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|No Go For National's US Transfer
- Equity protects American jobs from British actors
AMERICAN actors union Equity has blocked the transfer of the National Theatre's production of The Cherry Orchard. The acclaimed version of Chekhov's classic stars Vanessa and Corin Redgrave, two favourites of the British stage who have in the past supported trade unions and donated part of their earnings to charity.
"This is not personal against the Redgraves in any way," said an Equity spokesman, "We simply have to protect American jobs at home." Equity claims that there are nearly three times as many British actors working in the US as there are Americans in Britain, and that a rule aimed at ensuring that no more British actors work in America has been breached.
But in practise the union's policies remain fickle. West End shows like Stones in Their Pockets recently transferred from Britain to America without recasting. Mean time, British actor Maureen Lipman, soon to be seen in American writer Eve Ensler's UK production of The Vagina Monologues, returns from starring in daughter Amy Rosenthal's US production of Sitting Pretty.