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Last updated : 14th November 2011

Roundabout Theatre will stage Marc Camoletti's farce Don't Dress For Dinner, English adaptation by Robin Hawdon, in which a man's plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress go wildly astray, directed by John Tillinger, previewing from March 30th at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening on April 26th. The design team will comprise scenery by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jess Goldstein and lighting by Ken Billington. It is presented in association with Damian Arnold.

Forthcoming productions at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row will include Samuel Brett Williams's Derby Day, a dark comedy in which 3 brothers reunited for their father's funeral get diverted to a racetrack, with Jared Culverhouse, Malcolm Madera, Jake Silbermann, Beth Wittig and Frank Simms, directed by Michole Biancosino, from 30th November, a Camisade Theatre Company production; and Leo, a solo physical theatre show, created and performed by Tobias Wegner, with video projection catapulting him to myriad locations, directed by Daniel Briere, from 6th January, a Circle of Eleven production. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Reaser will feature in Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive, opening at Second Stage Theatre on February 13th.

Theater for the New City will stage Walt Stepp's Siren's Heart… Marilyn In Purgatory, a one woman show that imagines Marilyn Monroe as she might have been - the well rounded, unhaunted person that she couldn't be in her actual life, performed by Louisa Bradshaw, directed by Lissa Moira, from November 17th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years, an exhibition at the Museum Of The City Of New York, running until February 20th, features the British born photographer and designer, who was embraced by Manhattan's artistic and social circles from the 1920s through the 1960s. The display brings together photographs, drawings, and costumes by Cecil Beaton to chronicle his impact on the city's cultural life. Beaton's relentless energy and curiosity spurred him to pursue new fields, from fashion and portrait photography to costume and scenic design for Broadway, ballet, and opera, and to put his own aesthetic stamp on each of these endeavours. The Museum Of The City Of New York is located at 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street.

Less Than Rent Theatre will stage premiere of James Presson's Friends Don't Let Friends, about the star of a hit television sitcom who both wants it to end - and fears that it will, with Ashlynn Alexander, Cory Asinofsky, Becca Ballenger, Emma March Barash, Leslie Gauthier, Tommy Hettrick, Will Turner and Jason Zeren, directed by Rachel Buethe, opening at Walkerspace on December 2nd. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

A family musical version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the classic Christmas story of redemption, book and lyrics by Brenda Bell, music by Michael Sgouros, directed by Carlo Rivieccio, with choreography by Stefanie Smith, will open at the Players Theater on November 27th. The Players Theater is located at 115 MacDougal Street at Minetta Lane. The producer is Literally Alive.

Vital Theatre Company and HIT Entertainment will stage Angelina Ballerina - The Very Merry Holiday Musical, book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Moss, a family show about the star struck mouseling and her friends from Katherine Holabird's stories, mounting a Holiday pageant, directed by and choreographed by Sam Viverito, playing weekend performances at McGinn/Cazale Theater, opening on November 19th. The cast will comprise Roberto Araujo, Carole Ashley, John-Michael Lyles, Jennifer Margulis, Lauren Nestor, Stefanie O'Connell, Matthew Paessler, Joyce Paulino, Mallory Schlossberg and Amanda Varcelotti. The McGinn/Cazale Theater is located on Broadway at 76th Street.

Squeaky Bicycle Productions will stage J Boyett's Poisoned, in which a relationship is thrown in crisis when a man's sister arrives with information about the past of his new love, with Kelly Kay Griffith, Dennis Brito and Kate Eastman, directed by Kathryn McConnell, opening at Theater Three at The Mint Theatre on November 19th. The Mint Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Vauxhall Gardens A History by David E Coke and Alan Borg, recently published by Yale Books, reveals how the foremost pleasure garden of 18th and 19th century London linked high and popular culture. From their early beginnings in the Restoration until the final closure in Queen Victoria's reign, Vauxhall Gardens developed from a rural tavern and place of assignation into a dream world filled with visual arts and music, and finally into a commercial site of mass entertainment. A social magnet for Londoners and tourists, they also became a dynamic centre for the arts in Britain. By the 18th century, when the Gardens were owned and managed by Jonathan Tyers, a friend of Handel, Hogarth and Fielding, they were crucial to the cultural and fashionable life of the country, patronised by all levels of society, from royal dukes to penurious servants. This meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated book offers a fascinating picture of an important, but now sadly lost, part of British cultural history.

The Rumour Machine says: that Northlight Theatre Skokie production of Bruce Graham's The Outgoing Tide, with John Mahoney, Rondi Reed and Thomas J Cox, about a father's illness and its toll on his wife and son, directed by B J Jones, is aiming for a New York transfer. The Rumour Machine grinds on.