Joan Collins

28 02 2007

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I have been preternaturally been fascinated by Joan Collins oeuvre since childhood. All that was abruptly cured by seeing her in the flesh, and a whole lot of flesh there was, on stage in Legends! Now playing at the newly restored absolutely ravishing LaSalle Bank Theater (18 W Monroe; 312.902-1400; $20-$75; HOT TIX $28) which used to be the Shubert Theater and thus confused me thoroughly in finding its location. Recipe for failure: take two feuding movie queens (has-beens), a producer desperate to reunite them (slapdash and slapstick attempts), a sassy black maid (there is a joke about cotton picking which made me cringe, visibly), a pec flexing black Chippendale dancer who lets it all hang out (a lot of all), a barrage of unfunny jokes (high school musical anyone?), creaky showbiz anecdotes, wigs, and a tray of hashish brownies and you have Kirkwood’s awful comedy which has not been updated since its 1986 debut (for Carol Channing and Marlo Thomas). Joan Collins is jowly and amazingly chubby. Her outfits look ridiculous and show off her rolls of fat, except at curtain call when a fire engine red numbers makes her oranges swim in pudding (get the picture, snap) while lovely Linda Evenstad is stiff as a board, and I speak not merely of an overdose of Botulinum toxin type A. Half of the audience left before or during intermission. My excuse is I was to have drinks at ENO immediately after the show so I stayed. And wondered how ever I could have adored Joan Collins in the first place.

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Singapore Gratis

27 02 2007

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Time to return to Singapore. What is there to do you ask? I can think of twenty things off hand –

    • Art galleries in MITA building
    • Shop along glitzy Orchard road or 24 hour Mustafa center in Little India
    • Tai chi with locals at Singapore Botanical Gardens or concert at garden’s Symphony Lake
    • Fridays 1900-2100 at Singapore Museums (history, art or asian civilization)
    • Thian Hock Keng in Telok Ayer street, Sri Mariamman temple in Chinatown, Sultan Mosque in Arab Street
    • Big Splash water theme park in East Coast Park. Watch toned bodies at Mahalo BEach Bar
    • Free lunch performance at Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay
    • Lichensteins at Millenia walk, UOB plaza’s Botero and Dali, OCBC Building’s Henry Moore
    • Stroll along the River. Empress Palace. Fullerton Hotel
    • Watch cricket and rugby at varsity level. NUS museum.
    • Live dance at Youth Park. Parkour!
    • Climb up Bukit Timah. Trek through MacRItichie Reservoir or Labrador Park
    • War heroes: CHangi museum, Johore battery, Kranji war memorial
    • Chinatown and Little India for street food
    • Mount Faber (take the camera)
    • Free city tour from airport at night
    • Shop knockoffs
    • Toa Payoh or Yishun to see how locals live
    • Merlion.
    • Suntec City’s fountain of wealth. Raffles hotel doorman




      Chicago Theater

      26 02 2007

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      Betrayal is Harold Pinter’s 1978 dated drama about an extramarital affair in reverse chronology with supertitles indicating the year of the event tabled. There were lovely cocktails and h d’o before the show and a hearty discussion with limited viewers after, hosted by the delightful David New, new Associate Artistic director of the Steppenwolf. Mr. New’s tie was far more exciting than the dull lifeless play with transition music sounding like the soundtrack of a night film on Lifetime, television for women and depressed gay men. Show runs through May 27. HOT TIX for half price.





      Academy Blog

      25 02 2007

      We have pizza. We have champagne. In fact, we have too much champagne. The night is young. The show has just begun. The AmEx ad is very confusing to me.

      2028: Andre Leon Tulley is quite fat.

      2030: Clips of normal people. How cool the techies are. Peter O’Toole has not aged well. Is it too late to replace the Veuve with orange juice? Everyone agrees there is too much fat in OJ so we let it be. We are having Baked Lays.

