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William Gaskill returns with Carver



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER an absence of ten years, former artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, William Gaskill, returns to professional theatre to direct his own adaptation of five stories by the late American writer, Raymond Carver (pictured).

Entitled simply Carver, it will run at north London's Arcola Theatre from July 8 to August 6, 2005 (previews from July 6).

Since his untimely death in 1988, Carver's reputation as a poet and writer of short stories has continued to grow, aided in part, by Robert Altman's 1993 film, Shortcuts, which was based on Carver's work. Some have gone so far as to hail him as the 'American Chekhov'.

Carver dramatises five short stories - What's in Alaska? Fat, Cathedral, Intimacy and Put Yourself in My Shoes. It will be performed at the Arcola by a cast of ten - five men, five women - including Kathryn Pogson, Bruce Alexander and Jack Klaff.

Gaskill was artistic director at the Royal Court between 1965 and 1972. As well as directing plays from writers such as David Hare, John Arden, Edward Bond and Arnold Wesker, he introduced many of Brecht's works to British theatregoers.

He also worked alongside Sir Laurence Olivier as a founding director of the National Theatre and later, formed the Joint Stock theatre group with Max Stafford Clark.

More recently, he has been teaching at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) where, only last year, Carver was developed.

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