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Last updated : 31st August 2018

John Masefield's The Box Of Delights, a Christmas story about a wondrous device with time travelling power, adapted by Piers Torday, directed by Justin Audibert, will return to Wilton's Music Hall, in Rotherhithe, from 30th November to 5th January

The autumn season at Northern Stage in Newcastle will include in Stage 1: the premiere of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, about a family coming to terms with the death of a child, adapted by Bryony Lavery, with Pete Ashmore, Charlotte Beaumont, Emily Bevan, Bhawna Bhawsar, Susan Bovell, Natasha Cottriall, Keith Dunphy, Karan Gill, Jack Sandle and Ayoola Smart, directed by Melly Still, from 9th October; and Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Neil Bartlett, directed by Mark Calvert, from 1st December; and in Stage 2: Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, painting a picture of a small Welsh fishing village in the 1950s, directed by Elayce Ismail, from 2nd November.

Forthcoming productions at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court will include Tony Harrison's Square Rounds, exploring the effects of technology, the demons of the inventors, and the escalating tensions between nations in the build up to war, with Eva Feiler, Gracy Goldman, Rujenne Green, Amy Marchant, Philippa Quinn and Letty Thomas, directed by Jimmy Walters, opening on 6th September; Halley Feiffer's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City, in which two dramatically different visitors at a cancer unit draw strength from each other through black humour, directed by Bethany Pitts, opening on 4th October; and Irwin Shaw's Bury The Dead, an expressionistic American protest play, in which six dead First World War soldiers stand up in their graves and refuse to be buried, directed by Rafaella Marcus, from 30th October.

The autumn season at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff 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 a female cast comprising Lola Adaja, Hannah Boyce, Gina Fillingham, Lowri Hamer, Lowri Izzard, Mari Izard, Kate Lamb, Olivia Marcus, Laura Singleton and Leah Walker, plus Matthew Bulgo, directed by Caroline Steinbeis, opening on 18th October; and Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, adapted by Mike Kenny, with James Ifan, Hannah McPake, François Pandolfo, Elin Phillips, Alexandria Riley, Keiron Self, Joseph Tweedale and Elian West, directed by Rachel O'Riordan, opening on 27th November.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket's Masterclass season for young people who have an interest in theatre, or are keen to pursue a career in the arts, returns with Patrick Marber on 21st September and Janet Suzman on 26th September. Sessions begin at 2.30pm and last around two hours. Events are open to people aged between 17 and 30 and mature students, and are free of charge - but there is a refundable deposit required confirming the booking. Those aged over 30 who would like to attend can now subscribe to a Friends scheme. Further information and online booking can be found on the Masterclass web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.