7th May, 2006
Hicks Makes a Slight Return to the West
Following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe 2004 & 2005, a national
tour and an extended run Off West End at the Soho Theatre in 2005, Chas
Early and Richard Hurst's recreation of comedian Bill Hicks' return
for one last show, Bill Hicks: Slight Return, is to play at The
Venue in Leicester Square on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th
June at 8pm.
Bill Hicks' edgy, confrontational style has influenced many comedians.
Chas Early uses his impersonation of the much-missed cult comic to take
a look at what Hicks would have made of the world in 2006. Unsurprisingly,
he is none too impressed, and everyone from George Bush to Coldplay
fall victim to a tirade of abuse.
39 Steps to the Tricycle
The stage version of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, which premiered
at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year, is to have a new production
at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre from 10th August to 9th September. Adapted
by Patrick Barlow, from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby
Dimon, the story is performed by four actors playing around 150 parts.
No further details have yet been announced but it is hoped that the
production will transfer to the West End after the Kilburn showing.
"Nothing," we are told, "will be cut from this spectacular
premiere of Britain's most spellbinding thriller which promises to be
the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year."
West End transfer
for RSC Tales?
The Royal Shakespeare Company's version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales,
six hours long and spread over two performances, will probably transfer
into the West End's Gielgud Theatre in June or July, according to a
company spokesman speaking to Playbill, although this has not yet been
confirmed. It has recently finished a national tour and ends its performances
at Washington's Kennedy Centre today.
If the transfer does go ahead, it will be produced in the West End
by Thelma Hold and Bill Kenwright who are producing The
Crucible, currently at the Gielgud.
New Stoppard to Transfer
Tom Stoppard's new play Rock 'n' Roll, which is part of the Royal
Court's fiftieth anniversary season, will transfer to the Duke of York's
for a short run from 15th July to 24th September. The production runs
at the Royal Court from 3rd June to 15th July.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, the cast includes Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack
and Rufus Sewell.
Rock 'n' Roll spans the years from 1968 to 1990 from the double
perspective of Prague, where a rock'n'roll band comes to symbolise resistance
to the Communist regime, and of Cambridge where the verities of love
and death are shaping the lives of three generations in the family of
a Marxist philosopher.
Sound of Music
It has been confirmed that Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The
Sound of Music, directed by Jeremy Sams, will play at the London Palladium
from 5th December (previews from 24th November), booking initially to
14 April, 2007.
- Frances Conroy will join the cast of The Exonerated
at the Riverside Studios from 16th to 21st May.
- In Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Miriam Margoyles
will appear as Madame Morrible and Nigel Planer will play the Wizard.
- In Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine
Tesori at the National Theatre, the cast will include Clive Rowe,
Angela M. Caesar, Malinda Parris and Nataylia Roni. It will be directed
by George C. Wolfe, who directed the original Broadway production.
- Martin Henderson, Larry Lamb and Joe Duttine join Juliette Lewis
in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love at the Apollo.
- Andrew Scott and Sian Brooke will star in Christopher Shinns
Dying City at the Royal Court.
- The Shakespeare company at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park
this summer will include Sirine Saba, John Hodginkson, Tim Kightley,
Gerard Carey, Steven Pacey, Summer Strallen, Dominic Marsh, Michael
Medwin and Sheridan Smith. They will perform in The Taming of
the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- In The Boyfriend, also at Regent's Park, Rachel Jerram
will play Polly Browne, Joshua Dallas Tony, Anna Nicholas Mme Dubonnet,
Summer Strallen Maisie and the Open Airs artistic director Ian
Talbot Lord Brockhurst.
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