Although there are no West End openings, amongst the major shows opening elsewhere in London this week are:

OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 12 July 2004, Amajuba - Like Doves We Rise visits the Barbican Pit this week (See News, 29 Jun 2004). The intimate portrayal of growing up in South Africa 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. It comes to the Barbican, until 17 July, after initial dates at Oxford Playhouse and continues to Cornwall and this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

ALSO TONIGHT (previews from 7 July), Becky Mode’s award-winning play Fully Committed, first seen in New York in 1999, receives its UK debut at one of London’s newest producing venues, the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark (See News, 4 May 2004). How far are people willing to go to get a table at the smartest restaurant in town? Sam, a struggling actor who works in the reservations department of Manhattan’s hottest culinary spot, knows exactly how far.

Mark Setlock, who originated the one-man show, reprises his comic performance for London, bringing to life more than 40 characters. Fully Committed is presented by David Babani and Danielle Tarento for the Menier Chocolate Factory, where it continues a limited eight-week season up to 29 August 2004.

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OPENING TUESDAY, 13 July 2004 (previews from 8 July), Lin Coghlan’s Mercy premieres at Soho Theatre (See News, 27 May 2004). In London, a group of mismatched characters are thrown together by the decisions they face as they leave a city ravaged by unexplained flood and fear. Directed by Paul Miller, the Soho Theatre Company production continues until 7 August 2004.

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- by Terri Paddock