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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st December 2017

A revised version of the current Chichester Festival Theatre production of James Graham's Quiz, about the cheating contestant in the TV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, directed by Daniel Evans, will be remounted at the Noel Coward Theatre, opening on 10th April.

The Society Of London Theatre's 17th Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London, will run for selected performances from 1st January to 9th February. Over 45 shows will be available, including opera, ballet, dance and pantomime, encompassing West End, fringe and suburban theatres at prices from 10 to 40 (according to the venue). Tickets are on sale from 10am on 5th December, via the link below right.

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical, using songs by Jim Steinman from the original and subsequent Bat Out Of Hell albums in an original story about 'rebellious youth in a post-cataclysmic city', directed by Jay Scheib, with choreography by Emma Portner, which played at the London Coliseum in the summer, will be remounted at the Dominion Theatre from 2nd April.

The winter season at the Finborough Theatre, in Earl's Court, will include Christopher Chen's Into The Numbers, based on the events of the Nanking massacre in 1938, committed by invading Japanese soldiers, with Elizabeth Chan, directed by Georgie Staight, opening on 4th January; the premiere of Henry Darke's Booby's Bay, a comic fable about the housing crisis in Cornwall, directed by Chris White, opening on 1st February; and Ghassan Kanafani's Returning To Haifa, in which two families, one Israeli and one Palestinian, navigate the formation of the state of Israel, in a translation by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace, directed by Caitlin McLeod, opening on 1st March.

The spring season at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff will include Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol, in which a man who has descended into alcoholism is given a final chance by his estranged daughter, directed by Matthew Xia, opening on 5th February; Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Motherf**ker With The Hat, a high-octane, verbal cage match about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery, directed by Andy Arnold, opening on 22nd March; and the premiere of Brad Birch's Tremor, exploring the effects of tension on people's everyday lives, directed by Rachel O'Riordan, opening on 17th April.

Forthcoming productions at the Gate Theatre, in Notting Hill Gate, will include Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, about the riots following the acquittal of the policeman who shot Rodney King, opening on 15th January; Falk Richter's Trust, a celebration of broken relationships, translated by Maja Zade, directed by Jude Christian, opening on 26th February; and Effigies Of Wickedness, a cabaret with satirical songs that were banned by the Nazi regime, directed by Ellen McDougall, opening on 14th May, a co-production with English National Opera.

Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, set in the underworld of 1930's Brighton, concerning a gangland killer and the only witness to his crime, a young girl who is in love with him, in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, directed by Esther Richardson, will open a national tour at York Theatre Royal from 16th February.

CURTAIN UP!

Opening This Week

Dick Whittington - London Palladium
Spectacular pantomime returns with Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Charlie Stemp, in the story of London's most famous Lord Mayor.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Ambassadors
The return of the Off Broadway 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.
Christmas With The Rat Pack - Haymarket
The cabaret style show featuring the festive season songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, set on a night at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in 1960.
Belleville - Donmar Warehouse
Amy Herzog's play looking at the limits of trust, truth, deception and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic, with James Norton, Imogen Poots, Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby.

OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

December
13th - Dick Whittington - London Palladium
13th - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Ambassadors
13th - Christmas With The Rat Pack - Haymarket
14th - Belleville - Donmar Warehouse
18th - The Grinning Man - Trafalgar Studios 1
20th - Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow - Wanamaker Playhouse
22nd - Hamilton - Victoria Palace
January
3rd - De Profundis - Vaudeville

Finales

December
9th - Venus In Fur - Haymarket
30th - Oslo - Harold Pinter
30th - Goats - Royal Court
30th - A Woman Of No Importance - Vaudeville
30th - Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow - Wanamaker Playhouse
31st - Young Marx - Bridge
January
1st - The Gruffalo's Child - Lyric
3rd - Follies - National Olivier
6th - De Profundis - Vaudeville
6th - Romantics Anonymous - Wanamaker Playhouse
6th - Ink - Duke of York's
6th - Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle - Wyndham's
6th - An American In Paris - Dominion