hit Good Girl, a darkly comic exploration of the trials of a girl growing up in the 1990s, written and performed by Naomi Sheldon, directed by Matt Peover, will be remounted at Trafalgar Studios 2, opening on 6th March.

New York TheatreNet: The recent National Theatre production of Tony Kushner's Angels In America, the tale of public and private lives during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, with Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough, James McArdle, Susan Brown, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Amanda Lawrence, directed by Marianne Elliott, will open at the Neil Simon Theatre on 25th March; and Petty Woman: The Musical, adapted from the 1990 romantic comedy film about the unexpected relationship that develops between a prostitute and a Wall Street trader who pays her to be his escort for a week, book by Garry Marshall and J F Lawton, music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, with Samantha Barks, Steve Kazee, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Jason Danieley and Kingsley Leggs, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, will open at the Nederlander Theatre on 16th August.

On The Casting Couch: Sheila Hancock will be joined by Bill Milner, Anthony Cable, Rebecca Caine, Christopher Dickins, Joanna Hickman, Samuel Townsend, Anne White and Johnson Willis in Colin Higgins's Harold And Maude, opening at the Charing Cross Theatre, in The Arches under Charing Cross Station, on 26th February; and Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale will head the cast in Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy, opening at the National Theatre in July.

Forthcoming productions at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington will include The Ungrateful Biped, a one person play written and performed by Phillip Goodhew, adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground, the thoughts of one of the most paradoxical, self-lacerating and mesmerising characters in literature, directed by Rupert Graves, from 30th January; Anton Chekhov's The Lady With The Dog, a bittersweet comedy about an adulterous affair, reimagined in Jazz Age Britain, adapted and directed by Mark Giesser, from 20th February; and Leo Butler's Faces In The Crowd, in which a couple come to terms with the fact that they can't run away from their problems, with Bonnie Adair and Adam Bone, directed by Law Ballard, from 13th March.


Opening This Week

Lady Windermere's Fan - Vaudeville
Jennifer Saunders, Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop in Oscar Wilde's play concerning blackmail after a lady's indiscretion, the evidence for which is the eponymous fan, directed by Kathy Burke.
Beginning - Ambassadors
The National Theatre production of David Eldridge's play set in the early hours of the morning following two people who met at a party, with Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton, directed by Polly Findlay.
John - National Dorfman
Annie Baker's magical realist play, in which a couple check in to a spooky B&B in Gettysburg hosted by an elderly dotty woman, and experience 'unusual things', directed by James Macdonald.
Mary Stuart - Duke of York's
The Almeida Theatre production of Friedrich Schiller's play about the struggle for the English throne between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams alternating in the roles.


First Nights

22nd - Lady Windermere's Fan - Vaudeville
23rd - Beginning - Ambassadors
24th - John - National Dorfman
25th - Mary Stuart - Duke of York's
6th - Long Day's Journey Into Night - Wyndham's
7th - The Captive Queen - Wanamaker Playhouse
13th - The York Realist - Donmar Warehouse
14th - Girls & Boys - Royal Court
14th - The Winter's Tale - National Dorfman


20th - A Christmas Carol - Old Vic
20th - Julius Caesar - Barbican Theatre
20th - Antony And Cleopatra -
27th - Rita, Sue And Bob Too - Royal Court
3rd - The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas - Haymarket
3rd - Belleville - Donmar Warehouse
3rd - Glengarry, Glen Ross - Playhouse
3rd - La Soiree - Aldwych