      2035: Someone congratulates all of the nominees. Ellen appears and starts babbling. Some find this funny. Abigail Breslin is so cute. Mr. Will Smith’s smug child has many names.

      2040: Ellen is wearing a wine red crushed velvet tux. She looks like a magician. From the 70s. I see Chicago’s Jennifer Hudson. The viewing crowd whoops it up. Nobody actually knows her but we pretend to care. She has ditched the hideous metallic envelope she arrived in. In other news, Peter O’Toole is still alive. Ellen talks about blacks, gays and Jews. For clarity, the camera pans to blacks, gays and, oh please, Jews. They could just have shown Whoopi Goldberg. Meanwhile, Ellen cannot believe she is hosting the Oscars. We cannot believe this either. Bye bye Ellen. She tells people to make things up. Somebody throws Ellen a tamborine. Ellen camera drives to a very bloated Mr. Di Caprio. I like the Jennifer Hudson/AI and Al Gore/Election joke.

      2047: Pan’s Labyrinth wins. I have not even seen this film and it looks quite odd. Mutually gorgeous people Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman (with a very tight face and a giant alive red creature that has started eating her left shoulder) are presenting for something. We wish Mister Craig wore that blue swimsuit.

      2048: Ms. Maggie Gyllenhaal looks faux excited to announce the techie awards. For the brumagic densitometer. Are they allowed to make up words? Must. Google. This.

      2055: Will Ferrell is singing. With Joe Black and Mister Cellophane. Ill advised. They threaten Mr. O’Toole. Who is still alive.

      2103: That Sunshine kid and the Happyness kid present awards. The winners are very happy. An award goes to a movie about falafel singers. I need to have a falafel before I return home. There are no good falafels in the Bay. Mr. Ari Sandel is hot, the viewing crowd agrees that he must be gay. Or does not know it yet.

      2104: Ellens says Ms. Penelope Cruz was from Mexico. She is Spanish. Ooh, tacos will fly.

      2108: Many chips and dips are arriving. I am a little sleepy. There is a weird sound effects choir. After 5 seconds, it is boring. Maybe I have ADHD.

      2110: Ellen apologizes to the countries of Mexico and Spain. We should send her to the Middle East. Preferably immediately. Ellen is nervous.

      2112: I have still no clue how to tell sound mixing from sound editing. Various people in the room indicate the red salsa dip is better than the salsa verde. These are leftovers from last night. Nobody has a clue about the sound mixing/editing thing either.

      2118: Every time they say “dream” or “girls”, they cut to Jennifer Hudson. The viewing crowd is practically whooping it up. Maybe we should make it a drinking game. In Chicago, we need very little excuse for a drinking game, cf. the Melrose Place Drinking Game that I devised in Powerpoint circa early 90s. The shame.

      2119: James McAvoy and his Scotch accent, and Jessica Biel and her pink lip stick, all announce some award for Dream Girls. More drinking ensues. We are in a stupor. And tremendously bored.

      2125: Rachel Weisz is still fetching. Why Alan Arkin won is a mystery – his character was rude and had very colorful language. There was very little sunshiny about the role for me. Penguins by the shadow people. Okay, cute. Ellen is joking with Marky Mark. I don’t care if he is nominated, he is still Marky Mark in those Calvins for me.

      2135: Nobody is caring about the dancers making shapes of things. Nobody is caring about Rangy Newman. Nobody is caring about Melissa Etheridge’s  PSA song.  This is good to go pee. More champagne has miraculously appeared. Now there are little nibbly bits. Some latecomers have brought in yummy hummus and pita chips.

      2140: Has Mr. Gore been expanding as we speak? Mr. Di Caprio is also bloating up. It is all very Titanic I guess. I am feeling guilty about all the food we will not be using as Hollywood tells us how green their valley is. Faux announcement drowned out by music but the piece dragged on for too long.

      2144: Happy Feet won for animation. I just saw it in flight and I did not care for it. What were my choices? Oh yes, Cars. Not so much.

