Fallen Angels opened at the Apollo on 25 October. The comedy, about two best friends and bored wives awaiting the return of their former lover, was first seen in 1925 starring Tallulah Bankhead and Edna Best. This production is its first West End revival since 1967.
Kendal, best known for TV's The Good Life, has recently appeared on stage in Alarms and Excursions, Heartbreak House, Arcadia and the Peter Hall season at the Old Vic. De la Tour has featured in many productions with the RSC and the National, including the RSC's recent Antony and Cleopatra, in which she starred opposite Alan Bates.
Kendal and de la Tour are joined in the cast by Eric Carte, James Wooley, Stephen Grief and Tilly Tremain. Fallen Angels is directed by Michael Rudman with design by Paul Farnsworth and lighting by Nick Richings.
The next production expected at the Apollo will feature another pair of women, this time played by Jenny Seagrove and Paula Wilcox. The female version of Neil Simon's comedy, The Odd Couple, is due to begin performances on 17 April 2001.
Copenhagen, about the mysterious 1941 meeting in Copenhagen between the German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr, ran first at the NT's Cottesloe and then Lyttelton theatres before moving to the West End's Duchess Theatre in February 1999.
The drama received both the Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best New Play, while the Broadway transfer production also won Best Play and Best Director honours at the Tony Awards. Copenhagen is directed by Michael Blakemore, with design by Peter J Davison and lighting by Mark Henderson. It is replaced at the Duchess by another National award-winner, Joe Penhall's Blue Orange, which opens on 30 April (previews from 24 April).
- by Terri Paddock