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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th August 2018

The current Broadway musical Waitress, book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, adapted from the 2007 film about a waitress and pie maker trapped in abusive relationship whose life changes when she discovers she is pregnant, directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Lorin Latarro, will open at the Adelphi Theatre next February.

On The Casting Couch: Tracy-Ann Oberman, Alasdair Harvey, Sia Dauda, Chris Larkin, Macy Nyman and Natalie Walter will join Finty Williams and Jasper Britton in High Whitemore's Pack Of Lies, opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 1st October.

Arthur Miller's All My Sons, in which a father's manufacture of substandard aircraft parts may have been responsible for the death of his son, with Sally Field and Bill Pullman, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will open at the Young Vic Theatre in the spring.

The autumn season at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke on Trent will include Maxine Peake's The Queens Of The Coal Age, about women in a pit community facing closure, with Kate Anthony, John Elkington, Conor Glean, Jane Hazlegrove, Danielle Henry and Eve Robertson, directed by Briony Shanahan, opening on 7th September; and Kenneth Grahame's classic tale The Wind In The Willows, adapted by Theresa Heskins, directed by Peter Leslie Wild, from 17th November.

The Edinburgh Fringe hit Underground Railroad Game, written and performed by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard, which begins as a school lesson about the American Civil War, but descends into social and political commentary on race relations in contemporary America, will transfer to the Soho Theatre from 4th September.

Nativity! The Musical, written and directed by Debbie Isitt, music by Nicky Ager, adapted from the films about a school putting on a festive production, choreographed by Andrew Wright, will return to the Apollo Hammersmith from 19th to 31st December.

The autumn season by Citizens Theatre Glasgow at the Tramway Theatre will include Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, the classic romance in which an ugly but romantic man woos the woman he loves for his handsome but dumb friend, translated by Edwin Morgan, with Brian Ferguson, Jessica Hardwick, Angus Miller, Maggie Bain, Nalini Chetty, Keith Fleming, Bhav Joshi, Isobel McArthur and Gabriel Quigle, directed by Dominic Hill, opening on 5th September; and the return of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Neil Bartlett, directed by Dominic Hill, opening on 5th December.