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Off-West End Announcements – 11 September 2009

Our weekly round-up of Off-West End news returns after an August hiatus. Get up to speed on future openings, season alerts and last-minute announcements every Friday here on the Off-West End page.

Gill Back at Riverside for Realist Revival
Peter Gill’s Oliver-nominated play The York Realist is to get its first UK revival this month (22 Sep-11 Oct) at Riverside Studios, the Hammersmith arts centre which Gill founded in 1975. Featuring an experienced London cast, the Good Night Out production will the first performance of a Gill script at Riverside since 1980 and the playwright, who turned 70 week, will be making a special appearance in a post-show talk on 30 September.

Back to School for Oval House Rats
Kennington’s Oval House Theatre goes site specific with a dynamic new production of Peter Turrini’s Shooting Rats in the Octagon Hall of Lambeth’s old Lillian Baylis School (6-24 Oct). The maverick Australian playwright specified that anyone wishing to perform his 1967 play must relocate it to their own place and time. Fanshen have duly worked with actors and young people from Lambeth to adapt the script, which tells the story about two young people on the cusp of adulthood.

All Things Sacred at Chelsea Theatre
Chelsea Theatre has joined forces with Austrian arts venue Brut to programme its 2009 Sacred season (21 Oct-Nov 22), adding European flair to a series already known for experimentation. Opera and cabaret take centre stage this year: highlights include Cezary Tomaszewski’s take on The Merry Widow operetta, featuring real-life Polish cleaning ladies playing all the parts. And don't miss legendary gay performer David Hoyle reclining on Sigmund Freud’s original couch - no, really! - in Theatre of Therapy.


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