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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th August 2018

The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, will stage the musical Fiddler On The Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the story of a milkman and his family in a rural Russian village during the turbulent times at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Trevor Nunn, opening on 5th December.

The autumn season at the Arcola Theatre, in Dalston, will include the return of The Plague, adapted from Albert Camus's Le Peste and directed by Neil Bartlett, a contemporary relocation of the story of disease ravaging an African town, opening on 5th September; Virginia Wolfe's Mrs Dalloway, relating a day in the life of a society woman in post First World War London, in a new adaptation by Hal Coase, directed by Thomas Bailey, opening on 1st October; and Daniel York Loh's Forgotten, the story of the Chinese Labour Corps who worked for Britain and the Allies behind the front lines during the First World War, directed by Kim Pearce, opening on 24th October.

The 2018/2019 season at the Royal Theatre Northampton will include Joe Simpson's Touching The Void, adapted from the memoir about a mountain climbing disaster by David Greig, with Fiona Hampton, Edward Hayter, Patrick McNamee and Josh Williams, directed by Tom Morris, opening on 10th October; the premiere of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch, adapted from the stories of 'the female Harry Potter' by Emma Reeves, directed by Theresa Heskins, from 27th November; Katori Hall's Our Lady Of Kibeho, based on events in Rwanda in 1981 where a girl claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, directed by James Dacre, opening on 16th January; and the stage premiere of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains Of The Day, the recollections of his life by an English butler, adaptated by Barney Norris, directed by Christopher Haydon, opening on 27th February.

The Messiah, written and directed by Patrick Barlow, additional material by John Ramm, Jude Kelly and Julian Hough, about a group of actors who come together to tell the story of the nativity, with Hugh Dennis, Lesley Garrett and John Marquez, will open a prospective pre West End tour at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 22nd October

othellomacbeth, in which Shakespeare's tragedies collide in a contemporary reinterpretation, with Sandy Grierson, Kezrena James, Melissa Johns, Samuel Collings, Grace Cookey Gam, Paul Courtney Hyu, Caroline Faber, Kirsten Foster and Ery Nzaramba, directed by Jude Christian, will open at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith on 10th October.

StageCon, Britain's first ever theatre convention, will be held on 3rd and 4th November at Shoreditch Town Hall. Programming will include a range of live performances, sing-a-longs, discussions, cast reunions, panels, games, meet and greets, workshops and showcases, plus stalls selling a range of goods, merchandise and theatrical services.