20th April, 2003
Another Hall Hits
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
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
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
I Want to Be a
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
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.
Archers actor Graham Seed has withdrawn from the production of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
Rumour has it that Felicity Kendall will star in Sir Peter Hall's revival
of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days in the autumn.
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
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