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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th October 2018

The National Theatre production of Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy, translated and adapted by Ben Power, which charts the story of the Lehman family from their arrival in the America in 1844 to the collapse of the financial company in 2008, with Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale, directed by Sam Mendes, will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre next May, following a season at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

The Theatre Royal Bath productions of Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland, a psychological thriller about reclusive author Patricia Highsmith, with Phyllis Logan and Calum Finlay, directed by Lucy Bailey, will be remounted at the Ambassadors Theatre, opening on 19th November; and Arthur Miller's The Price, in which two estranged brothers meet to dispose of their late father's possessions, with David Suchet, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart, directed by Jonathan Church, will be remounted at Wyndham's Theatre, opening on 11th February.

The spring season at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith will include the premiere of the play with songs Leave To Remain, by Matt Jones, songs by Kele Okereke, about a gay couple faced with an uncertain future, with Tyrone Huntley, directed by Robby Graham, opening on 24th January; The 1927's production of The Animals And Children Took To The Streets, written, directed by and featuring Suzanne Andrade, combining music, performance and storytelling with film and animation to take audiences on a theatrical journey, opening on 27th February; Ghost Stories, three tales of the occult, written by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, directed by Sean Holmes and Andy Nyman, opening on 5th April; and Kneehigh's Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs), based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, by Carl Grose, music by Charles Hazlewood, directed by Mike Shepherd, opening on 23rd May.

Forthcoming productions at Nottingham Playhouse will include Beth Steel's Wonderland, about the 1984 miners' strike, directed by Adam Penford, opening on 12th February; David Almond's Skellig, in which a young boy finds a strange creature living in the family's garage, directed by Lisa Blair, opening on 26th March; Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory Of Water, in which three sisters are reunited at their mother's funeral and a family secret is revealed, directed by Adele Thomas, opening on 7th May; and Kemp Powers's One Night In Miami…, imagining Cassius Clay celebrating winning the heavyweight title for the first time with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown, with Matt Henry, directed by Matthew Xia, opening on 11th June.

The new season at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park will include the premiere of A Bodin Saphir's Rosenbaum's Rescue, about events in the Second World War when around 7,500 Jews fled the Nazis to Denmark on fishermen's boats, directed by Kate Fahy, opening on 15th January; Martin Sherman's Gently Down The Stream, in which an expat pianist meets an eccentric young lawyer at the dawn of the internet dating revolution, directed by Sean Mathias, opening on 18th February; James Kettle's The Life I Lead, exploring the life of actor David Tomlinson, with Miles Jupp, directed by Selina Cadell, opening on 19th March; Alexis Michalik's Intra Muros, translated by Pamela Hargreaves, in which an actor holds a theatre class at a maximum security prison, directed by Che Walker, opening on 5th April; Jonathan Maitland's The Last Temptation Of Boris Johnson, examining the MP's relationship with the media, fellow politicians and the British public, directed by Lotte Wakeham, opening on 13th May; and Meghan Kennedy's Napoli, Brooklyn, charting a tragic event in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn that brings the life of a family to a grinding halt, directed by Lisa Blair, opening on 17th June.


Opening This Week

Macbeth - Barbican Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford production of Shakespeare's tale of bloody ambition, with Christopher Eccleston, Nimah Cusack and Edward Bennett, directed by Polly Findlay.


First Nights

23rd - Macbeth - Barbican Theatre
31st - Ear For Eye - Royal Court
8th - Don Quixote - Garrick
13th - Hadestown - National Lyttelton
14th - Macbeth - Wanamaker Playhouse
15th - Landscape / A Kind of Alaska / Monologue - Harold Pinter
16th - Moonlight / Night School - Harold Pinter


20th - Foxfinder - Ambassadors
20th - One For The Road / New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes - Harold Pinter
20th - The Lover / The Collection - Harold Pinter
20th - The Importance Of Being Earnest - Vaudeville
20th - The Lehman Trilogy - National Lyttelton
27th - Strictly Ballroom - Piccadilly
3rd - King Lear - Duke of York's
3rd - The Jungle - Playhouse
10th - Wise Children - Old Vic
17th - Misty - Trafalgar Studios 1