26th January, 2003
ACE Rushes to ENO's
In an almost unprecedentedly rapid move, the Arts Council of England
has agreed a stabilisation plan for the troubled English National Opera
which faces a £1.2m deficit and lest week announced plans to cut
its chorus by one third. ACE's decision, which was reached in 24 hours,
will, it is hoped, stave off more redundancies. No figures have yet
been made available.
Two weeks ago the chorus passed a vote of "no confidence"
in the management: ;ast week they refused to attned a public rehearsal
of the latest production Khovanshchina.
Award for Mendes
Sam Mendes has been awarded the South Bank Show Award for Best Theatre
for Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, the final productions
of his tenure at the Donmar Warehouse. The South Bank Show is
ITV's flagship culture and arts programme.
Mendes is currently working on a revival of Gypsy, starring
Bernadette Peters, which will open on Broadway on 31st March.
Honorary Oscar for
Peter O'Toole is to receive an honorary Academy Awards for his "remarkable
talents (which) have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable
characters." O'Toole has been nominated seven times for a Best
Actor Oscar, for Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion
in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Ruling Class, The
Stunt Man and My Favourite Year.
Night Comes to an End
What the Night Is For, Gillian Anderson's debut play which also
stars Roger Allam, is to close two weeks early. It will now end on 9th
February, although it had been booking until 23rd.
It will be replaced at the Comedy by Pretending to Be Me, a
one-man show written and performed by Tom Courtenay. About the poet
Philip Larkin, the play was first performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
in November last year and is expected to open aat the Comedy on 12th
February for an eight-week run.
The English Touring Theatre production of King Lear, starring
Timothy West, will replace the Sheffield Crucible production of The
Tempest, starring Derek Jacobi and directed by Michael Grandage,
at the Old Vic on 18th March. It will play until 19th April. The
Tempest closes on 15th March.
Springer Tickets On
Tickets for Jerry Springer - The Opera at the National Theatre
have gone on sale. Tockets are priced at
£14, £24, £32 & £38 (Evening)
£12, £20, £28 & £32 (Previews and Matinees)
£14 & £19 (Under 25s, Monday to Thursday Evenings)
The production runs from 9th April to 5th July - just 48 performances.
Fo and Rame in Edinburgh
Troublemakers, an Edinburgh based, multi media production company, is
to present The Same Old Story and The Open Couple at the
city's Netherbow Theatre (on the Royal Mile) from 30th Jan,uary to 1st
February at 7.30 pm.
Mamma Mia! has announced a further six month extension. It is
now booking until 27th March, 2004. The hit show, at the Prince Edward,
opened on 6th April, 1999.
Snoopy Comes to Jermyn
Snoopy - The Musical is to have a limited run at the Jermyn Street
Theatre from 17th February to 1st March. The show, which had a successful
season in Islington last year, orginally premiered in the West End in
The Green Man
The Green Man, Doug Lucie's new play set in a pub of the same
name, transfers to the Bush Theatre next month. It runs from 24th February
to 22nd March (previews from 19th February). The play premiered in the
Drum Studio at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, in November last year.
Torch Seeks Board Members
Milford Haven's Torch Theatre, one of only four producing theatres in
Wales, is looking for new board members. Interested people should contact
Peter Doran, Artistic Director on 01646 694192.
Spacey to Sing for
the Old Vic
Kevin Spacey and Elton John are to sing together at a concert to raise
funds for the Old Vic. Sir Elton is chairman of the theatre's Trust
and Spacey a Trust member.
Among the others who will perform in the concert (on 5th February)
are Ms Dynamite, Sharleen Spiteri, Sinead O'Connor, Lulu and Elvis Costello.
Tickets are priced at up to £1,000.
Song to Tour
Keith Waterhouse's Our Song is to tour to nine venues from 25th
March, opening at the Key Theare, Peterborough, and moving on to Cambridge,
Brighton, Mold, Bromley and Bath. The other dates are to be confirmed.
Starring in the revival will be Peter Bowles, Charlotte Emmerson and
Returns to the West End
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the West
End, where it will open at the New London Theatre on 3rd March (previews
from 19th February). Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately stars, making
his West End debut.
Dawn French Returns
to the West End
Dawn French is to star in a new play by Geraldine Aron, My Brilliant
Divorce, which will open at the apollo on 24th February (previews
from 14th February). The play, which is one hour and twnety minutes
long without an interval, is booking until 10th May.
Pub Theatre in Scarborough
Pub theatre returns to Scarborough when the Valley Theatre Company begins
a season of fortnightly performances at the Valley Pub, Valley Road.
There will be a pie and pea supper afterwards!
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