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28 Photo: Mitzi de Margary Venice van Someren in Dear Brutus. DEAR BRUTUS AT SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE In a remote English village in 1917, there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever. From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical. Dear Brutus is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle and produced by Troupe, who return to Southwark Playhouse after their critically acclaimed production of The Cardinal. The production stars Miles Richardson and runs until Saturday 30 December. For tickets telephone 020 7407 0234 or visit southwarkplayhouse.co.uk Photo: Darren Bell. THE WOMAN IN WHITE A tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed, The Woman in White is a wildly exciting romantic musical adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller of the same name. Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman dressed in white, desperate to reveal a chilling secret. When he takes up his position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian, he sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn woman in white. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest and most romantic scores, The Woman in White premiered in the West End in 2004. Now, in its first major revival at Charing Cross Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel have revisited their original work to refresh the storytelling for a new generation of theatregoers. Thom Southerland will direct this premiere. He says: ‘I am so excited about this new production. The Woman in White is a wildly exciting romantic thriller which is frequently tender and personal. The music is grand, sweeping and instantly captivating. Having long been an admirer of The Woman in White, I know that Charing Cross Theatre is the ideal intimate space for audiences to experience it for the first time or rediscover this lush Victorian Gothic thriller.’ For tickets, telephone 0844 493 0650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk SIMON CALLOW IN DE PROFUNDIS Simon Callow will perform Frank McGuinness’s new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis at the Vaudeville Theatre in January, for a limited run of just six performances. De Profundis is Wilde’s searing and passionately eloquent meditation on his life, and address of love and reproach to his lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas. Imprisoned in Reading Gaol and forbidden from writing works of fiction, Wilde was permitted to write – though not to send – the ‘letter’ that became De Profundis ‘for medicinal purposes’ by the prison governor. McGuinness describes it as ‘Wilde’s last great play’. Directed by Mark Rosenblatt, the show runs Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 January, as part of Classic Spring’s year-long celebration of the life and work of Oscar Wilde. Mark Rosenblatt was Associate at the National Theatre Studio from 2011 to 2013, and Associate Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 2013 to 2016. De Profundis will be an ‘interlude’ between Dominic Dromgoole’s A Woman of No Importance, which closes on Saturday 30 December, and Kathy Burke’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, which begins previews on Friday 12 January. For tickets and more information, visit www.classicspring.co.uk t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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