1st August, 2004
More Grief at the Cuckoo's
Following the withdrawal of Guy Masterson from the Edinburgh Fringe
production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Assembly
Rooms last week, the production has been hit by further problems with
the announcement that Christian Slater, who plays the part created in
the film by Jack Nicholson, has chicken pox.
"Felix Dexter, a member of the cast, was struck down with chicken
pox in the second week of rehearsal and we had hoped that the rest of
the cast had escaped it," said producer Nica Burns. "But yesterday
Christian was taken ill and it is confirmed that he has it."
It is not yet known whether this will prevent him appearing when the
play opens on Friday, 6th August.
Hunter to Make West
The rumour we reported in November last
year has been confirmed: Hollywood star Holly Hunter (The Brother,
Raising Arizona, Broadcast News) is to make her West End
debut in December when she appears in the british premiere of By
the Bog of Cats by Irish writer Marina Carr at Wyndham's. The play
opens on 1st December, after previewing from 19th November.
This will be the second time she has done the play: she appeared in
the same part (Hester) in a 2001 production at the San Jose Rep in California.
She made her Broadway debut in 1982 and has a considerable experience
of stage work.
The Wyndham's production will be directed by RSC associate Dominic
Salsa at the Savoy
The Puerto Rican salsa musical Murderous Instincts arrives at
London's Savoy Theatre in September by way of Norwich. Directed by Bob
Carlton, it starts previews on 10th September and opens on 7th October.
It will star Nichola McAuliffe.
Its actual UK premiere will be at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, from
24th August to 4th September.
Arthur Miller's The Price,
starring Warren Mitchell and Larry Lamb, which was originally seen at
the Tricycle, Kilburn, in 2002 and then revived at the Apollo last year,
is to tour from September. Opening at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge
on 1st September, it goes on to Bath, Malvern, Brighton, Milton Keynes,
Oxford, Edinburgh, Guildford, Stoke, Coventry and Bradford.
Round the Country
with Round the Horne
Also touring from 6th September is Round the Horne... Revisited,
which opens at the Bournemouth Pavilion, moving on to Jersey, Richmond,
Cheltenham, Bromley, Plymouth, Leeds, Guildford, Southend, Newcastle,
Norwich, Brighton and Salford, where it plays for three weeks at the
Lowry, closing on 23rd December.
Closing and Extending
Tonight's the Night, recently rebranded as The Rod Stewart
Musical, is to close earlier than expected, on 9th October.
Journey's End (Playhouse) has extended to January 2005 and features
a new cast - Brendan Patricks (Stanhope), Malcolm Sinclair (Osborne),
Rufus Wright (Hibbert), Ian Burfield (Trotter) and Peter Sandys-Clarke
(Raleigh) - from 2nd August.
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