Opening: Guantanamo, Fuddy, Yellowman, MeasureDate: 24 May 2004
Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 24 May 2004 (previews from 20 May), north London’s Tricycle Theatre continues its theatrical documentary approach to events in the ongoing “war on terror” with a new piece examining the plight of the Guantanamo Bay detainees (See News, 3 Mar 2004). Guantanamo - 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom' - based on personal testimony from the families of detainees, as well as statements from lawyers, government spokesman, medical experts and other commentators – has a limited season to 12 June 2004. It’s directed by Tricycle artistic director Nicolas Kent.
OPENING TUESDAY, 25 May 2004 (previews from 12 May), David Lindsay Abaire’s anarchic Off-Broadway comedy Fuddy Meers, about who suffers from a strange form of amnesia, has its West End premiere, following initial dates at Birmingham Rep (See News, 5 Mar 2004). The Angus Jackson production - the first out of Sam Mendes’ post-Donmar Scamp production company (See News, 13 Feb 2004) – features Broadway’s Katie Finneran, Julia McKenzie, Nicholas Le Prevost, Charlotte Randle, John Gallagher Jr and Hollywood’s Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Do).
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 26 May 2004 (preview 25 May), the European premiere production of American dramatist Dael Orlandersmith's 2002 play Yellowman transfers to north London’s Hampstead Theatre, following initial dates at Liverpool Everyman (See News, 16 Dec 2003). Set in 1960s South Carolina, it follows Eugene and Alma who, from childhood playmates to teenage sweethearts, have struggled for acceptance. Indhu Rubasingham directs Cecilia Noble and Kevin Harvey. The limited London season continues up to 19 June 2004.
OPENING THURSDAY, 27 May 2004 (previews from 17 May), at the National Theatre, the 2004 Travelex £10 Season continues with Measure for Measure, which runs in repertory up to 31 July 2004 (See News, 6 May 2004). The Shakespeare is directed by Simon McBurney, co-founder and artistic director of Complicite, who are co-producing. The cast includes Naomi Frederick, Paul Rhys, Toby Jones and David Troughton.
- by Terri Paddock