      2145: Ms Cameron Diaz does not act ditsy. She clearly is and her outfit places her at high aerodynamic risk for being swept away. Mr. Ben Affleck is alive.

      2152: Ms Helen Mirren announces the entire Borat title. We inexplicably crack up. I have to see this film with B & S because I just know the DVD will be packed with extras.

      2155: The Departed wins for Adapted Screenplay. How I hated the adaptation. Basically, it’s plagiarism. Geographical error alert: “Infernal Affairs” is said to be from China. It is not, it is from Hong Kong, which is an SAR. Picky picky. Mr. Jack Nicholson – and we thought they would ignore him all night. But he is bald so how could they? Such an attention whore.

      2204: Marie Antoinette – I have not seen so many nominated films. It is just that Ms. Kirsten Dunst has such awkward teeth. Geographical error alert: Cate Blanchett is announced to be from the UK. She’s Ozzie.

      2210: We love Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, plus Ms. Meryl Streep does a good fauc icy glare. Mr. Tom Cruise invokes a skeleton. L wonders how much BoTox she has had. L administers BoTox for cash so he should know. Maybe she actually has a BoTox for Food exchange program.

      2210: Ms Gwyneth Paltrow looks limpid. Ellen has a funny bit. I almost forgot she was hosting.

      2230: Mr. Robert Downey Jr makes a drug joke about himself. I have fallen asleep intermittently. Apparently, I missed when Ms Jennifer Hudson won her award. Great, I have to make jokes about her at tomorrow’s presentation. I will have to raid the generic joke box. I am counting on her having thanked God and her grandmother. Wouldn’t those be the usual? Unless her grandmother abused her. Just saying. [Addendum: I am informed she thanked God twice. Yay me]

      2246: Al Gore wins and everyone is sucking up to him. He has in the interval put on some more pounds. What are they feeding them in the stands? Meanwhile, M texts me that Al Gore’s 20 room 8 bathroom mansion in the posh Belle Meade area in Nashville consumes more electricity every month (221,000 kWh per year) than the average American household (10,656 kWh) in an entire year, as per the Nashville Electric Service. I want to see his gas bill, which must be outrageous. And we’re back to reality. Or Hollywood. It is a blur. I think I drank two bottles of bubbly on my own so it is time to fill the recycling bin.

      2250: Mr. Gael Garcia Bernal is onstage with sticky hair. Suddenly the movie about AIDS in China wins. This is the year of the Pig so there will be a record number of babies in hospitals in China. One of my gays informs me that if you are gay, you cannot adopt a Chinese baby this year. How do they know you’re gay in China. Do they ask you “What do you think of Jennifer Hudson?” and then if you gasp and go “OMG, I totally like love Jennifer Hudson” then you don’t get your Chinese baby? I don’t know. I also do not know why Mr. Jerry Seinfeld is presenting an award. He is so ten minutes ago and I just do not find him funny.

      2250: Mr. Clint Eastwood presents Mr. Ennio Morricone with the lifetime achievement award. This usually means, said awardee’s wife needs to open a policy pronto. OMG it is that bitch Celine Dion. Why is she here and what is she saying in her quasi French warble tones? Sing Titanic, bitch. Ennio is now speaking Italian. Forever. Mr. Eastwood is totally making things up. I can tell. Oh, and Mr. Quincy Jones raided Zhang Ziyi’s garage sale last weekend. There can be no other explanation.

      2311: The new president of AMPAS tells us all in sixty seconds. I kind of liked that part. Then the Sunshine film wins an award. Suddenly, I think I might be a bit drunk and head to brew some Double Egert’s coffee.

      2320: Hugh Jackman not so attractive any more. I last saw him in Scoop on an airplane, apparently the only place to see such a lame film. Babel won some award. It is on my Netflix queue. Those magic dancing shadow people are still doing stuff and they just made a shoe. People are leaving the party. We are not having too much fun this year.

