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Dateline: 20th April, 2003

Another Hall Hits the Heights
Rebecca Hall, daughter of Sir Peter and sister of Edward, has won this year's Ian Charleson Prize for her performance in her father's production of Mrs Warren's Profession. Second prize was shared by Daniel Evans (for ETT's Ghosts and Michael Grandage's The Tempest) and Iain Robertson, also for The Tempest.

Commendations went to Claire Price (also for The Tempest), Nonso Anonzie and Ryan Kiggell for the RSC Academy's King Lear, Nancy Carroll for King Lear at the Almeida Theatre, Justin Avoth for A Midsummer Night's Dream at Manchester's Royal Exchange, Lucy Black for Twelfth Night at Bristol's Tobacco Factory, Naomi Frederick for Three Sisters at Nuffield Theatre in Southampto, Dan Fredenburgh for the RSC and Lyric Hammersmith co-production of The Prince of Homburg, Kanawa Kirimi for the RSC's Pericles, and Sam Troughton for Tartuffe at the National Theatre.

The Ian Charleson awards are for outstanding performances by young actors in classical roles.

OSC Cherry Orchard to Tour
The Oxford Stage Company is to tour a new version of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, directed by Dominic Dromgoole and starring Geraldine James, this summer. The cast will also include Abigail McKern and Brian Protheroe. The tour will include a four week stint at London's Riverside Studios from 10th June.

Donmar in Sondheim Revival
The Donmar Warehouse is to revive Sondheim's Pacific Overtures, about the westernisation of Japan, this summer. The revival, which premiered in Chicago, opens on 30th June (previews from 20th) and continues to 23rd August.

I Want to Be a Dame!
So Ian McKellen told Michael Parkinson in an interview on Parkinson's BBC chat show. It appears that the theatre knight, best known for his classical roles, has a not-any-longer secret yen to play a pantomime dame. He would also, he said, like to appear in vareity shows.

Stewart's West End Return Confirmed
The venue and dates for Patrick Stewart's return to the West End in Ibsen's Master Builder have been announced. The production will open at the Albery for a ten week run on 9th June. Also in the cast will be Sue Johnson and Edward De Souza and the play will be directed by Anthony Page. Before the West End transfer, it will visit Malvern, Bath and Guildford.

Seed Withdraws
Archers actor Graham Seed has withdrawn from the production of Philip Sagar's My Sainted Aunt at the New End Theatre after three days of previews. He gave "personal reasons" for his withdrawl. His part has been taken over by John Griffiths. The production, which is due to run until 18th May, co-stars Shirley Anne Field.

Kendall for Beckett Revival?
Rumour has it that Felicity Kendall will star in Sir Peter Hall's revival of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days in the autumn.

Mum Closes but George Extends
Mum's the Word, which was well received when it toured but opened to less than enthusiastic reviews at the Albery, has announced it will close on 7th June, after a run of three months. However satire The Madness of George Dubya (Arts) has extended a further week to 3rd May.

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©Peter Lathan 2003