13th June, 2004
The Royal Court is to present a series of rehearsed readings of play
chosen and directed by playwrghts who have a strong connection to the
First Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and Fucking, Mother
Clapp's Molly House) will direct Brecht's The Mother on
16th June at 4pm. A week later, on 23rd June at 4pm, Lucy Prebble (The
Sugar Syndrome) directs Caryl Churchill's Ice Cream.
On Wednesday 30th June, also at 4pm, April De Angelis (Hush,
A Laughing Matter)
will direct an all-female cast in Mamet's Glengarry Glenross.
Finally, on 7th July, Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange,
Some Voices) directs
Martin Crimp's Dealing With Clair.
Tickets for each reading are £5 (£3 concessions).
Indian Twefth Night at the Albery
Coming to London's Albery Theatre in August is a new version of Twelfth
Night, where the action is set in modern India rather than mythical
Illyria. It will be directed by actor Stephen Beresford (A Laughing
Matter and She Stoops to Conquer at the National).
India has been chosen as the setting because it "most closely
resembles Shakespeares London today." The all-Asian cast
includes Bollywood actress Neha Dubey as Olivia and Raza Jeffrey (who
created the part of Akaash in Bombay Dreams) as Orsino. Sheeren
Maryineau will play Viola, Paul Bazely Andrew Aguecheek and Madhav Sharma
The production opens on 2nd September (previews from 19th August).
Soul to Replace Brandon
David Soul is to replace Michael Brandon in Jerry Springer - The
Opera from 12th July. Soul, now 60, is probably best known for the
70s US TV cop show Starsky and Hutch. Originally premiered at
the National Theatre after a successful concert performance at the Edinburgh
Fringe, it transferred to the Cambridge Theatre last year.
Guantanamo - Honour Bound
to Defend Freedom is to transfer to the New Ambassadors on 16th
June. The play finished its run at the Tricycle yesterday (12th June).
It replaces Neil Labute's The Shape of Things, which also closed
yesterday, and is booking until 4th September.
The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre) celebrated its fifteenth
birthday in the West End last week. It was originally produced at the
Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scaborough in 1987.
Then following have extended their booking periods:
- The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas (Strand) to 8th January,
- Hamlet (Old Vic) to 28th August
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