      2332: Somebody fixed JLo’s hair. Ms. Beyonce emerges from the stage (literally) and belts one out. Dream girls medley. Ms. Jennifer Hudson (having been introduced as Oscar winner, I am now sure I fell asleep during one segment – someone says I was snoring even) has put on a few pounds since we started. Someone brings out the cheese course and little chocolate truffles. A very toxic looking Mr. John Travolta gives Ms. Etheridge her award. The room is making gratuitous lezzie jokes. That is okay because the room is 90% gay.

      2335: Mr. Will Smith introduces a random Micahel Mann clip job. I have no idea what this is supposed to signify. Everyone rushes to the toilet.

      2350: Ms. Kate Winslet is lovely. She won’t win anything but I did run into her outside a lovely bookshop near Marble Arch. And she was lovely then as well. Mr. Jack Nicholson is mugging for the camera. Why do they show him always? It is so predictable. We think he is bald in support of Britney Spears but nobody knows. Ms. Jodie Foster introduces the Dead People Clip Show. Robert Altman got the longest applause. They forgot fat Chris Penn.

      0002: Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman needs a comb. There is a picture of Dame Judi Dench drowning in a sea of turquoise. Of course, Ms. Helen Mirren wins. She is onstage with a purse that fits Oscars and small pets. She makes no sense whatsoever and calls the Oscar the Queen. Perhaps she is a bit sloshed. I think she is a smug thing. Chris Connelly is talking. Still. He asks who will win stuff as a disembodied hand dusts an Oscar groin. W wonder if the truffles are spiked. It is quite odd. Mr. Tom Hanks pretends to still be funny. He has lost the weird hair. Ellen is vacuuming the front row. She had a good bit with Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Eastwood then apparently snuck away for some Pinkberry.

      0013: Ms. Witherspoon gives Mr. Whitaker an award. What is with his left eye? I think Bell’s palsy but I am really not so sure. Mr. Will Smith is crying. I like how they always pan to black people when someone black wins. We see voiceover woman and announcer man. I much better like Movie Trailer man’s voice. People are leaving the party. It is quite the flop. Of course, it is snowing without and everyone has real jobs. I microwave the stuffed spinach pizza but the mood is all wrong by now.

      0020: Mr. Jack Nicholson comes on stage. I immediately take my toilet break. I do not need to see this man. Ellen says good night. I say good night. They are showing recap clips of Jack Black. That was six days ago. I have to get up early in the morning and teach people. This is stupid.





      Open Bottle

      24 02 2007

      The following outstanding wines were poured at the 8th Annual Open That Bottle Night:

      • M brought the Silver Oak 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) which was the king of wines and easily the favorite. This was full bodied, rich and oaky.
      • K and E brought a Hafner 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley). I found this to be heavy and aromatic.
      • C and S brought the Pinot Noir made famous by the film “Sideways”: Hartley Istini 2004 Hitching Post St. Rita’s Earth (Santa Barbara). While C called it tannic, I thought it a touch caffeinated. Smoky even.
      • W and D brought a magnum (so much cooking wine for me) of Grand Vin de Leoville St Julia. We were all intimidated by pouring out of a magnum as per usual.
      • W and M brought a surprising Silver Lake 1995 Merlot (Columbia Valley). This matched well with many of the cheeses for an out of state wine.
      • C and J brought a posh St Bernardus 1998 Merlot (Carmel Valley). They had two other wines that did not hold up well but their new wine room is a works in progress.
      • M and D arrived late but made up for it with a pleasant Belvedere 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (Healdsburg). M can bring Welch’s and I will think it pleasant. She has carte blanche at my parties.
      • I contributed with a Duas Quintas 2000 Vinho Tinto (Portugal) simply because I did not quite know what to make of it and the syllabus was in Portuguese! I was grossly disappointed. It is SO a Tuesday night wine.

