News Archive

28th December 2001
Elsewhere, it is customary at this time to look back over the year, and review triumphs and failures. Well we don't do that because we're more interested in the future than the past, so the tradition here is to look forward to what will happen in the West End - all based on hard, ...
21st December 2001
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its plans for next spring. Three separate ensemble companies will play in repertoire simultaneously in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres in Stratford, and in London at the Roundhouse. The RST company will perform Antony and Cleopatra...
14th December 2001
The Almeida Theatre will present the world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, directed by LaBute, from 8th May to 8th June. It is a portrait of young America in revolt with the story of six young Americans living in a suburban wasteland told in blasts of laughter and...
30th November 2001
Thunderbirds are go on stage again, as Thunderbirds F.A.B, the show which was first seen in the West End in 1989, is back for its sixth and what is claimed to be final mission. The entertainment that apes the famous puppets, created by and featuring Andrew Dawson and Gavin Robertson...
23rd November 2001
The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company is to return to its spiritual home at the Savoy Theatre with a season comprising two Gilbert and Sullivan classics, both of which received their first performances there in the 1880s. Iolanthe, directed by Martin Conner, will run from 19th February ...
16th November 2001
It's Official! As previously forecast here Stephen Dillane will play the title role in the UK premiere of Life After George, by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson, opening at the Duchess Theatre on 19th February. The twist is that George is dead. His life as a charismatic university...
9th November 2001
The touring production of Return To The Forbidden Planet is to return to the West End at the Savoy Theatre from 11th December to 26th January. Subtitled 'Shakespeare's forgotten rock 'n' roll masterpiece', the show takes the premise of the 1957 sci-fi film, which relocated the plot...
2nd November 2001
The Greater London Authority has pledged £500,000 towards 100,000 free and discounted tickets (backed up with an offer of free bus travel) to encourage more people back to London's theatres. This follows a meeting of the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone with the Society Of London ...
26th October 2001
Broadway is bouncing back almost to pre September 11th grosses, with The Rocky Horror Show, which closed on 23rd September reopening on 30th October, and producers returning the 25% four week pay deductions accepted by the cast and crew of some of the big musicals. Meanwhile the ...
19th October 2001
The latest harebrained scheme by Adrian Noble for the Royal Shakespeare Company is to demolish its historic Grade II* listed theatre at Stratford upon Avon, and replace it with a £100m 'waterfront theatre village'. The existing theatre, built in 1932, and designed by Elizabeth Scott...
12th October 2001
It's Official! Confirming earlier reports, the current hit Broadway musical adaptation of The Full Monty is to open at the Prince Of Wales Theatre on 12th March. The 1997 film told the story of a group of out of work Sheffield steelworkers who form a strip act in order to earn a ...
5th October 2001
The Society Of London Theatre has launched a free Kids Theatre Club in the West End, aimed at 8 to 12 year olds, run by West End professionals. Participants are given a chance to explore famous shows through games and improvisation. The club runs from 10am to 12noon every Saturday...
28th September 2001
Penelope Keith and Una Stubbs star in the world premiere of a stage adaptation of Noel Coward's short story Star Quality, which opens at the Lyric Theatre on 29th October. One of his final works, the caustic comedy presents a behind the scenes look at theatreland, as personalities...
14th September 2001
Barbie is joining English National Ballet, thanks to an £85,000 sponsorship deal funded by her sugar (plum) daddy Mr Mattel for ENB's annual London Christmas season of The Nutcracker at the Coliseum. Barbie won't actually find time in her crowded diary to appear live, but will star...
7th September 2001
London Open House, the annual scheme to allow the public into architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, takes place on 22nd and 23rd September. A record number of over 500 locations will include old favourites of theatrical interest such as Dominion...
31st August 2001
As previously forecast, Joan Collins will return to the West End in Ken Ludwig's Broadway hit Moon Over Buffalo at the Old Vic Theatre on 15th October, co-starring with American actor Frank Langella. The farcical comedy tells the story of two actors whose thirty year marriage hits...
