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Judo Dench and Ian McKellen are backing a new theatre company, The Frontier Theatre, to showcase the work of older actors. Founded by James Roose-Evans, who established the Hampstead Theatre and wrote the play 84 Charing Cross Road, the Frontier Theatre company is announcing its inaugural season tonight.Roose-Evans, 87, feels that many actors in their 60s, 70s and 80s "become invisible", which inspired him to do something to redress the balance. As well as productions and readings the company will offer workshops led by figures including former Orange Tree artistic director Sam Walters and playwright Ray Cooney, who's a patron. Patrons besides Dench, McKellen, includeVanessa Redgrave and Mike Leigh. Frontier is headquartered at 6 Frederick's Place in east London, in a building that includes a 60-seat studio theatre. The first season will include productions of Beckett's Come and Go, Spring and Winter by Susan Hill and two Strindberg plays.
The Michael Grandage Company today announce the UK première of Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, with Academy award-winning actress Nicole Kidman as Rosalind Franklin.The production reunites Kidman and Grandage following their recent collaboration on the forthcoming feature film Genius. The play opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 14 September, with previews from 5 September, and runs until 21 November.
The Old Vic's inaugural season of new Artistic Director Matthew Warchus features an eclectic programme ranging from a newly-adapted Ibsen classic starring Ralph Fiennes to the world premiere of a new musical, Groundhog Day with new commissions including a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, a dance production and a series of variety nights embracing The Old Vic's history and its roots in music, dance and vaudeville. As Artistic Director Designate, Matthew Warchus commented: After 25 years of freelance directing I unexpectedly find myself running my favourite theatre in the world. . . . My first season demonstrates our aim to present more productions per year, of wide-ranging work, in a 'something for everyone' approach which reflects my own eclectic tastes and love of this unique and uplifting art form.
American Buffalo starring John Goodman for the first time on a London stage and Damian Lewis, a veteran of the London stage before he came to fame in Homeland. American Buffalo opens at the Wyndhams until 27th June 2015.
The full casting has been announced for Lindsay Turner's Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as the tortured Dane. Anastasia Hille plays Gertrude, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Laertes, Leo Bill as Horatio, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, and Ciaran Hinds as Claudius. Es Devlin will design the set. Hamlet is on at the Barbican from 5th August 2015 to 31st October 2015.
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