News Archive

Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st June 2018

Gods and Monsters Theatre will stage Frank L Baum's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, adapted and directed by Phil Wilmott, with Justin Murray; and Sir Thomas Malory's King Arthur, adapted and directed by Phil Wilmott, at The Scoop, the 1,000 seater open air amphitheatre next to City Hall, on the south bank opposite the Tower of London, from 8th August to 2nd September. Performances from Wednesdays to Sundays are free with no need to book - just turn up and sit down.

The autumn season at Theatre Royal Bath will include Arthur Miller's The Price, in which two estranged brothers meet to dispose of their late father's possessions, with David Suchet, directed by Jonathan Church, opening on 15th August; Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton, in which two couples debate different styles of parenting, following a squabble between their children that turned violent, with Amanda Abbington and Elizabeth McGovern, directed by Lindsay Posner, opening on 5th September; and in the Ustinov Studio, Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland, a psychological thriller about reclusive author Patricia Highsmith, directed by Lucy Bailey, opening on 9th August; and Terence Rattigan's In Praise of Love, in which a wife conceals her incurable disease from her husband, although he knows but does not think she does, with Robert Lindsay and Tara Fitzgerald, directed by Jonathan Church, opening on 15th October.

The Puppet Theatre Barge will be giving performances of Red Riding Hood, told with a combination of marionettes and shadow puppets, and A Button In My Head, using hand puppets at its winter home in Little Venice until 8th July; and moored at its summer home on the River Thames at Richmond from 21st July, Red Riding Hood, The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse, using rod puppets, and evening performances of The Butterfly's Spell, adapted from the play by Federico García Lorca, told with marionettes. The company also runs schools workshops. Further information can be found on the PTB web site via the link from London Venues in the Links section of TheatreNet.

Sancho: An Act Of Remembrance, a biography of Charles 'Sancho' Ignatius, born on a slave ship and educated in secret, who became a composer, actor, anti-slavery campaigner, written and performed by Paterson Joseph, co-directed by Simon Godwin, will play at Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, from 4th to 16th June.

Forthcoming productions at Birmingham Repertory Theatre will include the premiere of Rebus: Long Shadows, an original story featuring the character from the series of novels by Ian Rankin, written with Rona Munro, with Charles Lawson, directed by Roxana Silbert, opening on 25th September; 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, opening on 22nd October; the premiere of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, about a family coming to terms with the death of a child, adapted by Bryony Lavery, directed by Melly Still, opening on 31st October; and the musical The Wizard Of Oz, adapted by John Kane from the film based on L Frank Baum's novels, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, directed by Liam Steele, opening on 29th November.