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Another North American classic comes to town



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the West End transfer of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, another North American literary classic, Anne of Green Gables, will be staged at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells, from November 30, 2004 to January 8, 2005 (previews from November 25).

A new adaptation of Canadian novelist, Lucy Maud Montgomery's story, Anne of Green Gables follows the fortunes of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert who live and work on their smallholding in a country village.

As they get older, life becomes harder and so, they approach an orphanage with a view to employing a boy to help them with their farm duties. A girl though, is what they get - the red-haired, fanciful Anne Shirley.

Montgomery's novel was first published as long ago as 1908 and was the first in a series that included Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne's House of Dreams. Interest was revived in the 1980's by a North American TV series.

In the Sadler's Wells production, Ruth Gibson (pictured) will star as Anne, in a nine-strong cast that will also include David Baron as Matthew Cuthbert, and Jenny Lee as Marilla.

Anne of Green Gables is adapted by Emma Reeves and directed by Andrew Loudon who together, were responsible for Little Women which is currently playing at the Duchess Theatre.

Anne of Green Gables promises to be an ideal Christmas treat for the whole family.

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