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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 11th May 2018

It's Official! As previously forecast here, a season of all 20 one act plays by Harold Pinter will be staged at the Harold Pinter Theatre, comprising The Lover and The Collection, with David Suchet and John Macmillan, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening on 27th September; One For The Road, The New World Order and Mountain Language, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and Ashes To Ashes, directed by Lia Williams, opening on 28th September; Landscape and A Kind Of Alaska, with Tamsin Grieg, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening on 15th November; Moonlight, directed by Lyndsey Turner and Night School, directed by Ed Stambollouian, opening on 16th November; The Room, Family Voices and Victoria Station, with Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson, directed by Patrick Marber, opening on 3rd January; Party Time and Celebration, with Ron Cook, Celia Imrie, Tracy Ann Oberman and Abraham Popoola, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening on 4th January; and A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, with Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening on 7th February.

The Off Broadway musical Spamilton, which parodies Hamilton along with a number of other Broadway musicals, written and directed by Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, will open at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark, on 24th July.

English National Opera's 2018/2019 season will comprise new productions of Strauss's Salome, directed by Adena Jacobs; the folk opera Porgy And Bess, music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, who also wrote the book, adapted from his novel set in the black quarter of Charleston, South Carolina in 1912, directed by James Robinson; Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, directed by Daniel Kramer; Lehar's The Merry Widow, directed by Max Webster; and the premiere of Jack The Ripper: The Women Of Whitechapel, music by Iain Bell, libretto by Emma Jenkins, focusing on some of the women from the legend of the London murderer, directed by Martyn Brabbins and Daniel Kramer; and revivals of David Alden's production of Donizetti's Lucia do Lammermoor; Jonathan Miller's production of Puccini's La Boheme; Phelim McDermott's production of Philip Glass's Akhnaten; and Simon McBurney's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute; plus Dido, a new version of Purcell's Dido And Aeneas, for young audiences, directed by Purni Morfell, at the Unicorn Theatre at London Bridge; and Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, directed by Lyndsey Turner, at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Anthony Horowitz's psychological thriller Mindgame, about a crime writer's visit to a hospital for the criminally insane to interview a serial killer, with Michael Sherwin, Andrew Ryan and Sarah Wynne Kordas, directed by Karen Henson, will play at Ambassadors Theatre from 16th May to 2nd June.

The Birmingham Stage Company's production of David Walliams's Gangsta Granny, the children's story about the secret life of a senior citizen, adapted and directed by Neal Foster, with choreography by Paul Chantry and Rae Piper, will return to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14th to 26th August.