Opening: Kielty in November, Kebab, Looking for JJDate: 22 October 2007
Amongst the major openings in London this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 22 October 2007 (previews from 15 October), Northern Irish comedian and TV presenter Patrick Kielty makes his West End debut in A Night in November, the football World Cup-based drama by Stones in His Pocketsí Marie Jones, which runs at the West Endís Trafalgar Studio 1 until 1 December (See News, 21 Oct 2007). As the Republic of Ireland qualifies against Northern Ireland for the World Cup, tolerant dole clerk Kenneth finds himself watching not the match, but the sectarian hatred of the crowd. Ian McElhinney directs the one-man play.
OPENING TUESDAY, 23 October 2007 (previews from 19 October), the Royal Courtís annual International Playwrights season continues in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs with Romanian writer Gianina Carbunariuís Kebab, which runs until 3 November.
ALSO ON TUESDAY, disabled-led theatre company Graeae presents the world premiere production of Richard Cameronís Flower Girls at Hampstead Theatre for a run to 27 October 2007. Inspired by the personal testimonies of a group of disabled women from Edgware, the play shifts between the unsettled early years of World War II and the seemingly more liberated world of 1965.
ALSO ON TUESDAY, Rose Martulaís play Salsa Saved the Girls opens at Islingtonís Old Red Lion theatre for a run to 27 November 2007. On asweaty summer night on Long Island, Kai's turning pirouettes, Sabrina's rolling a "blunt", and their mother Caliís getting glamorous for a date. The party starts when all three of Caliís suitors turn up.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 24 October 2007 (preview 23 October), Pilot Theatreís staging of Anne Cassidyís controversial childrenís novel Looking for JJ comes to the Unicorn Theatre for children until 25 November as part of its national tour. The murder of a child can unite the entire nation in horror. But when the killer is a child herself it is incomprehensible; Jennifer Jones is such a child. Marcus Romer adapts and directs.
OPENING THURSDAY, 25 October 2007 (previews from 23 October), Aleksei Arbuzovís Old World is the opening production at the newly relocated Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, where it continues until 18 November. Andy Burden directs.
- by Terri Paddock