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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 14th December 2018

The recent Shakespeare's Globe production of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's Emilia, a bioplay about 16th century poet Emilia Bassano, considered to be a muse and inspiration for William Shakespeare, with Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood, directed by Nicole Charles, will be remounted at the Vaudeville Theatre, opening on 21st March.

The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester's 2019 season will comprise a revised version of the musical Rags, book by Joseph Stein, revised by David Thompson, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the story of Russian immigrants making a new life in New York's Lower East Side in 1910, directed by Bronagh Lagan, opening on 7th March; the musical Mame, book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis, set in New York during the Great Depression and Second World War, with Tracie Bennett, directed and choreographed by Nick Winston, opening on 3rd October; and the premiere of the musical The Astonishing Times Of Timothy Cratchit, book by Allan Knee, music and lyrics by Andre Catrini, inspired by the characters in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, opening on 27th November.

The premiere of Michael Dennis's Dark Sublime, exploring the idea of hero worship and the modern sci-fi phenomenon, with Marina Sirtis, directed by Andrew Keates, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 29th June.

The Liverpool Everyman Theatre will stage the musical Sweeney Todd, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the Victorian melodrama about the demon barber of Fleet Street, who cut the throats of his customers, whose corpses were then baked into pies in the shop beneath, with Liam Tobin, directed by Nick Bagnall, from 12th April.

Nigel Slater's Toast, the food memoir of childhood in suburban England in the 1960s, adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett, during which the audience is offered samples of dishes central to the story, directed by Jonnie Riordan, will open at The Other Palace, in Victoria, on 9th April.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Dept A reminder that this is the peak season for the purchase of Theatre Tokens. Available in units of 5, 10 and 20, they can be exchanged for tickets at over 240 venues nationwide, including all West End theatres. As they have no expiry date, the recipient can choose which show they want to see, and when and where they want to see it. The Tokens can be combined with gift packs and a card. Tokens are available from most theatres, major bookshops and ticket agencies, and the tkts Ticket Booth in Leicester Square. Alternatively they can be bought online from the Theatre Tokens web site via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of TheatreNet. As they say, don't just give an object this Christmas - give an emotional experience like no other.

The Rumour Machine says: that following workshop performances at The Other Palace Theatre, Unmasked, a 'Side By Side By Lloyd Webber' compilation show, with script by Richard Curtis, directed by Laurence Connor, is looking for a West End production. The Rumour Machine grinds on.


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4th - Party Time / Celebration - Harold Pinter


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5th - Bat Out Of Hell - Dominion
5th - 42nd Street - Drury Lane
5th - Switzerland - Ambassadors
5th - Chicago - Phoenix
5th - War Horse - National Lyttelton
6th - Peppa Pig's Adventure - Haymarket
6th - Operation Ouch! - Apollo
9th - The Tell-Tale Heart - National Dorfman
12th - The Band - Haymarket
12th - Dreamgirls - Savoy
12th - Kinky Boots - Adelphi