23rd December, 2001
New Season at the
Shakespeare's Globe has announced its 1992 summer season. two comedies,
Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be the
main productions, along with The Golden Ass, a new comedy by
Peter Oswald, based upon Apuleius' story of the same name.
Twelfth Night will be a traditional production. Directed by
Tim Carroll, the production will follow the seventeenth cetury pattern
of production, whilst Dream, directed by Mike Alfreds, will be
a "modern" production.
Production dates are:
- Twelfth Night - In rep.from 11th May to 27th September;
- A Midsummer Night's Dream - In rep. from 26th May to 27th
- The Golden Ass - In rep. from 3rd August to 29th September.
Jennings to Take
Over from Pryce
Alex Jennings is to take over the part of Henry Higgins in the RNT/Cameron
Mackintosh co-production of My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal
Drury Lane from 22nd April 2002. The show is now booking to 31st August,
Out at Sheffield
The Sheffield Crucible's production of Richard III, Kenneth Branagh's
first UK stage appearance in almost ten years, has already extended
its run because of the huge demand for tickets. Michael Grandage's production
will now run from 19th March to 10th April (previews from 13th March).
Because of huge demand, Ken Livingstone's "Greatest Show on Earth"
promotion has been extended to theFebruary, 2001. The initiative, which
offers discounted tickets for West End shows and reduced-price meals
in restaurants, has now been extended from 7th January to 17th February.
ATG Buys Fortune
The Ambassador Theatre Group has bought the Fortune Theatre, the smallest
in the West End (432 seats) for a rumoured £2m. The group now
owns six theatres (Fortune, Duke of York's, Comedy, New Ambassadors,
Phoenix and Piccadilly) and has the leasehold of four more (Donmar Warehouse,
Whitehall, Albery and Wyndham's). The ourchase of the Fortune makes
the company the equal (in the number of theatres owned) of Andrew Lloyd
Webber's Really Useful Group.
The Fortune is one of the oldest theatres in London. Although the current
theatre was only built in 1924, the original opened in the early 1570s.
End of the Road for
Time has run out for the Westminster Theatre as Westminster Council
has given permission for it to be demolished in spite of the efforts
of the Save London Theatres campaign.
Cooney Comedy Extends
Ray Cooney's comedy, Caught in the Net at the Vaudeville, has
announced an extension to 30th March, 2002.
Shockheaded Peter, the "junk opera", is to have a second
West End outing (and its fifth London run) from 4th April to 15th June,
when it comes to the Albery. It played to packed houses at the Piccadilly
last year and has also toured Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand,
Australia and Hong Kong.
RSC Spring 2002 Season
The Royal Shakespeare Company's spring 2002 season will include A
Winter's Tale, The Tempest and Much Ado. We have the
full details here.
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