News Archive

31st December 2004
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, ...
17th December 2004
Subsidised theatres were the big winners in this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The National Theatre's The History Boys took Best Actor: Richard Griffiths as well as Best Play, Scenes From The Big Picture gained Most Promising Playwright: Owen McCafferty, and the company...
3rd December 2004
The previously mentioned stage musical version of Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques, the cod soap opera with dubious production values that appeared regularly in her television series, will premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 31st January. It will feature the original cast of...
26th November 2004
The spring season at Sadler’s Wells includes Pina Bausch and Tanztheater Wuppertal with Palermo Palermo and Nelken; Highland Fling, Matthew Bourne's reworking of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide; Phoenix Dance Theatre with a new multimedia piece by Darshan Singh Bhuller; Northern...
19th November 2004
Subsidised productions have wiped the floor with commercial productions in this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards nominations. They include: Richard Griffiths - The History Boys, Douglas Hodge - Dumb Show and Stanley Townsend - Shining City battling for Best Actor; and Pam Ferris...
12th November 2004
The Donmar Warehouse has announced its spring and summer productions, which comprise: the world premiere of Owen McCafferty’s new version of Days Of Wine And Roses, by J P Miller, the story of a couple who make a new start in 1960s London, but descend into alcoholism, directed by...
5th November 2004
It’s Official! As previously forecast here, the Crucible Theatre Sheffield production of Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos, in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton, starring Derek Jacobi, Richard Coyle, Claire Price and Una Stubbs, directed by Michael Grandage, will transfer to the Gielgud...
29th October 2004
The Icelandic production of Romeo And Juliet, created in circus style by Artbox/Vesturport, featuring aerial and acrobatic choreography, which played at the Young Vic last year, is to open a West End season at the Playhouse Theatre on 18th November. Adapted by Gisli Orn Garoarsson...
22nd October 2004
Patrick Stewart and Canadian television actor Joshua Jackson will star in David Mamet's A Life In The Theatre, directed by Lindsay Posner, opening at the Apollo Theatre on 2nd February. The two hander traces the relationship of a veteran actor and an aspiring newcomer who share a...
15th October 2004
Despite the fact that most people thought the rumour was a practical joke, Victoria Wood has actually written a stage musical version of Acorn Antiques, the spoof soap opera with dodgy production values featured in many of her television shows. It will open in the West End early ...
8th October 2004
Despite being 'saved' by a fundraising campaign earlier this year, the Bridewell Theatre is to close in January as a venue for musical theatre. The company has been told by the Arts Council England that it will not receive any long term additional funding towards the 'economic' rent...
1st October 2004
The Arts Theatre is to host a double bill of one man shows. Toby Young will make his stage debut in How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, Tim Fountain's adaptation of Young's account of his unsuccessful attempt to conquer New York working for Vanity Fair, previously seen at the...
24th September 2004
Hampstead Theatre will present the European premiere of the award winning Anna In The Tropics by Cuban American writer Nilo Cruz, with Joseph Mydell and Diana Quick, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, on 30th November. When a stranger arrives and reads Anna Karenina to the workers in...
17th September 2004
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced next year's Stratford season, running from March to October. In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, comedies performed in repertoire by a 44 strong ensemble: A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Gregory Doran, Twelfth Night directed by Michael...
10th September 2004
In an unlikely alliance, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Little Angel Theatre are working on a joint marionette masque production of Shakespeare's epic poem Venus And Adonis. As well as marionettes, it will also feature rod, shadow and table top puppets, with narration by an...
3rd September 2004
Edinburgh Fringe Report: Once again ticket sales broke all previous records at 1.25m, a 13% rise on last year. However, as there were 25,326 performances of 1,695 shows in 236 venues this year - up from 21,594 performances of 1,541 shows in 207 venues last year - the average attendance...
27th August 2004
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Caroline O'Connor will bring her award winning one woman show Bombshells, directed by Simon Phillips, to the Arts Theatre from 6th September to 30th October. Written specially for O'Connor by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, it...
20th August 2004
The Society Of London Theatre's seventh Kids Week in the West End is now on, running until 3rd September, 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 August 2004
The Los Angeles based theatre company The Actors' Gang will perform their production of Embedded, written and directed by Tim Robbins, at the Riverside Studios, from 31st August to 23rd October. It is a raucous black comedy following journalists travelling with the US military during...
6th August 2004
New York has had a second tkts Half Price Ticket Booth downtown in the financial district for many years, originally in the World Trade Centre, and now at South Street Seaport, catering for people who work away from Times Square and the theatre district. Now London has done the same...
30th July 2004
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Holly Hunter will star in Marina Carr's By The Bog Of Cats, a new version of Euripides's Medea, which relocates the action to rural Ireland, directed by Dominic Cooke, opening at Wyndham's Theatre on 1st December. This is a revised version...
23rd July 2004
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the seventh Kids Week in the West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience with thousands of free tickets and special events. This year it has double the fun, as it is extended to a fortnight, running from ...
16th July 2004
The Royal Shakespeare Company has finally confirmed that is to return London with a six month season at the Albery Theatre, opening on 18th November. This will comprise the current Stratford repertoire, Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet, King Lear and Macbeth, each playing a straight four...
9th July 2004
The National Theatre has announced new productions to be staged in the autumn. In the Lyttelton: Sam Shepard's Buried Child, a claustrophobic domestic comedy with violent undertones, set deep in America's heartland, directed by Matthew Warchus, will open on 29th September. In the...
2nd July 2004
The award winning Off Broadway show Bat Boy - The Musical, currently receiving its UK premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, will transfer to the Shaftesbury Theatre on 8th September. The show, with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Fleming, and music and lyrics by Lawrence...
