25th May, 2003
WYP and Brum's Rep
The West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep are to co-produce
two major revivals this autumn. The Leeds thetare will produce Alan
Bennett's The Madness of King George III, starring Michael Pennington,
on 24th September (previews from 19th), running until 18th October,
when it will transfer to Birmingham (22th October to 15th November).
On 30th September the Rep opens Arthur Miller's A View from the
Bridge (previews from 26th). It too closes on 18th October and will
move to Leeds, where it opens on 25th Octiober and runs until 22nd November.
Subsidy Makes Us Better,
It is government support which makes British theatre a world-beater,
Trevor Nunn said, speaking to the press after receiving his knighthhood
at Buckingham Palace on 23rd May. It is because of government subsidy
that we can produce the kind of unique work which is not possible in
the US, he went on.
He also said that he belives that the day of the long-running blockbuster
musical, such as his own Cats, is over.
Old Vic Updates Hobson
The Old Vic is to update Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice,
setting it in an Asian community in Salford. Reworked by Tanika Gupta,
it will run from 2nd July (previews from 26th June) to 9th August. On
28th August it sets off on tour, visiting Oxford, Salford, Cheltenham,
Nottingham, Poole and Warwick.
R & J
Sets off Revolution
A new version of Romeo and Juliet, entitled Shakespeare's
R & J, opens at the Arts Theatre on 8th September. Produced
by American company The Splinter Group, the play, adapted and directed
by Joe Calarco, ran off-Broadway for a year and then transferred to
Chicago. It deals with the sexual awakening of four adolescent boys
in a strict Catholic boys' school, which happens as a result of their
finding a copy of the banned Shakespeare play and acting it out.
for Wales in Carmarthenshire
A new National Theatre for Wales is to be built in Carmarthenshire.
It will be the home of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the Welsh Language
National Theatre and will initially be based in Llanelli, starting in
the autumn with its first production scheduled to be ready for March
2004. Its base at the Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park will be temporary,
while a permanent site is searched for.
The company will tour Wales with Welsh language productions.
Greenwich Revives Golden
The Greenwich Theatre is to revive the 1960s musical Golden Boy,
which originally starred Sammy Davis Jnr. The revival, the first since
1968 when Sammy David Jnr played the lead at the London Palladium, stars
Sally Ann Triplett and Jason Pennycooke. It opens on 23rd June (previews
from 19th) and runs until 12 July. This is the theatre's second home-produced
musical since the theatre re-opened in1999.
According to a report in The Stage, David Mamet's Sexual
Perversity in Chicago (Comedy Theatre), starring Matthew Perry
and Minnie Driver, has taken the largest advanced bookings for a play
in the history of the West End - £1.25m, just passing The Breath
of Life, the previous record-holder.
- The Lion King (Lyceum) is now booking until 28th March 2004
- Da Boyz (Theatre
Royal Stratford East) has extended by two weeks to 14th June
- Our House (Cambridge Theatre) is now booking until 10th January
- Peribanez (Old
Vic) has extended by one week to 14th June
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