Schedule of London's West End opening show dates. Information current as of July 8, 1996. Schedule is subject to change.
July 10 -- MARTIN GUERRE: Boublil and Schonberg, the writers of "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon" epic story of Martin Guerre, a French peasant who returns to his family in 1551 after having fought in the war for nine years. His wife accepts him back but has doubts about his true identity. Already in previews. Opens July 10 (tentative). Prince Edward 011.44.171447.5400.
July 11 -- JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN: Paul Scofield is set to return to the London stage for the first time in several years to play John Gabriel Borkman in Ibsen's 1897 drama. Previews July 5; opens July 11. National Theatre: Lyttelton 011.44.171.928.2252.
July 22 -- THE LIGHTS: British premiere of American playwright Howard Korder's "The Lights." Directed by Ian Rickson. PREVIEWS July 16; OPENS July 22-August 31. Royal Court 011.44.171.730.1745/2554
July 22 -- VOYEURZ: A new musical which revolves around the relationships of various dancers in a New York nightclub. Written by Michael Lewis and Peter Rafelson. Because of the full nudity and expicit sex scenes, the show is restricted to an adult audience. Previews July 12. Opens July 22. Whitehall 011.44.171.269.1735. July 26 -- PAINT YOUR WAGON: A revival of the popular Lerner and Loewe musical. Directed by Ian Talbot, the production features Tony Selby as Ben Rumson. Previews begin July 23; Opens July 26 through Sept. 2, 1996. Open Air 011.44.171.486.2431/1933.
August 1 -- HEDDA GABLER: A new translation of Henrik Ibsen's 1890 drama. Previews July 29. Opens August 1 through August 31. Donmar Warehouse 011.44.369.1732
August 1 -- THE RED BALLOON: A children's musical inspired by the silent 1950's French film "The Red Balloon." It tells the tale of young Pascal who follows a balloon's flight across Paris after it has slipped from his hand. Previews July 20; Opens August 1 through August 30. National Theatre: Olivier 011.44.171.928.2252.
August 21 -- THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA: Shakespeare's 1594 comedy about the conflict between love and friendship of two gentlemen, Proteus and Valentine. Opens August 21 through September 15. Globe 011.44. 171.928.6406.
September 3 -- BLINDED BY THE SUN: Ron Daniels directs the world premiere of a new play from Stephen Poliakoff in which scientific research is motivated by fame, greed and politics. Previews August 28; Opens Sept. 3. National Theatre: Cottesloe 011.44.171.928.2252.
September 9 -- SWAN LAKE: Award-winning production. Choreographed by Matthew Bourne, the production features Royal Ballet principal Adam Cooper as Odette, the princess who is turned into a swan. Opens Sept. 9. Piccadilly 011.44.171.369.1734.
September 11-- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Alex Jennings, winner of an Olivier award for Best Actor as Peer Gynt, plays both Oberon and Theseus in this Shakespeare comedy where the worlds of the Athenians and the Spirits merge in the woods. Previews begin September 5. Opens Sept. 11. Royal Shakespeare's Company: Barbican Theatre 011.44.171.638.8891.
September 13 -- FAUST PARTS I AND II: A new version of Johann Wolfgand von Goethe's play. Hugh Quarshie plays Mephistopheles and Dr. Faust is played by Michael Feast. Michael Bogdonov directs both parts of this epic. Previews begin Sept. 9. Opens Sept.13 through Oct. 5. Royal Shakespeare's Company: Barbican Theatre 011.44.171.638.8891.
September 17 -- THE OEDIPUS PLAYS: Peter Hall directs two of Sophocles' Oedipus plays "Oedipus The King" and "Oedipus at Colonus" Previews begin Sept. 7; opens Sept. 17. National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 011.44.171.928.2252.
September 19 -- ASHES TO ASHES: Harold Pinter's Play. Opens Sept. 19. Ambassadors 011.44.171.836.6111.
September 21 -- THE SEVEN STREAMS OF THE RIVER OTA: The British premiere of Robert Lepage seven and a half hour epic -- in its complete form. Opens September 21 through October 6, 1996. National Theatre: Lyttelton. 011.44.171.928.2252.
