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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th July 2017

Classic Spring will stage a year long season of plays by Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, comprising A Woman Of No Importance, which involves the revelation of a scandalous secret at a country house party, with Eve Best, Eleanor Bron and William Gaunt, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, from 6th October; Wilde Creatures, a family show based on Wilde's fairy tales, playing from 15th to 31st December; Lady Windermere's Fan, concerning blackmail after a lady's indiscretion, the evidence for which is the eponymous fan, directed by Kathy Burke, from 12th January; An Ideal Husband, in which a woman's attempt to ruin a politician's career by producing incriminating evidence about his past is thwarted by the faithfulness and forgiveness of his wife; and The Importance Of Being Earnest, famously described by Wilde as 'a trivial comedy for serious people'.

The premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide, a two part comedy exploring a futuristic dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love, with Clare Burt, Sophie Melville, Sian Thomas, Finty Williams, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn and Letty Thomas, directed by Annabel Bolton, will open at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh on 10th August, and then transfer to the Old Vic Theatre in January.

The autumn season at the Arcola Theatre in Dalson will include the return of Sergio Blanco's Thebes Land, looking at the crime of patricide, with Trevor White and Alex Austin, with on-stage participation from Martin Santos, a convicted patricide, staged inside a large protective cage, adapted and directed by Daniel Goldman, from 6th September; Terry Johnson's Insignificance, imagining a meeting between Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe, from 18th October; and Opera Up Close's chamber version of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, directed by Lucy Bradley, opening on 29th November.

Forthcoming productions at Trafalgar Studios 2 will include Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs, in which two teenagers lives spin out of control, with Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell, directed by John Haidar, opening on 14th July; the Finborough Theatre production of Jordan Tannahill's Late Company, exploring restorative justice, cyber bullying and the struggle of parents to comprehend the unknown in their child, with Todd Boyce, David Leopold, Alex Lowe, Lucy Robinson and Lisa Stevenson, directed by Michael Yale, opening on 24th August; and the Live Theatre production of Patrick Marber's The Red Lion, set in the world of semi-professional football, with Stephen Tompkinson, John Bowler and Dean Bone, directed by Max Roberts, opening on 6th November.

The Rumour Machine says: that last year's Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, a semi autobiographical story of a dysfunctional family ravaged by addiction to alcohol and drugs, with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, directed by Richard Eyre, will be remounted for a season at Wyndham's Theatre from February, and then transfer to Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and finally Los Angeles. The Rumour Machine grinds on.