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Mark Strong will lead the cast as Eddie Carbone in the West End transfer of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Public booking opens 17 November 2014 for Ivo Van Hove's five star Young Vic production. It will open at the Wyndham's Theatre on 16 February 2015 with previews from 11 February 2015 and play for a strictly limited eight week season to 11 April 2015. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, A View from the Bridge opened at the Young Vic in April where the production enjoyed an extended sell-out run.
Nicholas Hytner's production of Richard Bean's Great Britain will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following its National Theatre run, with performances beginning 10 September 2014. Bean's fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment> is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig makes her musical theatre debut in the UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane's new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodavar's Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, and following two full-scale development workshops with actors, musicians and the creative team, the production will open in a limited run for 20 weeks only at The Playhouse Theatre on 12 January 2015, with previews from 20 December 2014.
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.
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.