1st February, 2004
The National Theatre production of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, starring
Simon Russell Beale, is to transfer to Broadway when its run at the
Piccadilly closes on 6th March. it will begin previews in New York in
"Final" London Run of Shockheaded
The West Yorkshire Playhouse/Lyric Hammersmith production of the "junk
opera" Shockheaded Peter is to have what is described as
a "final" London run from 8th to 24th April at the Hammersmith
venue. The production will have the original cast, including the the
band, the Tiger Lillies.
Laura Michelle Kelly, who first came to public notice in Andrew Lloyd
Webber's Whistle Down the Wind, is to play Mary Poppins in the
stage version of the musical which opens on 15th December at the Prince
Edward, after a pre-West End run at the Bristol Hippodrome in September.
Exhibition at the National
Raw Materials, an exhibition accompanying the National Theatre's
production of Philip Pullman's trilogy, opens on Monday 2nd February
and runs until 27th March. It illustrates some of the processes involved
in bringing Pullman's visionary world to the stage and will be of interest
to all His Dark Materials fans. Taking us on a behind the scenes
journey from concept to opening night, the exhibition will contain set
models, photographs from the workshops and puppets from the show.
Three to Share Sunday
Three singers are to share the central role of the touring version of
Don Black and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday. Marti
Webb, Patsy Palmer and Faye Tozer will alternate in the role as the
show visits Windsor, Manchester, Aberdeen, Sunderland, Brighton, Wimbledon,
Birmingham, Nottingham, Hull, Edinburgh, Bristol, Eastbourne, Southend-on-Sea,
Swansea, Woking, Liverpool, Milton Keynes and Sheffield. The tour begins
at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 16th February.
Casting for Kureishi
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Hanif Kureishis
latest play, When the Night Begins at the Hampstead Theatre.
It will star Michael Pennington and Catherine McCormack. The world premiere
production opens on 11th March (previews from 3rd) and will run for
for five weeks.
Paul Alexander's Edge, about poet Sylvia Plath, is to transfer
to the King's Head for a six week season. It has played to full houses
at the New End Theatre since it opened on 6th January. It closed yesterday,
The one-woman Off-Broadway success, starring Angelica Torn, reopens
on 4th February.
Get into Cheap Parking
Car-parking firm Masterpark has joined the Get into London Theatre
scheme, offering 50% of normal parking charges at its car parks in China
Town (Newport Street WC2), Leicester Square (Whitcomb Street WC2), Marble
Arch and Park Lane (W1), Pimlico (Cumberland Street SW1), Soho (Poland
Street W1), Trafalgar Square (Spring Gardens SW1), Cavendish Square
(W1) and Rochester Square (SW1).
To qualify for the reduced rate, theatre goers will need to present
the car park ticket, which has been stamped at the theatre, and the
theatre ticket stub, which is dated for the same day. The reduced parking
is for an unlimited period on that day.
for the West End
The Beautiful and the Damned, the musical based on the lives
of F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, which ran for three weeks
at the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford last year, will open at the Lyric
on 6th May 2004 (previews from 26th April) for an initial sixteen week
period. Casting has not yet been annonced.
- Kat and the Kings (Tricycle) extends to 6th March (one month
- Chicago (Adelphi) to 13 November (five months)
News Archive M-Z
Production News Archive
Please note that all three Archive
indices are very long and will therefore take some time to download.