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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th May 2018

The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 21st Kids Week in the West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events. Once again this year it will run for a whole month, from 1st to 31st August. Children between 5 and 16 can go free (when accompanied by a paying adult) to over 40 shows, with up to 2 additional children at half price. There will be accompanying events taking place, including backstage tours, workshops, classes, storytelling and 'meet the cast' opportunities. There are also freebies and discounts at restaurants, and on travel and accommodation packages. Booking opens at 10am on 12th June. Further information can be found on the Kids Week web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Andrew Scott will perform Simon Stephens's Sea Wall, in which a seemingly happy and content man talking about his family gradually descends into darker thoughts, directed by George Perrin, for a two week run at the Old Vic Theatre, opening on 19th June.

This year's season at Garsington Opera, one of the 'alternative Glyndebournes', will run from 31st May to 22nd July, comprising Mozart's Die Zaubeflote, directed by Netia Jones; Strauss's Capriccio, directed by Tim Albery; and Verdi's Falstaff, directed by Bruno Ravella; plus the premiere of The Skating Rink, music by David Sawer, libretto by Rory Mullarkey, based on the novel by Roberto Bolano, a tale of jealousy, political corruption and the lengths people will go to for the ones they love, directed by Stewart Laing. In order to accommodate pre performance afternoon tea and a dinner interval, entry is from 3.30pm, with performances beginning between 6pm and 6.50pm. Further information can be found on the GO web site via the link from Dance & Opera in the Links section of TheatreNet

On The Casting Couch: Gwen Taylor, Simon Williams, Deborah Findlay, Jeff Rawle, Julia Foster, Nicola Hughes, Louis Mahoney and Cleo Sylvestre will feature in Alan Bennett's Allelujah!, opening at the Bridge Theatre on 18th July.

Theatre Royal Stratford East will stage August Wilson's King Hedley II, set in 1980s Pittsburgh, where an ex-con is trying to rebuild his life, with Lenny Henry, directed by Nadia Fall, opening on 23rd May next year.

Rain Man, Dan Gordon's stage adaptation of the 1988 film written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass, about a wheeler dealer who finds his father has left a million dollar estate to his other son, an autistic savant, and aims to get hold of the money, with Ed Speleers and Mat Horne, directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, will open a prospective pre West End tour at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 21st August.