Football Factory star Danny Dyer celebrated his return to the London stage last night (15 September 2009, previews from 9 September), starring as Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious opposite Shaun Evans' Kurt Cobain in Roy Smiles' two-hander Kurt & Sid at Trafalgar Studios 2 (See News, 13 Jul 2009).

April 1994. A 27-year-old man sits alone in an attic extension on the cusp of becoming a Seattle suicide statistic. This man is no ‘number and name’ to be reported in a local newspaper. He is an icon, albeit a reluctant one. The frontman of Nirvana is about to pull the trigger of the gun in his hand and join the leagues of rock star deaths down the ages.

Without invitation, Kurt Cobain is visited by a man purporting to be the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, Kurt’s hero and another heroin addict suicide, who’s determined to talk him out of it. The two music legends trade quips and quotes about the emptiness of fame, a mutual understanding of drug addiction and self-destruction.

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Kurt & Sid is directed by Tim Stark and designed by Cordelia Chishol, with lighting by Mark Doubleday. It’s produced by Andrew Jenkins and Thomas Hopkins, and continues to 3 October 2009.


Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Odon von Horvath’s 1937 play Judgment Day opened at the Almeida Theatre last week (10 September, previews from 3 September).

The production stars Joseph Millson (recently seen in the NT revival of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour) and Laura Donnelly as would-be lovers whose kiss on a platform leads directly to a devastating train crash, an allegory employed to examine a society that refuses to take responsibility for its actions.

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Directed by James Macdonald, Judgment Day continues until 17 October and is followed at the Almeida by Thea Sharrocks’ new production of Nicholas Wright’s Mrs Klein (See News, 19 May 2009).