27th July, 2003
Tour Ends Early
The touring version of Barry Manilow's Copacabana closes this
weekend, three months early. Its final performance last night was at
the Bristol Hippodrome. The production company, Anthony Williams Productions,
blames poor tickets sales for the closure.
"The tickets that our audiences are buying are simply not covering
the costs of running the production," Williams said in a press
statement. Only Cardiff's New Theatre has advance sales which live up
The production opened on 10th June at the Alexandra, Birmingham, and
was due to close on 1st November at the Manchjester Opera House.
The Old Ladies
Rodney Ackland's psychological thriller, The Old Ladies, is to
tour later this year. It will open at the Key Theatre, Peterborough,
on 30th September, and then goes on to Richmond, Chelmsford, Cambridge,
Coventry, Poole and Woking, with at least another two venues to be announced.
The play stars Sian Phillips, Angela Thorne and Rosemary Leach.
Felicity Kendall will star in Sir Peter Hall's production of Beckett's
Happy Days at the Arts Theatre. The production premieres at the
Theatre Royal Bath on 3rd November, after which is will preview at the
Arts on 12th November, opening on the 18th.
Kensit to Make West
Patsy Kensit is to make her West End debut in See You Next Tuesday
at the Albery in September, alongside Nigel Havers and Ardal O'Hanlon.
Although best known for her film work (and for marrying pop stars!),
Kensit does have some stage experience, having appeared with the RSC
in Richard III.
Anne Charleston, Michele Dotrice and Shirley Anne Field play three sixty-something
friends who met every month to gossip with their late husbands in The
Chris Colby's production starts a UK tour on September 1st and takes
in Lincoln, Darlington, Poole, Guildford, Bromley, Coventry, Southend,
Malvern, Wolverhampton and Eastbourne.
Anne Charleston is best-known for her role as Madge in Neighbours
while Michele Dotrice is recognised throughout the world as Betty in
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Television and screen legend Shirley
Anne Field completes the trio.
For the first time in more than 12 years husband and wife team Michele
Dotrice and Edward Woodward are sharing the same stage. He plays Sam,
a charming widower whose arrival changes the women's lives forever.
Opera Comedy at the
The King's Head is to stage A Comedy of Arias, by Ian Bloomfield,
based upon his experiences in the world of opera. It begins previews
today (27th July) and opens on 30th, running until 31st August.
Steele to Return in
50s rock 'n' roll star turned entertainer Tommy Steele returns to the
stage later this year after ten years. He will tour in a new production
of Leslie Bricusse's musical Scrooge, which opens at the Birmingham
Hippodrome on 13th October and then goes on to Newcastle, Plymouth,
Hull, Liverpool (playing at the Empire over Christmas, from 8th December
to 12th January), Edinburgh, Northampton and Wolverhampton.
Absolute Fringe Successes
to be Published
Two of Theatre Absolute's Fringe successes, Chris O'Conell's Car
and Raw, together with this year's final play of the trilogy,
Kid, are to be published in August by Oberon Books under the
title Street Trilogy.
Dragula Comes to
80s inspired cult musical Dragula is to open at the Heaven nightclub
(under the arches near Charing Cross railway station) tomorrow, 28th
July, and will run until 31st August.
Su Pollard, Mark Wynter and Louise English will star in a UK tour of
Annie which starts on September 1st and takes in Lincoln, Southend,
Dartford, Jersey, Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Grimsby, Billingham, Birmingham,
Wycombe and Cork.
Best-known as Peggy in Hi De Hi, Su Pollard takes the role of
the delightfully wicked Miss Hannigan. Mark Wynter, who began his career
as a pop star, moved to the stage where he has appeared in Cats
and Phantom of the Opera in the West End. Louise English's pedigree
includes roles in Bugsy Malone and Me and My Girl.
A cast of theatre-school students from each city on the tour will play
Annie's orphan friends.
The production is directed by Chis Colby, choreographed by David Kort
and produced by Chris Moreno Ltd.
- Blood Brothers (Willy Russell) extends to 28th February at
the Phoenix Theatre
- Tell Me on a Sunday at the Gielgud is extending until 10th
- We Will Rock You (Dominion) extends until 4th September 2004
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