29th December, 2002
Four more Edinburgh Fringe hits are to transfer to London in the next
few months, to three different theatres:
- The Bomb-Itty of Errors, a hip hop version of The Comedy
of Errors, arrives at the New Ambassadors on 7th May and runs
until 12th July.
- Rona Munro's Iron runs from 22nd January to 1st March at
the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.
- A double bill of Horse Country (by C.J. Hopkins) and The
Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as Found in an Envelope (Partially
Burned) in a Dustbin in Paris Labelled "Never to Be Performed.
Never. Ever. Ever! Or I'll Sue from the Grave!!!" will be
at the Riverside Studios from 6th March to 12th April (previews from
Mayall to Tour in Coward
Rik Mayall makes a return to the stage in January when he begins a national
tour as Gary Essendine in Noël Coward's Present Laughter.
The tour begins on 20th January at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, and
then goes on to Malvern, Wycombe, Oxford, Bromley, Glasgow, Richmond,
Guildford and Bath. The play is directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
Mercer Musical at King's
Too Marvellous for Words, a new musical about songwriter Johnny
Mercer, is to open at the King's Head, Islington, on 2nd January. It
began previews on Boxing Day. One of the stars in Alexandra Jay, the
overworked understudy of Martine McCutcheon in My Fair Lady.
Goldberg to Make West
It is rumoured that Whoopi Goldberg will make her West End debut when
August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which is due to open
on Broadway, transfers to the West End in the second half of 2003.
The musical 125th Street has posted early closing notices for
11th January, which will mean it has run for just five months. It is
understood that the box office has not been good after a lukewarm reception
from the critics: "A good night out for the not particularly demanding,"
said The Stage.
Harker and McGann
to Star in UK Premiere
Susannah Harker and Paul McGann are to star in the UK premiere of The
Litle Black Book by French writer Jean-Claude Carriere at the Riverside
Studios. The play runs from 25th February to 15th March.
Jones and Lloyd Webber?
According to a newspaper report, writer Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy)
is to write the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical, which
will be based on Wilkie Collins' novel The Woman in White.
What the Night Is For, starring Gillian Anderson, has cancelled
its Wednesday matinees. No reason has been given by the comedy theatre,
but it is kniwn that the box office has not been as good as expected.
The Phantom of the Opera has extended its booking period to 28th
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