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Opening: Fisher Song, Timon, Love & Swell Party

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Amongst the major openings in London this week are:

OPENING MONDAY, 4 August 2008 (previews from 25 July), Connie Fisher and Alistair McGowan star in the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of the musical They\'re Playing Our Song, with book by Neil Simon and music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager (See News, 23 Jun 2008).

The semi-autobiographical story is based on the often turbulent relationship between composer Hamlisch and lyricist Bayer Sager, and the score includes “Workin’ It Out”, “If He Really Knew Me”, “Just for Tonight”, “I Still Believe in Love” and the title song. It runs at the Menier until 28 September 2008.

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OPENING TUESDAY, 5 August 2008, Kwame Kwei-Armagh’s {Let There Be Love::L0263205667} returns to the Tricycle Theatre with the original world premiere cast of Joseph Marcell, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Lydia Leonard. It runs for a limited season until 20 August 2008 (See News, 19 May 2008).

OPENING WEDNESDAY, 6 August 2008 (previews from 26 July), Lucy Bailey directs Timon of Athens at Shakespeare’s Globe, starring Simon Paisley Day in the title role (See News, 13 Jun 2008). The production is designed by William Dudley, with choreography by Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle and music by Django Bates, and runs until 3 October 2008 as part of the Globe’s Totus Mundus repertory season.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, A Swell Party, a concert celebration of the life and work of Cole Porter starring Maria Friedman and Daniel Evans, opens for a strictly limited run at London’s Cadogan Hall (See News, 1 Jul 2008). Written by John Kane and first staged at West End’s Vaudeville Theatre in 1991, the show recreates the spirit of the legendary US songwriter through words and music and includes classic songs like “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Night and Day”. It runs for four nights only until 9 August.

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OPENING THURSDAY, 7 August 2008 (previews from 5 August), Greenwich Playhouse presents {Anything You Can Do::L0705970362}, a revue featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown and Irving Berlin, running until 24 August 2008.

- By Theo Bosanquet


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