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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 29th September 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current London Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (re-billed as Wolf Hall Part 1 & 2), adapted by Mike Poulton from the novels by Hillary Mantel, about the machinations at the court of King Henry VIII, with Ben Miles, Nathaniel Parker and Lydia Leonard, directed by Jeremy Herrin, with movement by Sian Williams and fight direction by Bret Yount, will preview from March 20th the Winter Garden Theatre, with an official opening on April 9th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable and David Plater, and sound by Nick Powell. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon, with the Shubert Organisation.

The musical The Lion King, which played its 7,000th Broadway performance September 3rd, is now the top-earning title in box office history for both stage productions and films. It boasts a worldwide gross of over $6.2bn, more than any other stage work or film in history, a record previously held by The Phantom Of The Opera (which remains the longest running show in Broadway history) and has a worldwide gross of $6bn. There are 10 concurrent worldwide productions of the show, 5 of which have been running for 10 years or longer.

Trina Davies's Shatter, inspired by the largest man made explosion before Hiroshma, which hit Nova Scotia in 1917, with Hollis McCarthy, Rebecca Nelson, Jackie Hansen and Michael Chris McGuire, directed by Susan Fenichell, will play at Urban Stages from October 18th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theaters will include a double bill of one act operas by Carlisle Floyd, Slow Dusk, about an impoverished young woman whose dreams are challenged by religious and family obligations, and Markheim, adapted from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson of a man pursed by demons both real and imagined, directed by Philip Shneidman, from December 5th, produced by the Little Opera Theatre of NY; the biomusical Beware Of Young Girls: Kate Dimbleby Sings The Dory Previn Story, created and performed by Kate Dimbleby, accompanied by Naadia Sheriff, written with Amy Rosenthal, directed by Cal McCrystal, from December 16th, produced by Pegasus Theatre; Alex Webb's musical entertainment Cafe Society Swing A True Story, telling the story of the legendary 1930s and 1940s New York jazz venue, with Evan Pappas, directed by Simon Green, from December 16th, produced by Richard Darbourne and the Copasetic Foundation; and the premiere of Alain Boublil's Manhattan Parisienne, in which a French singer and a New York musician embark on a surreal journey though the city on a rainy evening, directed by Graciela Daniele, from December 18th, produced by ABML. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Storm Theatre Company will stage Robert Carroll's The Believers, set on the eve of a Primary as a campaign manager is facing dirty tricks from the opposition, with Taylor Anthony Miller, Joe Danbusky, Ted McGuinness, Laura Bozzone, Christopher Bellant and Pastrick Melville, directed by Stephen Logan Day, opening at the Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame on October 11th. The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame is located at 405 W 114th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.

Honest Accomplice Theatre will reprise The Birds And The Bees: Unabridged, exploring the life circumstances of eight women and trans people forced to confront their own sexuality, with Mike Burke, Ruth Cooper, Samantha Cunha, Meggan Dodd, Cat Fisher, Liza Fischer, Lindsay Griffen, Austin Klich, Suzu Ledoux, Ernell McClenon, Emily Faye Oakley, E Okobi, Julia Osen Averill, Mary Parker, Holly Sansom and Mary Sheridan, directed by Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan, opening at University Settlement on October 8th. The University Settlement is located at 184 Eldridge Street, between Rivington and Delancy Streets.

Signature Theatre will stage the premiere of A R Gurney's Love And Money, in which a wealthy widow is determined to donate almost everything she owns, when a young man, who may be the grandson she never knew she had, arrives to claim his inheritance, directed by Mark Lamos, in August next year, a co-production with Westport Country Playhouse. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The fall season of the Food For Thought series of lunchtime readings of one act plays by Broadway performers at 3 West Club, from October 9th, will comprise: Arthur Miller's I Can't Remember Anything; Tennessee Williams's I Can't Imagine Tomorrow; George Bernard Shaw's Overruled; Noel Coward's Red Peppers; Samuel Beckktt's Happy Days; John Guare's The Loveliest Afternoon Of The Year and A Day Of Surprises; Christopher Duran's Naomi In The Living Room; Harold Pinter's Night School; Horton Foote's Blind Date; and David Mamet's A Life In The Theatre. Lunch is from 12noon, the performance begins at 2pm, and a question and answer session follows. 3 West Club is located at 3 West 51st Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues.