News Archive

29th December 2006
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, ...
22nd December 2006
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Billie Piper, Kris Marshall and Laurence Fox star in Christopher Hampton's Treats, directed by Laurence Boswell, which will open at the Garrick Theatre on 28th February. Set in the 1970s, it is the darkly comic story of an egotistical ex...
15th December 2006
Roger Allam, Frances De La Tour and Mark Rylance will star in Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross's record breaking 1960s farce Boeing-Boeing, directed by Matthew Warchus, opening at the Comedy Theatre, on 15th February. It's the story of an English playboy living in Paris, with three...
1st December 2006
The Victoria and Albert Museum may yet be thwarted in its plan to close down the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. Supporters of the Theatre Museum have joined together to launch Guardians of the Theatre Museum, chaired by Save London's Theatre Campaign and the Society for Theatre...
24th November 2006
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Richard Schiff will star in the British premiere of Glen Berger's Off Broadway hit Underneath The Lintel, directed by Maria Mileaf, opening at the Duchess Theatre on 12th February. Inspired by Klezmer/Yiddish music from the 1920s, the one...
17th November 2006
A revised version of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's stage comedy, revisiting their character Alan B'Stard, the most selfish politician of all time from the television series The New Statesman, which toured earlier this year under the title The Blair B'Stard Project, will play ...
10th November 2006
Honours are evenly spread between commercial and subsidised productions in the nominations for this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards, with three shows dominating the list: Frost/Nixon - Peter Morgan (Best Play), Michael Sheen (Actor), Michael Grandage (Director) and Christopher...
3rd November 2006
The National Theatre has confirmed the new productions in its spring season. In the Olivier: George Etheredge's Restoration comedy of fashion and gossip, The Man Of Mode, with Tom Hardy, Rory Kinnear, Hayley Atwell and Nancy Carroll, directed by Nicholas Hytner. In the Lyttelton: ...
27th October 2006
The Bristol Old Vic Company season at the Theatre Royal includes Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus, given gender reassignment as the story of a woman who sells her soul to the devil in exchange for infinite knowledge, wealth and power, featuring Claire Price and Ayesha Dharker, with...
20th October 2006
Anthony Andrews and Jenny Seagrove will star in W Somerset Maugham's The Letter, with Karen Ascoe, Jason Chan, Andrew Charleson, Fioned Jones, Andrew Joshi, Chris McCalphy, Peter Sandys-Clarke, Liz Sutherland, Jon David Yu and Jamie Zubairi, directed by Alan Strachan, which opens...
13th October 2006
Billy Zane and Claire Bloom will star in the British premiere of Richard Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, with dances staged by Craig Revel Horwood, opening at the Haymarket Theatre on 29th November. It is the story of the unlikely relationship...
6th October 2006
The National Theatre production of Alan Bennett's The History Boys, about 1980s school staff room rivalry, the anarchy of adolescence and the purpose of education, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 3rd January. It will be the current touring production starring Stephen Moore, Isla...
29th September 2006
Despite the outcry from both the public and the profession, the Victoria and Albert Museum has announced that the Theatre Museum is likely to close for good at the end of this year, after the proposed partnership between the V&A and the Royal Opera House fell through due to lack ...
22nd September 2006
Peter Hall's 50th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, first seen at Theatre Royal in Bath last year and currently touring, will open at the New Ambassadors Theatre on 9th October. The production retains the original cast of James Laurenson, Alan Dobie, Terence...
15th September 2006
While presenting the National Theatre's Annual Report for 2005/06, Nicholas Hytner announces some future plans, including the extension of his initial five year contract by further five years. Forthcoming productions will include: Fiona Shaw in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed...
8th September 2006
Judi Dench and Desmond Barritt will be joined by Haydn Gwynne, Alexandra Gilbreath, Alistair McGowan and Scarlett Strallen in Merry Wives The Musical, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Christmas production, opening in Stratford on 12th December. A musical version of The Merry Wives...
