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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 19th August 2016

The Last Tango, a dance show in which a man delves into an attic full of memories, with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, featuring rumba, jive, flamenco, salsa and tango, directed by Karen Bruce, which has toured extensively, will play a season at the Phoenix Theatre, opening on 28th September.

The Broadway musical Wonderland, book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, a contemporary story about a woman estranged from her husband, alienated from her daughter and in danger of losing her career, who finds herself in Wonderland, where she encounters strange though familiar characters, with Kerry Ellis, Wendi Peters, Dave Willetts, Stephen Webb, Natalie McQueen, Kayi Ushe, Dominic Owen and Ben Kerr, directed by Lotte Wakeham, with choreography by Lucie Pankhurst, will open a national tour at Edinburgh Playhouse on 20th January.

Scottish Opera's 2016/2017 season will include new productions of Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, directed by David McVicar; a double bill comprising Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle, directed by Matthew Lenton, and The 8th Door, a new music theatre work co-created by Matthew Lenton and composer Lliam Paterson, as a prequel to Bluebeard's story; Puccini's La Boheme, directed by Renaud Doucet; Philip Glass's The Trial, libretto by Christopher Hampton, adapted from the novel by Franz Kafka, directed by Michael McCarthy, a co-production with Music Theatre Wales, The Royal Opera and Theater Magdeburg; and Donizetti's The Elixir Of Love, directed by Oliver Platt; plus a revival of Thomas Allen's production of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro.

The premiere of Broken Strings, written and directed by Joe Wenborne, the story of two people uneasy in each other's company, damaged by bereavement, who begin to understand one another and deal with their pain, with Steven Arnold and Linda Clark, open at the Tabard Theatre, in Turnham Green, on 7th September.

The autumn season at Sheffield Theatres will include in the Crucible: D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, adapted and directed by Phillip Breen, with Hedydd Dylan, Jonah Russell, Ciaran McIntyre, Aretha Ayeh, Will Irvine, David Osmond, Rachel Sanders and Alice Selwyn, opening a national tour on 26th September, a co-production with English Touring Theatre; and the musical Annie Get Your Gun, book by Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields, revised by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, a fictionalised backstage story of Buffalo Bill's travelling Wild West Show, with Anna Jane Casey, directed by Paul Foster, with choreography by Alistair David, opening on 14th December; and in the Lyceum: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, written by Paul Hendy, with Wendi Peters, Phil Gallagher and Damian Williams, from 9th December.

And Finally . . . The Theatres Trust has launched a 125,000 Spend A Penny Scheme to improve women's toilets in theatres across Britain and minimise notorious interval queues. According to the British Standards Institution, a 500 seat auditorium should have around 8 ladies' toilets, but many theatres do not meet this standard. A letter has been sent out to theatrical dames, asking them to support the campaign. Theatres are invited to apply for up to 15,000 each, by the closing date of 26th October, with the winners announced in December.

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First Nights

August
30th - The Entertainer - Garrick
September
1st - The Naked Magicians - Trafalgar Studios 1
7th - Pride And Prejudice - Regent's Park Open Air
7th - The Inn At Lydda - Wanamaker Playhouse
13th - Doctor Faustus - Barbican Theatre
14th - The Alchemist - Barbican Theatre
15th - My Family: Not The Sitcom - Vaudeville

Finales

August
20th - Faith Healer - Donmar Warehouse
21st - Guys And Dolls - Phoenix
27th - Show Boat - New London
27th - Impossible - Noel Coward
27th - Jesus Christ Superstar - Regent's Park Open Air
September
3rd - Horrible Histories: The Best Of Barmy Britain - Apollo
3rd - Ivanov - National Olivier
3rd - Platonov - National Olivier
3rd - The Truth - Wyndham's
3rd - The Seagull - National Olivier
4th - The Gruffalo - Lyric
10th - Hobson's Choice - Vaudeville
11th - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Globe
11th - 946 - The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips - Shakespeare's Globe
17th - The Inn At Lydda - Wanamaker Playhouse
17th - Pride And Prejudice - Regent's Park Open Air
17th - Groundhog Day - Old Vic
17th - Breakfast At Tiffany's - Haymarket