13th October, 2002
Hanks to Make London
Colin Hanks, son of filmstar Tom Hanks, will make his West End debut
in November when he appears in This Is Our Youth at the Garrick.
Kenneth Lonergan's play will begin its second West End outing on 20th
November (previews from 13th), and Hanks will be joined by Kieran Culkin
(brother of Macaulay) and Alison Lohman. The producers plan an open-ended
season, with fairly frequent changes of cast, following the pattern
set so successfully by Yasmina Reza's Art. The first cast will
play for eight weeks.
Two top West End musicals celebrated their birthdays last week. Phantom
of the Opera was 18 years old on Wednesday (9th October), whilst
Les Miserables celebrated its seventeenth birthday the day before.
Fringe Musical Returns
for Third Time
The musical Dorothy Fields Forever returns to the King's Head
in Islington for its third visit on Tuesday. Having played there in
June and then in September, now it will run for another four weeks and
then it is expected to transfer to New York.
The Pleasance in North London has opened a new performance space, a
60-seater studio, which is sponsored by "The Stage". The studio
occupies what was formerly office space. The main house seats 300.
Connery Sues Mandalay
Sean Connery is suing the Mandalay Entertainment Group, a Hollywood
production company, for £11m. he claims that the company and its
chairman Peter Guber misled him about their ability to produce a film.
He alleges that the company asked him in 1999 to appear in a thriller
called End Game and, as a result he invested a considerable amount
of money, time and effort in the project. Earlier this year, he says,
they "simply cut off all communications". His lawyers suggest
that Madalay had merely used him "in an attempt to hold themselves
out to the entertainment industry as a viable production company."
Manadaly claim that they have a complete answer to the charges.
The Chelsea Theatre, which re-opened last November, has announced that
its autumn season will consist of The Coffee Lovers Guide to America
(Jonathan Hall), End of Story (Veronique Olmi) and Exclude
Me (Judith Johnson). The 110-seater venue intends to be a major
presenter of world and UK premieres.
Davies to Debut in
the West End
Stand-up comic Alan Davies, the star of TV series Jonathan Creek,
is to make his West End debut as an actor in January when his Edinburgh
Fringe show Aunty and Me opens at Wyndham's. Directed by Anna
Mackmin, Davies' co-star will be Olivier Award winner Marcia Warren.
No firm dates have been announced as yet.
TV Presenter to Join
TV presenter Gaby Roslin is to join the London cast of Chicago
on 18th November. She will play Mama Morton, taking over from Chrissie
Hammond. She is the second TV presenter to make her West End debut in
the show, following in the footsteps of Denise Van Outen.
Also joining the cast at the same time will be former EastEnders
actor Michael Greco, who takes over as Billy Flynn from Wet Wet Wet
singer Marti Pellow. Greco is an experienced actor, with a considerable
amount of classical work in his CV, but this will be his musical debut.
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