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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th May 2018

The current Young Vic production of Matthew Lopez's The Inheritance, about gay life in New York City a generation after the AIDS crisis, directed by Stephen Daldry, will be remounted at the Noel Coward Theatre, opening on 13th October, with the majority of the original cast, including Vanessa Redgrave, Kyle Soller, John Benjamin Hickey, Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton and Samuel H Levine.

William Gibson's Two For The Seesaw, the comedy set in the 1950s in which a Nebraska lawyer relocated to New York to escape an unhappy marriage meets a beatnik dancer from the Bronx, with Charles Dorfman and Elsie Bennet, directed by Gary Condes, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 17th July.

The Broadway show On Your Feet, a back catalogue biomusical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan, book by Alexander Dinelaris, directed by Jerry Mitchell, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, will play at the London Coliseum from 14th June to 31st August next year.

The summer season at the Finborough Theatre, at Earl's Court, will include Arthur Miller's Finishing The Picture, a psychological study of an abused, misunderstood female star and the havoc her unpredictability brings to a film set in 1961, directed by Phil Willmott, opening on 14th June; the premiere of Robert Graves's But It Still Goes On, in which the generation that survived a war have to confront who they really are in a changed world, directed by Fidelis Morgan, opening on 12th July; and Jordan Seavey's Homos, or Everyone In America, exploring attitudes, emotions and prejudices in a supposedly 'post-gay' America, directed by Josh Seymour, opening on 9th August.

A rock musical documentary, Wasted, book and lyrics by Carl Miller, music by Christopher Ash, about the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte and their brother Branwell, directed by Adam Lenson, will open at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, on 12th September.

This year's season at Grange Park Opera, one of the 'alternative Glyndebournes', in the second season in the new Theatre In The Woods, modelled on La Scala Milan, at its a new home at West Horsley Place, runs from 7th June to 12th July. It comprises the musical Oklahoma!, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, music by Richard Rodgers, based on Lynn Riggs's Green Grow The Lilacs, set in Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, directed by Jo Davies, with choreography by Andrew Wright; Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, directed by Patrick Mason, with choreography by Lynne Hockney; Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, directed by Stephen Medcalf, with choreography by Lynne Hockney; and the premiere of Pushkin, music by Konstantin Boyarsky, libretto by Marita Phillips, about the relationship of Pushkin and Tsar Nicholas I, directed by Igor Ushakov. In order to accommodate pre performance afternoon tea and a dinner interval, entry is from 2 hours before performances, which begin at 6pm. Further information can be found on the GPO web site, via the link from Dance & Opera in the Links section of TheatreNet.

And Finally . . . The premiere of the musical It Happened In Key West, book, music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello, book and additional lyrics Jason Huza, book and original concept by Jeremiah James, with Wade McCollum, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre on 10th July. Billed as a romantic comedy, it tells the true story of Carl Von Cose, who, haunted by boyhood visions of a girl lost to tuberculosis, removed her body from the graveyard and lived undiscovered with her corpse for seven years. Inevitably, the General Manager is Guy Kitchenn.

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OVERTURES AND CURTAIN CALLS

First Nights

May
24th - Peter Pan - Regent's Park Open Air
29th - Consent - Harold Pinter
29th - Tartuffe - Haymarket
30th - The Two Noble Kinsmen - Shakespeare's Globe
30th - Translations - National Olivier
June
4th - Killer Joe - Trafalgar Studios 1
7th - Julie - National Lyttelton
12th - Pressure - Ambassadors
14th - An Octoroon - National Dorfman

Finales

May
19th - The Ferryman - Gielgud
19th - Instructions For Correct Assembly - Royal Court
26th - The Best Man - Playhouse
26th - Nine Night - National Dorfman
26th - The Way Of The World - Donmar Warehouse
June
2nd - Chess - London Coliseum
2nd - Mindgame - Ambassadors
15th - Peter Pan - Regent's Park Open Air
16th - Quiz - Noel Coward
16th - Absolute Hell - National Lyttelton