English 337: London Theater (2 credits)
March 8-15, 2003

[* = seen by some, but not by the whole group; no asterisk means that the whole group went to the play at the time and theatre cited.]

Saturday, March 8

*2:30 p.m

Henrik Ibsen. John Gabriel Borkman (1896). Dir. Stephen Unwin. Trans. Stephen Mulrine. With Gillian Barge (Gunhild Borkman), Barbara Kirby (Marlene), Linda Bassett (Ella Rentheim), Mairéad Carty (Fanny Wilton), James Loye (Erhart Borkman), Michael Pennington (John Gabriel Borkman), Jemma Powell (Frida Foldal), Fred Pearson (Vilhelm Foldal). ["The English Touring Theatre is the company of the moment" Daily Mail . "Stephen Unwin is the finest director in England" Guardian .]

Greenwich Theatre
*3:00 p.m.

The Mysteries . Conceived and created by Mark Dornford-May and Charles Hazlewood. Dir. Mark Dornford-May. Music by Charles Hazlewood. Choreographer by Joel Mthethwa. Original Wilton Music Hall production of Yiimimangaliso, May 23 2001. Based on 14th-century mystery plays. First performed at the Joseph Stone Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa. With Siyabulela Bede (Gabriel/John), Lungelwa Blou (The Virgin Mary), Noluthando Boqwana (Shem's Wife/Woman/Merchant), Bongani Bubu (Abel/King/Andrew), Bulelwa Cosa (Angel/ Midwife/Martha), Portia Dladla (Eve/Merchant), Camilla Driver (Woman/Angel), Lusindiso Dubula (Angel/ Lazarus), Pauline du Plessis (Elizabeth/ Angel), Zukile Gquadushe (Soldier), Kurt Haupt (Adan/Simon the Leper), Thembela James (Soldier/Shepherd/Angel), Sandile Kamle (Herod/Peter/Cain), Andiswa Kedama (Isaac/Midwife/Merchant), Fikile Khuzwayo (Midwife/Disciple/Thomas), Andile Kosi (King/Merchant/ Japhet), Nandie Mahlangu (Midwife/Merchant), Ayanda Mamve (Shepherd/Lebbaeus), Andries Mbali (Lucifer), Gracious Mbatha (Angel/Woman/Mary/Cleophas), Bongani Mbato (Angel/ Soldier), Zintle Mgole (Japhet's Wife/Midwife/ Thaddius), Mvuyisi Zukolufikile Mjali (Caiphas/Shem), Sindiswa Mndela (Angel/Midwife/Simon), Dipuo Virginia Mogoregi (Angel/ Bartholomew), Ruby Mthethwa (Noah's Wife/Mary Magdalene/ Woman), Gwebile Jim Ncxabaze (Abraham/Judas), Vumile Nomanyama (Deus/Jesus), Mpontseng Nyatasa (Ham's Wife/James the Younger), Zoliswa Qumza (Angel/ Matthew), Zorro Sidloyi (Angel/Soldier), Andre Strijdom (Joseph/Pilate), Andile Tshoni (King/Soldier), Sibusiso "Otto" Ziqubu (Noah/Annas). [Music for this production has been mainly gathered from ancient and modern Xhosa, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Dutch sources. The musical tradition in South Africa is diverse, rich, and predominantly vocal. The score is vocally based and instruments are found objects, mostly from scrapyards. Performers sing and speak in their mother tongue; there are a number of languages, the dominant four being English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and Zulu."The most magnificent and moving event of the year" The Observer ]

Peacock Theatre
7:30 p.m. John Webster. Duchess of Malfi (1612-13). Dir. Phyllida Lloyd. With Janet McTeer (Duchess), Lorcan Cranitch (Bosola), Charles Edwards (Antonio), William Keen (Ferdinand), Sally Rogers (Cariola), Jonathan Slinger (Delio), and Abigail Acari, Julien Bell, Michael Bernadin, David Berry, Andy Callard, Martin Chamberlain, Eleanor David, Keiran Flynn, Padraig Goodall, Margaret Hilder, Clemmie Hooton, James Howard, Eliza Lumley, Penelope McGhie, Stuart Richman, Peter Shade, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Thomas-Davies, Andrew Westfield.
Lyttelton Theatre

Sunday, March 9

*11:15 a.m. Westminster Abbey. Mass for five parts, by William Byrd (c1540-1623), sung by the Abbey Boy's Choir; with Lenten anthem by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94), "Peccantem me quotidie." Organ postlude, Johann Sebastian Bach (1625-1750), Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV537.
*3:30 p.m. Toa Fraser. Number 2 (1999). Dir. Catherine Boniface. With Madeleine Sami. [Nominated for Best Actress at Edinburgh Fringe Festival; awarded Outstanding Performer at Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for performance in No. 2 .]
The King's Head Theatre

Monday, March 10

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. Choreography by Matthew Bourne. With Laura Michelle Kelly (Eliza Doolittle), Anthony Andrews (Professor Henry Higgins), Stephen Moore (Colonel Pickering), Michael Xavier (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Patsy Rowlands (Mrs. Pearce), Russ Abbott (Alfred P. Doolittle), Hannah Gordon (Mrs. Higgins). [Opening night for the new cast.]

