Sir Peter Hall will return to the Ahmanson Theatre for the 2000-2001 season, but not to direct another Shakespeare play. Instead, on Oct. 10, Hall will helm a revival of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, a play he recently mounted for the Old Vic in London. David Suchet and Michael Sheen, who headed the British production, will join an otherwise American cast. Center Theatre Group is among the co-producers who will then move the production to Broadway, where a December opening is anticipated.
Hall, who is directing two Shakespeare dramas this summer at the Ahmanson, will skip doing anything by the Bard in 1999-2000 because of previous commitments. Also, Gordon Davidson, artistic director-producer, said he wanted to schedule the next round of Shakespeare during the academic calendar, instead of the summer, so that school groups would be able to attend.
Davidson also announced the other plays on the Ahmanson's 2000-2001 schedule. Following Amadeus will be a nonsubscription production of Les Miserables (Dec. 12) and the new Martin Guerre (Feb 23). Both musicals are by the team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, but Davidson said the pairing of the two shows was "just circumstance."
The next show (May 3) will be The Scarlet Pimpernel, a revised production of the one that played on Broadway.
Final offering (July 30) on the sked is The Night They Raided Minsky's, an adaptation of the 1968 Hollywood film. The music is by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. Martin Guerre will play the Ahmanson just before it makes its New York bow on April 27. The show won the Olivier Award for best new London musical in 1997 but was then rewritten and restaged last November in Leeds, England -- the version that will be seen in L.A.