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
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