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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd November 2017

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2018 season will comprise the return of J M Barrie's original stage adaptation of Peter Pan, with the action relocated to during the First World War, directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, opening on 24th May; Benjamin Britten's opera The Turn Of The Screw, directed by Timothy Sheader, opening on 25th June; Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Max Webster, opening on 11th July; and the musical Little Shop Of Horrors, music by Alan Menkin, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, loosely based on Roger Corman's 1960 film about a flesh eating plant, directed by Maria Aberg, opening on 9th August; plus an interactive family show Dinosaur World Live, written and directed by Derek Bond, playing daytime performances from 14th August.

Perth Theatre is to reopen after a 16.6m restoration project with Aladdin, by Joel Horwood, from 9th December; David Harrower's Knives In Hens, a thriller about a relationship triangle in a rural setting, and a woman's quest to find out what she wants from life, directed by Lu Kemp, from 1st February; and Shakespeare's Richard III, directed by Lu Kemp, from 17th March.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired the archive of Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, the world's oldest surviving Victorian music hall, built in 1859. The extensive collection of records, memorabilia and artefacts includes a pencil sketch of the venue's interior in 1871 and early photographs and film footage, together with handmade tickets constructed from old beer boxes.

The spring season at The Watermill Theatre, in Newbury, will include the musical Teddy, by Tristan Bernays, with music by Dougal Irvine, charting life at the Elephant and Castle in the Teddy Boy era of the 1950s, directed by Eleanor Rhode, with choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves, opening on 15th January; Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals, the classic comedy of romance, confusion and commitment, set in Regency Bath, adapted by Beth Flintoff, directed by Jonathan Humphreys, opening on 19th March; the premiere of Tom Wentworth's Burke And Hare, a black comedy about the infamous Victorian murderers, directed by Abigail Pickard Price, opening on 25th April; Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Paul Hart, opening on 15th May; and Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, an anarchic, comic vision of life in contemporary rural Britain, directed by Lisa Blair, opening on 25th June.

Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include the Theatre Royal Plymouth productions of Glenn Waldron's The Here And This And Now, examining the ramifications of the corporate attitudes within pharmaceutical companies, with a dystopian twist, directed by Simon Stokes, and Mikhail Durnenkov's The War Has Not Yet Started, adapted and translated by Noah Birksted-Breen, a series of 12 parables reflecting crises in the modern world directed by Gordon Anderson. playing in repertoire from 10th February; and the premiere of Tristan Bernays's Old Fools, about a couple trying to hold their relationship together in the face of progressive dementia, directed by Sharon Burrell, opening on 15th March.