As previously tipped (See The Goss, 9 Feb 2004), Richard Dormer’s Hurricane, based on the life of snooker’s Alex Higgins, will transfer to the West End. Following its sell-out season last month at London’s Soho Theatre and a regional tour, the award-winning one-man show will have a strictly limited six-week season from 30 March 2004 (preview 29 March) at the West End’s Arts Theatre.

Hurricane, written and performed by Dormer, traces the highs and lows of the Northern Irish snooker legend (See News, 24 Oct 2003). The "people's champion", Higgins left school at 15, won the Northern Ireland and All Ireland Snooker Championships at 17, turned professional at 20 and, in 1972, aged just 23, became the youngest person ever to win the world championship.

Higgins himself has endorsed Hurricane, originally produced in Belfast, saying that it accurately conveys his tortured life. Dormer won the Stage award for Best Actor at the 2003 festival for his portrayal. The production is directed by Rachel O'Riordan and designed by Garry McCann, with lighting by John Riddell. It's presented by Martin Witts and Edward Snape.

Currently at the Arts Theatre, Birmingham Stage Company’s production of Paul Lucas’ The Dice House, inspired by Luke Rhinehart’s cult 1970s novel, is booking up to 27 March 2004.

Hurricane will be followed at the theatre by the David Lindsay-Abaire’s Off-Broadway hit Fuddy Meers, which transfers to London following an initial run at Birmingham Rep (See News, 5 Mar 2004).

- by Terri Paddock