Opening: Brenton's In Extremis at Globe & ShamletDate: 29 August 2006
Amongst the major openings in London during this shortened bank holiday week are:
OPENING THURSDAY, 31 August 2006 (previews from 29 August), Andrew Doyle’s comedy satire Shamlet, comes to north London’s King’s Head Theatre, where its limited four-week season continues until 24 September (See News, 15 Aug 2006). Previously a hit at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe, this revised version centres on a group of actors assembled near Stratford to perform in Hamlet. Little do they know, the production is just a front for the producer’s plans, inspired by Shakespeare’s ghost, to rob the bard’s grave in search of lost plays. James Robert Carson directs.
OPENING FRIDAY, 1 September 2006 (previews from 27 August), Howard Brenton’s In Extremis receives its world premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe (pictured), where it’s the final production in Dominic Dromgoole’s inaugural summer season as Globe artistic director (See News, 11 Jan 2006). In Extremis is based on the 12th-century French story of the love affair between Abelard and Heloise, an intellectual abbot and his young prioress, played by Oliver Boot and Sally Bretton.
Part of Dromgoole’s plan to bring more new work to the fore at the South Bank landmark, Brenton’s play follows last month’s premiere of Simon Bent’s piratical adventure story Under the Black Flag. Brenton is most famous as the author of The Romans in Britain. His other plays include Pravda (co-written with David Hare) and, premiered last year at the National, Paul. In Extremis is directed by John Dove and continues in rep at the Globe until 7 October 2006.
- by Terri Paddock