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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th October 2017

The National Theatre has announced further new productions, including Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra, with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, directed by Simon Godwin; and the premieres of Polly Stenham's Julie, a contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, charting a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter, with Vanessa Kirby, directed by Carrie Cracknel; David Hare's I'm Not Running, charting the rise and fall of close friends within the Labour Party over 20 years, directed by Neil Armfield; Francis Turnly's The Great Wave, an epic story involving a lost child set in Japan and North Korea, directed by Indhu Rubasingham; Natasha Gordon's Nine Night, an exploration of the rituals of family, with Ceclia Noble, directed by Roy Alexander Weise; and Laura Wade's Home, I'm Darling, a comedy about sex, cake and the quest to be a perfect 50s housewife, with Katherine Parkinson, directed by Tamara Harvey; plus the Orange Tree Theatre Richmond production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's The Octoroon, inspired by Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama about interracial romance on a Louisiana plantation, directed by Ned Bennet.

The Bristol Old Vic production of the musical The Grinning Man, book and lyrics by Carl Grose, music by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, based on Victor Hugo's novel The Man Who Laughs, the story of a 'Phantomesque' figure in a vision of how an alternate history of England might have unfolded, with Louis Maskell and Julian Bleach, directed by Tom Morris, will be remounted at Trafalgar Studios 1, opening on 18th December.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2018 season in Stratford upon Avon will comprise in the Main House: Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack, directed by Polly Findlay; The Merry Wives Of Windsor, with David Troughton, directed by Fiona Laird; and the return of King Lear, with Antony Sher and David Troughton, directed by Gregory Doran; and in the Swan Theatre: John Webster's The Duchess Of Malfi, the Jacobean tragedy of a young widow's refusal to obey her brother's command never to remarry, directed by Maria Aberg; Mary Pix's The Fantastic Follies Of Mrs Rich (or The Beau Defeated), a 17th century satirical comedy of manners, directed by Jo Davies; and the premiere of Miss Littlewood, a biomusical about the revolutionary theatre director Joan Littlewood, book, music and lyrics by Sam Kenyon, directed by Erica Whyman.

The current Old Vic Theatre production of Connor McPherson's Girl From The North Country, a play with music featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, set in a rural American boarding house during the Great Depression, will be remounted at the Noel Coward Theatre, opening on 11th January.

An Officer And A Gentleman The Musical, adapted from the 1982 film about US Navy pilot trainee, book by original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper, with a sore comprised of 1980s hit songs, directed by Nikolai Foster, with choreography by Kate Prince, will open a national tour at the Curve in Leicester on 6th April.