English 333: Theatre in England
2001-2002

[Asterisk (*) means that the play was seen by some (at least 2), but not all. No asterisk means that the play was seen by the whole group of 24.]

Friday, December 28

*3:00 p.m

Noel Coward. Star Quality (1966). Adapted and directed by Christopher Luscombe. With Penelope Keith, Russell Boulter, Una Stubbs, Peter Cellier, Nick Fletcher, Nick Waring, Marjorie Yates. (6)

 
Apollo Theatre
*7:30 p.m. J. B. Priestley. Dangerous Corner (1932). Dir. Laurie Sansom. With Dervla Kirwan (Olwen Peel), Rupert Penry-Jones (Robert Caplan), Anna Wilson-Jones (Freda Caplan), Steve John Shepherd (Gordon Whitehouse), Patrick Robinson (Charles Stanton), Jacqueline Pearce (Maud Mockridge), Katie Foster-Barnes (Betty Whitehouse). (2)
 
Garrick Theatre

Saturday, December 29

*1:00 p.m. Vivaldi. The Four Seasons .
 
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
*4:00 p.m. Willy Russell, Blood Brothers (1983). Dir. Bob Thomson. With Linda Nolan (Mrs. Johnstone), Keith Burns (Narrator), Darren Morfitt (Mickey), Andres Langtree (Eddie), Mark Lawson and Daniel Taylor (Sammy), Gillian Kirkpatrick (Mrs. Lyons), Philip Stewart (Mr. Lyons), Ruth Gibson (Linda), Jason Griffiths (Policeman & Teacher), Amanda Minihan, Nikki Davis-Jones, Stephen Pallister, David Bingham, Sean Jones. (4)
 
Phoenix Theatre
*4:30 p.m.

Eve Ensler. The Vagina Monologues (1998). Written and directed by Eve Ensler. With Michelle Gomez, Ruthie Henshall, Loretta Switt. (4)

 
Arts Theatre
7:30 p.m. Michael Frayn, Noises Off (1982). Dir. Jeremy Sams. Design: Robert Jones. Lighting: Tim Mitchell. Sound: Fergus O'Hare. With Ilsa Blair (Dotty Otley), Peter Egan (Lloyd Dallas, dir.), Robert Portal (Gerry Lejeune), Christopher Benjamin (Selsdon Mowbray), Susie Blake (Belinda Blair), Selina Griffiths (Poppy Norton-Taylor), Chris Langham (Frederick Fellowes), Paul Thornley (Tim Allgood), Natalie Walter (Brooke Ashton).
 
Piccadilly Theatre

Sunday, December 30

3:00 p.m. Disney's The Lion King (1997). Dir. Julie Taymor. Book adapted by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Lebo M, Elton John, and Ted Rice. Choreography by Garth Fagan. Masks and puppets by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry. With Sharon D'Clarke (Rafiki), Roger Wright (Simba), Cornell John (Mufasa), Rob Edwards (Scar), Martyn Ellis (Pumbaa), Simon Gregor (Timon), Gregory Gudgeon (Zazu), and Javine Hylton (Nala), Paul J. Medford (Banzai), Stephanie Charles (Shenzi), Christopher Holt (Ed).
 
Lyceum Theatre
*8:00 p.m.

2001 A Yule Odyssey (2001). Written and directed by The Karenosa Brothers. With Samantha Barraclough, Olivia Busby, Georgina Bouzova, Ken Gray, Alex McConnell, Nick Phoenix, Jenine Wood, Luke Burton, and Frank Usher. A Kubrickesque Cacophony where The Shining Full Metal Jacket worn by Dr. Strangelove meets Barry Lyndon eating a Clockwork Orange with his Eyes Wide Shut Spartacusacular. (3)

 
Old Red Lion Theatre
Monday, December 31
*1:00 p.m. Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols. (7)
 
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
7:45 p.m. George Kaufman and Edna Ferber. The Royal Family (1927). Dir. Peter Hall. With Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Harriet Walter, Toby Stevens, Peter Bowles.
 
