29th September, 2002
Emmy for Finney
Actor Albert Finney has won one of the prestigious Emmy Awards from
the US Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. We won Best Actor in
a Mini-Series or Made-For-TV Movie for his performance as Winston Churchill
in The Gathering Storm. Also in the running for the award was
Kenneth Branagh for Shackleton and Michael Gambon for Path
to War. Also nominated were American actors James Franco and Beau
Jim Broadbent was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series
or Made-for-TV Movie for The Gathering Storm, but the award went
to Michael Moriarty for James Dean.
Vanessa Redgrave was also nominated for The Gathering Storm
(she played Clemmie Churchill) but the award went to Laura Linney for
The award for best individual performance in a variety or music programme
went to Sting.
West Plays Lear on
Timothy West plays the lead in the English Touring Theatre's new production
of Shakespeare's tragedy, which opened at Malvern last Monday (23rd
September). Director Stephen Urwin has simplified the text of the play
to make it easier for the actors and audience to approach it afresh.
The production will also visit Aberdeen, Norwich, Buxton, Truro, Salford,
Coventry, Cambridge, Durham, York, Brighton and Bradford.
Sean Bean and Samantha Bond are to be joined in Macbeth at the
Albery by Julian Glover (who plays Duncan) and Mark Bazeley (MacDuff).
The production, directed by Edward Hall, opens on 14th November (previews
from 7th) after a pre-West end run at Milton Keynes (16th to 26th October)
and Richmond (28th October to 2nd November).
This will be Bean's first stage appearance for twelve years and Hall's
third West End production this year.
King Kong the Musical?
According to a report in The Stage, writer Debbie Isitt, whose The
Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is currently running in the West End,
is working on a musical based on the classic film King Kong.
The Hills Will Be
Alive in Victoria
Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that the Victoria Palace will be home
to his revival of The Sound of Music in May next year next year.
Although no casting has been announced, it is expected that Maria Friedman
will play Maria.
Changes to An Average
On an Average Day, starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan,
has extended by one week to 3rd November but has cancelled all mid-week
matinees. There will be no performances on Monday evenings but there
will be matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
Royal Haymarket in
The Theatre Royal Haymarket was the subject of a fire scare in the early
morning of Thursday 26th September when fire broke out in a near-by
office. The fire spread to a neighbouring building and was said to be
threatening the Theatre Royal before it was brought under control by
fifty fire fighters. Roads around about were closed to traffic and pedestrians
for four hours. The theatre was undamaged.
Outplays FlatSpin and GamePlan
The third play of Alan Ayckbourn's Damsels in Distress trilogy
will replace the repertory performances of the other two plays from
tomorrow, Monday 30th September. RolePlay has been the most critically
acclaimed of the three and it will play each night at the Duchess. The
whole trilogy will continue to be eprformed on Saturdays.
for Broadway in 2004
Andrew Lloyd Webber travels to New York this week to begin preliminary
discussions about casting the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams.
No theatre has yet been arranged but the aim is to open the show in
Pop Musicals Keep
Rumour has it that another pop-based musical is on the way. This time
we hear that Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours is to be given the
music theatre make-over. Watch this space!
Our House Isn't Going
to be Finished on Time
In spite of saying last week (when cancelling some previews) that the
opening wouldn't be affected), the producers of Our House, based
on the music of pop band Madness, have announced that the opening has
been put back by another week. It will now open on 28th October.
Builders! They never finish on time!
Donmar Tenth Birthday
The Donmar is to celebrate its tenth birthday, say goodbye to Sam Mendes
and welcome Michael Grandage with a gala performance of Uncle Vanya
tomorrow. £100 gets a ticket for the performance and an interval
champagne toast, whilst £250 includes a post-show champagne reception
and Patron status.
The Lowry Hotel in Manchester will be the venue for a celebration of
the life and work of Richard Rodgers on 6th October. Tickets, priced
at £88, will include cabaret from Janie Dee and other artistes,
a champagne cocktail reception and a four course dinner.
And Black Is Celebrated
Tonight the Variety Club celebrates lyricist Don Black at a tribute
dinner at London's Dorchester Hotel for which tickets are £125.
Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (Lyric) is extending by
one week to 12th October.
DH Lawrence's The Daughter in Law (Young Vic) also extends by
a week to 19th October.
The Full Monty has extended by six months to 2nd September 2003.
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