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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd March 2017

The Birmingham Stage Company production of Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain, adapted from Terry Deary's series of children's books and directed by Neal Foster, will play daytime performances at the Garrick Theatre, from 4th August to 2nd September.

The spring season at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston will include in Studio 1: Albert Camus's The Plague, adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett, a contemporary relocation of the story of disease ravaging of an African town, with Joseph Alessi, Burt Caesar, Billy Postlethwaite, Sara Powell and Martin Turner, opening on 11th April; Shakespeare's Richard III, with Greg Hicks, directed by Mehmet Ergen, opening on 15th May; and the return of the musical These Trees Are Made Of Blood, story by Amy Draper, book by Paul Jenkins, music and lyrics by Darren Clark, set in a cabaret club, charting a mother's search for her 'disappeared' daughter during the military dictatorship in 1980s Argentina, directed by Amy Draper, opening on 16th June; and in Studio 2: Christopher Marlowe's Tambulaine, adapted and directed by Nh Choon Ping, with Melody Brown, Lourdes Faberes, Fiona Hampton, Susan Hingley, Amanda Maud and Leo Wan, opening on 20th March; Naylah Ahmed's Ready Or Not, a political thriller about paranoia and fear fuelled by 24 hour news, with Joan Blackham, Naeem Hayat and Natasha Rickman, directed by Helena Bell, opening on 12th April; and Alexandra Badea's The Pulverised, translated by Lucy Phelps, exploring the effects of globalisation on the lives of people around the world, directed by Andy Sava, opening on 5th May.

Cilla - The Musical, a stage adaptation of Jeff Pope's recent TV series about the early life of Cilla Black, directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson, will open a national tour at the Liverpool Empire on 7th September.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, a musical featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Phillip Cody, book by Ben H Winters and Erik Jackson, in which a jilted bride seeks solace with her bridesmaid at her honeymoon hotel in the Catskills in 1960, with Robyn Mellor, Lauren Cocoracchio, Katie Paine, Jonny Muir, Damien Walsh, Andrew Bradley, Abigail Carter-Simpson and Samuel Bailey, directed by Jordan Murphy, with choreography by Alyssa Noble, will open at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, in Highgate Village, on 31st March.

Glyndebourne Festival Opera's 2017 season, running from 20th May to 27th August, will comprise the premiere of Hamlet, music by Brett Dean, libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, directed by Neil Armfield; new productions of Francesco Cavalli's Hirpermestra, directed by Graham Vick; and Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito, directed by Claus Guth; plus revivals of Tom Cairns's production of Verdi's La Traviata; Katharina Thoma's production of Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos; and Mariame Clement's production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale. There are study events at Glyndebourne giving historical background and musical analysis of the new productions, and pre performance talks on each of the productions. Further information can be found on the Glyndebourne web site via the link from Dance & Opera in the Links section of TheatreNet.