Youth Closes with Current Hollywood Set, 15 MarDate: 30 January 2003
The current West End cast of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth - Hollywood young guns Freddie Prinze Jr, Chris Klein and Heather Burns - will be its last. The production, which reopened at the Garrick Theatre on 20 November 2002 (previews from 13 November), will close on 15 March 2003, at the end of its current booking period.
A spokesperson told Whatsonstage.com that producers, Out of the Blue, had no plans to recast the show, which has recently been nominated for two Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards, including Best New Comedy, although they hadn't ruled out returning to it in the future. More immediate projects include the world premiere of Ariel Dorfman's Purgatory (see The Goss, 20 Jan 2003).
In its first London season in spring 2002, This Is Our Youth attracted two successive sets of glittering Hollywood movie imports - Hayden Christensen, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin, followed by Matt Damon, Casey (brother of Ben) Affleck and Summer (sister of River and Joaquin) Phoenix - in the roles of Warren, Dennis and Jessica, affluent college-aged kids hanging out in drugged-up squalor in early 1980s Manhattan. Since November's reopening, two more movie trios have featured. The current lot took over from Kieran Culkin, Colin Hanks and Alison Lohman on 16 November and will continue to the end of the run.
This Is Our Youth was first seen in New York in 1996, when it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best New Play. The London production - directed by Rebecca Gatward and Laurence Boswell and designed by Jeremy Herbert, with lighting by Adam Silverman.
- by Terri Paddock