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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th November 2018

The Society Of London Theatre's 18th Get Into London Theatre New Year Sale initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London, will run for selected performances from 1st January to 15th February. Over 40 shows will be available, including opera, ballet, dance and pantomime, encompassing West End, fringe and suburban theatres at prices from 10 to 40 (according to the venue). Tickets are on sale from 10am on 4th December, via the link below right.

A new production of the musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the Bible story, will play an 11 week season at the London Palladium opening on 11th July.

The spring season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will include the premiere of Rose Lewenstein's Cougar, examining what and who people consume, directed by Chelsea Walker, opening on 5th February; Athol Fugard's Blood Knot, about the return of a brother to apartheid South Africa, directed by Matthew Xia, opening on 12th March; the premiere of Zoe Cooper's Out Of Water, exploring gender and how people define who they are, directed by Guy Jones, opening on 1st May; and Terence Rattigan's While The Sun Shines, a comedy set on the eve of a wedding during the London Blitz, directed by Paul Miller, opening on 11th June.

Peter James's The House On Cold Hill, a contemporary ghost thriller about a family moving into a house that has been empty for 40 years, adapted by Shaun Mckenna, with Joe McFadden, Rita Simons, Charlie Clements and Persephone Swales-Dawson, directed by Ian Talbot, will open a national tour at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on 23rd January.

Watford Palace Theatre will stage Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, about three couples and the events that take place during three successive Christmas Eve gatherings, with Jill McAusland and Terence Frisch, directed by Brigid Larmour, opening on 11th March.

Playing With Scale is an exhibition at the National Theatre exploring how designers use set models to develop their ideas, running until 23rd March. It comprises archive materials, films, audio, images and set models from productions designed for the Olivier stage over the last 40 years, including Exit The King, Antony And Cleopatra, The Life Of Galileo, The Plough And The Stars, Antigone and The Comedy Of Errors. A series of talks and events will run alongside the exhibition.

The Arcola Theatre, in Dalston, will stage D H Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law, charting the uneasy relationship between a miner, his mother, and his new wife, with Tessa Bell-Briggs, Matthew Biddulph, Ellie Nunn and Veronica Roberts, directed by Jack Gamble, opening on 15th January.