Haymarket Theatre
Tuesday, January 1, 2002
*12:00-2:00

Lord Mayor's New Year's Day Parade. Over a hundred entries with a cast of thousands, starting off with the Missouri All-Star Band, and including bands and cheerleaders from highschools in Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Tokyo, the Universal Cheerleaders Association, cyclists on antique bicyles, steam engines, traction engines, floats, gigantic cartoon balloons, etc. and ending with the Frankfort High School Band at 2:30 p.m.

 
7:30 p.m David Mamet. Boston Marriage (1999). Dir. Phyllida Lloyd. With Zoë Wanamaker (Anna), Anna Chancellor (Claire), and Lyndsey Marshal.
 
New Ambassadors Theatre

Wednesday, January 2

1:45 p.m.

Martin McDonagh. The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001). Dir. Wilson Milam. With Glenn Chapman (Joey), Kerry Condon (Mairead), Trevor Cooper (Donny), Stuart Goodwin (Brendan), Colin Mace (Christy), Conor Moloney (James), Owen Sharpe (Davey), David Wilmot (Padraic).

 
The Pit Theatre
7:15 p.m. William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (1601). Dir. Lindsay Posner. With Alison Fiske (Maria), Christopher Good (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Mark Hadfield (Feste), Guy Henry (Malvio), Ben Meyjes (Sebastian), Joseph Mydell (Antonio), Barry Stanton (Sir Toby Belch), Jo Stone-Fewings (Orsino), Zoë Waites (Viola), Matilda Ziegler (Olivia).
 
Barbican Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

Thursday, January 3

10:30 a.m. Tour of Warwick Castle in Warwickshire.
   
2:30 p.m. Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland (2001). A new dramatisation by Adrian Mitchell. Dir. Rachel Kavanaugh. Design by Peter McKintosh. Lighting by Chris Davey. Music by Terry Davies & Stephen Warbeck. Sound by Andrew Bruce &Matt McKenzie. Movement by Linda Dobell. Illusions by Paul Kieve. With Rosie Craig, John Conroy, Jamie de Courcey, Marilyn Cutts, Fiona Dunn, Martyn Ellis, Daniel Flynn, Jamie Golding, Katherine Heath, Richard Henders, John Hodgkinson, Rovert Horwell, Christopher Key, Paul Kissaun, Chris Larnier, Paul Leonard, Mark McLean, Laura Main, Dominic Marsh, Mitchell Moreno, Sarah Quist, Sarrah Redmond, Liza Sadovy, Adam Sims, Martin Turner.
 
Royal Shakespeare Theatre

7:30 p.m.

William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice (1594/95). Dir. Loveday Ingram. With Ian Bartholomew (Shylock), Hermione Gulliford (Portia), Ian Gelder (Antonio), Paul Hickey Bassanio), Isabel Pollon (Jessica), Darren Tunstall (Launcelot Gobbo), Ben Turner (Lorenzo), Dickon Tyrell (Gratiano), Michael Gardiner (Arragon), Chris Jarman (Morocco), Eliza Lumley (Nerissa).
 
Swan Theatre
London

Friday, January 4

2:30 p.m. Aladdin (2001). Christmas Pantomime. A Told By An Idiot Production ("Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets" Time Out ). With Haley Carmichael (Aladdin), Natasha Gordon (Princess), Paul Hunter (Widow Twanky/Jack the Janitor), Iain Johnstone (Genie/Grand Vizier), Richard Katz (Abanazer), Javier Marzan (Wishee Washee), Erika Poole (Sultana/Gorgeous the Camel).
 
Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
7:00 p.m.

William Shakespeare. Hamlet (1600-01). Dir. Steven Pimlott. With Samuel West (Hamlet), Larry Lamb (Claudius), Marty Cruickshank (Gertrude), Alan David (Polonius), Kerry Condon (Ophelia), John Dougall (Horatio), Ben Meyjes (Laertes), Wayne Cater (Rosencrantz), Sean Hannaway (Guildenstern), Christopher Good (Ghost), Finn Caldwell (First Player).

