As previously tipped (See The Goss, 12 Nov 2007), Jean Anouilh's 1947 comedy Ring Round the Moon will be revived in the West End in the new year. It is now scheduled to open on 19 February 2008 (previews from 5 February) at the Playhouse Theatre, where it’s initially booking until 24 May 2008.

Set around a lavish ball at a chateau, the tale centres on twin brothers, an heiress who’s engaged to one twin but desperately in love with the other, and a ballet dancer embroiled in a plot hatched by the more calculating of the brothers.

Anouilh’s other plays include, in English, Becket, Antigone, Eurydice, The Waltz of the Toreadors and Time Remembered. Ring Round the Moon, translated from the French (in which its title is L’Invitation au Chateau) by Christopher Fry, had its West End premiere at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud) in a production starring Paul Scofield, Claire Bloom and Margaret Rutherford.

The new West End production will star Angela Thorne, Belinda Lang, Peter Eyre, John Ramm (of National Theatre of Brent renown), Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Joanna David, Andrew Havill, Fiona Button and JJ Field. It’s directed by Sean Mathias and designed by Colin Richmond.

Currently at the Playhouse, the limited Christmas season of Rufus Norris and David Greig’s adaptation of Hergé cartoon Tintin opened on 12 December 2007 (previews from 6 December) and continues until 12 January 2008 (See Review Round-up, 14 Dec 2007).

- by Terri Paddock