Tricycle Premieres Jerusalem & New Pinter DwarfsDate: 11 February 2003
London's Tricycle Theatre launches its spring/summer 2003 season tonight with the return of Marie Jones' one-man show A Night in November followed by the premiere of Julia Pascal's Middle East drama Crossing Jerusalem and a new stage adaptation of playwright Harold Pinter's sole novel, The Dwarfs.
A Night in November had a limited run at the Tricycle last summer ahead of a stint at the Edinburgh Festival. Performed by Marty Maguire and directed by Byron Owen, the World Cup-set drama takes a hard and humorous look at the Protestant tradition in Northern Ireland. Marie Jones is best-known in the UK for her hit comedy Stones in His Pockets which received its London premiere at the Tricycle before transferring to the West End, where it's still playing. A Night in November opens at the Tricycle tonight (11 February 2003, previews from 10 February) and continues until 8 March.
Julia Pascal's Crossing Jerusalem covers 24 hours in Jerusalem in March 2002, at the height of the current intifada. An Israeli family get together for a birthday celebration but, with no food in the house, they make a wild decision to cross Jerusalem for a meal in an Arab village. Crossing Jerusalem receives its world premiere at the Tricycle on 19 March and continues until 12 April 2003 (previews 13 March). The production is directed by Jack Gold and features Suzanne Bertish, Nabil Elouahabi, Constantine Gregory, Adam Levy, Ann Marcuson and Jack Raymond.
Rounding out the Tricycle season is Kerry Lee Crabbe's new adaptation of Pinter's one and only novel The Dwarfs, which premieres on 23 April and continues until 31 May 2003 (previews 17 April). Written in 1960, Pinter's semi-autobiographical novel concerns old mates Len, Pete and Mark, whose friendship stars to disintegrate when Pete falls in love, sparking rivalry, insanity and hallucinations about dwarfs. Pinter himself adapted the black comedy for the stage in 1963.
This new version of The Dwarfs features Ben Caplan, Jamie Lee, Mark Rice-Oxley. The production will be directed by Christopher Morahan and designed by Eileen Diss, with lighting by Mick Hughes, sound by John Leonard and costumes by Dany Everett. Pinter's many plays include The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, No Man's Land and Betrayal.
- by Terri Paddock