4th August, 2002
Rhys out of RNT Ivanov
Paul Rhys has had to drop out of the forthcoming National Theatre production
of Chekhov's Ivanov because of family illness. His place has
been taken by Owen Teale and the production has been moved back a week.
It will now open on 16th September (previews from 7th).
to the Stage After 15 Years
JohnWoodward is to return to the stage after an absence of fifteen years,
playing 50s TV personality Gilbert Harding in Goodbye Gilbert Harding
by Leonard Preston. The play opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on
12th September and then goes on to Richmond, Guildford, Cambridge, Eastbourne
Hurt and Wilton
in Dublin-West End Transfer
Brian Friel's Afterplay, starring John Hurt and Penelope Wilton,
is to transfer for Dublin's Gate Theatre to the Gielgud in September.
Part of a double bill which also includes Friel's new translation of
Chekhov's The Bear, the play deals with what happens when two
of Chekhov's characters meet in a Msocow cafe years later.
for the Fringe
Steven Berkoff will premiere his play about 11th September, Requiem
for Ground Zero, at the Edinburgh Fringe. It will run at the Assembly
Rooms from14th August.
to Close Even Earlier
After announcing last week that Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy would
close on 24th August, the show has now announced closure a week earlier,
17th August. Details of a national tour and a Broadway transfer, both
in 2003, are expected soon.
Krakowski Will Not
Be Coming to UK
Ally McBeal star Jane Krakowski will not, after all, be making
her London debut this year. It was originally planned that she would
appear at the Edinburgh Fringe in Fuddy Mears but, because of
financial problems, this had to be abandoned. It was then announced
that it would play a season at the Arts, starting 29th October. However
Krakowski is to play opposite Antonio Bandereas in a Broadway revival
of the musical Nine in March 2003. As rehearsals will begin in
January, she would have to leave the show early, so it has been cancelled.
A 2003 date has been touted as a possibility, but that would clearly
depend on the success of Nine on Broadway.
Gala Threat to Durham
Plans for showing mainstream films at Durham's troubled Gala Theatre
could cause the closure of the city's only cinema. The landlords of
The Robins cinema have announced plans to covert it to an Australian
theme bar if the Gala plans, aimed at increasing attendance, go ahead.
Fields Show Returns
After a Week
Dorothy Fields Forever, the show about the lyricist who was the
first woman to receive an Oscar for her lyrics, has returned to the
King's Head in Islington just a week after it closed. The show proved
so popular that it is now booking until 1st September.
for The Fully Monty
An all-British cast will take over in The Fully Monty (Prince
of Wales) on 2nd September. It will be led by Ben Richards, Paul Keating
and Cornell John.
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