 
Barbican Theatre

Saturday, January 5

*2:30 p.m.

Peter Nichols. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1967). Dir. Laurence Boswell. With Eddie Izzard (Bri), Victoria Hamilton (Sheila), Sophie Bleasdale (Joe), John Warnaby (Freddie), Robin Weaver (Pam), Prunella Scales (Grace). (6)

 
Comedy Theatre
5:00 p.m. Yazmina Reza, Art (1994), trans. Christopher Hampton; dir. Matthew Warchus. With Simon Shephard (Serge), Leigh Lawson (Marc), and Philip Franks (Yvan). 85 minutes.
 
Whitehall Theatre
*8:00 p.m.

Reduced Shakespeare Company's Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) . Produced and performed by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, Reed Martin, [37 plays in 97 minutes] (10)

 
Criterion Theatre
*8:30 p.m. Meat and Two Veg (2001). Devised and performed by Cartoon De Salvo. Dir. Alex Murdoch. Music and lyrics by Craig Byne and Brian Logan. Performed by David Bernstein, Brian Logan, Alex Murdoch. (4)
 
Battersea Arts Centre

Sunday, January 6

*11:15 a.m. Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704), Messe de Minuit. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), from L'enfance du Christ op. 25 . Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611), O magnum mysterium . Performed by the Collegiate Singers. (16)
 
Westminster Abbey
4:00 p.m.

Noël Coward, Private Lives (1930). Dir. Howard Davies. With Alan Rickman (Elyot), Lindsay Duncan (Amanda), Emma Fielding (Sibyl), Adam Godley (Victor).

 
Albery Theatre

Monday, January 7

2:00 p.m. Colin Teevan. Monkey: A Tale From China . (2001). Dir. Mick Gordon. Design by Dick Bird. Lighting by Neil Austin.
 
Young Vic Theatre
5:15 p.m. Backstage Tour of the National Theatre
 
7:30 p.m. Herman Heijermans. The Good Hope (1900). A new version by Lee Hall (2001). Music and lyrics by John Tams. Dir. Bill Bryden. With Kenneth Anderson (Second Copper), Diane Beck (Jo), Emma Bird (Mary), Edward Clayton (First Copper), Chris Coe (Molly), Frances de la Tour (Kitty Fitzgerald), Alan Dunn (Trudger), Charlotte Emmerson (Clementine), Tom Georgeson (Christopher Makepeace), Charlie Hart (Trudger), William MacBain (Michael), Steve Nicolson (James), John Normington (William), Robert Oates (Harry), Trevor Ray (Dan), Sheila Reid (Sarah), Iain Robertson (Ben), John Tams (Simon), Graeme Taylor (Jed), Keith Thompson Tadge), Linda Thompson (Susan), Howard Ward (Arthur).
 
Cottesloe Theatre

Tuesday, January 8

11:45 a.m. William Shakespeare. King John (1595). Dir. Gregory Doran. With David Collings (Pandulph), Trevor Cooper (Hubert), Alison Fiske (Elinor), Geoffrey Freshwater (Philip of France), Guy Henry (King John), John Hopkins (Dauphin), Kelly Hunter (Constance), Andrew Maud (Pembroke), Conin McCormack (Salisbury), Jo Stone-Fewings (Bastard).
 
The Pit Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Lowe. My Fair Lady (1956), dir. Trevor Nunn. Adapted from Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and Gabriel Pascall's motion picture. Choreographer Matthew Bourne. With Nicholas Le Prevost, Martine McCutcheon, Jonathan Pryce, Mark Umbers.

