6th April, 2003
The casting has been announced for two National Theatre productions:
Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Cottesloe from 29th May, previews from 23rd
George Harris, Emmanuel Idowu, Oscar James, Paterson Joseph, Donna
Directed by Angus Jackson
Power by Nick Dear
Cottesloe from 3rd July, previews from 27th June
Robert Lindsay, Rupert Penry-Jones, Stephen Boxer, Barbara Jefford,
Jonathan Slinger, Geraldine Somerville, Hattie Morahan
Directed by Lindsay Posner
to Pin Down"
It will, says Almeida director Michael Attenborough, be "impossible
to pin our policy down" when the theatre reopens on 8th May. Describing
it as "eclectic", he says the policy will feature many aspects
of theatre - musicals, classical and new writing, as well as "working
with the wider community and going in to local schools, encouraging
pupils to think of the theatre as a 'home'."
Attenborough told BBC Online that the theatre will run workshops for
young actors with established stars such as Judi Dench and that it would
be taking steps to improve the representation of ethnic minority actors.
University Names College
Durham University has named its post-graduate college after its Chancellor
Sir Peter Ustinov. What was formerly the Graduate Society will now be
known at Ustinov College. "I am extraordinarily flattered that
this initiative should have been taken in my lifetime so that I am here
to enjoy it," Ustinov told local newspaper, the Sunderland Echo.
"I don't know how it happened and I am too shy to ask, but I am
He has been the university's Chancellor since 1992.
Stewart Returns to
the West End
Patrick Stewart is to return to the West End, starring in a new production
of Ibsen's The Master Builder with Sue Johnson, Edward De Souza,
Lisa Dillion and Katherine Manners. The play, in a new translation by
John Logan and directed by Anthony Page, will open at Malvern on 15th
May. It will then go to Bath and Guildford before moving into the West
End, although exact dates and a venue for the transfer have yet to be
Wright Joins NT Board
Nicholas Wright has joined the board of the National Theatre. Wright,
whose Vincent in Brixton won the Olivier for best play, is a
former Literary Manager (1984-9) and associate director at the National.
Musical Revival at
The Greenwich Theatre is to revive the '60s Broadway musical Golden
Boy. Last seen in London in 1968 when it starred Sammy Davis Jnr,
it will play at Greenwich from 19th June to 12th July, after which it
is hoped it will transfer to the West End.
Leading the cast are Sally Ann Triplett and Jason Pennycooke, and the
show will be directed by Rick Jacobs who has also revised both the book
and the lyrics.
Horla Plays Ibsen
Fringe company Horla is to perform a new version, translated by Martin
Adamson and adapted by the company, of Ibsen's A Doll's House
at the Rose and Crown, Hampton Wick, from m15th April to 3rd May.
Existentialist philosopher and playwright Jean Paul Satre's most famous
play, Huis Clos (No Exit),is to be revived at Camden People's
Theatre from Tuesday 29th April to Sunday 11th May. It is directed by
Ben Gove, a member of the National Theatre Studio Directors' Programme
and the cast consists of Cressida Brown, Emma Gersch and Paul Hessey.
Soap Stars in Political
Adam Rickett (Coronation Street) and Charlie Brooks (EastEnders)
are to star in Trevor Baxter's Office Games at the Pleasance
London from Wednesday 23rd April to Sunday 25th May. Brooks makes her
London stage debut while Rickett has previously appeared onstage in
the capital in Rent.
Extending & Closing
- Hitchcock Blonde, which opened on 2nd April, has already
announced a two-week extension until 24th May.
- Arsenic and Old Lace
(Strand) has extended by six weeks until 21st June.
- The English Touring Theatre production of King
Lear at the Old Vic has extended one week to 26th April
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London)
has extended to 28th february, 2004.
- The dance musical Contact will close on 31st May, the end
of the current booking period.
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