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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th April 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Harold Pinter's Betrayal, the semi autobiographical play about a wife's adultery with her husband's best friend, whose story unfolds backwards in time, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, directed by Mike Nichols, will preview from October 1st the Barrymore Theatre, with an official opening on November 3rd. The design team comprises scenery by Ian MacNeil, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, and sound by Scott Lehrer. The producer is Scott Rudin.

William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet, the story of lovers from two different warring families, with Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell and Joe Morton, directed by David Leveaux, will preview from August 24th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an official opening on September 19th.

Tennessee Williams's The Two-Character Play, in which reality and fantasy are interwoven as two actors in a touring production, deserted by the remainder of the company, attempt to play a two handed version of the show, with Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, directed by Gene David Kirk, will preview from June 10th at New World Stages, opening on June 19th. The producers are Robert Driemeyer, Jim A Lande and Morgan Sills. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Vineyard Theatre's 2013/2014 season will include the premieres of the musical The Landing, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander, a 4 handed musical in 3 acts, telling 3 different stories of people confronting what it means to get what they want, directed by Walter Bobbie, in the fall; and Nicky Silver's Too Much Sun, directed by Mark Brokaw, next spring. The Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place.

Mark Brown's Around The World In 80 Days, adapted from the novel by Jules Verne, in which, to win a bet, a Victorian action hero must circle the globe and return to London in 80 days, with Bryce Ryness, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Leo Ash Evens, Stephen Guarino and Emily McNamara, directed by Rachel Klein, will preview from May 9th at The New Theater at 45th Street, opening on May 30th. The New Theater at 45th Street is located at 354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Misty Road Productions will stage Lady Day, a solo bioplay with music about the singer Billie Holiday, written and directed by Stephen Stahl, performed by Dee Dee Bridgewater, previewing from September 12th at the Little Shubert Theatre, opening on September 26th. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Christopher Lloyd will be joined by Mary Testa and Elizabeth A Davis in Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Classic Stage Company from May 2nd.

Frog & Peach Theatre Company will stage William Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, which examines corruption and the abuse of power, locating the action in 1930s Germany, with Amy Frances Quinta, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Erick Gonzalez, Eric Doss, Marcus Watson, Ilaria Amadasi, Vivien Landau and Steve Mazzoccone, directed by Lynnea Benson, at the West End Theater, from April 25th. The West End Theater is located at 263 West 86th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

Tommy Smith's White Hot, in which the lives of two sisters collide in an epic portrait of self-destruction, with Janice Amaya, Bradley Anderson, Jamie Bock and Sean McIntyre, directed by Courtney Ulrich, will play at The Flea Theater from 26th April. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

Horizon Theatre Rep will stage Jean Genet's The Balcony, about a regime experiencing an uprising, with Elizabeth West, Carlo Giuliano, Rafael De Mussa, Josh Berresford, Charlie Gorrilla, Ellie Lee, Robyn Maitland, Daniel Giroday Neil, Ines Lucas, Arash Mokhtar, Shuhei Kinoshita and Kimmie Solomon, directed by Rafael De Mussa, at Access Theatre from October 11th. Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway at White Street.

Young Jean Lee will return to the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center performing her song cycle We're Gonna Die, a darkly comic piece about the one inevitable thing that everyone shares, music by the band Future Wife, directed by Paul Lazar, with choreography by Faye Driscoll, from August 5th.

Flux Theatre Ensemble will stage Johanna Adams's Sans Merci, with Rachael Hip-Flores, Alisha Spielmann and Susan Ferrara, directed by Heather Cohn, and August Schulenburg's Honey Fist, with Matt Archambault, Isaiah Tanenbaum, Chinaza Uche, Anna Rahn, Nat Cassidy and Lori E Parquet, directed by Kelly O'Donnell, both of which centre on someone trying to find the truth about an incident in the past, playing in repertoire at the 4th Street Theatre from April 26th. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between 2nd Ave and Bowery.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current acclaimed London production of Peter Morgan's The Audience, which charts Queen Elizabeth's relationships with her 12 Prime Ministers through their weekly meetings, with Helen Mirren, will transfer to Broadway next spring. The Rumour Machine grinds on.