August 11, 2008
The Walworth Farce, the play that Enda Walsh premiered at the Traverse Theatre at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, receives it London premiere next month at the National Theatre, where it joins the NT Cottesloe rep from 24 September 2008 (previews from 18 September). And there’s every chance that The New Electric Ballroom, the play that the Irishman has brought to the Traverse for this year’s Fringe, will follow the same route South.
August 4, 2008
Budd Schulberg, the 95-year-old author of the Oscar-winning 1954 movie classic On the Waterfront, flew in to Edinburgh this past weekend for Saturday’s opening of Steven Berkoff’s new stage adaptation, which runs at the Pleasance Grand until 25 August 2008. Speaking to Whatsonstage.com, Schulberg said he was highly “impressed” with Berkoff’s stylised rendition of the story of New Jersey ex-prize fighter Terry Malloy. This version is, said Schulberg, “the best I’ve ever seen on stage”.
July 31, 2008
You may not have heard of young composer Conor Mitchell, but you’ll have definitely heard of some of his fans – amongst them, actor-director Simon Callow, West End leading lady Sally Ann Triplett and I’d Do Anything finalist Sarah Lark – who have banded together to save his musical Mathilde at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.Just a month ago, it looked like Mathilde – commissioned two years ago by the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA), where Mitchell is the first composer-in-residence – was destined to remain an eternally hidden gem after LAMDA backed out of mounting it at the festival. But Mitchell’s industry fans stepped in with a slot at the new Musical Theatre @ George Square, producing and PR services all offered for free. Read more
July 31, 2008
The father of Stuart Lubbock, the 31-year-old man who was found dead in Michael Barrymore‘s swimming pool, is planning to protest outside the opening of the former TV presenter’s Edinburgh Fringe show, Surviving Spike.
According to the Guardian, Terry Lubbock says his aim is to “stir up a hornet’s nest” ahead of an Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the incident, which occurred at Barrymore’s Essex home in March 2001. The protest will take place outside the Assembly Rooms, where Surviving Spike is due to begin previews later today (31 July 2008). Read more
July 21, 2008
Edinburgh Fringe bosses have been in crisis talks with the 247 venues taking part in this year’s 62nd annual festival (See News, 5 Jun 2008). The festival officially begins on 4 August, but many of 2,088 shows on offer begin previewing from next week. However, due to problems with a new box office system installed on the Fringe website, www.edfringe.com, advance tickets have yet to be sent out. Read more
July 21, 2008
It’s still two weeks before the Edinburgh Fringe officially begins, but the game of speculating which shows will transfer to London after their three weeks north of the border has already begun in earnest. Some – such as the self-penned play by inimitable American comedian and this year’s Whatsonstage.com Awards host Joan Rivers – have already scheduled their runs down south. Others will be hoping that the Edinburgh buzz will help propel them onwards. Read more