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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th April 2017

The autumn season at the National Theatre will include in the Lyttelton Theatre: the Lincoln Center Theater production of J T Rogers's Oslo, telling the true story of two Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top-secret talks between the leaders of Israel and Palestine resulting in the Oslo Peace Accord, directed by Bartlett Sher, prior to a transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre; and the return of the Bristol Old Vic production of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson.

The jazz musical Five Guys Named Moe, featuring the music of Louis Jourdan, created and directed by Clarke Peters, with musical staging and choreography by Andrew Wright, inspired by Charles Augins's original choreography, will open at the Marble Arch Theatre, a pop-up Spiegeltent venue on the Marble Arch traffic island, on 14th September.

The current Almeida Theatre production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Andrew Scott, Juliet Stevenson, Jessica Brown Findlay, Angus Wright, Peter Wight and David Rintoul, directed by Robert Icke, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre, opening on 15th June.

The Opera North production of the musical Kiss Me, Kate, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the backstage story of a touring production of The Taming Of The Shrew with a feuding ex-married couple playing the leading roles, directed by Jo Davies, with choreography by Will Tuckett, will play at the London Coliseum from 20th to 30th June 2018.

The current Menier Chocolate Factory production of Terence Rattigan's Love In Idleness, in which a young man returning from Canada during the Second World War is shocked to find his widowed mother is the mistress of a cabinet minister, with Eve Best, Anthony Head, Helen George and Edward Bluemel, directed by Trevor Nunn, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre, opening on 18th May.

On The Casting Couch: Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne will feature in the musical Working, opening at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, on 7th June; and Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Philip Quast will be joined by Tracie Bennett, Josephine Barstow, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen and Gary Raymond in the James Goldman-Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, opening at the National Theatre on 6th September.

The Royal Opera's 2017/2018 Season will include new productions of Puccini's La Boheme, directed by Richard Jones; Rossini's Semiramide, directed by David Alden; Carmen, directed by Barrie Kosky; Wagner's Lohengrin, directed by David Alden; Bizet's Janacek's From The House Of The Dead, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski; and the premiere of George Benjamin's Lessons In Love And Violence, libretto by Martin Crimp, directed by Katie Mitchell. The Royal Ballet's 2017/2018 Season will include a new production of Swan Lake, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett; and new one-act ballets by Twyla Tharp, Arthur Pita, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon.

Ira Levin's thriller Deathtrap, in which an aging writer attempts to murder his protegee and claim the credit for his work, with Paul Bradley and Jessie Wallace, directed by Adam Penford, will open a national tour at the Theatre Royal Brighton on 12th September.