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New and Noteworthy
Nicholas Hytner's production of Richard Bean's Great Britain will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following its National Theatre run, with performances beginning 10 September 2014. Public booking will open this Friday, 4 July, at 9.30am, for performances until 10 January 2015. Bean's fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment> is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti. Casting for the West End run will be announced shortly.

Amanda Drew, Jack Lowden, Diana Quick, Golda Rosheuvel, Thalissa Teixeira and Peter Wight join Kristin Scott Thomas in Sophocles' tragedy Electra. Frank McGuinness' charged adaptation of the classic drama of Electra and Orestes' revenge on their father's murderers opens at The Old Vic in the round on Wednesday 1 October with previews from Monday 22 September.

Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig makes her musical theatre debut in the UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane's new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, and following two full-scale development workshops with actors, musicians and the creative team, the production will open in a limited run for 20 weeks only at The Playhouse Theatre on 12 January 2015, with previews from 20 December 2014.



Following a critically acclaimed and hugely popular run at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and a smash-hit national and international tour, Hetty Feather transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run over the summer as from 5 August, and runs until 6 September. Our Review and runs until 6 September.

The CQS Space, The Old Vic in the round, will be home to the whole season of productions, continuing after Other Desert Cities which opens this month. In June 2014, Kevin Spacey stars in a one-man play about the pioneeringlawyer of 19th century America, Clarence Darrow, in a limited run, directed by Old Vic Associate Thea Sharrock. In July, multiple award-winning director and playwright Yael Farber will direct Arthur Miller's The Crucible. In October, Sophocles' Electra, in a version by Frank McGuinness, will reunite director Ian Rickson with Kristin Scott Thomas.

Producers Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company have announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of and Bring Up the Bodies will transfer to the West En aftergreat acclaim for Director Jeremy Herrins productions of the Mike Poulton dramatisations of the Hilary Mantel novels about Cromwells life in the Tudor court have captured the public's imagination, becoming international best sellers. The books have sold a staggering 1.8 million copies in the UK and 1.2 million copies in the US. Many of the RSC company will transfer to the West End including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey and Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon.

Rufus Norris is the surprise, but very welcome appointment, as Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Besides being a very likeable and modest bloke, he has a history of exciting artistic projects and he is prepared to take risks which is exactly what the National Theatre needs. I remember his early production in his time at the Young Vic translated by his wife Tanya Ronder of Peribanez review and of course Vernon God Little go here. More recently there was the fabulous production of Cabaret reviews and at the ENO an adventurous and very sexual Don Giovanni go here.
Shakespeare's Globe unveiled the official name of their new indoor theatre as The Sam Wanamaker Theatre. named after the organisation's founder, pioneering American actor and director. In the late 1960s a book was taken from a shelf in Worcester College Oxford, and a series of drawings fell from it. These are the earliest set of design drawings for an English theatre in existence.



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