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It’s been a great week for London shows on Broadway, despite the strange early-closure of Enron over there. The Tony Award nominations (the Oscars of American theatre) have been announced, and there are 28 London transfers in with a chance of a gong.
The two biggest hitters in the race are London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, and the Donmar Warehouse. Musicals from the Menier, A Little Night Music and La Cage Aux Folles both have a flurry of nominations: 11 for La Cage Aux Folles including Best Revival of a Musical. A Little Night Music is also up for Best Revival of a Musical, with its Broadway stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury both nominated. And the Donmar Warehouse has two shows in the nominations too: Hamlet (up for two awards including Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Jude Law), and John Logan’s new play, Red (which is in seven categories including Best Play!). And Enron’s got four nominations. It’s great to be able to say London saw these shows first…
Enron continues going strong in London, and has today announced a new cast. Corey Johnson (who you might recognise from The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida theatre, Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse or Death Of A Salesman at the National Theatre), RSC regular Paul Chahidi, Sara Stewart (from TV’s The Prisoner, Robin Hood and Sugar Rush) and Clive Francis (New Tricks, Rosemary & Thyme and Wycliffe) all take over from 10 May. And the show (which comes highly recommended!) is taking bookings until 14 August.
Finally for this week, some Fringe news. Finborough Theatre has announced its exciting-sounding summer season which includes Miss Lilly Gets Boned or The Loss of All Elephant Elders, an exploration of love, courage, family, sex and religion by one of America’s most exciting new writers, Bekah Brunstetter; and the first London revival in 50 years of the classic 1908 comedy What Every Woman Knows by J M Barrie, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. And Baron’s Court Theatre’s New Writing Season starts next week (11 May) with two shows: Usher, by Grigory Ryzhakov and That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, by Michael Ross.
If you have any London theatre news to share, or are planning on seeing any London shows in the next week, let us know in the comments below.