12th December, 2004
Franks Returns to London
Philip Franks is to return to the London production of Journey's
End at the Duke of York's for the last few weeks of its run,
starting on 20th December and finishing with the closing performance
on 15th January. He will reprise his role as Osborne, which he played
when the production first opened at the Comedy in January of this year
and which he has been playing in the national tour.
The opening of the production at the Comedy celebrated the 75 anniversary
of Sherriff's play.
Two New Plays at the
The Bush is to produce two new plays in its spring season, while is
artistic director Mike Bradwell heads off the the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh
to direct The Girl with Red Hair by Sharman Macdonald (see story
First up is Kay Adsheads Bites, performed by the Mama
Quillo company, which runs from 14th January (previews from 12th) until
5th February, is described as a "shockingly striking feast of love,
revenge and death". It is followed (from 11th February - previews
from 8th - to 5th March) by Rough Magic's production of Gerald Murphys
Take Me Away. First presented in Dublin in February this year,
it played at the Traverse during the Edinburgh Fringe and won a Fringe
Globe 2005 Season Dates
Shakespeare's Globe has announced the dates of its 2005 season (details
of which were announced in November):
- The Tempest - 6th May to 2nd October
- Pericles, Prince of Tyre - 20th May to 1st October
- The Winter's Tale - 4th June to 1st October
- The Storm - 30th July to 30th September
- Man Falling Down: A Mask Play - Mondays only from 15th August
to 19th September
- Troilus and Cressida - Wednesdays from 24th August to 28th
Femme Fatale, Phil Willmott's new film noir musical pastiche,
opens tonight (12th December) at the Croyden Warehouse and runs until
Wins Variety Club Award
Although it has just been open for five minutes, The
Producers has won its first award: the Variety Club's Musical
Theatre Award, which was presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel
on 5th December.
At the same time Michael Crawford received the Variety Club award for
Outstanding Stage Performance of the Year for his performance in The
Woman in White.
Springer on TV
Jerry Springer returns to British TV in January, but it will be in the
form of Jerry Springer the Opera, not the TV show. It is to be
broadcast on BBC2 on 8th January.
Three Pop Stars in
Not a News of the World headline (it does say "Shack", not
"Shock"), but the casting for a new musical, Love Shack,
which runs at the Palace, Manchester, from 29th February (previews from
24th) to 5th March, 2005. A compilation show, featuring, among other
songs, Its Raining Men, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
and Music to Watch Girls By, it will star Jon Lee (S Club), Faye
Tozer (Steps) and Noel Sullivan (Hear'Say).
After Manchester, the show tours to Southampton, Nottingham, Dartford,
Leeds, Darlington, Birmingham, York, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol,
Liverpool, Oxford and Cambridge, with more dates to be announced later.
(Arts Theatre) has extended its booking to 9th April.
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