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Rufus Norris is the surprise, but very welcome appointment, as Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Besides being a very likeable and modest bloke, he has a history of exciting artistic projects and he is prepared to take risks which is exactly what the National Theatre needs. I remember his early production in his time at the Young Vic translated by his wife Tanya Ronder of Peribanez review and of course Vernon God Little go here. More recently there was the fabulous production of Cabaret reviews and at the ENO an adventurous and very sexual Don Giovanni go here.
Booking opens on Monday 9th September 2013 for Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Boublil and Shonburg's 1989 musical Miss Saigon. The famous musical with its iconic helicopter landing on stage scene is the updated version of Madame Butterfly with the tale of a love affair between an American GI and a Vietnamese girl set in the Vietnam war and its immediate aftermath. The show will open at the Prince Edward Theatre, (as Jersey Boys moves to the Piccadilly Theatre), for Miss Saigon previews from 3rd May 2014. Tickets will be on sale from the Box Office website: www.miss-saigon.com and by telephone: 0844 482 5155.
Cameron Mackintosh says, "Ten years ago I decided to reconceive the show in a completely re-imagined physical production that could play a far greater number of theatres than the original but still retains Bob Avian's legendary musical staging and the same scale of cast. As well as touring the UK with enormous success the new production directed by Laurence Connor has been seen in numerous countries around the world where it has been embraced by audiences and critics alike with as much enthusiasm as the original. If anything the tragic love story of Miss Saigon has become even more relevant today. In the last 25 years our country has become involved in similar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the way we weren't in Vietnam and the American Dream has been buffeted by the reality of recent history. The new production has taken a more gritty and realistic approach to the design than the operatic original but still delivers the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg's great score."
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward about the society osteopath caught up in the Christine Keeler /John Profumo scandal of the early 1960s, which contributed to the fall of Harold MacMillan's Conservative government, will starts previews at London's Aldwych Theatre from 3rd December 2013. Richard Eyre will direct, Christopher Hampton has written bthe book and Don Black the lyrics.
At the Royal Court, a transfer from Peckham of the Court's soap opera written by Bola Agbaje, Rachel De-lahay and eight others. First performed as a serial on successive nights under the Open Court season at the Bussey building in Peckham, this tongue in cheek look at "soap" features a manipulative property developer who threatens to turn the local Job Centre into an apartment block. Fortunately the community band together in protest and the outcome is most unexpected. The cast are local Peckhamites with Christopher Glover impressive as shop owner Amir and Kevin Seville as the charming Ravi, his employee. Simon Balcon as the property developer has been a professional actor and is excellent and we warmed to quirky Kola Bokinni as local lad Joey. Running at One hour 20 minutes, television scouts should be picking up these lively writers, many of whom have contributed just five minutes of playing time. Peckham the Soap Opera is showing nightly until 14th September at the Royal Court Sloane Square Box Office 020 7565 5000
London awaits the opening of the stage version of the hit film The Commitments directed by man of the moment Jamie Lloyd. The adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel is by Doyle himself and this rock musical about the finest soul band Dublin has produced will preview from 21st September 2013 at the Palace Theatre.
Shakespeare's Globe unveiled the official name of their new indoor theatre as The Sam Wanamaker Theatre. named after the organisation's founder, pioneering American actor and director. In the late 1960s a book was taken from a shelf in Worcester College Oxford, and a series of drawings fell from it. These are the earliest set of design drawings for an English theatre in existence.