And speaking of Samuel West ... since winning the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actor for his title performance in the RSC's Hamlet (which finished its London season at the Barbican in May 2002), we've had numerous emails from theatregoers wanting to know what the great man has been up to. In addition to TV acting roles in the likes of Cambridge Spies, stage-wise Sam has, at least temporarily, traded his actor's hat for a director's. He's now following up his well-received staging of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (See News, 28 Feb 2003) by making his opera directing debut with English National Opera. West's production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, updated to a modern setting in Jeremy Sams' translation, returns him to the Barbican, where ENO is currently residing while its London Coliseum home undergoes major renovations. Last Whatsonstage.com spoke to West, he had no firm plans to return to the boards himself, feeling that it'd be difficult to follow up on the experience of playing Hamlet for the RSC - although he did confess that a great role in a great new play at the National would be the ideal enticement. Nicholas Hytner please take note! In the meantime, Cosi fan tutte opens on 20 September 2003 and is booking up to 11 October.