News Archive

19th December 2003
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Richard Dreyfuss and Lee Evans will star in the London production of Mel Brooks musical The Producers, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 9th November next year. Based on Brooks 1968 ...
12th December 2003
A stage version of the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally, adapted by Marcy Kahan, starring Luke Perry, will receive its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 20th February. The romantic comedy charts the relationship of two people as they go from enemies to friends to lovers...
28th November 2003
The Barbican has announced further events in its BITE:04 season including: the British premiere of David Edgar's Continental Divide, two individual plays sharing the same characters, Mothers Against and Daughters Of The Revolution, which debate political issues in contemporary America...
21st November 2003
Joan Collins will return to the British stage in Full Circle, a 1950s comedy by Alan Melville, adapted from Les Enfants d'Edouard by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon and Frederick Jackson, which will open a regional tour at the Churchill Theatre Bromley on 11th March. A best selling novelist...
14th November 2003
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford productions of The Taming Of The Shrew and John Fletcher's lesser known sequel The Tamer Tamed, directed by Gregory Doran, which are currently touring, will transfer to the Queen's Theatre for an eight week season from 12th January. Alexandra...
7th November 2003
Ground breaking, award winning theatre company Cheek By Jowl will be back in action next year. Director Declan Donnellan, designer Nick Ormerod and choreographer Judith Greenwood are currently working on a new staging of the ballet Romeo And Juliet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow...
31st October 2003
Covent Garden wouldn't let impresario Raymond Gubbay run their opera house, so he is starting his own. Gubbay, in association with theatre owner Stephen Waley-Cohen, has announced the first season of Savoy Opera, his new commercial opera company at the Savoy Theatre, under the artistic...
24th October 2003
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Mary Poppins, the stage musical adapted from the 1964 film, based on the stories of P L Travers, will open at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15th December next year, following a regional try-out. The book will be by Julian Fellowes, with ...
17th October 2003
English National Opera has announced a new season starting on 7th February. It marks the completion of the 41m refurbishment of the Coliseum, creating 40% extra public space (including a rooftop conservatory), and celebrates both the theatre's centenary and the 30th anniversary ...
10th October 2003
Thanks to the unexpected vacancy, Over My Shoulder, Richard Stirling's musical autobiography of Jessie Matthews, will run at Wyndham's Theatre from 27th October to 8th November. Anne Rogers and Jo Gibb play the older and younger Matthews in the rags to riches story that features ...
3rd October 2003
Michael Boyd has announced his inaugural season as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which starts at Stratford in March and has a back to basics theme. In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, four tragedies will be performed by an ensemble company of 36 actors: Macbeth...
26th September 2003
John Gordon Sinclair, Daniela Denby Ashe, Victoria Hamilton and Jane Horrocks will star in Stephen Poliakoff's Sweet Panic, opening at the Duke of York's Theatre on 6th November. The thriller tells the story of a child psychologist whose personal and professional security is challenged...
19th September 2003
The survivors of the Edinburgh Fringe continue to head south, and the previously mentioned San Francisco based Riot Group's production of Pugilist Specialist, proclaimed First Of The Fringe Firsts, will play at the Soho Theatre from 14th January to 7th February prior to a regional...
12th September 2003
The previously mentioned production of Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark, which plays at the Theatre Royal Windsor from 16th to 27th September, will transfer to the Garrick Theatre on 15th October. However, it will now star Saskia Wickham, Gary Mavers and Peter Bowles. The classic...
5th September 2003
Anthony Head will be doubling not just Captain Hook and Mr Darling in J M Barrie's Peter Pan, but also The Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates Of Penzance, in a season at the Savoy Theatre. The boy who would not grow up arrives on 15th December, to be joined in repertoire...
29th August 2003
Edinburgh Fringe Report: As predicted, ticket sales broke the 1m barrier for the very first time, clocking up 1,184,738 admissions, worth 9,386,003 - a 21% increase on last year - with over half the tickets bought by Edinburgh residents. Of the 1541 shows available, the fastest ...
22nd August 2003
The Society Of London Theatre's fifth Kids Week in the West End is now on, running until 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 by a ...
