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Last updated : 29th March 2018

Tracy Letts's Killer Joe, a black comedy thriller about a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in a family 'murder for the insurance' plan that goes horribly wrong, with Orlando Bloom, directed by Simon Evans, will open at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 4th June.

The autumn season at the Theatre Royal Stratford East will include April de Angelis's The Village, adapted from Lope de Vega's Fuenteovejuna, a tale of passion, love and betrayal, transposed to contemporary India, directed by Nadia Fall, opening on 13th September; Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, about an American teenage girls football team, directed by Ellen McDougall, opening on 30th October; and Sleeping Beauty, book by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton, music and lyrics by Robert Hyman, directed by Matthew Xia, opening on 8th December.

The autumn season at Theatr Clwyd in Mold will include William Golding's Lord Of The Flies, adapted by Nigel Williams, the story of a group of schoolchildren who are marooned on a desert island and soon fall into anarchy, with an all female cast, directed by Caroline Steinbeis, opening on 26th September, a co-production with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff; and the premiere of Katherine Chandler's Thick As Thieves, about the meeting of two women from very different worlds, directed by Roisin McBrinn, opening on 17th October, a co-production with Clean Break theatre company.

Knights Of The Rose, using themes from Marlowe, Shakespeare and Chaucer, and the back catalogue of songs by Bon Jovi and Bonnie Tyler, created by Jennifer Marsden, directed by Racky Plews, will play at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, from 29th June.

The National Theatre is celebrating the Old Vic's 200th birthday by staging The National Theatre At The Old Vic 1963-1976 an exhibition dedicated to its performances there. Led by Sir Laurence Olivier the company was made up of young and emerging actors, playwrights, designers and movement directors, many of whom went on to have a significant impact on the development of 20th century theatre. The period witnessed productions of new writing, the creation of innovative stage designs and a dynamic approach to theatre-making never experienced before. The exhibition runs from April to June.

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Matthew Warchus, will return to the Old Vic Theatre, opening on 5th December.

Stage One, by arrangement with The Society Of London Theatre, is holding another Workshop For New Producers from 17th to 19th May. This is an intensive course for anyone planning to produce or co-produce in theatre for those who have not previously produced commercial plays, or have only limited experience, but possess a firm commitment to a career in theatre production, conducted by leading theatre practitioners. Sessions will include: acquiring rights, budgeting, co-producing, booking a tour, finding and contracting a theatre, raising funds and looking after investors, marketing, publicity and press. Further information and an application form can be found on the SO web site via link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.