Romeo, Juliet, Bogarde and Burton to feature at the Studio

Preview by Paul Nelson


THERE is a veritable cornucopia of entertainment coming to the Wimbledon Studio Theatre in the next few weeks. Diaries should be filled in now, as there may be very little publicity from the local press to enlighten you, though indielondon subscribers can rely on the information they access here.

By far the most impressive in prospect is a revival of Romeo and Juliet from Tuesday April 16 to May 4.

The production is the latest from the fabled Logos Theatre Company, they who stick to the word of the original text, hence their use of the Greek logos (word). I have never been disappointed by this company's productions and look forward to another clear and uncluttered rendering of the play.

On Sunday April 21, Fat Bloke Productions offer Niall Ashdown in Hungarian Bird Festival, the acclaimed portrait of a British obsession.

In Britain we love our eccentrics and in this acutely funny analysis of one of the stranger things to do in your spare time, the renowned Comedy Store regular Ashdown remind us why. Anoraks unite! You have nothing to lose but your backpacks.

For the littlies at on Saturday April 27, Thurtinkle's Telling Tales will absorb them. Aimed at children aged 3 to 6 years, the much-loved storyteller opens his Magical Storybox, filled to the brim with Folk and Fairy Tales.

On Sunday, April 28 Fat Bloke productions return to present a hilarious show from last year's Edinburgh Festival The Legendary Polowski Diamond Heist (pictured above).

Meet Jack and Tel at a quarter to midnight. Make sure you are not followed. The codeword is robbery.

This deliciously silly gangster story promises laughs galore as Jack and Tel are on the run. The evening promises one diamond, one robbery and two complete idiots.

Onward to the next Sunday Special on May 5. Wimbledon's comedy duo Pat and Dave Isosceles return to host another evening of Comedy Cabaret. This is an evening of song, dance, comedy, magic and more, and incidentally, Pat and Dave will be back at the Studio Theatre when they appear in Patrick Prior's comic play On Our Way To Lisbon Sunday, May 26 to Tuesday, May 28, just before the World Cup kicks off!

Wimbledon's Studio theatre hosts the Watermill Theatre, from Newbury, on May 7 with I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls, by Ade Morris, which is based on a true story by Bryan Gallagher. The play tells a story of lost love.

Enniskillen in 1985. A very Irish wake for the loss of 'Mad', Madelyn O'Sullivan, a wild hearted woman with a mind to match. The two mourners begin to reminisce over a bottle of whiskey, and to piece together their reasons for being there and their place in this extraordinary woman's life.

Time slips back to her lonely farmhouse in the sixties, she is singing to an empty hearth and further back to her youth, to the hearts of the two men who fought for her love.

The playwright Ade Morris is the Watermill's Outreach Director. His previous plays include The Dreamer, Lone Flyer, and Witch that played at the Studio last autumn.

Richard Jenkins is Richard Burton in Red Wings - A Night with Richard Burton, a solo performance which runs at the Studio from May 8 to May 11.

A Welsh miner's son bursts his chains to become the superstar Richard Burton but as Wales and the London stage fade into the distance and the hills of Hollywood enclose him, something goes wrong. In Red Wings, as Burton is called back to explain himself, we journey with him into his world of drink, melancholy and Tinseltown. The whisky is poured, a candle lit, his ghost is waiting.

Continuing the theme of evenings with the famous, Paul Webb returns to the Studio with an illustrated talk on the life and work of the British film star Dirk Bogarde, (pictured right) Saturday, May 16 at 3pm.

From the glamour boy of British cinema to the self-imposed exile in the south of France, Dirk Bogarde went on to become a distinguished author who censored his private life from the public gaze while writing several volumes of autobiography. Paul Webb's talks are always popular and booking is advised.

Other than where given, all shows start at 7.30pm prompt at The Studio.

Indielondon will keep you well informed on the next batch of goodies you can expect from this enterprising little theatre and its Head of Programme Development, Jonathan Kennedy.