Reeves and Helen Baxendale star in Roland Schimmelpfennig's The
Woman Before, opening tonight at the Royal Court Theatre (following
previews from 12 May) in Richard Wilson's production.
arrives at the front door to remind a man of a promise he made twenty
years before and tells his wife, "Frank and I were lovers,
and still are now."
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Empire hosts the world premiere run of Patti Boulaye's Sun Dance,
a new musical featuring a cast of 36 dancers, singers and musicians
who celebrate the colours and music of Africa in a display of ceremonial
dances, rituals and initiation ceremonies.
Squires best known as choreographer of television's The
Young Generation and Second Generation directs.
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tonight: Mark Rylance launches his final season as artistic
director at Shakespeare's Globe by starring as Prospero in a 'modern
practices' production of The Tempest, opening tonight (following
previews from 6 May).
by Tim Carroll, it uses clothing, music, dance and settings possible
in the Globe of 2005.
Laurie Anderson brings The End of the World, the second of
her trilogy of solo shows to the Barbican Theatre, following the
success of Happiness there two years ago, for a run of four
performances from tonight.
travelogue, part personal theories and dreams, Anderson weaves narrative
and music to paint a picture of American culture.
National Theatre premieres a stage version of the 1973 film Theatre
of Blood, opening in the Lyttelton tonight (following previews
from May 9), in which an old-time actor is inspired by the verses
of Shakespeare to devise ways to kill off, literally, the critics
who he thinks have ruined his career.
Broadbent, who last appeared at the National in The Pillowman,
stars as the disaffected thespian, in a cast that also includes
Sally Dexter, Bette Bourne and Rachael Stirling.
tonight: previews begin tonight for a new production of the
classic Broadway musical Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly
Theatre, prior to opening on 1 June.
McGregor (right) makes his West End musical debut as Sky Masterson
in a cast that also features Broadway's Jane Krakowski, Douglas
Hodge and Jenna Russell in Michael Grandage's production.
And Dolls - the Musical
Bush premieres Lin Coghlan's Kingfisher Blue, opening tonight
(following previews from 18 May). Set
on a crumbling estate in South London, it revolves around a plumber
who has an obsession with karaoke and a heart of solid gold.
is directed by Paul Miller.
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Theatre Royal, Stratford East's production of The Big Life
transfers to the West End's Apollo Theatre tonight (following previews
from 11 May), where it remarkably becomes the first-ever indigenously
created British musical, set amongst the black community, to open
in the West End.
has a score by Paul Joseph, book by Paul Sirett and direction by
actor-turned-director Clint Dyer.
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tonight: the Almeida's hit production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler,
featuring Eve Best in the title role and Iain Glen as Judge Brack,
transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre where it opens tonight (following
previews from 19 May), for a 12-week season to 6 August.
actor David Schwimmer (right) makes his West End debut in Neil LaBute's
new play Some Girl(s), opening at the Gielgud Theatre tonight
(following previews from 12 May).
Grindley's production also features Saffron Burrows and Lesley Manville
in a play that exposes the modern male and his take on life, love
and success. LaBute will also have another new play on in London
this month see 31 May.
tonight: Hollywood actor Val Kilmer (right, best known for his
appearances in such films as Top Gun, Batman Forever
and The Saint) begins previews tonight in a new stage version
of James M Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice at
the Playhouse Theatre (prior to opening on 7 June).
by Andrew Rattenbury, this production was first seen at the West
Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, with Charlotte Emmerson returning
to the role she played there.
Ron Moody, the original 'Fagin' in the musical Oliver! on
both stage and screen, presents a re-working of his one-man show
Sideways" at the Shaw Theatre
for six nights only as part of the Musical Ladies and Gentlemen
of the Stage season there.
Courtenay stars in the British premiere of Brian Friel's The
Home Place, opening at the Comedy Theatre tonight (following
previews from 7 May).
reprises the performance he gave at the play's Dublin opening in
February 2005 of a widowed man, living in the serene village of
Ballybeg in 1878, with his son and the housekeeper who both of them
are in love with. Former RSC artistic director Adrian Noble directs.
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tonight: the Tiger Lillies the avante-garde band
best known theatrically for their work on Shockheaded Peter
open in a season of late-night cabaret performances at Soho
Theatre tonight (following previews from 23 May).
the Shore of the Wide World, a new play by Simon Stephens whose
previous plays include Bluebird, Herons and Country
Music (all seen at the Royal Court), receives its London premiere
at the National's Cottesloe Theatre tonight (following previews
from 20 May).
as a tender play about discord, heartbreak and the redemptive power
of love across three generations, it is directed by Sarah Frankcom.
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tonight: Michael Gieleta directs the European premiere of Pulitzer-prize
winning playwright Nilo Cruz's Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams,
opening at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court tonight (following
previews from 24 May).
seen in Florida in 2001, the play explores themes of love, loss,
faith and oppression in Havana, Cuba, in 1961 and 1998.
Stage Company bring Kathy Burke's production of Brendan Behan's
The Quare Fellow back to the Tricycle Theatre where it was
a sell out success last year, for a run that opens tonight (following
previews from 25 May) to 2 July.
cast of 17 includes Sean Gallagher, Sean Campion, Jason Kavanagh
and Tony Rohr.
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tonight: Croydon's Warehouse Theatre presents the premiere of
Matthew Todd's Blowing Whistles, a play that looks at modern
gay relationships and asks if gay culture has been quite as successful
as it seems. Phil Wilmott directs.
LaBute whose Some Girl(s) has just opened in the West
End (see 24 May) is simultaneously
represented in London by the Donmar Warehouse premiere of This
Is How It Goes, where it opens tonight (following previews from
York director Moises Kaufman directs a cast that includes British
film and stage actor Ben Chaplin and Megan Dodds in a play that
puts race and infidelity in small-town America under the microscope.
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