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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th January 2018

This year's Shakespeare's Globe season will include in the Globe: Shakespeare's Hamlet and As You Like It, presented without a director by an ensemble including Federay Holmes, Bettrys Jones, Jack Laskey, Nadia Nadarajah, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Elle While, Tanika Yearwood and Michelle Terry; The Winter's Tale, directed by Blanche McIntyre; Othello, with Andre Holland and Mark Rylance, directed by Claire van Kampen; and Fletcher and Shakespeare's The Two Nobel Kinsmen, about two cousins whose friendship turns to hate when they fall in love with the same woman, directed by Barry Rutter; plus the premieres of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's Emilia, a bioplay about 16th century poet Emilia Bassano, directed by Nicole Charles; and Matt Hartley's Eyam, about conflicts in the decision of the village to be quarantined after the arrival of the plague in 1665, directed by Adele Thomas; and in the Wanamaker Playhouse: Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Nick Bagnall.

The premiere of Told By An Idiot's Napoleon Disrobed, an alternative reimagining of the latter years of Napoleon Bonaparte, based on Simon Leys's novel The Death Of Napoleon, with Paul Hunter and Ayesha Antoine, directed by Kathryn Hunter, will open at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston on 19th February.

The spring season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh will include Hannah Cowley's The Belles Stratagem, a Restoration comedy riposte to Farquhar's The Beaux Stratagem, relocated to Edinburgh, adapted and directed by Tony Cownie, opening on 17th February; Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, depicting the struggle of a man whose friends and neighbours are turning into rhinoceroses, in a new version by Zinnie Harris, directed by Murat Daltaban, opening on 24th March; and August Strindberg's Creditors, a portrait of an intense sexual triangle, adapted by David Greig, directed by Stewart Laing, opening on 1st May.

Forthcoming productions at the Jermyn Street Theatre, off Piccadilly, will include Lanie Robertson's Woman Before A Glass, a solo bioplay about contemporary art collector and champion Peggy Guggenheim, performed by Judy Rosenblatt, directed by Austin Pendleton, opening on 19th January; the premiere of Cassie McFarlane and Adrian Hope's Mad As Hell, the story of the scandal surrounding actor Peter Finch's relationship with a Jamaican woman in the 1960s, directed by Cassie McFarlane, opening on 9th February; and W H Auden and Christopher Isherwood's The Dog Beneath The Skin, a satire depicting a world on the brink of collapse, directed by Jimmy Walters, opening on 9th March.

The spring season at Dundee Repertory Theatre will include Ira Levin's thriller Deathtrap, in which an aging writer attempts to murder his protegee and claim the credit for his work, with Lewis Howden, Tom England, Irene Macdonald, Ewan Donald and Emily Winter, directed by Johnny McKnight, opening on 22nd February; and Stephen Greenhorn's Passing Places, a riotous journey of self-discovery for two small town lads, directed by Andrew Panton, opening on 19th April.