Rowan Atkinson as Fagin in Oliver! Photo by John Swannell
Oliver opens today at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with a cast and crew list that reads like a page from a theatrical Who's Who. Andrew Lloyd Webber's behind it; Rowan Atkinson and Burn Gorman are in it. Cameron Mackintosh produces this restaging of Mr Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes' 1994 production, now directed by current hot name in theatreland Rupert Goold, and choreographed by the grown-up Billy Elliot, Adam Cooper. And that's before we get to these four from the BBC's "I'd Do Anything." We're surprised Norton's not in it. (But he isn't, he's in this, from Monday.)
In London Theatre's more sober shadows, madness and truth meet in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (by our favourite modern-day geniuses Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn) at the National Theatre from Friday and The Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at the Novello next Tuesday.
Catch one of just six performances of Eliot's Four Quartets at the Donmar accompanied by a string quartet from the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Beethoven's opus 132 from today. New OBE Katie Mitchell directs; Stephen Dillane reads; the rest of us dream of securing Donmar tickets.
Last Chance to See:
This Sunday is your last chance to see Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells, the Turner Prize 08 at Tate Britain; Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms closes at The Hayward, The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art finishes at the Saatchi and Renaissance Faces closes at the National Gallery. We warned you it'd be a busy time if you're playing catch-up.
Finally, the uber-funky GSK Contemporary, the Royal Academy of Arts' contemporary arts season ends on Monday. Enjoy yourselves!