13th April, 2003
ENO Techs Vote to
Technical staff at the Coliseum, the home of English National
Opera, have voted to strike over the possibility of compulsory redundancies
as the company desperately tries to climb out of its disastrous financial
position by cutting staff. The technicians, members of BECTU, are also
worried that full time posts will be eliminated and staff just employed
on a contract basis, thus removing job security.
Although they have voted to strike, industrial action may still be
avoided as both sides have agreed to have talks at the arbitration service
ACAS at the end of the month.
The Return of Vincent?
Rumours are circulating that Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton
may return to the West End when its current Broadway run ends on 4th
May. Although no venue has yet been proposed, it seems likely that the
production will return sometime this summer.
The RSC's production of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children
is to go on a two-month national tour on 15th April, following its return
from the United States. Opening next week in Aberdeen, it will go on
to Nottingham, Birmingham, Bath, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Salford
Royal Opera House
The casting for the two landmark new productions of the coming season
at the Royal opera House, Covent Garden, has been announced. Thomas
Allen and Felicity Palmer star in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, the
first ever ROH mainstage music theatre production, from 15th December
to 1st January.
Thomas Ades' specially commissioned opera The Tempest, based
on Shakespeare's play, will star Simon Keenlyside (baritone) as Prospero,
Ian Bostridge (tenor) as Caliban, and American Cynthia Siden (soprano)
as Ariel. Ades will conduct this co-production with the Royal Danish
Opera and the Opera du Rhin Strasbourg. The work premieres on 14th February,
A Reggae Romeo
Ky-Mani Marley, one of Bob Marley's sons, is to play Romeo in a new
filmed version of Romeo and Juliet, set in modern-day Jamaica.
The film will be directed by Don Letts who has received a grant of almost
£1m from the New Cinema Fund to make the film.
$10m Offer to Law
Jude Law has been offered $10m to star in a remake of the Michael Caine
film Alfie, it is reported.
More TV Actresses Move
to the Stage
Two actresses known only for their television work are to make their
stage debuts at the Royal Court this summer. Linda Robson is to appear
in Food Chain (19th June to 12th July), and Tamsin Outhwaite
in Flesh Wound (15th May to 7th June).
Over My Shoulder
at the Mill
The Jermyn Street Theatre sell-out success musical Over My Shoulder,
about 1930s film star Jessie Matthews, opend at the Mill at Sonning
this week, where it wil play for five weeks before going on to the Greenwich
Theatre, followed by a national tour. The show features songs by Rodgers
and Hart, Irving Berlin and Noël Coward, and is written by Richard
Cirque du Soleil Return
Candian circus company, Cirque du Soleil, is to give the European premiere
of its latest show, Dralion, at the Royal Albert Hall from 9th
January to 1st February. Involving 55 performers, the show features
a huge range of circus, acrobatic and dance skills.
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