 
Drury Lane Theatre
Wednesday, January 9
9:15 a.m. Professor Russ McDonald, Professor of English, University of North Carolina Greensboro, will conduct the class on King John. McDonald began the Theater in England program at the University of Rochester in 1985-86. He has served as Institute Director and Head Scholar for the NEH-Folger Shakespeare Library and is author of The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare , Shakespeare and the Arts of Language , and Shakespeare and Jonson / Jonson and Shakespeare . He has edited numerous Shakespeare plays.
   
2:30 p.m. Harold Pinter. No Man's Land (1975). Dir. Harold Pinter. Set Design by Eileen Diss. With John Wood (Spooner), Corin Redgrave (Hirst), Andy de la Tour, Danny Dyer.
 
Lyttelton Theatre
8:00 p.m. Tennessee Williams. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). Dir. Anthony Page. With Brendan Fraser, Ned Beatty, Francis O'Connor, Gemma Jones, Abigale McKern, Clive Carter, David Firth, Ilario Bisi-Pedro, Kenneth Jay, Valentine Hanson.
 
Lyric Theatre
Thursday, January 10
2:30 p.m. Caryl Churchill. Top Girls (1982). Dir Thea Sharrock. The Oxford Stage Company. With Hattie Ladbury (Marlene), Helen Anderson (Lady Nijo, Joyce, Mrs. Kidd), Elizabeth Berrington (Isabella Bird, Nell, Jeanine), Pascale Burgess (Dull Gret, Angie), Joanna Scanian (Pope Joan, Louise), Sophie Shaw (Patient Griselda, Win), Tameka Empson (Waitress, Kit, Shona).
 
Aldwich Theatre
7:30 p.m. Cole Porter. Kiss Me Kate (1948). Libretto by Bella and Samuel Spwack. Dir. Michael Blakemore. Choreography by Kathleen Marshall.
 
Victoria Palace Theatre

Friday, January 11

*1:30 p.m. Cinderella (2001). Written and Directed by Jonathan Petherbridge. A London Bubble Production. With Eva Alexander (Ella), Ben Stock (Ronald), Marva Alexander (Alberta), Sophie Duval (Victoria), Jane Nash (Ruby), Ben Bennett (Wilbert/Gordon the Mouse), Eric Maclennan (Charles/Gordon the Mouse), Luke Stoneham (Juan/Gordon the Mouse), Simon Thomson (Florence/Gordon the Mouse). With others from the company playing rats and a lizard. (2)
 
Cochrane Theatre
5:50 p.m. Dinner at Mon Plaisir
   
7:30 p.m. Peter Nichols. Privates on Parade (1977). Dir. Michael Grandage. Music by Denis King. Choreography by Scarlett Mackmin. With Roger Allan and Malcolm Sinclair.
 
Donmar Warehouse
Friday, January 12
*10:00 a.m. Auditions at the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).
   
*3:00 p.m. Brian Friel. Faith Healer (1979). Dir. Jonathan Kent. With Ken Stott (Frank Harvey), Geraldine James (Grace Harvey), and Ian McDiarmid (the agent). (12)
 
Almeida Theatre (King's Cross)
*3:30 p.m.

Marie Jones. Stones in his Pockets (2000). Dir. Ian McElhinney. With Christopher Burns and Bronson Pinchot. (2)

 
Duke of York's Theatre
*7:00 p.m.

Andrea Dunbar. Rita Sue and Bob Too (1982), and Robin Soans, A State Affair (2000) A Double Bill. Dir. Max Stafford-Clark. An Out of Joint Production. With Emily Aston (Rita/Tina), Ian Redford (Dad/Peter), Emma Rydal (Sue/Marie & Lorraine), Lisé Stevenson (Michelle/Natalie), Matthew Wait (Bob/Paul), Gary Whitaker (Sam/Dean), Jane Wood (Mum/Sue). (22)

 
Soho Theatre
*7:15 p.m.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. South Pacific (1949). Dir. Trevor Nunn. Musical Staging by Matthew Bourne. Book by Oscar Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, based on novel by James A. Michener. (2)

 
Olivier Theatre
[double asterisk ** = plays seen by one person only:]
 

