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Last updated : 28th April 2017

English National Opera's 2017/2018 season at the London Coliseum will comprise the premiere of Nico Muhly's Marnie, libretto by Nicholas Wright, adapted from Winston Graham's psychological thriller and the screenplay of the 1964 film, directed by Michael Mayer; new productions of Verdi's Aida, directed by Phelim McDermott; Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, directed by Cal McCrystal; and Verdi's La Traviata, directed by Daniel Kramer; plus revivals of Jonathan Miller's production of Rossini's The Barber Of Seville; Richard Jones's production of Handel's Rodelinda; Phelim McDermott's production of Philip Glass's Satyagraha; Robert Carsen's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream; and Fiona Shaw's production of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro. There will also be a a new production of Britten's The Turn Of The Screw, directed by Timothy Sheader, at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

New York TheatreNet: Caissie Levy, Patty Murin, Greg Hildreth, Jelani Alladin, John Riddle and Robert Creighton will head the cast of the musical Frozen, book by Jennifer Lee, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez, adapted from the 2013 film, directed by Michael Grandage, with choreography by Rob Ashford, opening on Broadway at the St James Theatre in spring next year.

The English Touring Theatre contemporary production of Shakespeare's Othello, with Abraham Popoola, Mark Lockyer, Norah Lopez Holden, Piers Hampton and Katy Stephens, directed by Richard Twyman, will play at Wilton's Music Hall, in Wapping, from 16th May to 3rd June.

On The Casting Couch: Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Sheila Atim, Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup and Jim Norton will head the cast of Connor McPherson's Bob Dylan back catalogue musical Girl From The North Country, opening at the Old Vic Theatre on 26th July.

The summer season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre will comprise the musical High Society, book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, a stage adaptation of the film musical based on Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, which story unfolds at a New England society wedding of the year, where the bride has last minute second thoughts as to who should be the groom, when her ex husband appears, directed by John Durnin, with choreography by Chris Stuart-Wilson; J M Barrie's Mary Rose, a supernatural story of love, lost innocence and a parallel world where departed ones are still present, just beyond reach, directed by Richard Baron; Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, about three couples and the events that take place during three successive Christmas Eve gatherings, directed by Richard Baron; Alan Bennett's People, set in a decaying stately home, directed by Patrick Sandford; Peter Barnes's The Ruling Class, a satire in which a paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex inherits an Earldom, directed by John Durnin; and David Grieg's Europe, about refugees, shifting borders, changing identities and globalisation, directed by John Durnin.