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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th January 2018

Moliere's Tartuffe, in a new adaptation by Christopher Hampton, relocating the action to contemporary Hollywood, where a French film tycoon comes under the spell of an American evangelist, directed by Gerald Garutti, performed in both French and English with dual surtitles, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 29th May.

The Bridge Theatre, at London Bridge, will stage Elizabeth Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton, adapted by Rona Munro, a monologue by a woman coming to terms with her life as she awakens in hospital after an operation, performed by Laura Linney, directed by Richard Eyre, opening on 6th June.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's autumn season in Stratford upon Avon will include in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Shakespeare's Troilus And Cressida, directed by Gregory Doran; and the return of David Edgar's adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh; and in the Swan Theatre: Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine, edited into a single play and directed by Michael Boyd; Moliere's Tartuffe, in a new version by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, directed by Iqbal Khan; and Shakespeare's Timon Of Athens, with Kathryn Hunter, directed by Simon Godwin.

Manuel Puig's Kiss Of The Spider Woman, in a new version by Jose Rivera and Allan Baker, the story of two men sharing a cell in a Latin American jail, one a young Marxist rebel punished for his ideals, the other a middle aged man condemned for his sexuality, who form an unlikely relationship through a shared passion for the glamorous fantasy of the movies, directed by Laurie Sansom, will open at The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, on 21st March.

The spring season at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme will include April de Angelis's Playhouse Creatures, a bawdy comedy telling the backstage story of the first female performers on the Restoration stage (including Nell Gwynne) who had to walk the fine line between fame and infamy, with Rebecca Brewer, Hannah Edwards, Danielle Henry, George Howard, Anna Kirke and Polly Lister, directed by Zoe Waterman, from 2nd February; Elizabeth Robbins's Votes For Women, about the struggles of the Suffragist movement in the campaign for the vote, adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins, from 6th March; and Willy Russell's Educating Rita, in which a hairdresser takes an Open University course in English Literature with a disenchanted professor, directed by Sarah Punshon, from 18th April.

The Off Broadway hit Ruthless! The Musical, book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird, which spoofs the genre of backstage musicals and films through the meteoric rise of a child star, directed by Richard Fitch, with choreography by Rebecca Howell, will open at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, on 27th March.

The new season at the Rose Theatre in Kingston will include Stephen Bill's Curtains, a dark family comedy set at a birthday party for an 86 year old, with Leo Bill, Caroline Catz, Jonathan Coy, Tim Dutton, Wendy Nottingham, Saskia Reeves, Sandra Voe and Marjorie Yates, directed by Lindsay Posner, opening on 28th February; Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, adapted by David Wood, with Lisa Howard, Chandi Mistry, Catherine Morris, Preston Nyman and Justin Willman, directed by Julia Thomas, opening on 28th March; and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, with Mel Giedroyc, directed by Simon Dormandy, opening on 19th April.