Opening: Motortown, Voysey, Krapp, House MovesDate: 24 April 2006
Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 24 April 2006 (previews from 21 April), the Royal Court’s year-long 50th anniversary programme continues in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs with the premiere of Simon Stephens’ latest play, Motortown (See News, 11 Oct 2005). Written in response to the London bombings in July 2005, the story revolves around Danny, who returns from Basra to a foreign England and a different kind of battle. Ramin Gray directs a cast that features Daniel Mays and Fenella Woolgar. The run continues until 20 May 2006.
OPENING TUESDAY, 25 April 2006 (previews from 18 April), Peter Gill revives Harley Granville Barker’s 1903 English classic The Voysey Inheritance at the National Theatre (See News, 15 Feb 2006). Dominic West and Julian Glover star in the play in which Edward’s highly principled world upturns when his father reveals that he’s been illegally speculating with clients’ money. The cast also features Nancy Carroll and Lucy Briers. The production continues in the NT Lyttelton repertoire until 7 June 2007.
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OPENING WEDNESDAY, 26 April 2006 (preview 25 April), former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy stars in the world premiere of The Pocket Orchestra - The Unlikely Lives of the Great Composers, which has a limited run to 20 May 2006 at the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 2 (See News, 6 Mar 2006).
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, the Beckett Centenary Festival concludes at the Barbican Centre with John Hurt reprising his acclaimed performance in Samuel Beckett’s one-man play Krapp's Last Tape, running until 6 May 2006 (See News, 17 Mar 2006).
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (preview 25 April), homeless persons’ theatre company Cardboard Citizens brings Sarah Woods’ new play Visible to Soho Theatre for its limited season to 6 May 2006.
OPENING THURSDAY, 27 April 2006, Motown compilation musical, Dancing in the Streets, moves from its current home at the Cambridge Theatre to the Aldwych Theatre for a limited 12-week season (to 22 July), during which it will mark its first year anniversary in the West End (See News, 7 Mar 2006).
ALSO ON THURSDAY (previews from 25 April), Valparaiso receives its UK premiere in a production, directed by Jack McNamara, which runs at the fringe Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington until 13 May. Written by American novelist Don Delillo (Underworld, Americana, Loves Lies Bleeding), the play follows a businessman who heads to Valparaiso, Indiana and ends up instead in Valparaiso, Chile.
OPENING FRIDAY, 28 April 2006, after eight years at the Adelphi, Chicago follows Dancing in the Streets into the Cambridge Theatre, where the original London production of Kander and Ebb’s musical about sex, murder and greed in 1920s Chicago was first seen in 1979. Bonnie Langford currently stars as Roxie Hart.
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- by Terri Paddock