18th May, 2003
to Premiere Two Musicals
London's Bridewell Theatre, the fringe theatre which specialises
in musicals and which is known as London's "musical laboratory"
is facing financial unceertainty after its landlords, the St Bride's
Institute, which charges no rent for the premises, announced that it
may be losing part of its lease. As a result, the theatre would have
to pay £70,000 a year in rent and would also lose £40,000
in subsidy from the Institute, leaving it to find an additional £110,000
However the theatre is pressing ahead with its new season and ahs announced
that it will present the UK premiere of two American musicals this summer.
A...My Name Is Alice which opens on 22nd May and run to 14 June
(previews from 20th May), is a collaboration between 24 writers and
composers which was first staged off-Broadway in 1984. The Bridewell
did a workshop production in December 2000 but this will be the show's
first fully-staged production in the UK.
The Ballad of Little Jo, with music by Mike Reid and lyrics
by Sarah Schlesinger, runs from 29th June to 26th July (previews from
26th June) and will star Anna Francolini.
Brits at the Tonys
This year's Tony Awards see British performers and creatives in conmtention
in seven categories:
- Victoria Hamilton (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), Clare
Higgins (Vincent in Brixton), Vanessa Redgrave (Long Day's
Journey into Night) and Fiona Shaw (Medea) are all nominated
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
- In the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play category, Eddie
Izzard is nominated (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg)
- Laurence Boswell (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) and Deborah
Warner (Medea) are nominated for Best Direction of a Play
- David Leveaux (Nine) is nominated for Best Direction of a
- Man of La Mancha (Jonathan Kent) and Gypsy (Sam Mendes)
are nominated for Best Revival of a Musical
- Vincent in Brixton (Nicholas Wright) receives a nomination
for the Best Play
- The Play What I Wrote is nominated in the Best Special Theatrical
The awards will be presented on 8th June.
Mr and Mrs Douglas
to Appear in the West End
According to Newsday magazine, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones
are to appear in a new production of Coward's Private Lives in
the West End next year. No other details are yet available.
Opening, Closing and
- The RNT production of Anything Goes opens at the Theatre
Royal Drury Lane on 7th Octber (previews from 24th September)
- Hitchcock Blonde will transfer to the Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
on 25th June (previews from 16th) after it finishes its run at the
Royal Court on 24th May.
- Arsenic and Old Lace is to close three weeks early on 31st
May. Little more than a week ago is extended by six weeks.
- Tell Me on a Sunday has extended by three weeks to 23rd August.
- Jus' Like That has extended by three months to 6th September.
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