Opening: Moss, Sejanus, Balance, Royal Court 50thDate: 16 January 2006
Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 16 January 2006 (previews from 11 January), Hampstead Theatre hosts Tamashaís world premiere stage version of Rohinton Mistryís Booker-shortlisted novel A Fine Balance (See News, 17 Nov 2005). The production directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, Tamashaís joint founder and co-artistic director, continues until 28 January 2006.
OPENING TUESDAY, 17 January 2006 (previews from 12 January), the Royal Court kicks off its year-long 50th anniversary celebrations with the return of former artistic director Max Stafford-Clark staging Stella Feehilyís new Dublin-set play O Go My Man (See News, 29 Sep 2005). The co-production with Stafford-Clarkís Out of Joint company runs at the Royal Court until 11 February 2006 before embarking on a regional tour.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 18 January 2006 (preview 17 January), the Royal Shakespeare Company presents Ben Jonsonís political thriller Sejanus - His Fall, opening at the West Endís Trafalgar Studios for a brief run to 28 January as part of the RSCís Gunpowder season, originally seen last year in Stratford-upon-Avon (See News, 26 Aug 2005). Gregory Doranís production features William Houston in the title role.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (preview 17 January), Eric-Emmanuel Schmittís Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur'an is adapted and translated from the French at the west Londonís Bush Theatre. Set in Paris in the 1960s, it revolves around a 13-year-old Jewish boy living in the shadow of his repressive father. Its limited season concludes on 11 February 2006.
OPENING THURSDAY, 19 January 2006 (previews from 12 January), Andrew Lincoln and Brendan Coyle star in the European premiere of Sam Shepardís 2000 play The Late Henry Moss at north Londonís Almeida Theatre (See News, 11 Nov 2005). Set near the Mexican border, it concerns the unravelling of family secrets as two brothers return home after a long absence to confront each other, their violent past and the death of their father. Almeida artistic director Michael Attenborough directs a cast that also features Trevor Cooper, Simon Gregor, Jason Watkins and Flaminia Cinque. The Late Henry Moss runs until 4 March 2006.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, Soho Theatre hosts the UK premiere of Elizabeth Kutiís The Sugar Wife, staged by Dublin-based theatre company Rough Magic and directed by their co-founder and artistic director Lynne Parker. Set amongst Dublinís Quaker community in the 1840s, the play revolves around a woman torn between her work with the cityís poor and her husbandís prospering business. Its limited season ends on 11 February 2006.
OPENING FRIDAY, 20 January 2006 (previews from 18 January), north Londonís Arcola Theatre celebrates its fifth anniversary by returning to its former glory as a clothing factory to tell the story of five shirt-factory workers in a revival of Frank McGuinnessí 1982 play The Factory Girls. Directed by Raz Shaw, the cast includes Catherine Cusack. It continues until 18 February 2006.
ALSO ON FRIDAY (previews from 17 January), actress Lynn Redgrave writes and directs Caroline John in Nightingale, which receives its UK premiere at north Londonís New End Theatre. Its limited season runs until 18 February.
- by Caroline Ansdell