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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 3rd August 2018

The Menier Chocolate Factory will stage High Whitemore's Pack Of Lies, inspired by the real life unmasking of a seemingly ordinary suburban couple as Russian spies in 1961, with Finty Williams and Jasper Britton, directed by Hannah Chissick, opening on 1st October.

The Almeida Theatre will stage Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck, which questions if the truth should be pursued whatever the cost, in a new version adapted and directed by Robert Icke, opening on 23rd October.

The 2018/2019 season at Dundee Repertory Theatre will include Anne Downie's The Yellow On The Broom, adapted from Betsy Whyte's tale of travelling folk in Perthshire and Angus in the 1930s, directed by Andrew Panton, opening on 30th August; Gregory Burke's Gagarin Way, a story of urban violence in a kidnapping that goes wrong, directed by Cora Bissett, opening on 18th October; Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, adapted by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie, directed by Andrew Panton, with movement directed by Emily-Jane Boyle, from 29th November; and Arthur Miller's All My Sons, in which a father's manufacture of substandard aircraft parts may have been responsible for the death of his son, directed by Jemima Levick, opening on 21st February.

The autumn season at the Palace Theatre Watford will include Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Brigid Larmour, opening on 9th October; and Jack And The Beanstalk, written by Andrew Pollard, from 5th December.

Forthcoming productions at the Polka Children's Theatre in Wimbledon will include the premiere of Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree, adapted from the Panchatantra tales by Shamser Sinha, directed by Jatinder Verma, from 28th September; and Kenneth Grahame's classic tale The Wind In The Willows, adapted by Toby Hulse, with songs by director Roman Stefanski, from 9th November.

Booking is now open for TheatreCraft, the free annual event where 16 to 30 year olds can discover all about non-performance career opportunities in theatre, taking place at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on 19th November. It provides an opportunity to explore the many skills involved in staging a production through workshops, talks and demonstrations; the opportunity to meet representatives from theatres, production companies, training institutions, unions and other professional bodies; and one-to-one advice sessions. Further information and online booking can be found on the TheatreCraft web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of TheatreNet.