OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 10 July 2006, (previews from 5 July), Tomorrow Morning, a new home-grown musical about couples preparing for a landmark day in their relationship receives its London premiere at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, north London (See News, 5 Jul 2006). West End stalwarts Emma Williams, Stephen Ashfield, Annette McLaughlin and Alistair Robins star in the piece by Laurence Mark, which runs until 13 August 2006.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 12 July 2006 (previews from 10 July), Pieces of Work presents The Cherry Orchard at south London’s Southwark Playhouse for a limited run until 5 August 2006. Kate Wild directs David Lan’s version of Chekhov’s classic.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY physical theatre company The People Show celebrates its 40th birthday with People Show 117, running until 15 July 2006 only at the People Show Studios in Bethnal Green, east London.
OPENING THURSDAY, 13 July 2006 (previews from 8 July), Mike Poulton’s two-part Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s medieval classic The Canterbury Tales transfers to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, with Parts I and II playing in repertory (See News, 12 May 2006). The productions formed part of the RSC’s non-Shakespeare season this past winter (ahead of the recently launched year-long Complete Works festival), running in Stratford-upon-Avon from 1 December 2005 to 4 February 2006 (previews from 16 November) before embarking on a UK tour and transferring to Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, where it finished on 7 May. It features all 23 of Chaucer’s bawdy tales of pilgrims on the road to Canterbury in two self-contained parts, directed by Gregory Doran, Rebecca Gatward and Jonathan Munby (See News, 26 Apr 2005).
ALSO ON THURSDAY, the National Theatre's Shell Connections 2006, a festival of new plays written for and performed by young people commences. This year’s programme features Broken Hallelujah by Sharman Macdonald, Liar by Gregory Burke, The Miracle by Lin Coghlan, Pass It On by Doug Lucie, School Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Daisy Campbell and Ken Campbell, Shut Up by Andrew Payne, The Shoemaker’s Incredible Wife adapted from Lorca’s play by Lucinda Coxon, and The Spider Man by Ursula Rani Sarma. There are also two musicals: Feather Boy with a book by Nicky Singer and Peter Tabern, music by Debbie Wiseman and lyrics by Don Black, and Pack Up Your Troubles by Snoo Wilson with music by Felix Powell and Nicolas Bloomfield, with original lyrics by George Asaf, based on an idea by Aubrey Powell. The culmination of five months of regional events, the NT’s Shell Connections Festival concludes on 18 July 2006.
- by Caroline Ansdell