Theatre News — Sunday, 3 July 2011

  • In what was clearly the right call, Punchdrunk’s The Crash of the Elysium (aka the Doctor Who immersive theatre piece at the Manchester International Festival) has added some adult performances — original rules were that you could only attend if you had a child in tow.  (Courtesy What’s On Stage.)
  • Starting this week, the Royal Shakespeare Company sets up camp in New York, for five Shakespeare plays in rep, performed in a replica of their Stratford-upon-Avon theatre in the Park Avenue Armory.  It’s a co-production of the Lincoln Center Festival and the Armory.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group is in negotiations to bring The Wizard of Oz to Broadway.  Playbill Online’s article also notes that we’ll be getting Evita in 2012, in a production that originated in the West End way back in 2006.
  • Hey, remember Sondheim’s Wise Guys?  Also known as Bounce?  Lately known as Road Show?  It’s getting its UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in a production directed and designed by John Doyle.  (Courtesy Playbill Online.)
  • A story that makes me sad:  Margaret Tyzack (I remember her from Lettice and Lovage) passed away last week; she was 79.  (Reports Playbill.)
  • A story that makes me happy:  Alan Rickman will return to Broadway this fall, in Theresa Rebeck’s dark comedy, Seminar.  (Thanks again, Playbill.)
  • The rumor-mill (that would be The Daily Mail, as picked up by Broadway.com) suggests that Robert Lindsay may join Joanna Lumley in the first-ever London production of The Lion in Winter.