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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 10th August 2018

New York TheatreNet: The National Theatre production of Network, adapted by Lee Hall from Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film about a television news anchor who's "mad as hell and is not going to take it any more", with Bryan Cranston, directed by Ivo van Hove, will be remounted on Broadway, opening at the Cort Theatre on 6th December.

The autumn season at Liverpool Theatres will include in the Everyman: 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 25th September; and The Snow Queen, a rock'n'roll pantomime by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton, with Francis Tucker and Adam Keast, from 24th November; and in the Playhouse: Spymonkey's adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with Aitor Basauri, Sophie Russell, Petra Massey and Toby Park, directed by Ed Gaughan, from 8th December.

A new musical, Midnight, book and lyrics by Timothy Knapman, music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe, adapted from Elchin's Citizens Of Hell, set in Azerbaijan during Stalin's Great Terror in 1937, directed by Kate Golledge, will open at the Union Theatre, in Southwark, on 10th September.

The recent West End production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, set in the cut-throat world of Florida real estate salesmen, with Mark Benton and Nigel Harman, directed by Sam Yates, will open a national tour at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on 14th February.

Stage One is inviting applications for a New Producer's Bursary. The bursaries are intended to support individuals in progressing their careers as theatre producers. Successful applicants will be able to use the bursary to develop and/or present a new production, or to support themselves while being an intern at an approved producer's office. In addition to a broad package of financial assistance of up to 15,000 per applicant, the scheme also provides the benefit of an established industry figure as a mentor for the project, and possibly shared office accommodation in Central London. The closing date for this round of applications is 21st August. Further information and an application form can be found on the Stage One web site via the link from Organisations in the Links section of TheatreNet.

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's novel about prejudice in a small southern town during the American great depression of the 1930s, originally directed by Timothy Sheader, redirected by Fiona Dunn, will open a national tour at the Curve Leicester on 7th February.