27th October, 2002
Best Ever Season
at the Globe
Shakespeare's Globe has had its best ever season, with 87% houses. Top
seller was Twelfth Night with 93%, followed by A Midsummer
Night's Dream with 90%. Apuleius' The Golden Ass reached
Mitchell Stars in Miller
Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre's revival of Arthur Miller's 1968 play The
Price, which opens tomorrow (Monday 28th October, previews began
on 22nd), stars veteran actor Warren Mitchell, along with Larry Lamb,
Sian Thomas and Des McAleer. This is the first major production of the
play in London for 32 years.
at the Bush
The Bush Theatre has begun its season of new writing, Naked Talent:
three first plays by new writers. The three plays are:
- adrenaline...heart by Georgia Fitch (23rd October to 9th
- Falling by Shelley Silas (12th to 30th November)
- Untouchable by Simon Burt (3rd to 21st December)
No More West End,
Alan Ayckbourn will not be bringing any more of his productions to West
End theatres, the prolific playwright and director said in a lecture
at London's Arts Theatre on Wednesday 23rd October. Commercial producers,
he complained, have become too devoted to "one-shot plays with
one big name in it."
"These celebrities can't do it," he went on to say. "They
get ill or lose their voices after twenty minutes, and you're left with
In future, he said, he will only bring his plays - with their ensemble
casts from the Stephen Joseph - to the National or the London Fringe.
I Am Not Against the
"I fully support the need to ensure that fringe and small-scale
theatres are able to continue their work, which plays a vital role in
the cultural and social life of the capital, as well as providing an
essential platform for emerging talent and non-mainstream work,"
writes London mayor Ken Livingstone in a letter in this week's "Stage".
He was responding to criticism which suggested that he was anti-arts
and, in particular, against the London Fringe. He points out that the
Greater London Authority (GLA) is not a grant-making body, but points
to a large number of initiatives which his office has supported over
the past year, including the Greatest Show on Earth offer, which sold
Producer is Woman of the Year
Judy Cramer, one of the producers of the hit musical Mamma Mia! who
had sunk everything she had into the musical, has been awarded the Barbour
Woman of the Year. Expressing herslef delighted at the award, she went
on to say, "Much of the success of Mamma Mia! is the result of
a collaboration that is unprecedented in the theatre world between three
women (producer, director and playwright), mirrored by three leading
ladies in the production. I'm extremely proud that the international
success of the show is providing a wonderful showcase for actresses
of all ages."
Vidal Satire at Drill
Gore Vidal's satire on television Live from Golgotha will be
performed at the Drill Hall in London in December. No further details
Empty Space Award Nominees
The nominees for this year's Empty Space
Peter Brook Award are
Southwark Playhouse, The Crucible, Sheffield, and The Drum Theatre,
Plymouth. The winner will receive £2,000 and the runner-up £500.
Also announced are the Up-And-Coming Studio Theatre Award nominees:
Camden Peoples Theatre, the Arcola, New Cross, and the Union Theatre.
The winner here will receive a £500 grant.
Also announced this week are the nominees for the Mark Marvin Rent
Subsidy Award, worth £1,500. The nominees here are Living Pictures
Productions, Kabosh Theatre, The Hidden Plot Theatre Company, Mu-Lan
Company and Slipstream.
Berkoff Wants to Work
According to a report in "The Stage", Steven Berkoff wants
to appear with model turned actress Jerry Hall in one of his own plays
and a Shakespeare. According to Berkoff, she is "totally underrated"
and "a remarkable actress who is developing all the time."
He is aiming for a production early next year.
Transfers to Hampstead
Activated Image's production of Stephen Fry's Latin! is to transfer
to the New End Theatre, Hampstead, from 26th November to 14th December.
The Full Monty is extending its booking period to 6th september,
2003, and Umoja to 29th March, 2002. One-woman show Elaine
Stritch at Liberty has added another fifteen performances and will
now run until 14th December, 2002. The show is only playing fiver perfomances
a week, from Tuesday to Saturday.
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