Wood’s Antiques Musical Premieres at HaymarketDate: 26 November 2004
As previously tipped (See The Goss, 17 Nov & 15 Oct 2004), the musical version of Acorn Antiques will premiere in the West End in the new year. It’s scheduled to run for a strictly limited 16 weeks at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 January 2005, with public booking due to open on Monday 6 December 2004.
The musical is based on comedienne Victoria Wood’s hugely popular 1980s BBC mini-soap of the same name, which was a spoof on the long-running ITV soap opera Crossroads, with its wooden acting style and flimsy sets. Wood has written new material for the stage version.
Full casting details have not yet been released but stars of the original TV series - Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston and Wood herself - are expected to reprise their performances on stage, along with Whatsonstage.com Award Winner Sally Ann Triplett, seen earlier this year in Anything Goes.
Acorn Antiques will be directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre artistic director Trevor Nunn, whose recent West End credits include Hamlet at the Old Vic and the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. It’s designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis and Lez Brotherston and produced by Phil McIntyre, the force behind Queen musical We Will Rock You, still going strong at the Dominion.
Currently at the Haymarket, John Caird’s revival of Becket, starring Dougray Scott and Jasper Britton, finishes its run on 11 December 2004. It opened on 27 October 2004 (previews from 20 October) and had been booking up to 12 February 2005.
- by Terri Paddock