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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th June 2017

Simon Stephens's Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, in which two very different people meet by chance in a train station and their lives are changed forever, with Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham, directed by Marianne Elliott, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 9th October.

The Donmar Warehouse will stage 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, with Christian Cooke, Judith Roddy and Matt Ryan, directed by Yael Farber, opening on 22nd August.

Gore Vidal's The Best Man, about power, ambition, political secrets and ruthlessness in the race for the American presidency, with Martin Shaw, will open a prospective pre West End tour at the Theatre Royal in Windsor on 12th September.

New York TheatreNet: British shows won just a single Tony Award: Nigel Hook - Scenic Design (Play) for the collapsing set of The Play That Goes Wrong. The biggest winner was the musical Dear Evan Hansen with 6 awards: Musical, Book - Steven Levenson, Score - Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Musical Actor (Leading) - Ben Platt, Musical Actress (Featured) - Rachel Bay Jones and Orchestration - Alex Lacamoire. The full list of nominations and winners can be found on the Tony Awards web site in the Links section of New York TheatreNet, via the link opposite below.

The Blues Brothers - Summer Special, featuring songs from the film and stage show, devised and produced by Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook, directed by Joshua Mumby, with choreography by Lily Howkins, will open a 5 week season at the Matcham Room at the London Hippodrome on 21st July.

The summer season at the Finborough Theatre, in Earl's Court, continues with Cicely Hamilton's Just To Get Married, an original Suffragist romantic comedy, directed by Melissa Dunne, opening on 27th July; John Galsworthy's Windows, a comedy exploring class issues in the period after the First World War, directed by Geoffrey Beevers, opening on 24th August; and James Anthony Tyler's Dolphins And Sharks, a contemporary workplace comedy set a copy shop in Harlem, New York, directed by Lydia Parker, opening on 14th September.

The premiere of Stephen Clark's Le Grand Mort, a two handed dark comedy about mind games in a Notting Hill kitchen, with Julian Clary, directed by Christopher Renshaw, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 25th September.

Christmas With The Rat Pack, the seasonal compilation show featuring the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, set on a night at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in 1960, directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian, will return to the West End at the Haymarket Theatre, opening on 20th December, switching to the original The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas version for 4 weeks from 8th January.