      It was interesting to note that everyone favored California wines unless you believed in magna or Portugal.

      The following cheeses were selected to pair with the wines:

      • Tallegio: Sicilia
      • Double Gloucester Cotswold: UK
      • Kerry Gold Dubliner: Ireland
      • Reblochon de Savoy: France
      • Danish Bleu: Denmark
      • Manchego Viejo: Spain
      • Humboldt Fog: California
      • Fontinesa: Piemonte




      Prickly Pear

      23 02 2007

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       This is not a common ingredient in most kitchens and my favorite chef finally discussed this with me. We picked up a whole lot of fresh produce at Windmill. It reopens Valentine’s day for the remainder of the year through Christmas.

      Being a cactus fruit, it is quite a bit of work for not a lot of juice but most delicious for cocktails or vinaigrette. Nothing else tastes like it so I won’t attempt to describe it. Safeway has small lots at very high prices. When picking one, go for something soft to the touch (like a nearly ripe avocado or peach) but not massively bruised. Handle with gloves unless you are familiar as the fine needles sting.

      Cut off the ends, then make a slit down the length.Peel it apart. Think of it as the earth with a crust, mantle and core like [(0)]. The crust and mantle peel easily off the core, leaving you with the seed, o. Cut the core up and mash through a fine sieve or food processor. Get out all those inedible seeds. You are left with the bright pink juice.

      The juice is refreshing with a splash of tequila, makes lemonade alive and mixed with light red wine vinegar and pumpkin oil  makes for lovely salad dressing.





      Theatre Londontown

      22 02 2007

      Musical

      AVENUE Q
      Noël Coward Theatre (formerly Albery)
      Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx , Book by Jeff Whitty
      (from 1 Jun 06 to 26 Jan 08)


      BILLY ELLIOT : THE MUSICAL
      Victoria Palace
      Book & Lyrics by Lee Hall , Music by Elton John
      (from 31 Mar 05 to 20 Oct 07)


      BLOOD BROTHERS
      Phoenix
      by Willy Russell
      (from 21 Nov 91 to 1 Sep 07)


      BLUE MAN GROUP
      New London
      by Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink
      (from 10 Nov 05 to 21 Oct 07)


      BOYFRIEND, THE
      Open Air, Regent’s Park
      by Sandy Wilson
      (from 28 Aug 07 to 15 Sep 07)


      CABARET
      Lyric
      Book by Joe Matseroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, was based on John van Druten’s play I am a Camera which in turn took its inspiration from Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin stories
      (from 23 Sep 06 to 29 Sep 07)


      CARMEN JONES
      Royal Festival Hall
      by Oscar Hammerstein II, with music by Georges Bizet
      (from 25 Jul 07 to 2 Sep 07)


      CHICAGO
      Cambridge Theatre
      Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
      (from 28 Apr 06 to 6 Oct 07)


      DANCING IN THE STREETS
      Playhouse
      Compiled by Keith Strachan
      (from 1 Aug 06 to 15 Sep 07)


      DIRTY DANCING – The Classic Story on Stage
      Aldwych
      by Eleanor Bergstein
      (from 29 Sep 06 to 22 Mar 08)


      DROWSY CHAPERONE
      Novello (formerly the Strand)
      Music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
      (from 14 May 07 to 23 Feb 08)


      EVITA
      Adelphi
      by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
      (from 2 Jun 06 to 15 Dec 07)


      GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
      Savoy Theatre
      Music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward & Ira Gershwin and a book by Dubose Heyward, based on ‘Porgy’ by Dubose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward. Music adapted by Gareth Valentine.
      (from 25 Oct 06 to 27 Oct 07)


      GREG LONDON – THE ICONS IN LONDON
      Venue
      by Greg London
      (from 9 Jan 07 to 24 Feb 07)


      GUYS AND DOLLS
      Piccadilly
      Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
      (from 19 May 05 to 14 Apr 07)


