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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 16th November 2018

A staged concert version of the Broadway musical Man Of La Mancha, based on Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, the tale of an eccentric old man's journey across medieval Spain, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked, book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Lardon, with Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese, directed by Lonny Price, will play a 6 week season at the London Coliseum opening on 30th April.

Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a semi autobiographical play about a wife who has a long term affair with her husband's best friend, which starts with the crumbling of the marriage and unravels backwards in time to the night the affair began, with Tom Hiddleston, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 13th March.

A staged concert version of the Broadway musical The Light In The Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, adapted from the novella by Elizabeth Spencer, the story of a mother and her developmentally disabled daughter on holiday in Italy in the 1950s, where the daughter is swept up in a romance with local man, with Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron, directed by Daniel Evans, will play a 3 week season at the Royal Festival Hall, opening on 18th June.

The 2016 Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, chronicling the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, directed by Timothy Sheader, with choreography by Drew McOnie, will be remounted for an 8 week season at the Barbican Theatre, opening on 9th July.

The spring season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will include West Side Story, the musical relocating the story of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet to Hell's Kitchen in 1950s New York, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Sarah Frankcom, with new choreography by Aletta Collins, opening on 11th April; Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice, the tale of a cantankerous Victorian boot shop owner and his three strong willed daughters, in a version by Tanika Gupta, relocating the setting to a Ugandan Asian family in 1980s Manchester, directed by Pooja Ghai, opening on 5th June; and James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney's There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From The Luddite Rebellion, a sympathetic take on the Victorian machine smashers, directed by James Yeatman, opening on 29th July.

The Broadway musical Violet, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, music by Jeanine Tesori, based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, the story of a young woman whose face was disfigured as a child on a cross-country journey seeking transformation through faith in the 1960s, directed by Shuntaro Fujita, with choreography by Cressida Carre, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre, in The Arches under Charing Cross Station, on 21st January.

The touring show Rip It Up - The 60s, a dance entertainment featuring the music and spirit of the 1960s, with Louis Smith, Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Jay McGuinness, will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, opening on 7th February.