The Soldiers' Fortune, which opened at the Young Vic to largely negative reviews on 22 February 2007 (previews from 16 February), will close one week early, ending its run on Saturday 24 March 2007 (See Review Round-up, 26 Feb 2007). It was originally due to continue until 31 March (See News, 10 Jan 2007).

Thomas Otway’s Restoration comedy, directed by Young Vic artistic director David Lan, stars Anne-Marie Duff, Oliver Ford Davies, Ray Fearon, Alec Newman and David Bamber.

Set in 1680, the play revolves around Beaugard and Courtine who, returning empty-handed to London from wars abroad, hit upon a scheme to improve their fortunes involving bored, young, rich trophy wives, who are in turn out to improve their own status.

The Soldiers' Fortune is the third production in the rebuilt Southwark Theatre’s main space - which was closed between July 2004 and October 2006 while undergoing a £12.45 million makeover - following community opera Tobias and the Angel and Christmas show The Enchanted Pig (See News, 5 Jul 2006).

Following the Restoration comedy into the main house is the world premiere of Vernon God Little, adapted from Australian-born DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel by Tanya Ronder. It runs from 2 May 2007 (previews from 27 April) and continues until 9 June 2007, completing the current season in the main house.

In the sheriff’s office, fast-talking Vernon sits in his underpants, staring at his Nikes, after his best friend Jesus killed all their classmates before committing suicide. The play stars Sian Reeves (Cutting It, Just The Two of Us) and Colin Morgan (who has been chosen from his course at RSAMD) in the title role. The production is directed by Rufus Norris and designed by Ian MacNeil with sound by Paul Arditti.

- by Caroline Ansdell


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