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Last updated : 25th August 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, will stage Barnum, book by Mark Bramble, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, the biographical circus musical about the Victorian American showman P T Barnum, directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Rebecca Howell, opening on 5th December,

On The Casting Couch: Martin Shaw will be joined by Jeff Fahey, Jack Shepherd, Glynis Barber, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell and Gemma Jones, in Gore Vidal's The Best Man, opening a prospective pre West End tour at the Theatre Royal in Windsor on 12th September; and Catherine Steadman, Jack McMullen, David Yelland, Philip Franks, Patrick Godfrey and Roger Ringrose will head the cast of Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution, opening in the council chamber of County Hall, on 23rd October.

The autumn season at The Little Angel Theatre, in Islington, the 'National Theatre' of British puppetry, will include WOW! Said The Owl, based on the book by Tim Hopgood, adapted and directed by Joy Haynes, music and lyrics by Dominic Sales; Tamam Object Theater's Rusty Nails And Other Heroes, a cross-over between theatre, visual art and animation, with found objects as actors; Zeraffa Giraffa, based on the book by Dianne Hofmeyr, directed by Elgiva Field and Matthew Hutchinson; Metta Theatre's Blown Away, based on the book by Rob Biddulph, adapted and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan; Goblin's Peter And the Wolf; and Go Noah Go, based on the book by John Agard, adapted and directed by John Agard.

The recent Old Red Lion, Islington, premiere production of Tony Cox's Mrs Orwell, telling the final chapter of George Orwell's life as he succumbs to a severe case of Tuberculosis, with Cressida Bonas, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Rosie Ede, Edmund Digby Jones and Robert Stocks, directed by Jimmy Walters, will transfer to Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, opening on 7th September.

The autumn season at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich will include Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers, the legendary 1950s Ealing comedy film about a criminal gang posing as musicians in the house of a dotty old lady, with Steven Elliott, Graham Seed, Sam Lupton, Damian Williams, Anthony Dunn, Marcus Houdon and Ann Penfold, directed by Peter Rowe, opening on 12th September; the premiere of Oxy And The Morons, by Paul Sirett, Mike Peters and Steve Allan Jones, a punk musical about the reformation of a band from the 1970s, directed by Peter Rowe, opening on 17th October; and Red Riding Hood, written and directed by Peter Rowe, from 23rd November.

And Finally . . . The Association of British Theatre Technicians is running a nationwide survey on access to toilets in theatres, hoping it will help to address "issues of accessibility and inclusivity". The survey asks about the total number of toilets in each building, the level of audience capacity at which queuing for the toilets occurs, the gender balance of the toilets, and the amount of wheelchair space available. Further information can be found on the ABTT web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links area of TheatreNet.