26th September, 2004
The Soho's Most Expensive
Show - Ever
Tomorrow the Soho Theatre's the most expensive show, for which tickets
will be £32.50 rather than the usual £15 (£5 on Mondays),
opens. It is Cybill Disobedience, starring Cybill Shepherd, star
with Bruce Willis of the 80s TV series Moonlighting. The show,
which runs from 27th September to 9th October, starts at 9.30, after
the 7.30 performance of Michael Morpugo's Private Peaceful, for
which all tickets for under-18s are £5.
The reason for the high price, the theatre explains, is that it is
part of their late-night comedy programme, not the theatre programme.
The subsidy the theatre receives is for new plays and new writing: Our
access policy is very important to us," a spokeswoman said, "with
play tickets never exceeding £15. The top ticket price for Cybill
Disobedience is higher as it is an expensive show to put on due
partly to the costs of bringing Cybill Shepherd over from the States."
Hampstead Theatre News
The Hampstead Theatre is to present Nilo Cruz' 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning
Broadway play Anna in the Tropics, a play which the BTG's Philip
Fisher said "would
grace any London stage". It runs from 30th November (previews from
25th) to 8th January, and stars Diana Quick and Joseph Mydell.
Prior to that, Hampstead will present Nick Staffords Love
Me Tonight (28th October to 20th November, previews from 21st October).
Directed by Kathy Burke, it will star Linda Bassett, Amanda Abbington,
Hugh Ross and Nicolas Tennant.
Another Stage on the
The West End production of Journey's End, currently at the Playhouse,
is to transfer to the Duke of York's, opening with the matinee performance
on 5th October. Its final performance at the Playhouse will be on Saturday
The Duke of York's has been dark since Dirty Blonde closed in
August and it was due to host the updated version of Brian Clark's Whose
Life Is It Anway?, starring Kim Cattrall and directed by Peter Hall,
which was to open on 25th January (previews from 7th). However that
production will now be at the Comedy Theatre. The preview and opening
dates will be the same, and the production will initially book to 30th
Michael Fryan's Clouds (1976) will be revived in a short tour
this autumn. Opening at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge on 25th October
(previews from 21st), it goes on to the Malvern Festival Theatre (1st
to 6th November), the Richmond Theatre (8th to 13th November), the Yvonne
Arnaud (22nd to 27th) and the Churchill, Bromley (29th November to 4th
The cast, led by Tara Fitzgerald and Lloyd Owen, will be Rolf Saxon,
Darrell D'Silva and Ewen Cummings. It will be directed by Jennie Darnell.
The following have announced extensions to their booking periods:
- The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's) to 2nd April, 2005
- Les Miserables (Queen's) to 2nd April, 2005
- The Mousetrap (St Martin's) to 28th May, 2005
- The Woman in Black (Fortune) to 30th April, 2005
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