1st September 2006
It would appear that despite protests from both the profession and the public, and the heralded partnership with the Royal Opera House, the fight to keep the Theatre Museum open has failed. A formal announcement will be made in November, but the Museum said in a statement this week...
25th August 2006
As it did last year, the Royal Shakespeare Company is to transfer three of its current Stratford productions for a season the Novello Theatre. Much Ado About Nothing, with Tamsin Gregg and Joseph Millson, directed by Marianne Elliott, will play from 7th December; Antony And Cleopatra...
18th August 2006
The Society Of London Theatre's ninth Kids Week in the West End is now on, running until 1st 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 by...
11th August 2006
There is an extravagance of premieres in the 28th Dance Umbrella, running from 21st September to 5th November, presenting the best of national and international contemporary dance, with 22 companies performing at venues across London. Highlights include: Merce Cunningham's spectacular...
4th August 2006
English National Opera has announced that the final production of its 2006/2007 season will be the musical Kismet, with music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, based on themes of Alexander Borodin, and book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davies, adapted from Edward Knoblock...
28th July 2006
Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths will star in Peter Shaffer's Equus, directed by Thea Sharrock, opening at a yet to be signed West End theatre on 27th February. The play is a series of sessions in which a psychiatrist tries to discover why a stable boy blinded six horses. The...
21st July 2006
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the ninth Kids Week In The West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events. Once again this year it has double the fun, as it is extended to a fortnight, running...
14th July 2006
The autumn season at Hampstead Theatre will include the premiere of Everything Is Illuminated, adapted by Simon Block from the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish New Yorker searches for his roots in the Ukraine, directed by Rachel O'Riordan, opening on 14th September...
7th July 2006
The Young Vic Theatre has announced the reopening season following its 12.45m rebuilding programme, designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects, starting on 11th October. In addition to the main auditorium there will be two studio spaces, the 160 capacity Maria - named after designer...
30th June 2006
The autumn season at Sadler's Wells will include visits from Ballet Nacional de Cuba with the British premiere of Don Quixote and a mixed bill Magia de la Danza; George Piper Dances aka The Ballet Boyz - Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt - with new works by Rafael Bonachela, Liv Lorent...
23rd June 2006
The Donmar Warehouse has announced its new season, which comprises David Mamet's The Cryptogram, charting the breakdown of a family and pinpointing the moment when childhood finally disappears, directed by Josie Rourke, opening on 17th October; the world premiere Patrick Marber'...
12th June 2006
New York TheatreNet: British talent achieved record breaking wins in this year's Tony Awards. Alan Bennett's The History Boys, took 6 awards: Richard Griffiths - Best Actor Play (Leading) and Frances de la Tour - Best Actress Play (Featured), Nicholas Hytner - Best Director Play, ...
2nd June 2006
Battle Abbey will join regulars Kenwood, Marble Hill and Audley End in this year's Music On A Summer Evening series of outdoor picnic concerts at English Heritage properties, on weekends between 24th June and 27th August. Highlights will include appearances by Art Garfunkel, Westlife...
26th May 2006
New York TheatreNet: Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's New York Drama Desk Awards. Alan Bennett's The History Boys took Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Play Actor - Richard Griffiths, Outstanding Play Actress (Featured) - Frances de la Tour, ...
19th May 2006
Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's New York Tony Awards nominations. They are led by 7 nominations for Alan Bennett's The History Boys, including Richard Griffiths - Best Actor Play (Leading) and Frances de la Tour - Best Actress Play (Featured), ...
12th May 2006
The new season at the Old Vic Theatre will include Kevin Spacey in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon For The Misbegotten, about a quick witted young woman, her scheming father, and their landlord, directed by Howard Davies, opening on 26th September; the all male Propeller Theatre Company'...
5th May 2006
The Royal Opera House is extending its free big screen live relays of ballet and opera productions to more locations across Britain this summer. On 1st June at 7.30pm, The Royal Ballet performing The Sleeping Beauty will be shown in the Piazza Covent Garden, Canada Square Canary ...