** Alan Jones. Buddy . Dir. Rob Bettinson. Designed by Andy Walmsely.

 
Strand Theatre

** John Webster. The Devil's Law-Case . Dir. David Cottis. Presented by Instant Classics.

 
White Bear

** C. S. Lewis. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe . Adapted by Adrian Mitchell. Dir. Adrian Noble and Lucy Pitman-Wallace. A Royal Shakespeare Company Production. With Sylvester McCoy (Mr. Beaver), Maureen Beattie (White Witch), Jonathan Broadbent (Edmund), Robert Burt (Father Christman/Air Raid Warden), Gareth Farley (Ticket Collector/Reindeer), Jonathan Kay (Grumpskin), Michael Matus (Mr. Tumnys), Anna Maxwell Martin (Lucy), Alexandra Milman (Susan), Patrice Naiambana (Aslan), William Rycroft (Peter), Florence Sparham (Sightseer/Mrs. Squirrel), Susan Jane Tanner (Mrs. Beaver/Mrs. Macready), Adam Tedder (Giant Rumblebuffin), Luch Tuck (Betty/Lady/Baby Squirrel), Christopher Wells (Maugrin/RAF/Minotaur), Jeffrey Wickham (Professor Kirk), Laura Wilson (Leopart/Sightseer).

 
Sadler's Wells

** Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! Dir. Phyllida Lloyd. Book by Catherine Johnson. Choreography by Anthony van Laast.

 
Prince Edward Theatre

** Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap . Dir. David Turner. With Peter Byrne, Philip Day, John Fleming, Denise Silvey, Sarah-Jane Trachan, Lesle Tuckey, Jan Waters, Charlie Watts.

 
St. Martin's Theatre

** Boublil, Schonberg, and Kritzmer. Les Miserable . Dir. Trevor Nunn and John Ciard. With Jody Crosier (Marius), Caroline Sheen (Eponine), Hans Peter Janssens (Jean Valjean), Michael McCarthy (Javert), Stephen Tate (Thenardier), Jason McCann (Enjolras), Sarah Lane (Cosette), Mandy Holliday (Madam Thenardier), Carmen Cusak (Fentine).

 
Palace Theatre

** Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. Starlight Expreess (1989). Dir. Trevor Nun. Choreography Arlene Philips. With Mark McGee (Rusty), Jo Gibb (Pearl), Trevor Michael Georges (Pappa), Dustin Dubrevil (Greaseball), Chris Copeland (Electra), Amy Field (Buffy), Lucie Fenten (Ashley), Helen Latham (Dinah), Scott Martaugh (Rocky I), Leo Bibwell (Rocky II), Algernon Williams (Rocky III), Richard Ray-Allen (Krupp), Martin Neely (Prince of Wales), Todd Talbot (Purse), Ross Dawes (Flat Top), Dale Branston (Dustin), Jamie Capewell (Ruhrgold), Mark Oxtoby (Turnov), Louise Jones (Volta), Paul Ramsey (Nintendo), Emma Dodd (Julie), Richard Woodford (Bobo).

 
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Other recommended possibilities:
 
Peter Gill. The York Realist (2001). Dir. Peter Gill. With Richard Coyle, Lloyd Owen, Felix Bell, Ian Mercer, Wendy Nottingham, Caroline O'Neill, Anne Ried. (After Jan. 6).
 
Royal Court Theatre

The Play What I Wrote (2001). Written and performed by Sean Foley and Hamish McColl. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. [Based on the comedy team Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, with gags by Eddie Braden]

 

Wyndham's Theatre

Maurice Hennequin and Pierre Veber. Have You Anything to Declare? Trans by Braham Murray and Roberte Cogo-Fawcett. Dir. Sam Walters.
 
Orange Tree Theatre
Todd Twala, Thembi Nyandei, Ian von Memerty. Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness. Music and Dance featuring 36 young black South African performers.
 
