25th January, 2004
Joan Collins to Tour
Joan Collins is to make her first appearance on the UK stage for some
years in a four month tour of Alan Melville's comedy Full Circle.
The production will be directed by Patrick Garland. It opens at
the Churchill, Bromley, on 8th March and then goes on to Southend-on-Sea,
Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Wimbledon, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Glasgow,
Woking, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester, Norwich, Bath and Malvern.
No New Theatre for Wrexham
There will be no new theatre in Wrexham, the borough council has finally
decided. In December the full council voted against continuing with
the planned project, which had been delayed by legal wrangling and increasing
costs and last week the council's Executive Board, which consists of
the leading council members, agreed the cancellation.
The whole project was expected to cost £6m and a the Arts Council
of Wales had made a grant of £4.6m, which must now be paid back.
The planned theatre was not popular in the town, with local people
feeling that the area is already well served.
Evita to Be
There are reports that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh are
to combine to revive Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita in 2005.
No specific dates have been announced but both producers have major
projects on the stocks at the moment - Lloyd Webber The Woman in
White and Mackintosh Mary Poppins - so it is not anticipated
that work on the revival will start soon.
Plath Show for King's
The Kings Head Theatre in Islington is to present Edge, a one-woman
show surrounding the life and death of Sylvia Plath, starring Angelica
Torn. An imagined reconstruction of Plath's final hours, Edge is a new
play by Amercian Playwright and academic Paul Alexander. A smash hit
off-Broadway, it garnered rave reviews for author and performer.
All tickets for the week of 3rd to Sunday the 8th February are available
at the discounted price of £12.50 each. To btain tickets, call
the box office on 0207 226 1916 and quote the password "Poetry
Get Into More London
Two more productions have joined the list of those for which cheap tickets
are available under the Get Into London Theatre offer. They are
Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? at the Almeida, and
Return to the Forbidden Planet at Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
Wells' CEO Quits
Jean-Luc Choplin, chief executive of Sadler's Wells, has resigned, two
years before his contract is due to expire. Choplin was at the centre
of a major row last year when four female employees launched a lawsuit
against the company, claiming sexual discrimination against women in
the senior management of the theatre. Although both Choplin and the
Wells have denied the claims, one unnamed source in the company told
the Evening Standard, "A lot of people at Sadler's Wells will be
glad he's decided to go."
The Almeida has announced the casting for Festen, David Eldridge's
stage version of the Danish film of 1998. It will star Jane Asher, Johnny
Lee Miller and Tom Hardy, and will open on 25th Matrch (previews from
18th) and runs until 24th April.
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