18th June 2004
With 24,326 performances, of 1,695 shows, in 236 venues, involving 735 companies, and 15,629 performers, the 58th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 8th to 30th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the world's largest arts festival. As usual, new...
11th June 2004
Sadly once again, the promise held out by the nominations for British talent in this year's Tony Awards wasn't quite realised in the number of winners - the closest we came was Henry IV winning Best Play Revival. It was a year for outsiders beating the favourites, with the puppet...
4th June 2004
The premiere production of Simon Gray's The Old Masters, starring Edward Fox, Peter Bowles, Barbara Jefford, Sally Dexter and Steven Pacey, directed by Harold Pinter, will transfer from Birmingham Rep to the Comedy Theatre, opening on 1st July. The action takes place at a meeting...
28th May 2004
The Royal Shakespeare Company has launched a new online archive, which features information about past productions at Stratford, not only by RSC (which was formed in 1961) but back to the opening of the first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879. The archive offers information on...
21st May 2004
Dreamthinkspeak, the company that specialises in site specific theatre, will be presenting Don't Look Back, based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, who travelled to the underworld in an attempt to save his lover Eurydice from death, at Somerset House from 28th May to 14th June. The production...
14th May 2004
Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's Tony Awards nominations. They include Best Director: David Leveaux - Jumpers, (but not for Fiddler On The Roof); Best Actor Play (Leading): Simon Russell Beale - Jumpers, (Featured) Ben Chaplin - The Retreat From...
7th May 2004
LIFT - London International Festival of Theatre - is celebrating its 24th anniversary of presenting cutting edge companies from all over the world, with this year's festival running from now until 21st June. Events include My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair: A History Of The Car Bomb...
30th April 2004
The 110th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 16th July and 11th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 74 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
23rd April 2004
The Old Vic Theatre Company has announced its first season under the artistic directorship of Kevin Spacey, comprising four productions, all London premieres. The season opens with Cloaca, by Dutch writer Maria Goos, the story of four lifelong friends reunited in middle age, an examination...
16th April 2004
Opera North has just opened a national tour at the Grand Theatre in Leeds with a programme of eight one act operas under the banner of 8 Little Greats, performed by an ensemble of 19 singers, and presented in a variety of double bills. While Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is inevitably ...
8th April 2004
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced a programme of over 160 performances of 111 different events in this year's festival, runing from 15th August to 5th September, for which booking opens on 17th April. Theatre highlights include the Centre Dramatique National/Orleans...
2nd April 2004
The Ambassador Theatre Group has received planning permission to remodel the interior of the Whitehall Theatre, splitting it into two separate spaces, which it will rename the Trafalgar Studios. The scheme extends the circle forward to create one bank of around 380 seats and an extended...
26th March 2004
Donmar Warehouse has announced two new productions. Jeremy Northam and Gina McKee will star in Harold Pinter's Old Times, directed by Roger Michell, running from 1st July to 4th September. When a couple entertain the wife's former college roommate, differing memories of 20 years ...
19th March 2004
This year's Glyndebourne season, running from 20th May to 29th August, will include two new productions: Mozart's Die Zauberflote directed by Adrian Noble, making his Glyndebourne debut, with Pavol Breslik, Lisa Milne, Peter Rose, Jonathan Lemalu and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke; ...
12th March 2004
Stephen Tompkinson and Michelle Collins are to star in Charles Dyer's Rattle Of A Simple Man, directed by John Caird, opening at the Comedy Theatre on 11th May. The poignant comedy is the story of a provincial middle aged man in London for a football match, who is drawn to the bright...
5th March 2004
The previously mentioned UK premiere production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Off Broadway hit Fuddy Meers, at Birmingham Rep from 16th April to 8th May, will transfer to the Arts Theatre from 20th May. A black comedy about a woman who loses her memory every night - until she is kidnapped...
27th February 2004
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Lyceum Theatre Sheffield production of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer, starring Diana Rigg and Victoria Hamilton, and directed by Michael Grandage, will transfer to the West End, opening at the Albery Theatre on 14th...
20th February 2004
The National Theatre was the main beneficiary of this year's Olivier Awards, Britain's premier theatre awards, taking amongst others Best New Musical - Jerry Springer - The Opera, Best New Play - The Pillowman and Best Revival - Mourning Becomes Electra. The Donmar Warehouse mopped...
13th February 2004
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Hollywood actors Julia Stiles and Aaron Eckhart will make their West End debut in David Mamet's Oleanna, directed by Lindsay Posner, opening at the Garrick Theatre on 22nd April. The play examines political correctness, as an American university...
6th February 2004
The National Theatre has announced its productions for the rest of this year. In the Olivier: Cyrano De Bergerac, with Stephen Rea, Claire Price, Zubin Varla and Malcolm Storry, directed by Howard Davies; Complicite's production of Measure For Measure, with Naomi Frederick, Paul ...
30th January 2004
The Beautiful And The Damned, a musical about the troubled life of writer F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, which played a prospective pre West End season at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre last June, will open at the Lyric Theatre on 6th May. The book is by Kit Hesketh Harvey, and...
23rd January 2004
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its summer season, running from 29th April to 25th September. In the Festival Theatre: the British premiere of Cole Porter's 1950 musical Out Of This World, in which Ancient Greece meets Hollywood as Jupiter falls in love with a movie star...
16th January 2004
Jerry Springer - The Opera, Ragtime and Pacific Overtures have each scooped up eight nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards. The don't have it all their own way however, as Thoroughly Modern Millie has five, including Amanda Holden and Maureen Lipman going head to head...
9th January 2004
American composer and pianist Hershey Felder will perform Gershwin Alone, his one man show about the life and work of the composer George Gershwin, at the Duchess Theatre, from 18th February to 17th April. The show was first seen on Broadway in 2001, and has since toured extensively...
2nd January 2004
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, ...