Shaftesbury Theatre

J. B. Priestly. An Inspector Calls (1946). Dir. Stephen Daldry. With Niall Buggy (Inspector Goole), Edward Peele (Mr. Birling), Diane Fletcher (Mrs. Birling), Owen Oakeschott (Gerald Croft), Emma Gregory (Sheila), Andrew Leonard (Eric), Leila Hoggman (Edna).

 
Playhouse Theatre

Seminar Participants:

Susan Bauer
Marni Blank
Jack Chen
Adrianne Drollette
Hilary Fox
Amanda Goff
David Haft
John Liobe
Brooke Matschek
Jeanette Moy
Matthew Natanson
Melody Neuharth
Mehul Parekh
Kali Quinn
Daryl Reisfeld
Renata Schloss
Alexis Spiegel
Matthew Tong
Jessica Wyatt
Miriam Youssef
Catherine Grace Alexander
Jennifer Douglas
Russell and Ruth Peck

Although all students saw at least 22 plays (a few saw as many as 28), they were involved also in a host of other activities. Foremost, perhaps, is the fact that everyone got to know London well. We did a lot of walking during the day and often at night would walk back to the hotel after plays, past the British Museum and Bloomsbury Square . Everyone went to several museums to see special exhibits as well as permanent collections: for example, the exhibits on The Great Court, Agatha Christie and Archaeology, the Unknown Amazon at the British Museum (though mainly people simply wandered through the vast number of permanent holdings); the map, bookbinding, and Beethoven manuscript exhibits at the new British Library ; exhibits on Turner, the PreRaphaelites, and the Victorian nude, as well as the splendid 19th and 20th century holdings in general at the Tate Britain ; exhibits on international modern art, modern architecture, machinery, and Juan Munoz at the new Tate Modern ; the Pisanello exhibit as well as the fabulous permanent collections of Western European paintings in the National Gallery ; The Mirror Mirror exhibit and the John Kobal Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery ; the brilliant Spectatular Bodies exhibit at the Hayward ; the Dali Universe at the County Hall, South Bank ; the Hermitage Rooms, the Gilbert Collection, and French drawings and paints from Poussin to Picasso at Somerset House ; the permanent collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painting and the Early Renaissance Gallery of Flemish and Italian Art at the Courtauld Institute ; the Imperial War Museum , with its exhibit on the Spanish Civil War (Picasso, Dali, and Magritte. plus documentary photographs, etc.); the Churchill Cabinet Rooms , which are preserved as Churchill and his staff left them at the end of World War II; The Floating World (Japanese) exhibit at the Royal Academy of Art ; Close Encounters of the Art Kind, Radical Fashion, and Out of Japan exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museums ; the London Theatre Museum ; The Wilde Years at the Barbican ; exhibits at the Public Record Office ; the Roman Technology and the London's Music Halls as well as the history of London exhibits at the London Museum ; the London Transport Museum with its exhibits of posters on the colors of winter and the glamour of London's night life; and the Predators exhibit at the always exciting Natural History Museum .

Students also visited famous places in London, such as The Tower with its special exhibit on the execution of the Earl of Essex, Parliament and Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral , St. Bartholomew's Church , the restored Globe Theater and museum, the excavation site of Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, Hampstead Heath , Kew Gardens , Hyde Park and the Speaker's Corner , Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, Westminster Abbey and the poet's corner, Dickens House with its "Bright Faces" exhibit based on Nicholas Nickleby , Abbey Road , Kenwood House with its superb Vermeer collection, Covent Garden , Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum , the Wimbleton Tennis Museum , and Harrods , as well as famous pubs like the Sherlock Holmes , John Dryden's favorite pub The Lamb and the Staff , and the King's Head Pub where actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company gather after plays. In Stratford students visited Shakespeare's birthplace, his grammar school, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried. In London some rode the spectacular London Eye (the giant ferris wheel built for the millenium that now graces the south bank of the Thames a marvel of architectural beauty comparable to the Eiffel Tower in Paris). Students also went to music events such as evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey . And a few went to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle .