Opening: Holy Terror, The Goat & Quare TransfersDate: 13 April 2004
Amongst the major London openings taking place this week are:
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 14 April 2004 (previews from 8 April), Simon Gray’s The Holy Terror transfers to the West End for a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre following a regional tour (See News, 22 Mar 2004). Simon Callow stars as the arrogant and manipulative Mark Melon, who reigns supreme as king of the publishing jungle. But it’s tough at the top, and when inner demons get hold, his fall from grace is of majestic proportions.
Originally seen in 1987 under the title Melon, The Holy Terror is directed by RSC associate director Laurence Boswell and designed by Es Devlin. The cast also features Robin Soans (as Gladstone), Geraldine Alexander, Beverley Klein, Tom Beard, Matt Canavan and Lydia Fox. It marks the producing debut of both Boswell and Theatre Royal Brighton Productions.
OPENING THURSDAY, 15 April 2004 (previews from 13 February), the British premiere production of Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, directed by Anthony Page, transfers to the West End’s Apollo Theatre after its limited season earlier this year at north London’s Almeida Theatre (See News, 2 Mar 2004).
Jonathan Pryce plays Martin who, during the same week as celebrating his 50th birthday, receiving an international prize and being awarded a lucrative contract, is forced to confess to his wife and son that he's involved in a bestial relationship that will probably destroy his marriage, his career, and his life. He’s joined in the cast by Matthew Marsh, Kate Fahy and Eddie Redmayne, who reprise their roles.
OPENING FRIDAY, 16 April 2004 (previews from 13 April), Oxford Stage Company’s 50th anniversary production of Brendan Behan’s modern classic, The Quare Fellow, comes to north London’s Tricycle Theatre, in the culmination of its national tour (See News, 23 Dec 2003). Set in an Irish prison, the 1954 comedy-drama finds 13 caged men awaiting the appointed hour of the unseen quare fellow’s hanging.
This new revival is directed by actress-turned-director Kathy Burke and designed by David Rogers. The cast includes Sean Campion, who was Olivier-nominated for Stones in His Pockets. At the Tricycle, it’s the second production, following Sean Holmes’ revival of Peter Flannery’s Singer, in an Oxford Stage mini-season.
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- by Terri Paddock