King's Head Postpones Grimm Fantasies OpeningDate: 11 March 2003
Grimm Fantasies, by American playwright John Michael Heuer, has postponed its world premiere London season. The play was scheduled to open, starring Susannah Doyle and Brian Protheroe (pictured), at the King's Head Theatre for a six-week season from 30 March 2003 (previews from 25 March).
The director Timothy Childs - whose previous productions at the King's Head have included One Touch of Venus and Inherit the Wind - has had a scheduling conflict and has had to return to the US to fulfil work commitments. Producers, Playmaker Theatre Productions, say the Grimm Fantasies will be postponed until later in the year, although no new date has yet been set. The King's Head has also not yet announced what, if anything, will now fill the gap in its programming calendar.
In Grimm Fantasies, Frederick Benjamin Jenson is a powerful American businessman with an eye to a future in politics until he meets a mysterious, sexy woman who instantly changes all the rules and his life. Does she have the psychic powers to see into the dark secrets of Jenson's past - or does she somehow embody that past? As she lures him into her apartment, the lines between reality and fantasy become increasingly blurred.
Doyle is best known for her television roles as Avril in Ballykissangel and as the acerbic Joy in five series of Drop the Dead Donkey. Her other screen credits include About a Boy and Cold Feet. On stage, Doyle has been seen in Death of Cool (Hampstead), Love You Too (Bush) and Hurlyburly, directed by Peter Hall in the West End.
Amongst Protheroe's many theatre credits are Some Explicit Polaroids, Three Sisters and Break of Day with Out of Joint, Lysistrata, Penny for a Song, Relatively Speaking, Sitting Pretty and, last year's RSC production of Pericles at Stratford and London's Roundhouse.
Previously writer in residence at the Circle Rep Theatre New York, John Michael Heuer's play Rameau La Besque presented there received the New York Drama League Award for Outstanding New Work. His other plays include Innocent Thoughts and Harmless Intentions.
Currently at the King's Head Theatre, No. 2, the one-woman play starring New Zealander Toa Fraser, finishes its season on 16 March 2003.
- by Terri Paddock