28th April 2006
The 112th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 14th July and 9th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 70 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
21st April 2006
The Royal Opera House is continuing its ROH2 series of innovative and experimental small scale dance, opera and music events, staged in the Linbury Theatre and Clore Studio. Dance will include visits by Bare Bones with new pieces by Stan Won't Dance, Arthur Pita and David Massingham...
13th April 2006
Shakespeare's birthday will again receive a double celebration this year. On Saturday 22nd April Shakespeare's Globe will stage its traditional Sonnet Walks, during which twelve sonneteers will entertain walkers along routes to Bankside. Participants have a choice of two routes through...
7th April 2006
Following last year's successful launch, West End Live, the event showcasing West End entertainment will be held again in Leicester Square on 17th and 18th June, from 12noon until 6pm. Cast members from Chicago, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, Guys And Dolls, Stomp, The Producers, Footloose...
31st March 2006
The Royal Opera House has announced its new 2006/2007 season. Royal Ballet highlights include new works by Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor in a triple bill with Balanchine's The Four Temperaments; a new work by Alastair Marriott performed with Balanchine's Apollo and Theme...
24th March 2006
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for this year's festival, running from 13th August to 3rd September, for which booking opens on 8th April. Theatre highlights include the world premiere of Realism, written and directed by Anthony Neilson; Troilus And...
16th March 2006
This year's Glyndebourne season, running from 19th May to 27th August, will include two new productions: Prokofiev's Betrothal In A Monastery, directed by Daniel Slater, with Viacheslav Voynarovskiy, Nathan Gunn, Lyubov Petrova, Alexandra Durseneva, Vsevolod Grivnov, Nino Surguladze...
10th March 2006
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, directed by Dominic Cooke, will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, opening on 5th April. Miller used the story of the 17th century witchcraft trials Salem, Massachusetts...
3rd March 2006
In this year's Olivier Awards the main honours were divided up between Billy Elliot, taking Best Musical, the original Billy's James Lomas, Liam Mower and George Maguire - Best Musical Actor, Peter Darling - Best Choreographer, and Paul Arditti - Best Sound Design; and Hedda Gabler...
24th February 2006
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its first summer season under the direction of Jonathan Church, running from 5th May to 1st October. In the Festival Theatre: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical Carousel, the doomed love story of a naive mill worker and a glamorous...
17th February 2006
The National Theatre has announced its next season. In the Olivier: in addition to Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt Of The Sun, directed by Trevor Nunn; Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo, in a new version by David Hare, with Simon Russell Beale, directed by Howard Davies; the world...
10th February 2006
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the full 12 month programme for its Complete Works Festival in Stratford upon Avon, which begins with special events celebrating Shakespeare's birthday on 22nd and 23rd April. Comprising 23 new RSC productions, 14 productions from visiting...
3rd February 2006
The Watermill Theatre Newbury production of the musical Mack And Mabel, starring Janie Dee and David Soul, directed by John Doyle, will open at the Criterion Theatre on 5th April. The show has a book by Michael Stewart, and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Set in Hollywood at the...
27th January 2006
The Shared Experience theatre company production of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, adapted and directed by Polly Teale, featuring Monica Dolan, James Clyde and Miriam Acharki, will open at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 12th May. It is the quintessential Brote story of the worthy governess...
20th January 2006
The Tony Award winning Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot, Eric Idle's adaptation of the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, directed by Mike Nichols, with choreography by Casey Nicholaw, will open at the Palace Theatre in October. The show features the songs from the film...
13th January 2006
Dominic Dromgoole has announced the productions in his first season as Artistic Director at Shakespeare's Globe, in which he has adopted the Royal Shakespeare Company policy of staging new plays alongside Shakespeare. The season, under the title The Edges Of Rome, running from 5th...
6th January 2006
The Society Of London Theatre is staging a fourth Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London. Discounted tickets are available for over 60 shows, including opera, ballet...