Monday, February 27, 2012

West Finish slate develops

Free Airline End's dance card for later this season is filling using the announcement of three incoming productions, together with a change in a Shakespeare double bill toplined by Mark Rylance. Also on tap is really a London move for that Royal Shakespeare Company staging of the new abide by David Edgar ("Nicholas Nickleby"), in addition to a revival of Joe Orton's 1967 farce "Exactly what the Butler Saw." As formerly expected in Variety, frequent trans-Atlantic producer Sonia Friedman will move twinned Shakespeare's Globe stagings of "Richard III" and "Twelfth Evening," both starring Rylance, towards the West Finish within the fall. Initially opening at Shakespeare's Globe (This summer 14-March. 14), the time-style productions featuring all-male casts will have a 13-week season in the West End's Apollo Theater beginning November. 2. Stephen Fry continues to be put into the cast, playing Malvolio in "Twelfth Evening" opposite Rylance as Olivia. The productions, helmed by Tim Carroll, continue the significant relationship between Friedman and Rylance which has includes "Boeing-Boeing," "La Bete" and "Jerusalem." The 3 were London hits that continued to Gotham stints, with Rylance obtaining a Tony each for his perfs in "Boeing-Boeing" and "Jerusalem." Also joining free airline End's approaching slate may be the RSC manufacture of Edgar's "Written around the Heart," moving in the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon the place to find free airline End's Duchess Theater for any limited run beginning April 19. Producers Bill Kenwright ("Bloodstream Siblings") and Thelma Holt will slowly move the show, which performed the RSC within the fall. Set 400 years back, Edgar's play examines the religious and political divisions that came about within the questionable first British translation from the King James Bible. Helmed by Gregory Doran, the play would be the second RSC show around the boards in the western world Finish, joining the hit change in tuner "Matilda," presently thinking of getting a Broadway berth. Also looking for this season is really a new manufacture of "Exactly what the Butler Saw" in the West End's Vaudeville Theater, beginning a restricted run May 16. Created by MJE Prods., co-producers from the West Finish and Gotham-bound tuner "Ghost," the show is headlined by British-Iranian thesp-standup Omid Djalili ("Pirates from the Caribbean: At World's Finish," "The Romance Guru"). The development is helmed by Sean Foley, who also directed the hit legit version of "The Ladykillers" presently running in the West End's Gielgud Theater. Further casting for "Butler," running May 4-August. 25, has not yet been introduced. Contact David Benedict at

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