Opening: Nirvana, Rhythm, Crooked & Tosca’s KissDate: 2 May 2006
Amongst the major shows opening in London during this bank holiday week are:
OPENING THURSDAY, 4 May 2006 (previews from 2 May), EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson and Wendy Morgan star in a new production of Arthur Kopit’s 1991 play Road to Nirvana at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre (See News, 29 Mar 2006). In the satirical slice of 1980s Hollywood life, Williamson is a failed movie producer turned drug dealer, Morgan is his moll. Colin McFarlane directs the production, which runs until 28 May 2006.
ALSO ON THURSDAY (previews from 2 May), Jacqueline McCarrick’s The Mushroom Pickers, winner of the 2005 SCDA National Playwriting Competition, premieres at south London’s Southwark Playhouse, in a limited season to 20 May 2006. Laura arrives in Frank’s mushroom picking nursery with grand plans of returning to life in rural County Monaghan - until Frank's hidden past and far more dangerous passions recall the real Ireland of her birth.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, the Oval House’s Southern Africa Season launches with two performances only of The Island, Athol Fugard’s award-winning 1973 two-hander about prison life on Robben Island during the Apartheid era in South Africa.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, Northern Ballet revives the George and Ira Gershwin song-and-dance spectacular I Got Rhythm for four nights at Sadler’s Wells as part of a regional tour.
OPENING FRIDAY, 5 May 2006 (previews from 3 May), Mike Bradwell marks his tenth anniversary as artistic director of west London’s Bush Theatre by directing the London premiere of American Catherine Trieschmann’s Crooked (See News, 14 Mar 2006). Previously seen at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, the play is billed as a “humorous drama” about evangelical and Sapphic love in the Bible Belt. Fourteen-year-old Laney with a twisted spine arrives in Mississippi and befriends the hapless born-again Mirabel, who sparks a spiritual and sexual journey of discovery. Crooked continues until 3 June 2006.
ALSO ON FRIDAY, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, south London, stages Tosca's Kiss, Kenneth Jupp’s new play looking at the Nuremberg war crimes trial from the perspective of journalist Rebecca West, who wrote the book The Nuremberg Trials – The Meaning of Treason. David Yelland features in Auriol Smith’s production, which continues until 3 June 2006.
- by Terri Paddock