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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st September 2017

Bryony Lavery's Frozen, the story of the mother of a missing child, an academic researching serial murders, and a male loner, with Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins, directed by Jonathan Munby, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 21st February.

Forthcoming shows at the King's Head Theatre in Islington will include Tosca, with a new libretto by Becca Marriott and Adam Spreadbury-Maher, who also directs, relocating the action to Paris in 1944, from 27th September; the return of George and Weedon Grossmith's The Diary Of A Nobody, adapted and directed by Mary Franklin, with 4 actors playing 45 characters mentioned in the diary detailing the ups and downs of the normal day to day life of a really very normal man, from 31st October; and Charles Court Opera's King Tut - A Pyramid Panto, written and directed by John Savournin, from 24th November.

The Watermill Theatre in Newbury will stage Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray, in which someone preserves their youthful looks thanks to a hidden portrait, in a small scale all female adaptation by Phoebe Eclair-Powell, with Eva Feiler, Emily Stott and Emma MacDonald, directed by Owen Horsley, opening a regional tour on 18th September

Once again this year both the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe have broken box office records. The overall attendance for the EIF was 450,000, up from 440,000 in 2016, posting 4.3m in sales. The Fringe issued 2,696,884 tickets, an 8.96% increase on 2016, and hosted 686 free events.

The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester will stage the European premiere of the Broadway musical Little Women, book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel about four sister in rural Massachusetts while their father is away during the American Civil War, directed by Bronagh Lagan, with choreography by Iona Holland, from 9th November.

Northern Ballet's 2017/2018 season will include the premiere of The Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Andersen story, directed and choreographed by David Nixon, to a score by Sally Beamish; plus existing productions of The Boy In Striped Pajamas, directed and choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, to a score by Gary Yershon; Jane Eyre, directed and choreographed by Cathy Marston, to a score by Philip Feeney; and the children's ballet Ugly Duckling, choreographed by Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, to a score arranged by John Longstaf.

The Watford Palace Theatre will stage David Farr's Elton John's Glasses, a 1980s Watford comedy about sibling rivalry, football and unlikely friendships, with Leila Ayad, Niall Costigan, Joanna Croll, Euan Kitson, Thomas Richardson and Leon Williams, directed by Psyche Stott, from 27th September.

And Finally . . . Hammer House Of Horror Live, an 'immersive theatre experience' set in a Victorian music hall, written by Anna Soderblom and Oscar Blustin, who also directs, will play 'throughout the entirety' of Hoxton Hall from 3rd October.