30th December, 2001
and Les Mis Extend
Both Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables have announced
new booking periods. They are now booking to 21st December, 2002.
Also extending, to March 2002, is Noel Coward's Star Quality
at the Apollo on Shaftesbury Avenue. Its cast is Penelope Keith, Russell
Boulter, Una Stubbs, Peter Cellier, Nick Fletcher, Nick Waring and Marjorie
Musical on the Way
Yet another musical based on pop songs may be coming to the West End
in the near future. Following in the footsteps of All You Need Is
Love! (based on the songs of the Beatles), Mamma Mia! (Abba)
and We Will Rock You (Queen), among others, comes I Should
Be So Lucky, based on the songs of Kylie Minogue.
Written - appropriately - in Australia, the show will premiere in Melbourne
in January, and the producers hope that international productions (including
in the West Emd) will follow. Using 25 of Minogue's songs, the show
is described as a romantic comedy and features a gay young man's search
for true love.
Planer to Tour
before Queen Show
Nigel Planer is to tour his one-man show I, an Actor in January
and February. The tour will take in Bath, Winchester, Coventry, Richmond,
Buxton, Newbury, Jersey, Swindon, Darlington, Nottingham, Colchester
and Poole and, possibly, other cities.
I, an Actor is based on his 1998 book about Nicholas Craig,
a fictional total luvvy.
In May Planer takes the lead in the new Ben Elton/Queen musical, We
Will Rock You at the Dominion.
Leeds Football Trial
Yorkshire Television has commissioned a script based on the events leading
to the trial of Leeds footballers Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer but
have yet to decide whether or not it should go into production. The
writer is former Channel 4 commissioning editor Farrukh Dhondy. Although
the victim of the attack which led to the trial, Sarfraz Najeib, is
co-operating in the development of the piece, the footballers have refused
to do so.
Two Fugard Plays
South African Playwright Athold Fugard will have two plays running in
London this spring. From 22nd January to 13th April the Old Vic will
present his classic The Island (previews from 15th January),
whilst the Tricycle, Kilburn, will present his new play Sorrows and
Rejoicings from 25th March to 20th April (previoews from 20th March).
He will direct both productions.
Sir Nigel Hawthorne
Actor Sir Nigel Hawthorne died on Boxing Day, aged 72, of a heart attack.
He had been battling against cancer for two years. Although he spent
his whole life in theatre, it was not until he played Sir Humphrey in
the Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister series on BBC
TV that he became well known.
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