30th May, 2004
Death of Milton Shulman
Milton Shulman, theatre critic of the London Evening Standard from 1953
to 1991, has died at the age of ninety. Born in Toronto, he became a
lawyer and then joined the army during the Second World War, first in
the Armoured Corps and then in Intelligence. After the war he was involved
in interrogating German commanders. He then settled in London and joined
the Standard in 1947, becoming their film critic in 1948, a post which
he held until 1958. In 1953 he succeeded Kenneth Tynan as the paper's
He reviewed over 5,000 productions in his time, some very dismissively.
Look Back in Anger he described as a self-pitying snivel.
The Oxford Stage Company is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the
first production of George Bernard Shaw's Candida with a eight
venue tour. It opened on 19th May at Exeter's Northcott Theatre and
then goes on to Eastbourne (Devonshire Park), Ipswich (New Wolsey),
Guildford (Yvonne Arnaud), Oxford (Playhouse), Poole (Lighthouse), Richmond
(Ricmond Theatre) and York (Theatre Royal). Other venues, it is hoped,
will be announced later.
The production is directed by Chirstoper Luscombe and stars Serena
Law to Star in Brideshead
Jude Law is to star as Sebastian Flyte in a film version of Bridehead
Revisited. He will be joined in the cast by husband and wife team
Paul Bettany (playing Charles Ryder) and Jennifer Connelly (Julia Flyte).
David Yates directs and shooting starts at Chatsworth House this summer.
Rattle to Close
The Comedy Theatre's revival of Charles Dyer's Rattle of a Simple
Man is to close on 5th June. Originally booking to 28th August,
lukewarm reviews and poorer than expected houses mean the show, which
stars Michelle Collins and Stephen Tompkinson, will close after just
Langford Joins Fosse
Bonnie Langford is to join the cast of the touring version of Fosse
at four venues: Llandudno (31st May to 5th June), Milton Keynes (7th
to 12th June), Bristol (14th to19th June) and Nottingham (21st to 26th
June). The tour then goes on to Glasgow, Birmingham and Woking, but
Piper Joins Eccleston
Former pop singer turned actress Billie Piper will be Christopher Eccleston's
co-star in the new Dr Who series. She will play Rose Tyler, the
Piper, whose first single reached number one in the charts when she
was 15 (1998), made her acting debut in 2003 in the BBC1 series The
The following have announced extensions to their booking periods:
- Stomp (Vaudeville) to 30th January, 2005
- The Lion King (Lyceum) to 27th March, 2005
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