24th August 2001
David Young's play Antarctica, about Victor Campbell's scientific team accompanying Robert F Scott's ill-fated trek to the South Pole in 1912, will open at the Savoy Theatre on 9th October. It tells the story of Campbell's group of six men who were trapped in an ice cave for six ...
17th August 2001
Confirming earlier rumours, the Les Liaisons Dangereuses dream team of Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman and director Howard Davies, are to be reunited for Noel Coward's Private Lives, opening at the Albery Theatre on 4th October. The quintessential Coward play contains the most famous...
10th August 2001
The National Theatre has announced its autumn season. New work will include Lee Hall's version of Herman Heijermans Dutch social realist classic The Good Hope, a period story about a fishing boat in search of a catch on which its community depends, directed by Bill Bryden; Gregory...
3rd August 2001
For the fifth year running, Worldart Media will be webcasting hundreds of acts from its Festival Revue stage in Princes Street Gardens throughout the Edinburgh Festival, in the world's largest live arts broadcast. It is estimated that last year over 1 million people saw the shows...
27th July 2001
Eric Sykes and Russ Abbot are to star in Ray Cooney's Run For Your Wife 2, which is opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 29th August. The farceur supreme's sequel to his best play and biggest hit continues the tale of a bigamist taxi driver trying to keep two wives happy. Eighteen...
20th July 2001
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the fourth Kids Week in the West End from 24th to 31st August, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience with thousands of free tickets and special events. Children between 5 and 16 can go free (when accompanied ...
13th July 2001
The Broadway production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, directed by Michael Blakemore, opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 30th October. Tony Award nominees Marin Mazzie and Michael Berresse from the New York company will be joined by fellow American Brent Barrett, and a fourth...
6th July 2001
Broadway legend Barbara Cook is to play a four week season at the Lyric Theatre from 18th July with Mostly Sondheim. This is part of Stephen Sondheim's 70th birthday celebrations, being a selection of his work, together with pieces from the Great American Songbook that "he wishes...
29th June 2001
The Royal Shakespeare Company/Young Vic production of Lee Hall's adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's eighteenth century farce A Servant To Two Masters will return to the West End at the Albery Theatre from 24th July to 22nd September. Jason Watkins continues his barnstorming performance...
8th June 2001
Mel Brooks musical The Producers made history at the 55th Tony Awards ceremony by winning in all the categories in which it was nominated, receiving a record breaking 12 awards. These included Best Musical, Designs, Score and Book, and shattered the previous record of 10 Tonys set...
1st June 2001
Clive Owen and Prunella Scales are to star Peter Nichols A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, directed by Laurence Boswell, opening at the New Ambassadors Theatre on 1st October. The play centres on how a couple deal with their severely mentally handicapped child by inventing conversations...
25th May 2001
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that it is ending its twenty year association with the Barbican Theatre from May next year. In an effort to raise its profile and find a younger audience by attracting name actors, it will in future offer shorter contracts and play in West...
18th May 2001
The run of The Vagina Monologues the New Ambassadors Theatre is to be extended. Following the pattern of New York, having established the franchise, Eve Ensler will leave on 17th June, to be replaced by trios of actresses in fortnightly rotations. The first group will be Maureen ...
11th May 2001
Broadway theatre's Tony Awards will undoubtedly be dominated by the new musical smash The Producers as it has received a record 15 nominations. The main competition will come from the musical The Full Monty with 9 nominations, which although based on the British film, was developed...
4th May 2001
Ron Hutchinson's new play, The Beau, currently on tour under the title Beau Brummell will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 24th May. Peter Bowles stars as the eighteenth century wit and dandy, with Richard McCabe as his valet. The story concerns Brummel's later years, when no longer...
27th April 2001
The summer booking period at the National Theatre, in addition to previously mentioned productions, will include: John Vanburgh's The Relapse or Virtue In Danger with Brian Blessed, Paul Bradley, Alex Jennings, Maxine Peake, James Purefoy and Imogen Stubbs, directed by Trevor Nunn...
20th April 2001
Calista Flockhart's West End debut in The Philadelphia Story has been postponed indefinitely following a failure to agree on casting by the deadline for rehearsals which were scheduled to have started this week. Details have been announced of this year's Chichester Festival Theatre...
