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Coming up at the Richmond Theatre May to Dec 2010
The Richmond Theatre, in south London will welcome over 17 productions from May to Dec 2010, including...
Oh What a Lovely War by Joan Littlewood (27 April – 1 May) . Theatrical chronicle of the First World War.
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie (10 to 15 May) . Emily French, an elderly woman who plans to leave her considerable estate to the charming young Leonard, is found dead. Murdered. Although he protests his innocence, Leonard quickly becomes the prime suspect. His plea hinges on his wife’s testimony, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious young woman, bearing an unexpected clue. Will the truth be revealed in time or will Leonard be declared guilty at the hands of the witness for the prosecution? .
Wife After Death by Eric Chappell (17 to 22 May), With Tom Conti. Dave Thursby was a hugely successful television comedian, a national treasure, a devoted husband, a model client for his agent and a staunch friend to his faithful gag writer, Harvey. But when Dave unexpectedly pops his clogs, these close companions are left bereft and some of them may even be out of a job. Unless, of course, the repeats, television specials, biographies and newspaper tell-alls can fill the vacuum. But who is best placed to exploit the legacy?
Salome by Oscar Wilde (25 to 29 May). With Con O’Neill. Salome, stepdaughter of King Herod, agrees to perform the mysterious dance of the seven veils but demands in return the head of the King’s most infamous prisoner – John the Baptist.
If I Were You by Alan Ayckbourn (31 May to 5 June). With Liza Goddard & Jack Ellis . Mal rules the roost, cheating on his unhappy wife and bullying the son who has failed to live up to his expectations. It seems nothing in this loveless marriage will change, until one night Jill makes a despairing prayer – and wakes up to find that she and Mal have switched bodies!
Spirit of the Dance (8 to 12 June). Combines Irish Dance with the sensual Latino rhythms of Flamenco and Red Hot Salsa
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (22 to 26 June). Tale of a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. George’s adventure has just begun!
Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas (28 June to 3 July). This musical production celebrates 3 world-famous entertainers and performers Frank, Sammy & Dean, all-singing, all-dancing, all-round entertainers, injected not only their songs into the 50s and 60s, but a lifestyle that eveyone wanted.
Quartet by Ronald Harwood (12 to 17 July). With Timothy West, Susannah York, Edward Hardwicke, Gwen Taylor. Retired opera singers Cissy, Reggie and Wilfred are excited about performing a concert until their tranquil world is unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of legendary diva, Jean Horton. As old rivalries resurface and past secrets are revealed, can the four put aside their differences?
Mum's The Word (19 to 24 July). With Bernie Nolan. Five women… five stories… one common thread… a comic and intimate look at motherhood.
Shakespeare's The Man From Stratford (27 to 31 July). With Simon Callow. In a tour-de-force Simon Callow, racks down the real William Shakespeare, bringing to life both the man and the unforgettable characters – lovers, kings, soldiers and clowns – who have since conquered the world’s stages.
The Country Girl by Clifford Odets (9 to 14 Aug). With Martin Shaw & Jenny Seagrove. Frank Elgin, once a great theatre star, is down on his luck, but when he is offered a major role by hotshot director Bernie Dodd, he has the chance to make a major comeback. Will Frank regain his confidence and save his turbulent career? Will he be supported in his quest for a second chance by his long-suffering wife?
Morecambe by Tim Whitnall (14 to 18 Sep). With Bob Golding. Celebrating the wonderful life of Britain’s best loved comic, this is a portrait of an affectionate lad with funny bones, a born entertainer, a big-hearted perfectionist.
The Rivals by Richard Sheridan (20 to 25 Sep). Directed by Peter Hall. With Penelope Keith & Peter Bowles. Sheridan's 18th century comedy of love, sentimentality and marriage.
Crazy For You (12 to 16 Oct). Sent by his wealthy mother to close the run-down Gaiety Theatre, aspiring actor Bobby Child falls for theatre manager's daughter, Polly Baker.
Spend Spend Spend music by Steve Brown (2 to 6 Nov). Directed by Craig Revel Horwood. Concerns Viv Nicholson , a 23 year-old who won the pools in 1961 and famously blew~ the money within a couple of years
Sleeping Beauty (10 Dec 2010 to 16 Jan 2011). Tells the tale of a beautiful princess who pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep – thanks to an evil spell cast upon the by the wicked fairy. Will her true love be able to awaken her and save the kingdom from this enchantment?