28th July, 2002
and Duncan to Take Over Chichester
RSC associate director Steven Pimlott, who recently also directed
Bombay Dreams, is to take over the running of the Chichester
Festival Theatre with Ruth Mackenzie, executive director of the Nottingham
Playhouse from 1990 to 1996, and Matin Duncan, who was artistic director
there from 1994 to 1999. The new management team will begin work under
a three year contract on 3rd November. The current artistic director,
Andrew Welch, leaves in September.
Musical R &
J in November
Romeo and Juliet - the Musical will open at the Piccadilly in
November (previews from mid-October). Based on the successful French
production (music by Gerard Presgurvic) which opened in January 2001,
it will have new English lyrics by Don Black.
The show, a spokesperson said, will remain true to the original, although
the dialogue will be updated. No other details have yet been announced.
Steadman and Donovan
Cooking in the West End
Alison Steadman is to star in Debbie Isitt's black comedy The Woman
Who Cooked Her Husband at the New Ambassadors from 16th September
(previews from 6th). She is joined in the cast by Daisy Donovan who
will be making her West End debut. Donovan is best known as a comedienne.
Isitt herself directs.
Sarandon at the Fringe
Film star Susan Sarandon and her partner Tim Robbins are to make a two
day appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, giving a staged reading of Anne
Nelson's off-Broadway hit, The Guys. Based on the events of 11th
September, the performances will be at the Royal Lyceum on 14th and
Maurice Denham Dies
Veteran actor Maurice Denham OBE has died at the age of 92. He died
on Wednesday in a nursing home for elderly actors in North London. His
stage career lasted more than sixty years and he appeared in over 100
film and TV productions. He also appeared in two of the most popular
radio comedy shows of World War II, ITMA and Much-Binding-in-the-March.
His most famous film appearance was in The Day of the Jackal.
Hunt Collapses Onstage
Actor Gareth Hunt is recovering after collapsing onstage on the
second night (Tueaday 23rd) of a six week run in Ayckbourn's Absurd
Person Singular at the Pier Theatre in Bournmouth. That performance
and the following night's were cancelled and an understudy took opver
The 59 year old Hunt seemed to forget his lines and then started shaking
and slumped forward over a table. he was taklen immediately to hospital.
Early closing notices have been posted for two West End shows: Gershwin's
My One and Only (Picadilly) is to close on 3rd August while Charlotte
Jones' Humble Boy (Gielgud) has also announced it will close
in August, although no date has been announced.. It was booking until
November. In addition, Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero (New Ambassadors)
will close a week early on 10th August.
to Tour in a Tent
A new production of Aristophanes' The Birds (written by poet
Sean O'Brien) opened at the Lyttelton on Friday, playing until 14th
August, after which it will tour - in a circus-style big top - to The
Lowry in Salford, Bristol, Telford, Beverley and Brighton. Combining
Greek comedy with circus skills, it is a collaboration between the RNT
The revival of Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, starring Peter Bowles (Apollo
Theatre), has extended by five months to 22nd February 2003.
and Neeson in New Film
Martine McCutcheon, Hugh Grant Liam Neeson are to star together in a
new film, Love Actually, about a Prime Minister who falls in
love with a tea girl on his first day at No. 10. It will be directed
by Richard Curtis.
Polycarpou in Brecht
Peter Polycarpou stars in Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo
Ui which opened at the Bridewell this week and runs until 24th August.
The production is directed by Phil Willmott.
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