Drury Lane Theatre
Tuesday, March 11
2:30 p.m. John Marston. The Malcontent (1604). Dir. Dominic Cooke. Design by Robert Innes Hopkins. Lighting by Wayne Doweswell. Music by Gary Yershon. With Antony Sher (Giovanni Altofronto [Malvole]), Colin McCormack (Pietro, Duke of Genoa), Joe Dixon (Mendoza), Amanda Drew (Aurelia), Claire Benedict (Marquarelle), Sasha Behar (Bianca), Caroline Faber (Emilia), Anna Madeley (Maria, Duchess of Duke Altofronto), Paul Bhattacharjee (Count Celso), Geoffrey Freshwater (Bilioso), Billy Carter (Ferneze), Michael Matus (Ferrardo), Paul Bentall (Captain), James Tucker (Prepasso).
Gielgud Theatre
7:30 p.m. Joanna Murray Smith. Honour (1995). Dir. Roger Mechell. Designed by William Dudley. Lighting design by Rick Fisher. With Eileen Atkins (Honor), Corin Redgrave (George), Catherine McCormack (Claudia), Anna Maxwell Martin (Sophie).
Cottesloe Theatre
Wednesday, March 12
*2:30 p.m.

John Fletcher. The Island Princess (1619-22). Dir. Gregory Doran. Designed by Niki Turner. Lighting by Wayne Doweswell. With Sasha Behar (Quisara), Claire Benedict (Quisana), Shelley Conn (Panura, her waiting woman), Paul Bhattacharjee (The Governor), David Rintoul (Ruy Dias), Antony Byrne (Piniero), Keith Osborn and James Tucker (Christophero and Pedro, Piniero's companions), Jamie Glover (Armusia, an adventurer), Billy Carter and Ben Hicks (Soza and Emanuel, Armusia's companions), Joe Dixon (King of Bakam), Avin Shah (King of Siana).

Gielgud Theatre
*3:00 p.m. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002). Music and lyrics by Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman. Adapted by Jeremy Sams from the film hit by Ian Fleming. Dir. Adrian Noble. Setting by Anthony Ward. Cast: (Jeremy and Jemima, alternating actors), Emma Williams (Truly Scrumptious), Michael Ball (Caracticus Potts), Anton Rodgers (Grandpa Potts), Brian Blessed (The Baron Bomburst of Vulgaria), Nichola McAuliffe (The Baroness), Richard O'Brien (Child Catcher), and Edward Petherbridge (the Toymaker/Coggins).
London Palladium
*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
7:30 p.m. Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer (1773). Dir. Max Stafford Clark. Design by Julian McGowan. With Nigel Cooke (Sir Charles Marlow/Roger), Christopher Staines (Young Charles Marlow, his son), Stephen Beresford (Mr. George Hastings), Monica Dolan (Miss Kate Hardcastle), Fritha Goodey (Miss Constance Neville), Bella Merlin (Pimple), Ian Redford (Mr. Hardcastle), Jane Wood (Mrs. Hardcastle), Owen Sharpe (Tony Lumpkin), Matthew Sim (Landlord/Jeremy), Jason Watkins (Diggory).
Lyttelton Theatre
*7:30 p.m. Don Taylor. The Road to the Sea (2002). Dir. Don Taylor. Ian Cullen (Jay, the father), Helen Grace (Jo), Abigail Thaw (Harriet), Jonathan Dryden Taylor (Adam).
The Orange Tree Theatre

Thursday, March 13

2:00 p.m.

