15th September, 2002
Producers Don't Know
What They're Doing, Says Brosnan
Holloywood producers are too focused on money and "don't have a
clue what they're doing," Piers Brosnan said at a film festival
in Toronto earlier this week. Describing them as "bean counters",
he went on, "It just pisses me off!"
Comic Heritage blue plaques for Tony Hancock, Sid James and Hattie Jacques
have been unveiled on the ground floor of Broadcasting House in London.
They will be moved to the Radio Theatre when its refurbishment is complete.
More Details of Anderson
More details have been released about Gillian Anderson's West End debut.
The X Files star is appearing in What the Night Is For,
which will open at the Comedy in November - previews start on 7th. Also
in the cast will be Roger Allam and the play will be directed by John
Caird. Two other Americans - Woody Hareleson and Kyle Maclachlan - are
currently appearing at the Comedy in On an Average Day.
Glastonbury, a new musical about the Glastonbury Festival, is
to tour the UK's major cities in a big marquee. To simulate the festival
atmosphere, the audience will approach through side shows, camp fires
and other remidners of the real thing. Written by Zoe Lewis, the play
had a reading at the Soho Theatre, as a result of which artist Damien
Hirst became involved as designer. The film company Working Title has
already optioned the piece, which deals with the reations of seven visitors
to the Festival.
Divas to Go but Cabaret
The month-long annual programme of Divas at the Donmar is to
be scrapped under plans nnounced by incoming artistic director Michael
Grandage, but cabaret will remain part of the theatre's programming.
Cabaret, Gradage said, will be integrated into the programme at times
when artists are available, rather than setting aside a single slot.
Hall Returns to the
Former model Jerry Hall returned to the London stage this week in Benchmark
by Bud Shrake and Michael Rudman at the New End Theatre. "I have
never performed in such a small theatre," Hall said, and added
that she expects it to be a "wonderful experience". The play
runs until 20th October.
Sammy, a musical about auditioning for a musical called Sammy,
has begun touring this week, having opened at the Sheffield Lyceum on
Tuesday. The play deals with the life of Sammy Davis Jnr., seen through
the eyes of the ten actors who are auditioning for a part in the fictional
Sammy. At the end of the tour, the show will play at the Theatre
Royal Stratiord East from 11th to 23td November.
Theakston to Leave
TOTP to Concentrate on Acting
Jamie Theakston is to stop presenting BBC TV's Top of the Pops
and his Radio 1 show to concentrate on his acting career During the
rehearsals and run of Home and Beauty, the Somerset Maugham play
in which he is to star.
Out of Joint on Tour
Last Thursday (12th September) saw the start of a national tour of two
productions by Out of Joint, prior to a season at the National on 30th
The two productions are Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer and
a new play by April de Angelis, A Laughing Matter. Both are directed
by Max Stafford-Clark. (See our look at the RNT
As already announced, Les Miserables has announced a new booking
period to the end of June 2003. Now parties of 15 or more can now book
until 13th December, 2003. Mamma Mia! has extended until 27th
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