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Dateline: 23rd December, 2001

New Season at the Globe
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 September;
  • 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, 2002.

Branagh Sells 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).

The Greatest Show Extends
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 the Westminster
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 Returns
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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©Peter Lathan 2001