15th August 2003
Jim Broadbent, David Tennant, Adam Godley and Nigel Lindsay will star in the world premiere of Martin McDonagh's black comedy The Pillowman, directed by John Crowley, on 13th November at the National Theatre. In McDonagh's first non Irish play, a writer in a totalitarian state is...
8th August 2003
Peter Hall's production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Janie Dee, Aden Gillett and Hugo Speer, which is part of his repertory season at the Theatre Royal Bath, is transfer to the Duchess Theatre on 8th October. The semi autobiographical play is the story of a wife who has ...
1st August 2003
An all star charity gala in aid of The Prince's Trust will be held on 1st September at Shakespeare's Globe, in the presence of The Prince of Wales. The evening will comprise scenes from Shakespeare interspersed with music from the English Chamber Orchestra, followed by an Elizabethan...
25th July 2003
It's Official 1! As previously forecast here, Felicity Kendall is to star in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Peter Hall, opening at the Arts Theatre 18th November. Probably Beckett's best known play after Waiting For Godot, it is a monologue given by a woman buried up to...
18th July 2003
Nigel Havers and Ardal O'Hanlon will star in See You Next Thursday, adapted by Ronald Harwood from Francis Verber's comedy, opening at the Albery Theatre on 2nd October. Set in Paris, it is about the complicated life of a publisher, involving his wife, mistress, friends, and a weekly...
11th July 2003
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the fifth Kids Week in the West End extended this year to Kids Week And A Half, running from 20th to 31st August, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience with thousands of free tickets and special events. Children...
4th July 2003
The National Theatre production of Jerry Springer - The Opera, with music by Richard Thomas, and book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas, directed by Lee, will transfer to the Cambridge Theatre on Tuesday 14th October. It is produced by Avalon Promotions and Allan McKeown...
27th June 2003
Peter Hall is returning to his roots, to be the artistic director of a new 8.5m theatre currently nearing completion in Kingston on Thames, which will open officially in the autumn of next year. It has a modern 900 seater auditorium, based on the floor plan of the Elizabethan Rose...
20th June 2003
Once again this year the National Theatre is presenting Watch This Space, its free outdoor festival in Theatre Square from 20th June to 23rd August, with a programme that includes DJs, kathak dance, Greek music, acrobatics, sand sculptures, flamenco, mime, jazz, martial arts, African...
13th June 2003
Sadly once again, the promise held out by the substantial number of nominations for British talent in this year's Tony Awards wasn't quite realised in the number of winners. Vanessa Redgrave won Best Actress for Long Day's Journey Into Night, which also took Best Play Revival and...
6th June 2003
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men, starring Matthew Kelly and George Costigan, which has recently toured extensively, will open at the Savoy Theatre on 23rd October. The classic tale of the American depression is the story of two itinerant...
30th May 2003
The 41st City Of London Festival, running from 23rd June to 10th July, has Trading Places as its theme, exploring the cultural exchange between London, New York and Shanghai. It comprises the usual mixture of lunchtime, rush hour and evening events, with concerts of every kind of...
23rd May 2003
The Haymarket Theatre Leicester, one of the country's leading regional producing theatres, is to close at the end of the current season in July, in order to avert a financial crisis. This stems from the triple blow of Leicester City Council providing only standstill funding, the ...
16th May 2003
Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's Tony Awards nominations. They include Best Director: Laurence Boswell - A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, Deborah Warner - Medea, and David Leveaux - Nine (but not surprisingly Jonathan Kent - Man of La Mancha or ...
9th May 2003
The 109th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 18th July and 13th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 73 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
2nd May 2003
LIFT - London International Festival of Theatre - the biennial event that presents cutting edge companies from all over the world, has just started an extended season running until 21st June. It includes companies from Australia, Cambodia, Denmark India, Lithuania, Palestine and ...
25th April 2003
The announcement of the autumn Royal Ballet season, the first by Monica Mason as director, is a mixture of old and new. Highlights include: new productions of Frederick Ashton's Cinderella with Anthony Dowell and Wayne Sleep as the Ugly Sisters, and Kenneth MacMillan's Isadora reimagined...
