10th February, 2002
Arches to Premiere
Glasgow's Arches Theatre is to premiere a play based on the lives of
the mass murderers Fred and Rosemary West. Balance, which will
be performed on 6th March, is by academic Sarah Colvin and is part of
a season of fifteen new plays by Scottish writers.
The Glasgow-based Justice for Victims organisation described
it as "an insult to victims" and called for it to be banned.
A spokesperson for the theatre said that the aim of the series was to
give a platform to new Scottish writing and that the Arches does not
"condone" the views of any of the writers taking part.
Thirty Years of the
In April the Bush Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary. Founded in
1972 upstairs in a dining room of the Bush Hotel in London's Shepherd's
Bush, is has achieved an international reputation for new writing. In
the four months from 20th February to 15th June, the theatre will run
a series of new plays and a fund-raising gala. The three news plays
are Richard Cameron's The Glee Club (20th February to 23rd March),
Tony Bicat's A Buyer's Market (3rd April to 4th May) and Mike
Packer's A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey (15th May to 15th June).
Camden Council has closed the popular South African musical Umoja
(Shaftesbury Theatre). The theatre was served a Noise Abatement Notice
after complaints by some local residents about the level of noise were
supported by an investigation which measured the noise.
The theatre shares a party wall with four flats and, in spite of a
lot of remedial work having been done over the years, the problem has
still not been solved.
The futures of both the show, which has a cast of forty, and of the
theatre itself, which employs 55 people, are now in jeopardy.
South Bank Show
The television arts programme, the South Bank Show, has announced
- Best Theatre - the RSC's history play cycle (Richard II,
Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts,
I, II and III, and Richard III)
- Best Comedy - The Office (BBC2)
- Best Television Drama - Beckett on Film (Channel 4)
Paltrow Will Star
It was confirmed this week that, as we reported last week, Gwyneth Paltrow
will make her UK theatre debut in Proof by David Auburn at the
Donmar Warehouse. The play runs from 19th May to 5th June.
New Writing in Scarborough
Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre is to play host to three new plays
by new playwrights. The First Foot season has already opened
with a run of Meredith Oakes' Man for Hire, which will run until
16th March. The Star Throwers by Paul Lucas runs from 19th February
to 2nd March and the season finishes with Something Blue by Gill
Adams (5th to 16th March).
West End Transfer
for The York Realist
Peter Gill's The York Realist, produced by English Touring Theatre
and playing at the Royal Court, is to transfer to the Strand on 8th
March for a seven week season.
A Week in the West
From Monday to Friday this week, BBC2 is presenting a series of programmes
on the West End:
- Monday (3.30 to 4.30): Richard Attenborough on fifty years of The
- Tuesday (3.30 - 4.30): Andrew Lloyd Webber on musicals
- Wednesday (4.00 to 4.30): June Whitfield and Ruthie Henshall
- Thursday (3.30 - 4.30): Venessa Redgrave, and a look at the Royal
- Friday (3.30 - 4.30): My Fair Lady and Kiss Me, Kate
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