      KISMET
      Coliseum
      by Robert Wright & George Forrest, Based on themes of Alexander Borodin and the play by Edward Knoblock, the book is by Charles Lederer & Luther Davies.
      (from 25 Jun 07 to 14 Jul 07)


      LADY BE GOOD
      Open Air, Regent’s Park
      Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, Book by Guy Bolton & Fred Thompson
      (from 17 Jul 07 to 25 Aug 07)


      LES MISERABLES
      Queen’s
      Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton.
      (from 3 Apr 04 to 15 Dec 07)


      LION KING
      Lyceum
      Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice . Additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, Hans Zimmer.
      (from 24 Sep 99 to 7 Oct 07)


      LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
      Duke of York’s
      Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
      (from 6 Mar 07 to 2 Jun 07)


      LORD OF THE RINGS
      Drury Lane, Theatre Royal
      Stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy. Book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna & Matthew Warchus and music by A.R. Rahman & Varttina with Christopher Nightingale.
      (from 9 May 07 to 12 Jan 08)


      MAMMA MIA
      Prince Of Wales
      Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Book by Catherine Johnson. And some songs by Stig Anderson.
      (from 3 Jun 04 to 28 Jun 08)


      MARY POPPINS
      Prince Edward
      Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film with music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman; Additional new songs, music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; Book by Julian Fellowes
      (from 6 Dec 2004 to 29 Sep 07)


      Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
      Palace
      book by Eric Idle, from the screenplay of the Pythons’ film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Featuring a new score with music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, SPAMALOT also has three songs from the 1975 film
      (from 30 Sep 06 to 21 Jul 07)


      PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
      Her Majesty’s
      Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Charles Hart , based on Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel
      (from 9 Oct 86 to 15 Dec 07)


      SOUND OF MUSIC
      London Palladium
      Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, suggested by ‘The Trapp Family Singers’ by Maria Augusta Trapp
      (from 3 Nov 06 to 13 Oct 07)


      STOMP
      Vaudeville
      created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas
      (from 24 Sep 02 to 14 Oct 07)


      UNKNOWN KURT WEILL
      Young Vic (Main House)
      (from 25 Mar 07 to 25 Mar 07)


      WE WILL ROCK YOU ( Queen Musical )
      Dominion
      Musical with songs by Queen and book by Ben Elton
      (from 26 Apr 02 to 6 Oct 07)


      WICKED – The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.
      Apollo Victoria
      Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman
      (from 7 Sep 06 to 29 Mar 08)

      Drama

      ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Martin Crimp
      (from 8 Mar 07 to 10 May 07)


      BIG WHITE FOG
      Almeida (Off West End)
      by Theodore Ward
      (from 11 May 07 to 30 Jun 07)


      CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
      Cottesloe, National Theatre
      by Bertolt Brecht, in a version by Frank McGuinness
      (from 7 Mar 07 to 14 Apr 07)


      CORAM BOY
      Olivier, National Theatre
      adapted by Helen Edmundson, from a novel by Jamila Gavin
      (from 29 Nov 06 to 24 Feb 07)


      ELEPHANT MAN
      Trafalgar Studios 2 (formerly Whitehall Theatre)
      By Bernard Pomerance
      (from 4 Apr 07 to 5 May 07)


      ENCHANTMENT , THE
      Cottesloe, National Theatre
      by Victoria Benedictsson, in a new version by Clare Bayley
      (from Jun 07 to )


      ENTERTAINER, THE
      Old Vic
      by John Osborne
      (from 23 Feb 07 to 19 May 07)


      EQUUS
      Gielgud
      by Peter Shaffer
      (from 16 Feb 07 to 9 Jun 07)


      FANTASTIC MR FOX
      Open Air, Regent’s Park
      Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood
      (from 31 Jul 07 to 25 Aug 07)


      FIVE WIVES OF MAURICE PINDER, THE
      Cottesloe, National Theatre
      by Matt Charman
      (from Jun 07 to )


