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Off-West End Announcements - 8 May 2009

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Be Kissed By Brel
South African performer Claire Watling makes her UK debut in the award winning Kissed By Brel, a new theatrical cabaret, celebrating Brel’s timeless relevance and enduring passions. Kissed By Brel runs at Jermyn Street Theatre for a limited London season from 21 July – 8 August.

Omar lights up the Young Vic
Been So Long is a new musical comedy written and directed by Che Walker, with music by Arthur Darvill. It runs at the Young Vic from 11 June to 14 July. Internationally acclaimed soul singer Omar plays lovelorn barman Barney. Been So Long is a feisty, stand-up and sing-out funk musical about dealing with the frustrations of lust and love. As a straight play Been So Long premiered at the Royal Court in 1998. This musical version is the first co-production between the Young Vic and English Touring Theatre.

Are you afraid of Boo?
Award-winning Mind The Gap’s Boo runs at Oval House from 13 – 16 May. Inspired by the character of Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird, the piece asks what does society these days make of this scared bogeyman, this frightened ghost? And who really gets away with murder?

Great Dame Pedi at Jermyn Street
Broadway actress, Forbidden Broadway star and celebrated impressionist Christine Pedi is to premiere her one woman tour-de-force, Great Dames, at Jermyn Street Theatre from 2 June - 21 June. Great Dames is Pedi’s tribute to the icons who have inspired her career. With great affection, she conjures up the likes of Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews and many more, as well as singing classic tunes.

Get Lost in the Wind
After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Lost Spectacles bring Lost in The Wind to Jackson’s Lane for the first time from the 13 –16 May. Lost in the Wind is a visual spectacle that takes the audiences gently by the hand and leads them into a dreamlike other-world full of beauty, humour and danger. The show combines clowning, puppetry and object manipulation alongside delicate physical performance and beautiful visual sequences to present one man’s unusual journey into another world inhabited by a group of strange lonely beings.

Moon gaze in Southwark
Unlimited Theatre, one of the UK's boldest companies bring their latest production The Moon The Moon, a terrifying, tender and heartbreakingly optimistic new play to Southwark Playhouse (2-20 June). Created by Unlimited's three founding artists, Clare Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe, The Moon The Moon is a "huge, truthful, brilliant and gut wrenching view of loss and how we deal with it".

The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Landor
Acclaimed young musical theatre director Thom Southerland makes his Landor Theatre debut with the UK Premier of the classic film and Broadway musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Starring Abi Finley, from How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? as Molly Brown, the real-life American legend who survived the sinking of the Titanic. From the composer of The Music Man comes the UK Premiere of a Tony award-winning musical at the Landor (27 May - 20 June).

Scandalous Mrs. Warren’s Profession in Hampstead
George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession peels back the layers of hypocrisy in British society and champions the feminine cause and plight of the working girl decades before the term feminist was coined and manages to address serious issues whilst being very funny. This still very topical play is directed by Michael Friend and has a three week run at Hampstead’s Pentameters theatre, beginning on 12 May.

Discover England in the Whitechapel Gallery
A story of a transplant: a heart inside a body, a culture inside another country’s culture is told by two guides in Whitechapel Gallery. England by Tim Crouch has its London premiere in association with the National Theatre and Whitechapel Gallery from 8 May – 16 June. The two actors are Tim Crouch and Hannah Ringham who is a founder member of popular live-art club Shunt.

Prepare for a party at Soho Theatre
Ìyà-Ilé (pronounced yah-ley, English translation The First Wife) is the long awaited prequel to Oladipo Agboluaje’s sell-out hit The Estate, which Tiata Fahodzi premiered at Soho Theatre in 2006 and is currently being made into a film. The Estate, influenced by Chekhov, was a vibrant family satire with strong universal appeal. Ìyà- Ilé runs from 14 May – 20 June at the Soho Theatre. Set in 1980’s Nigeria, Chief Adeyemi’s household prepares for his wife’s 40th birthday celebrations, but is this scene set for a party or a coup?

- by Laura Norman

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