Amajuba - Like Doves We Rise, the portrayal of growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa, has posted closing notices in the West End (See News, 2 Feb 2005). The show opened on 6 April 2005 (preview 5 April) at the Criterion Theatre, where it followed the nine-year residency of the Reduced Shakespeare Company with its Complete Works of William Shakespeare and other Abridged hits (See News, 22 Feb 2005).

Amajuba was due to continue for a limited eight-week season to 28 May 2005. It will now close at the end of this month, on 30 April, after a run of just four weeks. Prior to its current West End season, Amajuba enjoyed acclaimed stints at the Barbican, Edinburgh Festival and on national tour (See News, 29 Jun 2004).

The piece was conceived and written by Yael Farber (whose Woman in Waiting transferred from Edinburgh to the West End in 2001) in collaboration with the cast, who recount intimate details from their own childhoods in an evening that combines storytelling with dance and music.

The next production scheduled for the Criterion is New York hit The Countess, which has its UK premiere at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre before transferring to the West End on 7 June 2005 (previews from 2 June). Gregory Murphy’s drama based on a real-life love scandal dating from 1853 stars Nick Moran, Alison Pargeter, Gerald Harper, Jean Boht and Linda Thorson (See News, 4 Apr 2005).

- by Terri Paddock