      GENERATIONS
      Young Vic (The Maria)
      by Debbie Tucker Green
      (from 22 Feb 07 to 10 Mar 07)


      GLASS MENAGERIE, THE
      Apollo
      by Tennessee Williams
      (from 31 Jan 07 to 19 May 07)


      HAPPY DAYS
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Samuel Beckett
      (from 18 Jan 07 to 1 Mar 07)


      HOLDING FIRE!
      Shakespeare’s Globe
      by Jack Shepherd
      (from 28 Jul 07 to 5 Oct 07)


      HOTHOUSE, THE
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Harold Pinter
      (from Jul 07 to )


      IN EXTREMIS
      Shakespeare’s Globe
      by Howard Brenton
      (from 15 May 07 to 26 May 07)


      JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN
      Donmar Warehouse
      by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by David Eldridge
      (from 15 Feb 07 to 14 Apr 07)


      KEAN
      Apollo
      By Jean Paul Sartre, adapted from the play by Alexandre Dumas, in a translation by Frank Hauser
      (from 24 May 07 to 18 Aug 07)


      KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
      Donmar Warehouse
      by Manuel Puig, in a translation by Allan Baker
      (from 19 Apr 07 to 26 May 07)


      LADY FROM DUBUQUE, THE
      Haymarket
      by Edward Albee
      (from 3 Mar 07 to 9 Jun 07)


      LANDSCAPE WITH WEAPON
      Cottesloe, National Theatre
      by Joe Penhall
      (from 29 Mar 07 to 7 Jun 07)


      LOVELY AND MISFIT – Mister Paradise, Summer at the Lake, And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens
      Trafalgar Studios 2 (formerly Whitehall Theatre)
      Three ‘undiscovered’ short plays by Tennessee Williams
      (from 6 Mar 07 to 31 Mar 07)


      MACBETH
      Open Air, Regent’s Park
      By William Shakespeare
      (from 28 May 07 to 16 Aug 07)


      MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
      Olivier, National Theatre
      based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted by Tom Morris and Emma Rice
      (from 3 May 07 to 21 Jun 07)


      MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE
      Shakespeare’s Globe
      by William Shakespeare
      (from 2 Jun 07 to 6 Oct 07)


      MOUSETRAP, THE
      St Martin’s
      by Agatha Christie
      (from 26 Mar 74 to 3 Nov 07)


      OTHELLO
      Shakespeare’s Globe
      By William Shakespeare
      (from 4 May 07 to 19 Aug 07)


      PRESENT LAUGHTER
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Noel Coward
      (from Oct 07 to )


      PROOF
      Arts Theatre
      By David Auburn
      (from 19 Feb 07 to 17 Mar 07)


      RAFTA, RAFTA.
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Ayub Khan-Din, based on All in Good Time by Bill Naughton
      (from 18 Apr 07 to 23 Jun 07)


      REPORTER, THE
      Cottesloe, National Theatre
      by Nicholas Wright
      (from 14 Feb 07 to 2 Jun 07)


      RESPECTABLE WEDDING / THE JEWISH WIFE (Double Bill)
      Young Vic (The Maria / The Clare)
      by Bertolt Brecht: Translation by Rory Bremner / Translation by Martin Crimp
      (from 29 Mar 07 to 14 Apr 07)


      ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
      Duke of York’s
      by Tom Stoppard
      (from 22 Jul 06 to 25 Feb 07)


      ROSE TATTOO, THE
      Olivier, National Theatre
      by Tennessee Williams
      (from 19 Mar 07 to 23 Jun 07)


      SAINT JOAN
      Olivier, National Theatre
      by Bernard Shaw
      (from Jul 07 to )


      SENORA CARRAR’S RIFLES / HOW MUCH IS YOUR IRON? (Double Bill)
      Young Vic (The Maria / The Clare)
      by Bertolt Brecht: Translation by Biyi Bandele / Translation by Enda Walsh
      (from 20 Apr 07 to 5 May 07)


      SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona
      (from 19 Mar 07 to 4 Apr 07)


      TEMPEST
      Novello (formerly the Strand)
      by William Shakespeare
      (from 22 Feb 07 to 24 Mar 07)


      TERRE HAUTE
      Trafalgar Studios 2 (formerly Whitehall Theatre)
      By Edmund White
      (from 8 May 07 to 2 Jun 07)


      THE WOMEN OF TROY
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Euripides
      (from Nov 07 to )


      THERE CAME A GYPSY RIDING
      Almeida (Off West End)
      by Frank McGuinness
      (from 11 Jan 07 to 3 Mar 07)


      THERESE RAQUIN
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Emile Zola, adapted by Nicholas Wright
      (from 4 Nov 06 to 21 Feb 07)


      TREATS
      Garrick
      By Christopher Hampton
      (from 20 Feb 07 to 26 May 07)


      TWO MEN TALKING
      Trafalgar Studios 2 (formerly Whitehall Theatre)
      by Paul Browde and Murray Nossel
      (from 5 Jun 07 to 23 Jun 07)


      UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL
      Duchess
      by Glen Berger
      (from 7 Feb 07 to 14 Apr 07)


      VERNON GOD LITTLE
      Young Vic (Main House)
      by DBC Pierre, adapted by Tanya Ronder
      (from 27 Apr 07 to 9 Jun 07)


      WAR HORSE
      Olivier, National Theatre
      based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
      (from 8 Oct 07 to 27 Oct 07)


      WE, THE PEOPLE
      Shakespeare’s Globe
      by Eric Schlosser
      (from 2 Sep 07 to 5 Oct 07)


      WOMAN IN BLACK, THE
      Fortune
      by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill
      (from 7 Jun 89 to 1 Sep 07)

      Comedy

      39 STEPS, THE
      Criterion
      by John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow. From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
      (from 14 Sep 06 to 15 Sep 07)


      BOEING BOEING
      Comedy
      by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross
      (from 3 Feb 07 to 28 Apr 07)


      DUMB WAITER
      Trafalgar Studios 1 (formerly Whitehall Theatre)
      By Harold Pinter
      (from 2 Feb 07 to 24 Mar 07)


      DYING FOR IT
      Almeida (Off West End)
      Moira Buffini’s new free adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s satirical comedy The Suicide
      (from 8 Mar 07 to 28 Apr 07)


      HISTORY BOYS
      Wyndham’s
      by Alan Bennett
      (from 21 Dec 06 to 14 Apr 07)


      LIZZIE ROPER IN PECCADILLO CIRCUS
      Trafalgar Studios 2 (formerly Whitehall Theatre)
      (from 14 Feb 07 to 3 Mar 07)


      LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
      Shakespeare’s Globe
      by William Shakespeare
      (from 1 Jul 07 to 7 Oct 07)


      MAN OF MODE, THE
      Olivier, National Theatre
      by George Etherege
      (from 29 Jan 07 to 19 Apr 07)


      MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
      Open Air, Regent’s Park
      By William Shakespeare
      (from 30 May 07 to 18 Aug 07)


      MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
      Olivier, National Theatre
      by William Shakespeare
      (from Dec 07 to )


      PHILISTINES
      Lyttelton, National Theatre
      by Maxim Gorky, in a new version by Andrew Upton
      (from 23 May 07 to 20 Jun 07)


      PINTER’S PEOPLE – Sketches, Monologues and Two-Handers 1958 – 2002
      Haymarket
      (from 30 Jan 07 to 23 Feb 07)


      SOLDIER’S FORTUNE
      Young Vic (Main House)
      by Thomas Otway
      (from 15 Feb 07 to 31 Mar 07)


      WHIPPING IT UP
      New Ambassadors
      by Steve Thompson
      (from 22 Feb 07 to 16 Jun 07)