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23rd November, 2003
Les Mis to Move
After eighteen years at the Palace Theatre, the long-running musical
Les Miserables will have its final performance there on 27th
March, 2004, after which it will transfer to the Queen's. At the moment
the Palace is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres,
which also has a lease on the Queen's (from Cameron Mackintosh), which
is due to expire in 2006. Urgent renovations are needed at the Palace,
so Mackintosh and RUT have agreed that he will take possession of the
Queen's two years early.
Mackintosh has plans for the redevelopment of of the Shaftesbury Avenue
site which includes both the Queen's and the Gielgud, and whoich will
be the site of his proposed new Sondheim Theatre (see our story
of 27th April).
Dreyfuss for the West
According to the Daily Mail, Richard Dreyfuss may be appearing in the
West End production of The Producers as Max. Already cast is
Lee Hall as Leo and there are rumours that Michael Crawford and Robert
Lindsay have both been considered ad have both turned it down. It is
thought that Nathan Lane, who originally played the part on broadway
and has now returned to the show, will not appear in the West End, and
it is thought to be highly unlikely that Henry Goodman, who followed
Lane on Broadway but was sacked because he didn't appeal to Americans
(see our story of April 2002), would
be asked - or would accept if he was.
Cook Will Direct Hunter
It is reported that Dominic Cook, associate director at the RSC and
formerly of the Royal Court, will direct The Bog of Cats, which
is said to be the vehicle for Holly Hunter's West End debut next year.
Sony has released a 2CD set of the cast recording of Jerry Springer
- The Opera, which is now onsale (and can be bought from our Bookshop).
Brown to Write a Wonderful
Steve Brown, composer of Spend! Spend! Spend! is working on a
musical version of the James Stewart film It's a Wonderful Life.
Brown, who will write the music and lyrics, already has a producer,
Jon Thoday (Jerry Springer - The Opera), and hopes it will appear
in the West End in 2004.
From Fields to Merman
Angela Richards, who last year starred in Dorothy Fields Forever,
is to play Ethel Merman in Call Me Merman, which opens at the
King's Head on 30th December (previews from 23rd) and runs until 1st
February. Also in the cast will be Susannah Fellows.
The national tour of The Vagina Monologues will continue in the
new year with performances in Taunton, Truro, Toquay, Bristol, Ipswich,
Tunbridge Wells, Chatham, Jersey, Harlow, Catford, Newbury, Bury St
Edmonds, Radlett, Derby, Bradford, York, Kings Lynn, Swansea, Darlington,
Southhampton, Cambridge, Swindon, Bath, Belfast, Buxton, Bracknell,
Wellingborough, Cheltenham and Worcester.
Hardy Mini-Series to
Be Broadcast after Two Years
A two-part TV version of The Mayor of Casterbridge, starring
Ciaran Hinds, Juliet Aubrey and James Purefoy, is to be broadcast just
after Christmas on ITV, more than two years since it was made. It was
originally meant to be broadcast early in 2002 but was shelved because
of financial belt-tightening at ITV. It will be broadcast on 27th and
Players Take over The
The Venue in Leicester Square, home to Money to Burn, which has
been dark since that show collapsed after just two nights, is to host
a series of Sunday concerts. At 4.00 will be The Very Best of British
Old Time Music Hall, presented by the Players Theatre which lost
its own venue at Charing Cross railway station last year, whilst at
8.00 Showtime will present music from West End shows presented
by West End performers.
The following shows have extended their booking periods:
- Tonight's The Night extends by four months to 5th June
- Les Miserables extends to 27th March
- Phantom of the Opera also extends to 27th March
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