Who's in Charge at the West End's Playhouse???
Date: 3 February 2003
Things can change quickly in the West End. Just a fortnight after a press release was sent out confirming the new ownership and management structure at the Playhouse theatre, it seems to have been completely rewritten. As reported by Whatsonstage.com back in November (See News, 20 November 2002), the Playhouse has been acquired by American producing brothers Ted and Norman Tulchin. London-based producer Kevin Wallace, who the pair had previously worked with on Eden and Gagarin Way, had been assigned the task of managing and programming the 800-seat venue. He told Whatsonstage.com that the aim would be to present high-quality productions, particularly of new writing. However, last week the Tulchins and Wallace decided to go their separate ways. Although the split is said to be "completely amicable", it seems to be based on a change of programming emphasis. The venue is now due to be booked by fellow theatre owner, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), which, an insider told Whatsonstage.com, "can take the Playhouse in a very different direction". The first production slated for the new Playhouse is ATG's long-planned mounting of Three Sisters, originally mooted as a co-production with the now-defunct Natural Nylon (See News, 31 Jan 2003).
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