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Second half of the month here
month of new theatregoing opportunities has the opening of the long-awaited
stage musical version of Billy Elliot
and the launch of this year's Travelex £10 season at the National,
with Nicholas Hytner directing both parts of Shakespeare's Henry
Kilmer makes his West End debut, starring in a new stage version
of The Postman Always Rings
Twice, and there's Friends' star David Schwimmer
in a new Neil LaBute play Some
Girl(s) at the Gielgud Theatre.
Spanish acting sensation Gael Garcia Bernal (pictured) leads a new
Almeida production of Lorca's Blood Wedding,
while the theatre's last hit show, Ibsen's Hedda
Gabler, transfers to the West End, as does Stratford East's
recent success The Big Life.
production of Guys and Dolls
starring Ewan McGregor kicks off previews, and for one night only,
the likes of Meryl Streep and Steve Buscemi make an appearance at
the Royal Festival Hall.
that and the lost art of burlesque revived at the Arts Theatre means
that this truly is a month with something for everyone.
York stars in the world premiere of Sara Mason's The Kindness
of Strangers, opening at the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon tonight
(following previews from 29 April).
as an intriguing and powerful mystery, in which a wealthy woman
finds herself in an unfamiliar house under the protection of a couple
she doesn't know, it is directed by Warehouse artistic director
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Brideshead Revisited star Anthony Andrews (pictured)
who previously starred in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury
Lane a couple of years ago returns to musicals to take over
from Michael Ball in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White,
starting performances tonight.
Box office: 0870 895 5579
In White: the Musical
lost art of burlesque is revived at the Arts Theatre, where Immodesty
Blaize and Walter's Burlesque! opens tonight (following previews
from 20 April).
Immodesty Blaize has been lauded as the Queen of British Burlesque,
Walter is a male burlesque star in what is traditionally a woman's
world. The company also features five showgirls, pianist Rod Melvin,
and an 8-foot-high rocking horse!
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from tonight: Peter Bowles and Sian Phillips (pictured) star
in a touring production of Yazmina Reza's The Unexpected Man
(originally staged by the RSC in a production that featured
Michael Gambon and Eileen Atkins), which plays at Richmond Theatre
this week from tonight to Saturday 7 May.
The Gruffalo, a touring adaptation of the best-selling
children's book about a mouse in a forest full of predators, comes
to Greenwich Theatre from today to Saturday as part of a national
tour. Next week it continues to Islington's Pleasance Theatre (from
Hytner launches this year's Travelex season in the Olivier Theatre
(with the majority of seats available for just £10) with both
parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV, featuring Michael Gambon
as Falstaff, David Bradley as King Henry, and Matthew Macfadyen
as Prince Hal.
part is presented separately, though there are days like today's
press opening when both parts can be seen on the same day.
Box office: 020 7452 3000
British premiere of National Alien Office, a new play from
Belgium by Stanislas Cotton, opens at the Riverside Studios tonight
(following a preview on 4 May).
in an immigration office, it concerns an immigration officer who
re-runs his life up to the present shocking moment.
Box office: 020 8237 1111
tonight: Greenwich Playhouse hosts a new production of three
one-act plays by master French farceur Georges Feydeau My
Wife's Dead Mother, Love and the Piano, and Through
the Open Window which open tonight (following previews
from 3 May).
Nisi, a recent graduate of the Drama Studio's directing course,
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Orange Tree hosts the London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's latest
play Private Fears in Public Places, opening tonight (following
a preview on 5 May) in Ayckbourn's own production which transfers
from his Scarborough theatre where it was first presented last year.
this cinematic play of the misheard, the unspoken and the sadly
misunderstood, six separate lives are all strangely linked by circumstance.
Box office: 020 8940 3633
Theatre presents the world premiere of Dennis King's Osama the
Hero, opening tonight (following previews from 5 May), performed
in rep with Jane Brodie's A Single Act (opening on May 16,
following previews from 12 May).
artistic director Anthony Clark directs both plays, each of which
explores the anxiety of living in a climate of terror.
Box office: 020 7722 9301
Spacey takes to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre once again, opening
tonight (following previews from 3 May) in a new production of Philip
Barry's classic Broadway comedy The Philadelphia Story (which
provided the inspiration for Cole Porter's musical High Society).
Broadway Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks directs a cast that
also includes Jennifer Ehle, Nicholas le Prevost and Lauren Ward.
office: 0870 060 6628
tonight: Dawn Hope stars as Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, opening tonight at the
New Players Theatre (following previews from 5 May).
Clements' production, first seen at the New End Theatre last year,
features over a dozen of the songs that Holiday made famous, to
the accompaniment of musical director Warren Wills' piano.
office: 0870 033 2626
new stage musical version of Billy Elliot the Musical
finally opens at the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre (following
previews from 31 March).
by Stephen Daldry (who also directed the film), it features new
songs by Elton John and a cast that includes Haydn Gwynne and Tim
Healy joining James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower (pictured
above) who share the title role.
office: 0870 895 5577
Elliot the Musical
Spanish film actor Gael Garcia Bernal leads the cast of a new production
of Lorca's Blood Wedding, opening at the Almeida tonight
(following previews from 5 May), and directed by Rufus Norris who
previously staged Festen here.
1932 play is a story of love, lust and betrayal in which a young
Andalusian bride elopes with her childhood sweetheart on her wedding
Box office: 020 7359 4404
the Union Theatre in Southwark present a new production of
Cy Coleman's circus musical Barnum, opening tonight (following
previews from 10 May), produced by performer turned presenter Paul
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that includes Meryl Streep, Steve Buscemi and Philip Seymour Hoffman
appear, for one night only, in Theater of the New Ear at
the Royal Festival Hall.
live readings of two 'sound plays', written and directed by filmmaking
brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman respectively,
are set to music by their long-time collaborator, composer Carter
Box office: 08703 800 400
tonight: the Royal Court premieres David Eldridge's Incomplete
and Random Acts of Kindness in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(following previews from 6 May).
whose previous plays include Under the Blue Sky (also seen
here) and the recent Almeida and West End adaptation of Festen,
directs the story of a man who has difficulty connecting with others.
office: 020 7565 5000
film and stage actor Brian Dennehy finally brings his Tony award
winning performance as Willy Loman in the 1999 Broadway production
of Death of a Salesman to the West End's Lyric Theatre, opening
tonight (following previews from 10 May).
cast also includes Clare Higgins as Willy's wife Linda, and Douglas
Henshall and Mark Bazeley as their sons. Howard Wit reprises his
Broadway role as Charley.
Box office: 0870 890 1107
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