Opening: ETT Hamlet, Fabulation, Brooks InquisitorDate: 20 February 2006
Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 20 February 2006 (previews from 13 February), English Touring Theatreís production of Hamlet transfers to the West Endís New Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season to 22 April (See News, 3 Jan 2006). Ed Stoppard, son of playwright Tom Stoppard in the title role, with Anita Dobson as his mother Gertrude. ETT artistic director Stephen Unwin directs.
ALSO TONIGHT (previews from 16 February), the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn concludes its three-play season of African-American plays with Lynn Nottageís Fabulation, which runs until 18 March. The cast includes Carmen Munroe and Jenny Jules, both of whom have appeared in the prior two plays in the four-month season - Abram Hillís Walk Hard and August Wilsonís Gem of the Ocean (See News, 29 Jul 2005).
OPENING TUESDAY, 21 February 2006, Peter Brook (pictured), the legendary British director now based in Paris, returns to the Barbicanís Pit Theatre with his production of The Grand Inquisitor. Based on a chapter in Dostoyevskyís The Brothers Karamazov, the production runs for just five nights to 26 February as part of the Barbicanís BITE (Barbican International Theatre Event) programme (See News, 9 Nov 2005).
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 22 February 2006 (previews from 16 February), two of televisionís best-loved fictional characters, rag-and-bone men Harold and Albert Steptoe, transfer to the stage in a new comedy, Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane. The production, first seen at York Theatre Royal last year, opens for a limited season at the West Endís Comedy Theatre, where it has replaced the cancelled Christopher Eccleston-led production of The School of Night (See News, 13 Jan 2006).
- by Caroline Ansdell