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Celebration Moves Opening Following Date Clash

By • West End
Orlando Bloom’s stage debut has been delayed by four days at the West End’s Duke of York’s theatre (See News, 25 May 2007). The press performance of David Storey’s In Celebration, which was due to open on 12 July 2007 (previews from 5 July), will now take place on Monday 16 July.

Producers agreed to move the date following a request from Peter Hall, who launches his annual repertory season at the Theatre Royal Bath next week (See News, 12 Mar 2007). Critics have been invited to Bath for two days to review the first three productions in the Peter Hall season, with Hall’s own world premiere production of Simon Gray’s Little Nell opening on 12 July and his adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (directed by Rachel O’Riordan) and revival of Shaw’s Pygmalion opening the following day.

David Storey’s In Celebration, premiered at the Royal Court in 1969, centres on three brothers – Andrew, Colin and Steven – who return home to their Northern roots for a family reunion. Although they’ve returned to celebrate, the complexities of family life and long-held grievances make a decent party unlikely.

In addition to Bloom, the brothers are played by Paul Hilton and Gareth Farr. The production, directed by Anna Mackmin, also features Lynda Baron, Tim Healy, Dearbhla Molloy and Ciaran McIntyre. The revival, presented in the by Sonia Friedman Productions, continues its limited season to 15 September.

- by Terri Paddock


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