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Last updated : 6th July 2018

Dawn King's Foxfinder, a darkly comic dystopian thriller, with Iwan Rheon, directed by Rachel O'Riordan, will open at the Ambassadors Theatre on 13th September.

The Other Palace production of the Off Broadway show Heathers The Musical, book, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, adapted from the 1988 dark comedy film about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, with Carrie Hope Fletcher, directed by Andy Fickman, with choreography by Gary Lloyd, will transfer to the Haymarket Theatre, opening on 11th September.

The autumn season at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include the premieres of Joy Wilkinson's The Sweet Science Of Bruising, about four very different women who become involved in the dark underworld of female boxing in Victorian London, directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, with fight and movement direction by Alison de Burgh, opening on 5th October; and Iman Qureshi's The Funeral Director, in which the director of a Muslim funeral parlour is forced to confront a secret she had kept from even herself, when her morals are challenged by a new customer opening on 2nd November; plus Anthony Neilson's The Night Before Christmas, a contemporary adaptation of Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, directed by Alex Sutton, opening on 30th November.

Forthcoming productions at the Theatre Royal Bath will include Shakespeare In Love, Lee Hall's stage adaptation of Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's screenplay of the 1988 film, in which, plagued by debt, tormented by writer's block and in desperate need of a new hit, Shakespeare wrestles with writing his new play Romeo And Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter, directed by Philip Breen, opening a national tour on 4th October; and William Gaminara's The Nightingales, set at the weekly rehearsals of an amateur acapella group, with Ruth Jones, directed by Christopher Luscombe, opening a prospective pre West End tour on 7th November.

Dust, written and performed by Milly Thomas, in which a woman watches the aftermath of her suicide, directed by Sara Joyce, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 7th September; and the Bush Theatre production of Misty, a performance piece about creative freedom on contemporary London, written and performed by Arinze Kene, directed by Omar Elerian, will be remounted at Trafalgar Studios 1, opening on 13th September.

The autumn season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh will include Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, performed by a company of actor-musicians, directed by Wils Wilson, opening on 18th September; Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, the classic romance in which an ugly but romantic man woos the woman he loves for his handsome but dumb friend, translated by Edwin Morgan, with Brian Ferguson, Jessica Hardwick, Angus Miller, Maggie Bain, Nalini Chetty, Keith Fleming, Bhav Joshi, Isobel McArthur and Gabriel Quigle, directed by Dominic Hill, opening on 15th October; and Wendy And Peter Pan, Ella Hickson's adaptation of J M Barrie's Peter Pan telling the story from Wendy's point of view, directed by Eleanor Rhode, opening on 30th November.

Cirque du Soleil will return to London with Totem, tracing the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly, directed by Robert Lepage, for a season at the Royal Albert Hall opening on 12th January.