September 30 -- SHOPPING AND FUCKING: A new play by Mark Ravenhill. Opens September 30. Ambassadors 011.44.171.836.6111.
September 30 -- SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller's celebration of their rock 'n roll hits transfers abroad. Opens Sept. 30 (tentative). Prince of Wales 011.44.171.839.5987
October -- VIOLIN TIME: A one-man show starring Ken Campbell. Opens in October. National Theatre: Cottesloe 011.44.171.928.2252.
October -- KINDERTRANSPORT: Diane Samule's play about the transportation of Jewish children from the European mainland to England in the late 1930's. Theatre TBA. Opens Oct. (tentative).
October -- A DOLL'S HOUSE: Janet McTeer plays Nora Helmer, a married woman trapped between desire for independence and a respect for authority. Theatre TBA. Opens in Oct. (tentative).
October 3 -- LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR: Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical comedy about chaos backstage at a 1950s comedy TV show. Opens Oct. 3. Theatre TBA.
October 8 -- UNDER THEIR HATS: Theatre TBA. Opens Oct. 8 (tentative).
October 9 -- THE ALCHEMIST: Simon Callow, director of "Les Enfants du Paradis" and star of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" returns to the stage to play Subtle in this 1610 comedy about a servant who take advantage of his master's absence. Currently in previews. Opens October 9, 1996. National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 011.44.171.928.2252.
October 10 -- FOOL FOR LOVE: Sam Shepard's play about Eddie and May, a couple who can't get along with, or without one another. Opens Oct. 10 (tentative). Donmar Warehouse 011.44.171. 369.1732
October 15 -- ART: Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney star in Yasmina Reza's play which centers on events involving a work of art. Opens October 15. Wyndham's 011.44.171.369.1736.
October 16 -- MOJO: Jez Butterworth's play about rival attempts to control the career of Silver Johnny, a young rock 'n' roll sensation in the late 1950s.. Opens Oct. 16. Duke of York's 011.44.171.836.5122
November -- FAIR LADIES AT A GAME OF POEM CARDS: A new translation of the 18th century Japanese play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Opens in November. National Theatre: Cottesloe 011.44.171.928.2252.
November 12 -- SCROOGE THE MUSICAL: by Leslie Bricusse
Previews Nov. 5. Opens Nov. 12 through Feb. 1 '97. Dominion 011.44.0171.416.6052.
November 19 -- JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's biblical musical is set to be revived at the refurbished Lyceum. Tentative opens November 19. Lyceum Box Office number TBA
November 21 -- THE CHERRY ORCHARD: The Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed production will run for a limited 10 weeks. Theatre TBA. Opens Nov. 21 or Nov. 25.
December 2 -- BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: By Martin McDonagh. Opens Dec. 2. Duke of York's 011.44.171. 836.5122
December 2 -- THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Alan Bennett's version of the Kenneth Grahame classic about furry friends getting into trouble on the riverbank. Opens December 2. National Theatre: Cottesloe 011.44.171.928.2252.
December 12 -- NINE: A musical adaptation of Fellini's 1963 film 8 1/2. David Leveaux will direct. Opens Dec. 12. Donmar Warehouse 011.44.171.369.1732.
December 17-- GUYS AND DOLLS: A revival of Frank Loesser 1950 musical. Opens December 17. National Theatre: Olivier 011.44.171.928.2252.
February 11, '97 -- HEATHCLIFF: Cliff Richard stars in this Tim Rice/John Farrar musical. Opens February 11, 1997 though March 8, 1997. Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith 011.44.171.416.6050.
April 17, '97 -- THE GOODBYE GIRL: Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch (composer of "A Chorus Line") musical collaboration. The musical is set to feature Gary Wilmot. Opens April 17 ,97. Theatre TBA.
October '97 (tentative) -- PICASSO AT THE LAPINE AGILE: Steve Martin's comedy about the battle of wits between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Martin Clunes to direct. Theatre TBA.