Alan Rickman’s critically acclaimed premiere production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie, which has just completed a sell-out season in the 80-seat Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (See News, 8 Dec 2004), will return to the theatre this autumn, this time to the larger, 395-seat Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, where it will have a limited season from 11 to 29 October 2005.

Why did a 23-year-old woman leave her comfortable American life to stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian home? The play recounts the real story of “the short life and sudden death of Rachel Corrie, and the words she left behind.”

Based on the writings of the late Corrie, with the permission of her family, My Name Is Rachel Corrie was developed by Katharine Viner and Rickman, an award-winning actor in his own right who also directs this production.

The 80-minute, one-woman play – performed by Megan Dodds, who will star later this month in the premiere of Neil LaBute’s This Is How It Goes at the Donmar Warehouse (See News, 5 Apr 2005) - opened on 14 April 2005 (previews from 7 April) at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, where it finished on 30 April.

- by Terri Paddock