Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews
Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include The Superhero, a one man musical, book by Michael Conley, music by Joseph Finlay, lyrics and story by Richy Hughes, examining how far a divorced father will go in order to see his child, directed by Adam Lenson, opening on 30th June; and John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, A Parable, set in a Bronx Catholic School, where a nun, who has doubts about a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, embarks on a campaign to have him removed, directed by Che Walker, opening on 8th September.
New York TheatreNet: the West End production of Jack Thorne and J K Rowling's Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, directed by John Tiffany, will open on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre next spring.
The autumn season at Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, will include Manfred Karge's Man To Man, in a new adaptation by Alexandra Wood, the story of a woman forced to adopt the identity of her dead husband in order to survive in Nazi Germany, directed by Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham, from 12th September; and Les Enfants Terribles's The Terrible Infants, using puppetry, live music and performance to tell a series of twisted tales by Oliver Lansley and James Seager, with a recorded narration by Judi Dench, opening on 23rd October.
This year's season at Grange Park Opera, one of the 'alternative Glyndebournes', in the inaugural season in Theatre In The Woods, modelled on La Scala Milan, at its a new home at West Horsley Place, runs from 8th June to 15th July. It comprises of new productions of Puccini's Tosca, directed by Peter Relton; and Wagner's Die Walkure, directed by Stephen Medcalf; plus a revival of Janacek's Jenufa, directed by Katie Mitchell. In order to accommodate pre performance afternoon tea and a dinner interval, entry is from 2 hours before performances, which begin at 4pm or 6pm. Further information can be found on the GPO web site, via the link from Dance & Opera in the Links section of TheatreNet.
Forthcoming productions at the Old Red Lion, at the Angel Islington, will include the premiere of Mark Weinman's Dyl, sad comedy, about isolation, the righting of wrongs and shouldering life's responsibilities, directed by Clive Judd, opening on 9th May; John Patrick Shanley's Danny And The Deep Blue Sea, charting an intense romance between two people in a New York bar, with Gareth O'Connor and Megan Lloyd-Jones, directed by Courtney Larkin, from 6th June; Sarah Kosar's Mumburger, about a family dealing with grief of losing a mother, directed by Tommo Fowler, opening on 27th June; and Good Girl, a coming of age drama written and performed by Naomi Sheldon, playing in July before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe.
The autumn season at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park will include the premiere of Kevin Elyot's Twilight Song, set in a sitting room in north London in 1967 as revolution hits, directed by Anthony Banks, opening on 17th July; Joe Orton's Loot, a black farce, with an extremely complicated plot involving stolen money and a dead body, directed by Michael Fentiman, opening on 23rd August; the Birmingham Rep production of Chris Hannan's What Shadows, examining the community that inspired Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech, with Ian McDiarmid, directed by Roxana Silbert, opening on 3rd October; Sam Bain's The Retreat, following a man who has left his high flying city job in order to find peace in the Highlands, directed by Kathy Burke, opening on 7th November; and Denise Deegan's schoolgirl saga Daisy Pulls It Off, set in 1927, and following the trials and tribulations of a working class scholarship girl at a public school, directed by Paulette Randall, opening on 8th December.