OPENING TUESDAY, 3 April 2007, The Pool - City of Culture? - an award-winning contemporary verse drama set in Liverpool - receives a three-week London season at the Arts Theatre to 21 April (See News, 27 Feb 2007). Devised and performed by James Brough and Helen Elizabeth, Pool is written in rhyme and prose that follows a day in the life of cockney chancer David and scouser Tina, who meet by accident after a robbery leaves David stranded in Liverpool. The play won the Fringe First award for new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it premiered in 2006, before going on to have a five-day tryout at the Arts in November last year, and a sell-out season at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre.
ALSO ON TUESDAY, Compass Theatre brings its touring production of Arthur Miller’s The Price to Greenwich Theatre, for a run to 7 April 2007. Two brothers who have chosen different paths in life are reunited and forced to face up to the past and the choices they have made.
ALSO ON TUESDAY (previews from 31 March), The Last Nightingale, a new drama about the romantic poet John Keats, opens Upstairs at the Gatehouse for a run to 14 April 2007.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 4 April 2007, Spill, a new festival of experimental theatre and performance, launches at the Barbican, the Soho Theatre, South Bank Centre, Shunt Vaults and Toynbee Studios (See News, 8 Mar 2007). The festival continues until 22 April 2007, featuring 52 performances from 13 international companies.
OPENING THURSDAY, 5 April 2007 (previews from 29 March), Joe Penhall’s new play, Landscape with Weapon, receives its world premiere at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre (See News, 15 Feb 2007). The cast features Tom Hollander (last seen on stage in The Hotel in Amsterdam at the Donmar in 2003), Jason Watkins and Green Wing co-stars Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pippa Haywood. To his family’s horror, Ned reveals he’s the brains behind a new military technology. When the Ministry of Defence demands intellectual ownership, Ned starts to question himself. The production reunites director Roger Michell with designer William Dudley and lighting designer Rick Fisher, the creative team from Penhall’s breakthrough play Blue/Orange, which premiered at the NT in 2000.
ALSO ON THURSDAY (preview 4 April), Creative First presents The Elephant Man, Bernard Pomerance’s play about a deformed man’s struggle to fit into society, at Trafalgar Studio 2 for a run to 5 May 2007. The production is directed by Bruce Guthrie.
ALSO ON THURSDAY (preview 4 April), Helen Lederer stars in the world premiere of Wake Up and Smell the Coffee at Hampstead’s New End Theatre for a run to 22 April 2007. Greg Freeman’s play centres on ladies’ man Paul, who keeps falling asleep and becomes prey to a predatory woman. Ninon Jerome directs.
ALSO ON THURSDAY (previews from 3 April), Beggarsbelief presents The Illustrious and Unholy History of St George and the Dragon at west London’s Lyric Hammersmith. The play, co-produced with Warwick Arts Centre, continues until 14 April 2007.
- by Caroline Ansdell