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6th January, 2002
Mystery Plays for the West End
A South African version of the Chester Mystery Plays will open at the
Queen's Theatre on 26th February (previews from 22nd). The Spier Festival
company of forty young actors perform in seven languages, including
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu, and the production uses traditional
and modern South African music.
The play was first performed at Wilton's Music Hall in east London
last year, where it played to packed houses.
Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues is to have a new cast from
14th January to 2nd February. Taking over are Caprice, the model who
has been described as "the most sexy woman in the world",
comedienne Helen Lederer and Gina Yashere.
A new touring version of Ira Levin's Deathtrap is to visit Norwich,
Woking, Bradford, Poole, Southsea, Coventry, Blackpool, Bromley, Eastbourne,
Billingham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Salford Quays, Richmond, Brighton,
Bath, Milton Keynes and Stoke on Trent. More dates will be announced
later. The tour begins on 23rd January.
In the cast are Gerald Kyd, Susan Penhaligon and David Soul.
British Actress to
Get £25,000 a Show
Beitish actress Jane Leeves, who plays Daphne Moon in the hit US TV
comedy Frasier, is reported to have a signed a deal worth more
than £250,000 an episode, which will earn her over £20m
in three series.
The East Grinstead-born 40 year old began her TV career playing in
the Benny Hill Show and Morcambe and Wise.
New Dench film to
be Released this Month
Judi Dench's latest film, Iris, wich is based on the life of
novelist Iris Murdoch, is to be released in the UK on 18th January.
She is already being mentioned as a possible Oscar winner for her performance
in the film.
Rowe Returns to Chicago
Actor Clive Rowe returnes to Chicago for a six month period from
21st January. He will again play Amos Hart, the part he played at the
beginning of 2001.
revival to tour
The musical Five Guys Named Moe is to be revived at the Haymarket,
Leicester, on 1st February, after which it wll tour to Stoke, Jersey,
Reading, Blackpool, Wycombe, Birmingham, Cardiff, Plymouth, Woking,
Southampton, Bradford, Glasgow, Derry, Milton, Coventry, Wolverhampton,
Bristol, Canterbury, Nottingham, Salford, Richmond and Brighton.
"Top 100" Revealed
The industry newspaper, "The Stage" has revealed its annual
Stage 100, the top hundred names of British Theatre in 2001.
Top for the second year running is Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Cameron
Mackintosh (fourth last year) now in eighth place. Trevor Nunn, Adrian
Noble and Sam Mendes fill fourth, fifth and sixth poitions whilst Jonathan
Kent and Ian McDiarmid jointly occupy eleventh and Nicholas Hytner,
Jude Kelly, Stephen Daldry and Richard Eyre are at 13th, 14th, 15th
and 16th respectively.
The second on third spots are occupied by businessmen: Howard Panter
of ATG in second and David Ian of Clear Channel Entertainment in third.
Actors don't fare so well. Judi Dench, at 12th, is the only one in
the Top Twenty.
Changes at the
The transfer of Noises Off to the Comedy has been delayed two
weeks as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg has been extended by two
weeks to 9th February. It will now open on 20th February.
Louis Dempsey and Sean Sloan return to the cast of Stones in His
Pockets on 14th January.
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