25th April 2003
The announcement of the autumn Royal Ballet season, the first by Monica Mason as director, is a mixture of old and new. Highlights include: new productions of Frederick Ashton's Cinderella with Anthony Dowell and Wayne Sleep as the Ugly Sisters, and Kenneth MacMillan's Isadora reimagined...
17th April 2003
BAC Opera has so much to offer this year that it is splitting into two seasons, running from 8th to 31st May and 29th August to 13th September. The first group of shows are more instrumentally based, while the second group are more vocally oriented. Highlights include Kombat Opera...
11th April 2003
Music Theatre London, which reinvigorates opera by creating contemporary small scale productions featuring musical theatre performers, is staging a season at the Drill Hall from 11th May to 8th June. The main event is a new version of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro, created and ...
4th April 2003
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the full programme of over 170 performances in this year's event, running from 10th to 30th August, for which booking opens on 12th April. Dance highlights include: San Francisco Ballet with the world premiere of a work by British...
28th March 2003
The announcement of the autumn Royal Opera season proves that times have really changed at Covent Garden under the new music director Antonio Pappano. Highlights include Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, with Thomas Allen and Felicity Palmer, directed by Neil Armfield, conducted by...
21st March 2003
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Joan Plowright will return to the West End in Franco Zeffirelli's production of a Luigi Pirandello play, newly retitled Absolutely! (Perhaps), at the Wyndham's Theatre on 20th May. Plowright will be joined by Oliver Ford Davies in the absurdist...
14th March 2003
The Royal Opera House has announced its second ROH Too series of innovative and experimental small scale dance, opera and music events, staged in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Clore Studio Upstairs and Vilar Floral Hall. These range from visits by outside companies, such as Music Theatre...
7th March 2003
Following last year's Julie Burchill Is Away, the one person entertainment created from the journalist's Guardian columns, Tim Fountain has now turned to fellow scribbler Toby Young. How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, an adaptation of Young's account of how he failed to take...
28th February 2003
The Open Air Theatre Regent's Park has announced its 71st season, running from 9th June to 6th September. It opens with the perennial Park favourite A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed with a Mediterranean slant by Michael Pennington; joined on 13th June by The Two Gentlemen Of Verona...
21st February 2003
Last year's much feted Haymarket Theatre Leicester production of Rodgers and Hart's On Your Toes, starring former Royal Ballet dancer (and adult Billy Elliot) Adam Cooper in his first acting role, will transfer to the Royal Festival Hall from 7th August to 6th September. It is a ...
14th February 2003
On The Casting Couch: Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria (who voices various characters on The Simpsons) are joining Minnie Driver in Sexual Perversity In Chicago, at the Comedy Theatre from 14th May; Natasha Richardson is to star in The Lady From The Sea, re-opening the Almeida Theatre...
7th February 2003
Minnie Driver is to star in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity In Chicago, opening at the Comedy Theatre on 14th May, directed by Lindsay Posner. This will be her full West End debut, following a guest appearance in The Play What I Wrote last year. Mamet's play is the story of two single...
31st January 2003
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony award winning Broadway musical Ragtime will receive its West End premiere at the Piccadilly Theatre on 25th March, featuring Graham Bickley, Maria Friedman and Dave Willetts. Based on EL Doctorow's epic novel, it traces the cultural...
24th January 2003
Nicholas Hytner has confirmed that under his stewardship of the National Theatre from April, there will be an emphasis on new writing that addresses contemporary issues. New plays will include: Elmina.s Kitchen, by actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, about the yardie gun and drug culture in ...
17th January 2003
The National Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse have scooped up most of the nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards. The National's tally of 21 includes Best Actress: Anita Dobson - Frozen and Clare Higgins -Vincent In Brixton, which also received Best Director: Richard...
10th January 2003
George Piper Dances, the company set up by Ballet Boyz Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, will premiere their latest work, cheekily titled Critics Choice ***** at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 25th March. It combines segments choreographed by Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant...
3rd January 2003
Shakespeare's Globe has announced details of this year's season, which is expanded to five productions, under the umbrella title of The Season Of Regime Change, running from 8th May to 28th September. It comprises: Richard II, with Mark Rylance and Liam Brennan, in a traditional ...