New & Old Make Ambassadors' ScheduleDate: 20 June 2000
The New Ambassadors' autumn programme will feature a West End premiere for one of the UK's most promising new playwrights as well as a revival of a classic by one of the country's most renowned touring companies. In Flame, by Charlotte Jones, runs from 4 September to 28 October, with previews from 30 August. It's followed by Shared Experience's production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House which runs from 2 November to 9 December, previews from 31 October 2000.
Charlotte Jones won the 1999 Critics Circle Award for 'Most Promising Playwright' for In Flame which had a successful run in January of last year at the fringe Bush Theatre in west London. The play, set in Yorkshire in 1908 and London in 2000, reveals how different generations of women are victims of over-bearing male egos.
Directed by Anna Mackmin, the new cast of In Flame stars New Zealander Kerry Fox who is best known for her roles in films including Shallow Grave and Welcome to Sarajevo. Fox's stage credits include The Maids at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997. She is joined by in the cast by Jason Hughes, who appeared in the National's recent revival of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, as well as Marcia Warren, Ivan Kaye, Rosie Cavaliero and Emma Dewhurst, who all featured in the original cast at the Bush.
Shared Experience's take on A Doll's House is translated by Michael Mayer and directed by Polly Teale. The company is renowned for its re-interpretations of classics. It made its West End debut at the New Ambassadors last year with a stage adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and returned in April with Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, adapted by Lee Hall. Casting has not yet been announced for A Doll's House.