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Dateline: 22nd December, 2002

Hytner Casts Lester as Henry
For the first production he will direct at the National, Nicholas Hytner has cast black actor Adrian Lester as the king in Shakespeare's Henry V. The productrion will open in the Olivier in May, but no dates have been announced as yet.

Globe 2003 Season Announced
The 2003 season at Shakespeare's Globe will be

  • Richard II, from 8th May to 27th September
  • Richard III, from 25th May to 27th September
  • Dido, Queen of Carthage (Marlowe), from 6th June to 18th August
  • Edward II (Marlowe), from 20 July to 26th September
  • The Taming of the Shrew, from 10th August to 28th September

The production of Richard II will open at the Middle Temple Hall on 16th April and run until 4th May, before transferring to the Globe itself. The theatre's artistic director, Mark Rylance, will play Richard. The Middle Temple audience will receive free "cakes and ale".

Caprice Denies Mime Allegation
Supermodel Caprice, currently appearing in the revival of Rent, has denied allegations that she is miming in at least one of the show's songs. The allegations, made in an Internet discussion group, claims that she mimes to her own recording in the song Take Me Or Leave Me. "Of course I'm not miming," she announced, and claimed that the show's producers are far too professional to allow such a thing to happen.

Nail Wins Libel Claim
Geordie actor Jimmy Nail has been paid an undisclosed sum in damages after a local newspaper made alegations about his behaviour during the filming of the revival of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. It was claimed in the "Sunday Sun", the Tyneside Sunday tabloid newspaper, that he had demanded to be moved to a more luxurious hotel than the one which housed other member of the cast, tat he refused to make a personal appearance in newcastle because he was not being paid a fee, and that he was "rude" to "Sunday Sun" columnist Karen Wight when appearing on her show on Galaxy FM radio.

In a statement read out at the High Court, the newspaper's publishers, the Newscatle Chronicle and Journal Ltd., admitted that there was no truth in any of the allegations and said that they had paid a large but unspecified sum to Nail in settlement.

Although best known for his appearances in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Nail also starred in the TV crime drama Spender, and played Magaldi in the film version of Evita with Madonna.

Paterson Out, Carlisle In, Carlisle Out
Just days after taking over as Freud from James Hazeldine in the National's The Talking Cure, Bill Paterson withdrew. Then John Carlisle took over the part and began rehearsals. Performances continued, with the part being read by young actor Dominic Rowan. Then Carlisle decided that he wouldn't be able to "do justice" to the part and withdrew. Now it has been decided that Rowan will double up and play the part - "He almost knows it already," a spokesperson said.

The run is completely sold out because of the attraction of the leading actor, Ralph Fiennes.

Nardini as Camille
The Lyric Hammersmith is to produce a new stage version of La Dame aux Camellias, the novel by Dumas Fils (son of the author of The Three Musketeers), which Dumas himself rewrote as a play, Camille, which was the inspiration for Verdi's La Traviata. The new adaptation is by the Lyric's artistic director Neil Bartlett and will star Daniela Nardini.

The production will run at the Lyric from 11th March to 12th April (previews from 6th March), before touring to Theatre Royal Bath, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Malvern Theatres, Blackpool Grand Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse.

Sondheim's Whistle Cast Announced
Janie Dee, Edward Baker-Duly and Paula Wilcox are to lead the cast of the London premiere of Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle which opens at the Bridewell from 8th January (previews from 2nd). It will run until 5th February. The production will use a new book by Arthur Laurents.

British Golden Globes Nominees
There are six British nominees in two of the major Golden Globe categories:

Best Actor in a Mini-series or Made for TV Movie
Albert Finney (The Gathering Storm)
Michael Gambon (Path to War)
Linus Roache (RFK)

Best Actress in a Mini-series or Made for TV Movie
Helena Bonham Carter (Live from Bagdad)
Helen Mirren (Door to Door)
Vanessa Redgrave (The Gathering Storm)

New Season in Sheffield
Sheffield's Crucible Theatre has announced details of its spring 2003 season:

  • Iphigenia (Euripides, in a new version by Edna O'Brien) from 5th February to 1st March
  • The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman, adapted for the stage by Stephen Russell, runs from 12th March to 5th April
  • Macbeth adapted for a cast of four from 30th January to 22nd February in the Studio.

Also in the Studio will be three visiting productions:

  • Third Angel's Leave No Trace
  • Unlimited Theatre's Safety
  • Vincent Dance's On the House

Another Edinburgh Success Heads to the West End
The Bomb-Itty of Errors, the hip-hop version of The Comedy of Errors, which was a smash-hit at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe, is to open at the New Ambassadors on 7th May (previews from 24th April). It will run until 12th July.

Our House Extends
The musical Our House, which opened at the Cambridge Theatre on 28th October after a series of technical delays, has extended its booking period. It is now booking until 27th September, 2003.

Law to Play Hamlet?
According to a report in "The Stage", Jude Law is rumoured to be in discussions with ATG about his playing Hamlet in the West End.

French Returns to the West End
Dawn French is to appear in the UK premiere of My Brilliant Divorce, a one-woman play by Geraldine Aron which had its first production at the Druid Theatre in Galway last year. It will open at the Apollo on 24th February.

Sleuth to Close
Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, the current occpant of the Apollo, is to close on 8th February. The revival stars Ian Ogilvy and Jonathan Kerrigan.

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©Peter Lathan 2002