Opening: Globe Titus, Field, Hicks & RoundhouseDate: 30 May 2006
Amongst the major shows opening in London this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Tuesday 30 May 2006 (previews from 20 May), Shakespeare’s Globe’s season continues with Lucy Bailey’s production of Titus Andronicus, starring Douglas Hodge (See News, 1 Mar 2006). The play, one of Shakespeare’s goriest revenge dramas, is designed by William Dudley and features a roof covering the usually open amphitheatre–style space (See News, 25 Apr 2006). It runs in rep until 6 October 2006.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 31 May 2006 (previews from 24 May), the late Irish playwright JB Keane’s The Field is revived at north London’s Tricycle Theatre for a limited season to 1 July (See News, 3 May 2006). Roisin McBrinn directs a predominantly Irish cast led by Lorcan Cranitch. After years of backbreaking toil, Bull McCabe (Cranitch) has transformed the field he’s been renting from a poor widow from three acres of rocky wasteland into a lush green pasture. But when the widow decides to put the property up for auction without considering his work, an outraged McCabe is determined to buy it at all costs. In 1990, Keane’s play was made into a film starring Richard Harris as Bull.
OPENING THURSDAY, 1 June 2006, Bill Hicks: Slight Return, Chas Early’s solo tribute to the late American comedian Bill Hicks, comes at The Venue, Leicester Square for a run to 17 June 2006 before continuing on tour and to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was a sell-out success in Edinburgh in 2004 and 2005 and has previously had an extended London season at Soho Theatre.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, the Grassmarket Project inaugurates the Roundhouse’s new Studio 42 in Camden, north London, with Jeremy Weller’s The Foolish Young Man for a limited run to 4 June 2006 (See News, 1 Feb 2006). The drama showcases the raw talent of 15 non-professional actors, whose real-life experiences on London's streets are reflected in the production.
- by Caroline Ansdell