In the Young Vic’s revival of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (See News, 2 Dec 2003), the first London production for 50 years, David Troughton (Henry IV, Richard II), who plays George Antrobus, will be joined by Maureen Beattie (Richard III, Titus Andronicus) as Maggie Antrobus and Indira Varma (Privates on Parade, Five Gold Rings, Ivanov) as Sabina as well as Jonas Armstrong, Bette Bourne, Abby Ford, Junix Inocian, Emma Kershaw, Camille Litalien, Simon Rice, Golda Rosheuvel, Jason Rowe and Tim Sutton.
Written in 1942, Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play sets the suburban New Jersey lives of the Antrobuses against a vast historical backdrop, in which the family must endure icebergs, dinosaurs, rising waters and their son’s murderous tendencies. The new production is directed by artistic director David Lan and designed by Richard Hudson, with lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Paul Arditti, choreography by Kate Flatt and musical direction by Tim Sutton. It runs from 4 March to 10 April 2004 (previews from 27 February).
In the West End, Calico, Michael Hastings’ new play about the troubled romance between Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and Lucia Joyce, the daughter of novelist James Joyce, premieres at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 3 March 2004 (previews from 19 February).
Daniel Weyman (playing Beckett), Robert Portal, Jamie Beamish and Issy Van Randwyck will join, as previously announced (See News, 13 Jan 2004), Imelda Staunton (as Joyce’s wife, Nora Barnacle), Dermot Crowley (as James Joyce) and Daniel Deronda’s Romola Garai (as Lucia).
The production is directed by Edward Hall and designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Ben Ormerod, sound by Matt McKenzie and music by Mick Sands. Calico is produced by Sonia Friedman, Norman and Ted Tulchin and Matthew Mitchell Ltd.
Opening next door at the Albery Theatre a week later is Matthew Warchus’s revival of Beckett’s 1957 existentialist play Endgame, in which the previously announced Michael Gambon and comedian Lee Evans will be joined in the cast by Liz Smith (Playhouse Creatures, This Is a Chair and TV’s The Royle Family and Geoffrey Hutchings (just seen in See U Next Tuesday and The Lady from the Sea), as the bin-dwelling Nell and Nagg (See News, 15 Dec 2003).
Endgame is designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis. It’s produced by Sonia Friedman and runs from 10 March to 1 May 2004 (previews from 25 February).
- by Terri Paddock