LondonNet THEATRE EXTRA Newsletter...
15 April 2003, Issue 5
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1. INTRO: Top Ten Shows, Theatre/Hotel breaks
2. IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pretending To Be Me Offer, Kristin's Chekov Revival
3. FIRST NIGHTS: Openings, Cast News
4. CURTAINS DOWN: Shows ending their runs
5. ACCOMMODATION: Great deals for London theatregoers
6. GROUPS: Free tickets and big savings
7. COMPETITION: Winner of the pair of tickets for The Wedding

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Top Ten Shows - April 2003
1 My Fair Lady
2 Three Sisters

3 My Brilliant Divorce
4 Auntie and Me
5 Mamma Mia!
6 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7 Chicago
8 Les Miserables
9 Phantom of the Opera
10 We Will Rock You
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Hotel and Theatre Breaks:
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Catch the legendary Sir Tom Courtenay in the hugely acclaimed PRETENDING TO BE ME, before it closes on 26th April. Courtenay gives a not-to-be missed performance as Hull's most famous son, the poet Philip Larkin. The evening is both hilarious and moving, shifting seamlessly between Larkin's outrageous wit and the poems, which Courtenay plays with powerful directness and simplicity.

"One of the finest things I've ever seen", The Times
"A wonderful and unforgettable evening", The Sunday Times
"Courtenay is riveting to watch", The Guardian
"A whole series of great one-liners", The Financial Times
"Utterly hilarious - this is as good as it gets!", Daily Mirror

Exclusive LondonNet Offer: LondonNet readers can purchase the best available seats for only UKP 15, by calling the Comedy Theatre box office on 020 7369 1731 and quoting "LondonNet offer". This offer is not available for Saturday night performances and is subject to availability.

Alternatively, Click Here for Pretending To Be Me Tickets via Firstcall


Kristin's Chekov Revival
A playwright scribbling a century ago may sound outdated, but Chekov is enjoying a revival. The starry rework of his 1901 classic puts film veteran Kristin Scott Thomas on stage opposite Cold Feet heartthrob Robert Bathurst in a trendy new translation by Christopher Hampton.

The result is a drawing room drama that feels eerily contemporary. With some witty one-liners and a deft sense of character, Hampton draws parallels between Russia's turn-of-the-century lethargy and the stifling predicament of the modern West.

What's more, Hampton's enthusiasm for the Russian writer has a high profile following. Whilst Tom Stoppard's trilogy The Coast of Utopia recently turned the National theatre into a debate about Russian politics, Brian Friel's West End Afterplay imagined a chance encounter between characters from Chekov's Three Sisters and Afterplay. Three Sisters at the Playhouse theatre looks set for a long run.
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Helena Thompson (helena@londonnet.co.uk)


3. FIRST NIGHTS: Openings, Cast News

- Office Games, Pleasance Theatre (opens 23/04/03)
Trevor Baxter's play takes us behind the scenes at the Foreign Office. Overseen by the imperious Charles Raven, the men in his office engage in petty 'office games', mostly at the expense of their meek and religious colleague Wilkes (Adam Rickitt). When an unforgivable error is discovered in a cabinet briefing, the blame is shifted to the new typist, Rose Browne (Charlie Brooks) who attempts to keep her job using the only methods she feels are available to her.

Blackmail, adultery and suspected espionage ensue while the innocent horseplay that makes up all their office lives, threatens to turn very nasty indeed. Office Games stars Adam Rickitt, best known for playing Nicky Tilsley in Coronation Street, and Charlie Brooks, who plays the scheming Janine in Eastenders. The cast includes Richard O'Callaghan, who has worked extensively at the National Theatre, the RSC and in the West End, Mel Raido who played Jesus in the controversial sell-out hit Corpus Christi at the Pleasance Theatre, Adam Croasdell and Robin Browne.
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4. CURTAINS DOWN: Shows ending their runs

- Auntie and Me (Closes: 26/04/03)
Alan Davies' stage debut marks a departure from his well known performances in television


5. LONDON ACCOMMODATION: Great deals for London theatregoers

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6. GROUPS: Free tickets and big savings

Are you planning a works party, school trip, birthday treat or laying on
corporate hospitality?

LondonNet's ticketing specialists will be happy to advise you on group
bookings for theatre. Our advisors have in-depth knowledge about shows and
theatres across the West End and are here to help you make the right choice
for your party. Because of our close relationship with the theatres and
ticket wholesalers we are able to obtain discounts on many shows.

Example of typical savings on offer (Conditions may apply):
- My Fair Lady
Group Size = 10:
Normal Price; UKP 40.00, UKP 35.00
Group Price: UKP 27.50, UKP 22.50
plus 1 free with every 20 tickets purchased, 2 free with every 30
(bigger discounts available for larger groups and school trips)

Full list of savings see:
LondonNet Theatre Group Listings Guide

School Groups:


7. COMPETITION WINNERS: A pair of tickets for The Wedding
Issue 4, 28th March 2003
Donna Lets (London, SW19)


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