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Off West End Announcements – 1 May 2009

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Young Vic's Pictures
A Young Vic/Sadler’s Wells co-production of Pictures from an Exhibition (8-23 May) is directed by Daniel Kramer at the southbank venue, choreographed by Frauke Requardt. Dancers, actors and a pianist bring to life Modest Mussorgsky’s classic piano suite which was written in 1874 in commemoration of Viktor Hartmann.

Also at the Young Vic, Sound & Fury and playwright Bryony Lavery premiere Kursk, inspired by the Russian submarine disaster of August 2000, which imagines the life of the submariners deep below the icy seas on the fraying front line of the Cold War, from the 3 to 27 June.

Do the Hokey Cokey with me
Actress and singer, Issy Van Randwyck will appear at the New End Theatre in The Hokey Cokey Man (20 May -21 June) the story of Al Tabor, the bandleader and violinist who wrote "The Hokey Cokey" in 1940.

Love Above the Stag
Following sold out runs and outstanding reviews in New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Dublin, and Atlantis Cruise Lines, Moe Bertran playing six characters ranging from hustler to drag queen, comes to the Above the Stag Theatre with Love Scenes (18 May – 7 June).

FoolishPeople and the circus
Presented by FoolishPeople and written and directed by John Harrigan Circux (25 May-13 June) at the Arcola Theatre’s new industrial space Unit K uses mythology, shamanism, music and dance to bring to life an old English Circus lost in the 1950s, exploring its sideshows and characters.

Chaucer Revisited
Live Wire Theatre bring a beasty-babel-fabel, inspired by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the Old Red Lion Theatre this month. The Filthiest Funniest Show in Town (26 May – 13 June) by Dougie Blaxland explores themes of sexual jealousy and animal lust, blending earthy humour, kinetic physical comedy with extraordinary verbal dexterity.

The Cost of Happiness
Supported by Old Vic New Voices, written by Kenneth Emson and directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder, Whispering Happiness (9 June – 4 July) at the Tristan Bates Theatre is an urban fairytale which follows the choices made by two teenagers in a violent city.

It’s not stalking if you love someone!
Fingerprints and Teeth along with writer and director Tom Sainsbury bring us Luv (28 July – 15 Aug) at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Several characters search for love by modern means including texting, clubbing, internet dating and stalking.

An old tale with a modern twist at the Greenwich Playhouse
Written by Jean Genet and directed by Gael Colin, Nomads of Bazar present a modern tale of the beautiful and the damned. The Maids (9 June – 5 July) is loosely based on the infamous Papin sisters who murdered their employer and her daughter and challenges the boundaries between love, sexuality and criminal intent.


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