28th December, 2003
Paradise To Be Lost
Twice in 2004
There will be two versions of Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost
on UK stages in 2004 and both versions will open on the same night.
At Northampton's Royal the stage version will be by poet Ben Power,
directed by Rupert Goold. It runs until 14th February.
A version at Bristol Old Vic, a version directed and adapted by David
Farr (in association with the National Theatre) will run until 21st
February. Both open on 30th January.
Although this is the first staging of the story of "Man's first
disobedience and the fruit of that forbidden tree which brought death
into the world and all our owe", it is not the first performance.
Guthrie productions did a one-man staged reading of Books I and II at
the Brighton, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringes in 2003.
Richard Imison Award
The Society of Authors is seeking entries for this year's Richard Imison
Award. The award, which totals £1,500, is intended to encourage
new talent and high standards in writing for radio. Eligibility includes
any radio drama by a writer or writers new to radio, first transmitted
within the UK between 1st January and 31st December 2003. The work must
be an original piece for radio, and must be the first dramatic work
by the writer(s) or writers that has been broadcast. Entries may include
the first episode from an original series or serial, but radio adaptations
of pieces originally written for stage, television or film are not eligible.
For further information and full entry guidelines, contact:
The Society of Authors,
84 Drayton Gardens,
London SW10 9SB
Tel: 020 7373 6642
Legendary Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona is to be the subject
of a new musical, El Diez, Entre el Cielo y el Infierno, which
opens at the Metropolitan Theatre, Buenos Aires, on 2rd January. Its
producers hope that it will transfer, in an English version, to the
West End and Broadway.
Vocal Selections Published
The sheet music of some of the songs from the hit show Jerry Springer
- The Opera has been published. It contains eleven numbers:
"Every Last Mother Fucker Should Go Down"
"Fuck You Talk"
"I Just Wanna Dance"
"I Wanna Sing Something Beautiful"
"It Ain't Easy Being Me"
"Mama Gimme Smack On The Asshole"
"Montel Cums Dirty"
"Talk To The Hand"
"This Is My Jerry Springer Moment"
It is published at £14.95 but you can buy it from our Bookshop
Thomas to Write for
Richard Thomas, the composer of Jerry Springer - The Opera, is
to write a new work for Streetwise Opera, which, according to Streetwise
founder Michael Peacock, will be performed in 2005. No title or other
details are yet available.
Transfers and Cast Changes
Of Mice and Men, which closed at the Savoy earlier this month,
is to transfer to the Old Vic on 3rd February. It is currently booking
to 3rd April. Although no official announcement has been made, it is
expected that the play's stars, George Costigan and Matthew Kelly, will
Marti Webb will take over from Denise Van Outen in Tell Me On a
Sunday (Gielgud) on 13th January and will stay with the show until
it ends on 14th February. Understudy Julie-Alanah Brighten will continue
to perform at all Thursday and Saturday matinees.
Mendes and Winslett Have a Son
Sam Mendes and Kate Winslett have a son, Joe, born in new York, who
weighed in at 7lb 3oz.
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