Amongst the major London openings are two at the Barbican Centre:

OPENING MONDAY, 15 March 2004 (previews from 10 March), Oxford Stage Company begins a mini-season at north London’s Tricycle Theatre with a revival of Peter Flannery’s Singer The play, starring Ron Cook (Howard Katz), follows the life of Polish Jew Peter Singer over 40 years, from success to disgrace and back again. Sean Holmes directs the black comedy, written in Jacobean style. It continues until 10 April 2004.

Next month, Oxford Stage Company follows the limited season of Singer with Kathy Burke’s 50th anniversary revival of Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow, which comes to the Tricycle at the end of a regional tour.

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OPENING TUESDAY, 16 March 2004, at the Barbican Pit as part of BITE:04, is The Autumn of My Springtime, which continues to 20 March. Tbilisi Marionette Theatre takes a Georgian folk tale as inspiration in this story of a mischievous magpie who loves his grandma. It’s performed in Georgian with English surtitles.

OPENING SATURDAY, 20 March 2004, British playwright David Edgar’s two-part examination of contemporary American politics, Continental Divide, comes to the Barbican Theatre following its UK premiere at Birmingham Rep (See News, 4 Mar 2004). The two plays, Mothers Against and Daughters of the Revolution, are related through theme and shared characters, but can be seen in either order or singly.

Continental Divide premiered in Oregon in March 2003 before a season at Berkeley, California. In the UK, it features the original American cast, directed by Tony Taccone. It continues at the Barbican until 4 April. Edgar’s many other plays include Pentecost, The Prisoner’s Dilemma and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

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- by Terri Paddock