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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th March 2018

The Tall Stories Theatre Company production of Room On The Broom, adapted and directed by Toby Mitchell and Olivia Jacobs, from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's children's picture book about a witch and her cat, will play daytime performances at the Lyric Theatre from 24th November to 13th January.

On The Casting Couch: Samuel West and Romola Garai will head the cast of Ella Hickson's The Writer, opening at the Almeida Theatre on 24th April; Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Frances Barber, Sally Bretton and Nathaniel Parker will feature in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 3rd May; and Paul Anderson will play the title role in Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe, opening at the Haymarket Theatre on 29th May.

Will (or Eight Lost Years Of Young William Shakespeare's Life), written and directed by Victoria Baumgartner, an imagining of how Shakespeare came to leave Stratford and become a playwright in London, with Sam Veck, Katherine Moran, Beatrice Lawrence, Ronnie Yorke, Charlie Woodward and Lea Fanchon, will play at the Rose Playhouse, the archaeological site in Bankside, from 27th March to 20th April.

The season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre will comprise the musical Chicago, book and lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, featuring murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery; Jim Cartwright's The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, about a mousey girl who lives through impersonating torch singers; J M Barrie's Quality Street, a tale of the transformative power of love set at the time of the Napoleonic wars; Tom Stoppard's Travesties, in which James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara meet in Zurich, resulting in calamitous mix-ups and mistaken identities; Rodney Ackland's Before The Party, a satire about middle class guilt and duplicity after the Second World War; Rona Munro's The Last Witch, based on the story of the last woman to executed for witchcraft in Scotland; and the musical The Wizard Of Oz, adapted by John Kane from the film based on L Frank Baum's novels, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg.

Nick Newman and Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times, adapted from the television film telling the true story of the satirical newspaper created in the trenches of the First World War, directed by Caroline Leslie, will return to the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, opening on 18th October.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current Tony Award winning Broadway production of the musical Dear Evan Hansen, book by Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, a contemporary story of a teenager who feels he doesn't fit in but grasps at a way to do so, directed by Michael Greif, with choreography by Danny Mefford, will be West End bound later this year, subject to a suitable theatre being found, with a British actor in the title role. The Rumour Machine grinds on.

And Finally . . . It's Christmas already. Elf - The Musical, book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, music by Matthew Sklar, music by Chad Beguelin, adapted from the 2003 film about an oversized elf raised in the North Pole who arrives in New York to find his true identity, with David Essex and Martine McCutcheon, will play an arena tour of Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham, from 14th December.