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Off-West End Announcements – 26 February 2010

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New End Director’s New Show
A Big Day for the Goldbergs, the latest play by Brian Daniels, artistic director of Hampstead’s New End Theatre, is to premiere at the venue from 9-21 Mar. Set in the writer’s home city of Leeds, it follows the youngest daughter of a surburban Jewish family in her quest to run away to the circus. Daniels has produced more than 200 plays, musicals and events in his 13 years at the New End, as well as bringing the likes of Eartha Kitt and Dionne Warwick to the West End.

London Classic Theatre Comes Home
Touring stalwarts London Classic Theatre celebrate 10 years in business with a home run of The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Greenwich Theatre from 9-13 Mar. Currently touring Ireland, Martin McDonagh’s multi award-winning play typifies the modern classics in which LCT specialise. Over the past decade, the company have performed to more than 300,000 people in London and the regions. Founder Michael Cabot directs this production, which will be followed by a 25-week national tour of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker.

Pizzas Apenty in Reworked Romeo
Romeo and Juliet may be one of Shakespeare’s saddest tales, but Oddsocks will be wringing the comedy out of it in their new version at the Arts Theatre. Playing at the venue from 15-20 Mar, the production relocates the story to two rival Italian restaurants, promising Montague mayhem, Capulet car chases, Veronan vespas and other similarly alliterative fun. You can even expect a tongue-in-cheek homage to a certain big-screen fishtank moment. We can but pray for Leo Dicaprio’s crisp white boxers, too.

Shapeshifter Bring Huck to Southwark
A new adaptation of Huckleberry Finn by the award-winning writer of Tory Boyz is to make its London debut at Southwark Playhouse in April. Huck is written by James Graham, whose play The Whisky Taster is currently running at the Bush Theatre, and produced by Shapeshifter, two-time winners of the Peter Brook Empty Space Award. Directed by John Terry (no, not that one), the show is soundtracked with music played and sung live by the cast. It runs from 27 Apr-15 May.

And Finally...
If you’re looking for fun for the under-five age-group, try Half Moon's new show, Rip, Fold, Scrunch‏, which is opening at the company’s London home next Tuesday (2 Mar). Inspired by child’s play and imagination and devised as part of a collaborative art-form project, the production fuses theatre, classical Kathak dance and live cello, within a paper set that gets created and dismantled before the audience’s eyes.


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