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Off-West End Announcements – 20 Feb 2010

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Four Seagulls For Price of One
London can't get enough of Anton Chekhov and Tennessee Williams at the moment. But why not get a taste for both as The Finborough kicks off a new season with the London premiere of The Notebook of Trigorin? Williams’ ‘free adaptation’ of Chekhov’s The Seagull runs from 30 March to 24 April and will be complemented by staged readings of three more adaptations of the play by Thomas Kilroy, Daniel MacIvor and Patrick Marmion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chekhov's birth.

An Olympian Effort At Arcola
The Arts versus Sports debate rages on ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Just don’t make playwright and former international athletics coach Tom McNab pick a side. His new play 1936, depicting the lead up to the Berlin Olympics of the same year, runs at the Arcola Studio from 6-24 April, produced by ATTIC Theatre and directed by Jenny Lee. A nine strong cast takes to the stage for this timely reminder of the politics that lie behind every Olympic Games.

Room With A Different View
Victoria’s Above the Stag Theatre comes over all Merchant and Ivory next month, with a new production of E.M. Forster’s Maurice from 2-28 March. Written in 1914, Forster’s tale of a young Edwardian man who falls for a fellow undergraduate at Cambridge was not published until 1971, and later became a film starring Hugh Grant as Maurice’s love interest. Tim McArthur directs this revival, adapted for the stage by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham.

Carry On Classical At Cock
While the Cock Tavern continues to pull in the evening crowds with its popular staging of La Bohѐme, the Kilburn venue entertains another classical composer in its new matinee production. James Sheldon’s A Model for Mankind is based on the life and times of Dmitri Shostakovich, and his complex relationship with the Soviet Russian regime. Blanche McIntyre, formerly in residence at the National and Finborough, directs the run from 27 March -17 April.

And Finally...
Theatre 503 takes a look back at the past ten years this week with Decade, a series of ten shorts plays assessing how life has changed since the new Millennium chimed in. The theatre’s resident 503Five writers – recipients of the venue’s first ever commissioning awards – join forces with April de Angelis, David Eldridge, Fraser Grace, Phil Porter and Amy Rosenthal for this retrospective view of the noughties, each night putting a new year in context.


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