Opening This Week: Sugar, Modern Millie, Mice & MenDate: 20 October 2003
Amongst the major London openings taking place this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 20 October 2003 (previews from 16 October) at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs is Lucy Prebble's first play, The Sugar Syndrome, about a 17-year-old who finds a man twice her age via the Internet - and he thinks she's an 11-year-old boy. Directed by Marianne Elliott it continues to 15 November 2003 (See News, 29 Jul 2003).
OPENING TUESDAY, 21 October 2003 (previews from 11 October), the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie receives its much-anticipated West End premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Cutting It TV star Amanda Holden (pictured) takes the title role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1967 film original. The nostalgic musical comedy is set in 1920s New York where recent arrival-from-Kansas Millie Dillmount is determined to bob her hair, dance to jazz, get a job and marry her boss - all in the modern fashion.
In the West End, Holden is joined by a stellar cast including Maureen Lipman (who alternates with Marti Webb), Craig Urbani, Sheila Ferguson, Mark McGee. The production reunites the original Broadway creative team, including director Michael Mayer and designer David Gallow. Thoroughly Modern Millie features new songs by Dick Scanlan (lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music), with a book by Scanlan and Richard Morris.
OPENING THURSDAY, 23 October 2003 (previews 21 October), the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic Great Depression novel Of Mice and Men comes to the West End's Savoy Theatre for a limited seven-week season. Jonathan Church's production was originally seen at Birmingham Rep and has since toured the country. Matthew Kelly (from TV's Stars in Their Eyes and George Costigan (Holby City, Linda Green) recreate their roles as Lennie and George.
- by Terri Paddock