9th June, 2002
Opera North Revives
Sondheim's Sweeney Todd returned to London this week for the
first time since 1993. Opera North presents the musical at Sadler's
Wells for a short run.
61st Ayckbourn Now
Alan Ayckbourn's 61st play, Snake in the Grass, opened on Wednesday
at Sacrborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre. Snake in the Grass,
Ayckbourn's first thriller since 1994, runs until 7th September.
Bates and Fortune's
Fool for the West End?
It is rumoured that Turgenev's Fortune's Fool, the production
for which Alan Bates won Best Performance by an Actor in a Play at this
year's Tony Awards, will transfer to the Wets End's Haymarket Theatre
later this year.
In his autobiography, completed just before his death and published
this week, Nigel Hawthorne attacks the Royal Shakespeare Company for
its uncaring attitude towards its actors. "The time has come to
be harsh about the Royal Shakespeare Company.," he wrote. "They
don't know how to behave towards the people they employ. As an actor,
I have been horrified by their arrogance and their lack of support."
He says that his appearance in Yukio Ninagawa's production of King
Lear, for the RSC, was one of the worst experiences of his career,
and that the only member of the company's administration to get in touch
with him after he was diagnosed with cancer was the FoH manager at the
Hancock Goes Back
Sheila Hancock has returned to work for the first tiem since the death
of her husband John Thaw. She began work this week on a new film, The
Practicality Of Magnolia, a low-budget short set and filmed in Scotland.
The Woman in
Black Is 13
The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre) celebrated its 13th birthday
on Friday, 7th June.
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