15th June, 2003
Nunn to Direct Kids'
Trevor Nunn is to direct the Young Vic's Christmas show, Skellig,
scripted from his own fantasy novel by David Almond, which opens on
Redgrave is Best Actress
Vanessa Redgrave has won the Tony award for Best Actress in a Play for
her performance in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night.
Out of the five nominees, three were British (Redgrave and Victoria
Hamilton for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Clare Higgins
for Vincent in Brixton). Also nominated was Irish actress Fiona
Shaw (for Medea).
There were three other awards for Brits, all connected with Richard
Grenberg's Take Me Out,
originally produced at the Donmar Warehouse. They were Best Play, Best
Direction of a Play (Joe Mantello) and Best Performance by a Featured
Actor in a Play (Denis O'Hare).
New Scottish Touring
Four Scottish theatres have teamed up to create the Scottish Touring
Consortium in a bid to increase the public's access to top shows.
The theatres are His Majesty's (Aberdeen), The King's (Glasgow), Eden
Court (Inverness) and the Festival (Edinburgh). The consortium will
both produce its own shows over the next three years and will act as
a gateway for international companies. The first production will be
Arthur - The Story of a King from award-winning children's theatre
company, Wee Stories.
Two New Plays for
Out of Joint
Out of Joint is to premiere two new plays later this year, both of which
will tour and then play in London. Duck by Stella Feehilly, a
play abut teenage girls, will eventually play at the Royal Court Theatre
Upstairs from 25th November to 10th January, following a national tour
in the autumn, and The Permanent Way, by David Hare, about the
privatisation of the railways, will begin touring in November, and will
then play at the National Theatre. Both plays will be directed by Out
of Joint's artistic director, Max Stafford-Clark.
Noble Directs Wilde
Adrian Noble is to direct a production of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of
No Importance at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 10th September
to 24th Jauary. The cast includes Rupert Graves.
ATG to Take over Wimbledon
The Ambassador Theatre Group is to take over the running ot the cash
crisis-hit Wimbledon Theatre in November. The theatre was recently forced
to make all nineteen full-time staff redundant. When ATF take over,
they expect to continue the same kind of programming: large-scale musicals,
pre- and post-West End runs, variety, dance, amateur productions and
the annual pantomime.
After Mrs Rochester, Polly Teale's play about Jean Rhys, author
of the prequel to Wuthering Heights, Wide Sargasso Sea,
is to transfer to the Duke of York's from 16th July.
Play What I Wrote
The Broadway production of The Play What I Wrote is to close
tonight (15th June), after just 89 performances. Directed by Kenneth
Branagh, it has been nominated for a Tony special entertainment awad,
which it failed to receive, and its closure was announced the following
day. The show was in the news recently when guest Roger Moore collapsed
and had to be taken to hospital.
Sleep to Be the Child
Former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, Wayne Sleep, is to take
over the role of the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
from Derek Griffiths on 24th July.
Hackney Announces Opening
Hackney Empre has announced its programme for when it re-opens in September
after its refurbishment.
The theatre re-opens on 8th September with Kwame Kwei-Armah's Elmina's
Kitchen, which is currently running at the National. Other shows
in a eclectic programme include Noddy and the Magical Day, Mozart's
unfinished Opera Zaide, Peter Hall's production of As You
Like It, and the pantomime Aladdin, starring Clive Rowe.
The refurbishment, which has cost £15m, includes a new orchestra
pit, a new fly tower, dressing rooms, education and hospitality facilities,
and diasbled facilities.
£4m Revamp for
Sunderland's Empire Theatre is to have a £4m backstage revamp
which will enable it to take major touring shows. The revamp was proposed
by Clear Channel Entertainment, which runs the theatre, and agreed by
the City Council, which will contribute £1.5m. Clear Channel will
provide £1m and it is hoped that the balance will come from the
Gala Meeting Targets
Durham's Gala Theatre, whose management company collapsed with debts
of over £700,000 within months of opening, is meeting its financial
targets, according to the City Council, which took over the new venue.
The aim is for the theatre's deficit to be £400,000 by the end
of the financial year.
Sweeney to Tour Internationally
Former soap actress Claire Sweeney is to lead the cast of the international
touring version of Fosse, which will open at the Liverpool Empire
on 29th October. It then goes on to Oxford (10th - 15th November) and
Manchester (17th - 22nd November) before travelling to the USA, Canada,
Italy, France, Germany, Singapore and South Korea. It will return to
the UK in June of next year.
ENO Moves to the Barbican
English National Opera is to take up residence at the Barbican during
the autumn, while the Coliseum is refurbished. Included in the season
will be a new production of Cosí Fan Tutte, directed by
Sam West. The Coliseum will re-open in spring 2004.
Day Joins Summer
Darren Day is to join the cast of Summer
Holiday on the latest leg of its tour. It was due to end on
9th August but three new dates have been added: Liverpool, Norwich and
Blackpool (where it will play for three weeks). The current star, Stefan
Booth, is unable to do the new dates because of filming commitments,
so Day will reprise the role of Don.
Helen Mirren is to star in a revival of O'Neill's Mourning Becomes
Electra at the RNT Lyttelton in the autumn. Directed by Howard Davies,
the production will also feature Eve Best and Paul Hilton.
Anton Lesser is to join the cast of Cymbeline at the Royal Shakespeare
The musical Stomp (Vaudeville Theatre) has extended its booking
period to 1st February 2004. From 20th September it will cancel Monday
night performances and replace them with a three o'clock Sunday matinee.
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