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Mr King & Mr Goldwyn Get the Axe???

By • West End
Oh well, maybe not then. A fortnight ago, we predicted that American comedian Alan King would soon be arriving in the West End, undeterred by the potential terrorist threat that's apparently put paid to the transfer of his compatriot Paul Newman in Our Town (See The Goss, 7 Jan 2003). While it's true that King is unworried about safety, Mr Goldwyn, the one-man show about Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn, in which he stars, has fallen foul of more mundane deterrents. Producers planned to open the show in London in March, the opportune date for King's limited window of availability. But time and money constraints and lack of the right venue at the right time mean the run has now been scrapped. Mr Goldwyn ran Off-Broadway last summer and has toured regionally in the US. Set in 1952 in Samuel Goldwyn's Los Angeles office, the two-hander - in which a secretary occasionally interrupts her verbose boss - recounts the story of the Polish-born filmmaker's rise from poverty to fame and fortune as the man behind films such as Guys and Dolls and Wuthering Heights.

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