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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 17th October 2011

The Brooklyn Academy of Music's winter season will include the final Bridge Project production of William Shakespeare's Richard III, with Kevin Spacey, Maureen Anderman, Haydn Gwynne, Chuk Iwuji, Gemma Jones and Chandler Williams, directed by Sam Mendes, from January 10th; the Cheek By Jowl production of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, the Jacobean tragedy telling the tale of a brother and sister consumed by incestuous passion, directed by Declan Donnellan, from March 20th; Jonathan Bate's Being Shakespeare, with Simon Callow bringing a collection of Shakespeare's most memorable characters to the stage as he explores the man behind the world's most famous plays, directed by Tom Cairns, from April 4th; the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, in which the siblings on a provincial estate yearn for the bright lights of Moscow, directed by Lev Dodin, from April 18th; and the Everyman Theatre Liverpool production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, which explores the relationship between two brothers when a tramp enters their lives, with Jonathan Pryce, directed by Christopher Morahan, from May 3rd.

Prospect Theater Company is to stage the musical Iron Curtain, book by Susan DiLallo, music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills, in which an unsuccessful 1950s Broadway musical writing team are kidnapped by the KGB and forced to produce a Communist propaganda musical, with Maria Couch, Jenn Gambatese, Bobbi Kotula, Marcus Neville, David Perlman, Aaron Ramey, Gordon Stanley, Sara Brophy, Ronn Burton, Clint Carter, John Fico, Andrea McCullough, James Patterson, Robby Sharpe and Aubrey Sinn, directed by Cara Reichel, with choreography by Christine O'Grady, opening at Baruch Performing Arts Center on November 5th. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

MTWorks will stage the premiere of Rich Rubin's Costa Rehab, the story of 3 injured Iraq War veterans, recuperating in the rehab unit of a stateside Army hospital, with Nicholas Urda, Peter Cappello, Sarah Chaney, Louise Flory, Rachel McPhee and Jacob Thornhill, directed by Shelly Feldman, previewing on November 3rd at the Workshop Theater, opening on November 4th. The Workshop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Theatre lovers with a taste for history can make a bid for a piece of architectural archaeology from the original Helen Hayes Theatre. When in 1982, after a 9 year fight to prevent it, the elaborately decorated theatre on West 46th Street was torn down, prior to the construction of the Marriott Marquis hotel, parts of the facade were preserved, and have been in storage at the Landmarks Preservation Commission's warehouse in Brooklyn ever since. These remains are to be sold via sealed bids, to be opened on October 24th. Other salvaged elements form the Helen Hays auditorium can be seen in the lobby of Common Ground's supported housing building at 255 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue.

The annual Brits Off Broadway Festival, featuring new works from the UK, which will run at 59E59 Theatres from November 1st to January 1st, will include: Neighbourhood Watch, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, a cautionary tale of the dangers of taking the law into your own hands; Farm Boy, Michael Morpurgo's sequel to War Horse, capturing life on a rural Devon farm between the World Wars, adapted and directed by Daniel Buckroyd; and George Orwell's Burmese Days, a portrait of the dark side of the British Raj, adapted and directed by Ryan Kiggell. Further information can be found on the BOBF web site, via the link from Festivals in the Links section of New York TheatreNet. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at Canal Park Playhouse will include Joe Roland's On The Line, a heartfelt comedy in which 3 life long friends take on their union, the factory they work for and the strike that is ripping their small town apart, with Jedadiah Schultz, Jacob Knoll and Matt Citron, directed by Michael Tisdale, from October 27th; and Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy, created and performed Michael Karas and Jen Slaw, charting the unlikely romance that develops between two office co-workers, from November 5th. Canal Park Playhouse is located at 508 Canal Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets.

Leviathan Lab will stage William Shakespeare's romantic comedy of mistaken identities Twelfth Night, in a production inspired by the films of auteur Wong Kar-wai, set in Hong Kong in the 1960's during the 12 days of Christmas, with Ka-Ling Cheung, Tina Chilip, Chris Doi, Andrew Eisenman, Jojo Gonzalez, Marcus Ho, Karen Tsen Lee, Eugene Oh Eileen Rivera, John Roque, Kurt Uy and Roger Yeh, directed by Nelson T Eusebio III, opening at the Arclight Theater on November 3rd. The ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

New York City Players will stage Dreamless Land, written and directed by Julia Jarcho, about a teenage girl whose best friend is about to meet his estranged father in Las Vegas, with Jenny Seastone Stern, Ben Williams, Linda Mancini and Richard Toth, opening at the Abrons Arts Center on November 4th. The Abrons Arts Center is located in the Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street at Pitt Street.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Royal Court Theatre London production of Mike Bartlett's Cock, which investigates one man's bisexuality and the love triangle that ensues, directed by James Macdonald, will arrive Off Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers Stuart Thompson, Jean Doumanian and the Royal Court; and that America Ferrera will star in a Broadway production of Beth Henley's Miss Firecracker Contest, about a small town girl determined to win a local beauty contest as a way of escaping to a better life, directed by Judith Ivey, next spring. The Rumour Machine grinds on.