William Shakespeare. Love's Labour Lost (1594-95). Dir. Trevor Nunn. With Joseph Fiennes (Berowne), Olivia Williams (Princess of France), Kate Fleetwood (Rosaline), John Barrowman (Dumaine), Simon Day (King of Navarre), Deane Quilly (Boyet), Robin Soans (Holofernes), Christopher Bennett, Anthony Cable, Yao Chin, Daniel Crossley, Tom Espiner, Jane Fowler, Jye Frasca, Charlotte Gorton, Paul Genert, Richard Henders, Akiya Henry, Shaun Henson, Duncan MacVicar, Jane Mark, Martin Marquez, Annette McLaughlin, Tam Mutu, Corey Skaggs, Nicola Sloane, Duncan Smith, Rachael Stanley, Mary Stockley, Philip Voss, Claire Winsper, Nikki Worrall.

Olivier Theatre
8:00 p.m. August Strindberg. Dance of Death (1923), trans. Richard Greenberg. Dir. Sean Matthias. With Ian McKellen (Edgar), Frances de la Tour (Alice), and Owen Teale (the Visitor).
Lyric Theatre

Friday, March 14

5:45 p.m. Dinner at Mon Plaisir.

7:30 p.m.

Dario Fo. Accidental Death of An Anarchist (1979), trans. Simon Nye. Dir. Robert Delamere. With Rhys Ifans (the Maniac), Desmond Barrit (Bertozzo), Corneliius Booth (Constable/s), and Paul Ritter (Inspector), Gary Waldhorn (Superintendent), Emma Amos (Journalist).
Donmar Warehouse

Saturday, March 15

3:00 p.m. William Shakespeare. The Tempest (1611). Dir. Michael Grandage. With Derek Jacobi (Prospero), Claire Price (Miranda), Daniel Evans (Ariel), Louise Hilyer (Caliban), Robert East (Alonso), Sam Callis (Ferdinand), Michael Jenn (Antonio), David Mara (Sebastian), John Nettleton (Gonzalo), Iain Robertson (Trinculo), Nigel Lindsay (Stephano), Stuart Burt, Peter Bygott, Sophie Franklin, Colin Haigh, Christian Mortimer.
Old Vic Theatre

On Saturday evening the group made individual choices of what play they would attend, which included the following:

*7:30 p.m.

CJ Hopkins. Horse Country (2002). Dir. John Clancy. From Chicago's Theater Oobleck and the Neo-Futurists. With David Calvitto (Bob) and Ben Schneider (Sam). [Winner of Scotsman Fringe First 2002, Scotsman Best of the Firsts 2002, and Winner of The Herald Angel 2002. David Calvitto won The Stage Best Actor 2002 (Edinburgh) for his performance of Bob.]

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
*7:30 p.m. Camille . After La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas. Adapted by Neil Bartlett (2003). Dir. David McVicar. With Jake Broder (Gaston), Crispin Redman (Varville), Jonathan Melia (Koreff), Elliot Cowan (Armand), Paul Shelley (M. Duval), Beverley Klein (Prudence Duvernoy), Katherine Parkinson (Olympe), Sakuntala Ramanee (Nanine), Daniela Nardini (Marguerite). [Barlett's new version returns to the original novel for its shockingly frank and emotional portrayal of Marguerite, a woman who can afford anything except to fall in love.]
Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
*7:30 p.m. Ben Jonson, John Marston, and George Chapman. Eastward Ho (1605). Dir. Lucy Pitman-Wallace. Design by Robert Jones. Lighting by Wayne Doweswell. With David Acton (Seagull), Paul Bentall (Security), Amanda Drew (Gertrude), Sasha Behar (Sindefy), Claire Benedict (Mistress Touchstone), Vincent Brimble (Scapethrift), Billy Carter (Quicksilver), Wayne Cater (Drawer), Shelley Conn (Mildred), Geoffrey Freshwater (Touchstone), Sean Hannaway (Constable), Sian Howard (Winifred), Michael Matus (Sir Petronel Flash), Colin McCormack (Bramble), Avin Shah (Slitgut), James Tucker (Golding).
Gielgud Theatre
*7:30 p.m. Joseph Kesselring (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace . Dir. Matthew Francis. With Michael Richards (Jonathan Brewster), Stephen Tompkinson (Mortimer Brewster), Thelma Baslow (Abby), Marcia Warren (Martha), Rupert Vanstittart (Teddy), Hattie Morahan (Elaine).
Strand Theatre
*7:30 p.m. Mike Leigh. Abigail's Party (2001). Dir David Grindley. With Elizabeth Barrington, Rosie Cavaliero, Wendy Nottingham, Steffan Rhodri, Jeremy Swift.
New Ambassador
*7:30 p.m. John Arden. Live Like Pigs (1958). Dir. Amanda Hill. Presented by East 15.
Theatro Technis
*8:00 p.m. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) . By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, and Reed Martin. Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Criterion Theatre
*9:15 p.m. The Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett, as Found in an Envelope (partially burned) in a Dustbin in Paris, labeled "Never to be Performed. Never. Ever. EVER! Or I'll Sue! I"LL SUE FROM THE GRAVE!!!" Discovered by Greg Allen, Ben Schneider, and Danny Thompson, in 2002. Dir. John Clancy. With Bill Coelius, Ben Schneider, and Danny Thompson. The envelope contained 7 plays: Table Talk; Not Me; If; Come See, Come Saw (lost again before it could be performed); Foot Fall Flatly; and fragment (oddly found on a balled up piece of paper seemingly written through dictation). [New York Fringe Award winning show.]
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Other plays of merit what we were unable to attend:


Simply Heavenly . Book and lyrics by Langston Hughes. Music by David Martin. Dir. Josette Bushell-Mingo. With Clive Rowe, Des Coleman, Nichola Hughes, Paul Kissaun, Melanie Marshall, Jason Pennycooke, Cat Simmons, Rhashen Stone, Dale Superville, Ruby Turner. [In preview, but sold out on all occasions when we might have attended.]

Young Vic Theatre

Tom Courtney. Pretending to be Me (2003). Dir. Tom Courtney. [Life of Philip Larkin.] Performed by Tom Courtney.

Comedy Theatre

Naomi Wallace. Trestle at Pope Lick Creek . Dir. Raz Shaw. Produced by Living Proof.

Southwark Playhouse
Anthony Shaffer Sleuth (1970). Dir.Jeremy Cooper. With Richard Duncombe (Andrew Wyke), Dave Pibworth (Milo Tindle), Philop Ruchton (Inspector Doppler), Howard Mayufield (Detective Sergeant Tarrant), Roger McNulty (Police Constable Higgs). [Anthony is Peter Shaffer's brother of Equus and Amadeus fame].
Apollo Theatre

Jean-Claude Carriere. The Little Black Book (L'Aide Memoire) . Trans. Solvene Tiffon. Dir. Marianne Badricheni. A Riverside Studios 2 Production. With Paul McGann and Susannah Harker.

Finsborough Theatre

William Shakespeare. Winter's Tale (1610-11). Compass Theatre Company. ["Compass succeeds in making moments utterly convincing in a way I have considered previously almost impossible....one of the best national touring companies" The Times .]

Greenwich Theatre

Susan Stroman and James Weidman. Contact (2000), Dir. and Choreographed by Susan Stroman. In 3 acts: 1) Swinging; 2) Do you Move; 3) Contact. With Leigh Zimmerman (Girl in the Yellow Dress), Michael Praed (Michael Wiley), Sarah Wilder, Craig Urbani, Spencer Soloman, Helen Anker, Gavin Lee, Chris Jarvis, Matthew Flint, Roberto Guiffrida, Thom Graham, Dean Street, Michael Denman, Lucy Banfield, Haly Newton, Lucy Casson, Leigh Daniels, Chris Bailey, Nathan Clarke, Candace Evans, Pip Jordan, Edward Marsdon, Gabrielle Noble, Lucy Potter, Scott Wyer.

Queens Theatre

Henrik Ibsen. Little Eyolf (1894). Trans. Terje Tveit. Dir. Terje Tveit.

Rosemary Branch Theatre

Patrice Chaplin. Bad Girl (2003). Dir. Kate McLean. [Produced by Northern Bridge, a charitable trust set up in 1999 to use drama and drama therapy to alleviate the suffering of people who are or fear they are addicted. With workshops.]

Etcetera Theatre

Jean Genet. Deathwatch (1947). Dir. Heronimo Sehmi. A Zahra & Remick Production.

Etcetera Theatre

Lilian Hellman. The Children's Hour (1934). Dir. Danny Ghossain. Presented by Thirsty Dog. With Anna Brecon and Tracy Wiles (the teachers), Tara Quinn (Mary, the manipulative liar), and Susan Travers (grandmother).


Union Theatre

Eugene Ionesco. Oh What a Bloody Circus (1973). Trans. Donald Watson (1995). Dir. Massimo Marioni. With Mian Rahman (The Character).

Courtyard Theatre

Seminar Participants:

Samuel David Boyer
Sarah Elizabeth Faso
Meredith Flouton-Barnes
Jill Victoria Friedman
Marissa Lynn Gemma
Carolyn Kaminski
Lauren Janel Kaskey
Lisa Marie Richards
Darius Vincent Salko
Ruyan L. Slattery
Benjamin Solar
Erez Abraham Solomon
Tony Caramico-Marotta
Sarah Collins
Russell and Ruth Peck