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Greenwich to take in Shakespeare and JFK


Preview by Paul Nelson

I AM pleased to announce news of the next two productions at Greenwich Playhouse, that delightful theatre almost next door to Greenwich DLR in Greenwich High Road.

Writer/actor Brian Wright creates a new comic piece in the same rich vein as his two previous successful solos: Penge Papers and Black Snow, an adaptation of Bulgakov's satire on Stanislavski. Both shows were received with rapturous reviews by the national newspapers.

His new show, Shaking Spears for Shakespeare, is based on talks by G.K. 'Bardy' Maguire (1932-2001): actor, scriptwriter and grandmaster of the working lunch. A delightful pub crawl through the Work and Life of the world's best known script-writer, the late William S., by possibly the world's least known, the late Bardy M., supported by a colourful posse of His, and his, small parts. Size matters.

Brian Wright started writing for theatre, television and radio after several years acting in repertory, cabaret and the West End, including a year in Beyond the Fringe. His work has won two Sony radio awards, a BAFTA nomination, and a fellowship at Bristol University.

Matthew Walters (director) is a distinguished radio producer. At the BBC, he has directed such luminaries as Sir Tom Courtenay, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, Dame Thora Hird and many more. The peak of his own acting career was as Cream-faced Loon, in Roman Polanski's Macbeth.

Shaking Spears for Shakespeare by Bardy Maguire. Adapted & presented by Brian Wright, Directed by Matthew Walters. Presented by Kingsley Productions September 16 to September 28 Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, (Sundays 4pm) at Greenwich Playhouse, Station Forecourt, Greenwich High Road, London SE10. Tickets 020 8858 9256.

The second production is The Happiness Compartment, by Steven Dykes.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, NXT premieres
Steven Dykes' erotic, darkly humorous study of personal and political crisis first produced off-Broadway at The Theater at 46 Walker Street (SoHo Rep), New York in 1998.

In the final dramatic hours of the Cuban Missile Crisis, eight 'ordinary citizens' spend a wakeful night contemplating life, death and grocery lists - among them, Lee Harvey Oswald and his young Russian bride, a Havana baseball star, a Presidential candidate's lover and the ghost of Marilyn Monroe.

The Happiness Compartment was short-listed for the Bush Theatre/Allied
Domecq International Playwriting Award (1998).

Strong praise for NXT's production of Steven Dykes' Kolonists came from The Times and the Independent on Sunday.

The Happiness Compartment by Steven Dykes, presented by NXT September 30 to October 26 Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm (Sunday 4pm) at Greenwich Playhouse, Station Forecourt, Greenwich High Road, London SE10. Tickets 020 8858 9256.

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