12th April 2001
Patrick Marber's new play Howard Katz will open the National Theatre on 13th June, with a cast that includes Ron Cook, Ashley Jensen, Cherry Morris, Trevor Peacock, Paul Ritter, Nadim Sawalha, Mossie Smith and Russell Tovey. It tells the story of a 50-year-old showbusiness agent ...
6th April 2001
The female version of Neil Simon's classic comedy The Odd Couple will make its West End debut 35 years after the original at the Apollo Theatre on 17th April. Oscar and Felix, who have become Olive and Florence, will be played by Jenny Seagrove and Paula Wilcox. The Theatre Royal...
30th March 2001
The Official Tribute To The Blues Brothers will open at the Whitehall Theatre on 26th April. The show made its debut at the Whitehall in 1991 and has returned to the West End twice since then. The show features Simon Foster and Brad Henshaw as Jake and Elwood Blues, the characters...
23rd March 2001
It's Official! Confirming earlier rumours, Cameron Mackintosh will transfer Trevor Nunn's National Theatre production of Lerner and Lowe's My Fair Lady with Jonathan Pryce and Martine McCutcheon to Drury Lane opening on 21st July; Calista Flockhart will make her London stage debut...
16th March 2001
Alistair Beaton's political satire Feelgood, about a group of spin doctors writing a conference speech for the Prime Minister, which had a sell out premiere at Hampstead Theatre, will open at the Garrick Theatre on 26th April. It stars Henry Goodman as Al… I'm sorry, a Downing Street...
9th March 2001
This year's season at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park has been announced. It opens on 11th June with the return of last year's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Alan Strachan. Love's Labour's Lost directed by Rachel Kavanagh joins on 15th June. This year's...
2nd March 2001
All You Need Is Love, a compilation show featuring more than sixty John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs, will open at the Queen's Theatre on 29th May, following a short regional tour. Rather than attempting to inject the Beatles songs into a story, the show takes the theme of a love...
23rd February 2001
Frances Barber will star in The Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) musical Closer To Heaven, with a book by Jonathan Harvey, which will open at the Arts Theatre at the end of May. It is set in a nightclub and will be choreographed by Peter Darling. The Royal Court Theatre...
16th February 2001
Hugh Whitemore's new play God Only Knows, with Derek Jacobi, Francesca Hunt, Margot Leicester, Richard O'Callaghan and David Yelland, which toured in the autumn, will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 20th March. It is a kind of thriller set in a holiday villa in Tuscany, with Jacobi...
9th February 2001
The National Theatre has announced details of productions in the next two years as it celebrates its 25th birthday. Confirming recent rumours, Nicole Kidman will star in Ibsen's The Lady from The Sea, and Glen Close will make her UK stage debut in Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named...
2nd February 2001
Following its two recent successes, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company is returning to the Savoy Theatre with its production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates Of Penzance. It will open an eight week season on 24th April, directed by Stuart Maunder and presented by Raymond Gubbay. ...
26th January 2001
Really Useful Theatres is launching its own award for new West End producers, to encourage fresh blood to bring new work to London. The Binkie Beaumont Awards, named after the legendary impresario, will only be open to producers who are not full members of the Society Of London Theatre...
19th January 2001
Following the success of the Kids Week in the West End promotion, the Society Of London Theatre has moved up a generation with Take A Date Or Bring A Mate. People aged between 15 and 25 can buy best available tickets for just £10 for 27 West End shows between 29th January and 2nd...
12th January 2001
The previously mentioned production of Under The Doctor, Peter Tilbury's modern farce, with Anton Rodgers, Peter Davison and Belinda Lang, will transfer directly from Churchill Theatre Bromley to the Comedy Theatre on 22nd February. Fiona Laird directs and the producer is Peter Wilson...
5th January 2001
The 23rd London International Mime Festival runs from 13th to 28th January, and features 18 companies from around the world, spanning the full range of visual theatre, including leading exponents of mime, animation, circus, puppetry, clowning and vaudeville. It begins at the Purcell...