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Tintin makes history at the Barbican



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS CHRISTMAS, Rufus Norris will direct the World Premiere of Tintin, at London's Barbican Theatre, where it opens on December 14, 2005, (previews from November 29).

It's part of the Young Vic's Walkabout season, so-called because the Young Vic's company has been forced to perform at different venues during its own theatre's renovation.

As well as directing, Norris has collaborated with David Greig, writing a show which is based on the popular, quiff-sporting, comic-book, child journalist (pictured).

Tintin was created by Herge in the 1929 comic strip, Le Petit Vingtieme. Since then, his adventures have spawned countless books and even the odd film or two.

In fact, so popular is Tintin, that three million copies of his escapades are sold each year, in 50 countries and 40 languages.

Norris and Greig's Tintin is based on Herge's most personal work, Tintin in Tibet which sees our hero attempting to save his friend, Chang, from the freezing world of the Himalayas. The icy set will be designed by Ian MacNeill whose work can currently be seen in Billy Elliot - The Musical.

Playright Greig is also responsible for The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (now playing at the Donmar Warehouse), The American Pilot and Pyrenees.

While Norris, winner of both the Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director for his work on Festen earlier this year, directs Blood Wedding, currently at the Almeida.

Meanwhile, the Young Vic company continues at Theatre 503 with Direct Action staging David Mamet's, The Water Engine (from June 15 -26) in which an inventor discovers that progress comes at a price; and Wallace Shawn's one-man travelogue, The Fever (from July 26 - August 7).

The Young Vic's Direct Action offers young directors challenging projects.

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