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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd November 2018

The 2019 season at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre will comprise Thornton Wilder's Our Town, the tale of two families in a small provincial American town in the early 20th century, directed by Ellen McDougall, opening on 22nd May; Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hansel And Gretel, directed by Timothy Sheader, opening on 17th June; Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Dominic Hill, opening on 5th July; and the musical Evita, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, telling the life story of Eva Peron, the wife and 'power behind the throne' of the Argentinean dictator Juan Peron, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening on 8th August.

Hampstead Theatre at Swiss Cottage will stage Martyna Majok's Cost Of Living, exploring the need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs of disability, race, class and wealth, directed by Edward Hall, opening on 30th January; and Hannah Pattinson's Eden, set in an idyllic coastal village where an American tycoon is intent on building a golf course, directed by Matthew Xia, opening in February.

The spring season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh 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 25th January; the premiere of the musical Local Hero, book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig, music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, adapted from the 1983 film written and directed by Bill Forsyth, about an American oil executive who arrives in Scotland intent on buying a village to build a refinery, but falls for its charm, opening on 23rd March; and The Duchess (Of Malfi), John Webster's Jacobean tragedy of a young widow's refusal to obey her brother's command never to remarry, adapted and directed by Zinnie Harris, opening on 21st May.

Forthcoming productions at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court will include Aimee Stuart's romantic comedy Jeannie, a 1930s version of the Cinderella story set in a small Scottish town, with Mairi Hawthorn, Evelyn Adams, Max Alexander-Taylor, Kim Durham, Carol Holt, Madeleine Hutchins, Matthew Mellalieu and Patrick Pearson, directed by Nicolette Kay, opening on 29th November; Time is Love/Tiempo Es Amor, a menacing contemporary Los Angeles drama set in the Latino community, written and directed by Che Walker, opening on 3rd January; and Richard Kalinoski's Beast On The Moon, in which an Armenian couple, newly settled in 1920s America, struggle to escape memories of the Armenian Genocide, directed by Jelena Budimir, opening on 31st January.

The spring season at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, will include Rose Heiney's Original Death Rabbit, a comedy shining a light on one woman's struggle with the dark side of the internet, directed by Hannah Joss, opening on 11th January; Harley Granville Barker's Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life, revised by Richard Nelson, an exploration of love, sexual attraction and independence, directed by Trevor Nunn, opening on 14th February; the premiere of Maud Dromgoole's Mary's Babies, based on the true story of fertility pioneer Mary Barton, who impregnated up to a thousand babies with her husband's assistance, directed by Tatty Hennessy, opening on 22nd March; and the return of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, charting a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter, in a new version by Howard Brenton, directed by Tom Littler, in repertoire with of August Strindberg's Creditors, a black comedy about an artist whose devotion to his wife is tested, in a new version by Howard Brenton, directed by Tom Littler, opening on 28th April.