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Dateline: 4th April, 2004

A Funny Thing Will Happen at the National in July
The National Theatre is to present a revival of Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as part if its Travelex £10 season in the Olivier. It will open on 9th July 2004 and continue in repertory until 2nd November 2004 (previews from 28th June).

The cast includes Desmond Barrit, Jane Fowler, Sam Kelly, Hamish McColl, Philip Quast, David Schneider, and the production will be directed by Edward Hall.

Stephen Sondheim himself will take part in one of the RNT's Platforms on 6th July at 6.00 pm.

Also in the £10 season are Cyrano de Bergerac, Measure for Measure (directed by Complicite's Simon McBurney), and the premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens.

Othello to Transfer to New Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Othello, directed by Gregory Doran and starring Antony Sher, will transfer to the Trafalgar Studios, the new 350-seater studio space created at the Whitehall Theatre. It opens on 3rd June (previews from 26th May) and is booking initially until 3rd July.

Franks to Replace Haig
Philip Franks will replace David Haig as Obsborne when Journey's End transfers to the Playhouse on 3rd May.

Dillon Debut Gains Second Award
Lisa Dillon, who won the Most Promising Newcomer award from the Critics' Circle for her performance in The Master Builder, has been awarded this year's Ian Charleson Award. Second was Louisa Clein (for Lady from the Sea), and third Eve Myles (for the RSC Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew).

Baldwin Revival at Tricycle
The Talawa Theatre Company is to revive James Baldwin's 1964 play Blues for Mr Charlie at the Tricycle, Kilburn, from 16th June to 10th July.

New Singing' at the Wells
The Leicester Haymarket, although currently closed, is to produce a new version of the musical Singin' in the Rain at Sadler's Wells from 3rd August to 4th September (previews from 29th July). It will then transfer to Leicester on 9th September to repoen the Haymarket.

The production will be directed by Haymarket director Paul Kerryson and will star dancer Adam Cooper, who also choreographs. Cooper, a former Royal Ballet principal dancer, starred in Matthew Bourne's all-male Swan Lake.

Dench for Windmill Theatre Film?
Judi Dench is understood to be considering playing the part of Laura Henderson, who started the "naughty" reviews at the Windmill Theatre, in a new film Mrs Henderson Presents. The film is still in the early stages of planning but one of the executive producers is Bob Hoskins, who will also play Vivian Van Damm, the Windmill's general manager. BBC Films is understood to be co-producing and hopes to get Stephen Frears as director. The producers hope to start shooting in the summer.

Three West End shows have announced extensions:

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) is now booking to 13th March, 2005
  • Tonight's the Night (Victoria Palace) to 2nd October
  • The Lion King (Lyceum) to 9th January, 2005.

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©Peter Lathan 2004