24th February, 2002
Kelly Goes Out with
Or rather, with a tornado - Jude Kelly is to end her twelve years with
the West Yorkshire Playhouse with a much anticipated production of The
Wizard of Oz. Patrick Stewart plays Oz himself, and he recorded
his part when he played at the theatre last season.
The musical opens the sping/summer season on 5th March and runs to
13th April. It is followed by And All the Children Cried,
a drama by Judith Jones and Beatrix Campbell, a social worker and a
journalist, which opens on 19th April and runs to 11th May.
11th May sees the opening of a new production of Alan Bennett's The
Lady in the Van, which will be directed by Ian Brown. It runs until
Closure in First Week
The Feast of Snails, Olf Olafsson's new play at the Lyric, announced
early closure this week, the same week in which it opened. It was booking
until May but has posted closing notices for the 23rd March - a five
week run. The play, which stars David Warner, received poor reviews.
DJ in New Art
Radio 1 DJ and Top of the Pops presenter Jamie Theakston is to
join the youngest ever cast of Yasmina Reza's hit comedy Art
at the Whitehall, previewing from 4th March. Theakston, who plays Serge,
will be joined by Stephen McGann (Marc) and Christoper Luscombe (Yvan).
Revival on Tour
The first revival for thirty years of the musical Godspell, which
opened at the Liverpool Playhouse this week, is to tour to Edinburgh,
Stoke, Cardiff, Bath, Woking, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Wimbledon,
Torquay, Newcastle and Birmingham. There is a possibility of a West
End transfer in the summer.
Jude Kelly's job, artistic director ofthe West Yorkshire Playhouse,
is currently being advertised. The closing date is 18th March and interviews
will be held during April. An announcement is expected in June.
Spice Girl Joins Monologues
"Scary" Spice, Mel B, is to join the cast of Eve Ensler's
The Vagina Monlogues from 26th February until 23rd March. From 25th
March a new cast takes over, including model Naomi Campbell and comedian
on the South Bank
The Royal Festival Hall is to host a four week run of Sondheim's Follies
from 6th to 31st August. No casting has yet been announced for the Raymond
Gubbay production. This will be only the second major production of
the show in London.
Veteran actor Tony Britton has embarked on a UK tour of Harold Brighouse's
Hobson's Choice, which opened at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth,
on 21st February. Co-produced by the Theatre Royal and Birmingham Rep,
it then goes on to a four week season in Birmingham, after which it
will tour to Sheffield, Darlington, Malvern, Nottingham, Aberdeen, Guildford,
Cambridge, Coventry and Cardiff.
RSC Transfers Announced
The first RSC productions to arrive in London after the ending of the
company's seasons at the Barbican will be Antony and Cleoptra
(directed by Michael Attenborough and starring Sinead Cusack and Stuart
Wilson) and Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Gregory Doran
and starrying Harriet Walter and Nicholas Le Prevost) will open at the
Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in the week beginning 22nd July, after a season
at Stratford which opens in April.
Daisy Pulls It Off
Denise Deegan's 1982 school comedy Daisy Pulls It Off is to return
to the West End in April, although no theatre has yet been announced.
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