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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

MARQUEE: Top British Acts to Tour




The British Council in Moscow this week announced a series of theater-related programs that will run to year's end.


First up is the Royal Court Workshop that will bring together Russian writers, directors and actors with representatives of one of London's most innovative theaters. Since the Royal Court began systematically developing new writers in the mid-1950s - its first big success was John Osborne and his play, "Look Back in Anger" - this playhouse has been in the vanguard.


Traveling to Moscow for the July 14-20 seminar are playwright Meredith Oakes and director Mary Peate. They are to conduct practical exercises for young Russian writers and directors. Also scheduled to speak on the topic of theater development is Elyse Dodgeson of the Royal Court's international relations department.


In the first of two events scheduled for October, the Richard Alston Dance Company is slated to perform October 13 as an entry in the European Dance Festival organized by the Stanislavsky Opera and Ballet Theater.


Ten days later the National Theater will perform its production of Patrick Marber's hit play, "Closer," which since it debuted in 1997 has gone on to success in numerous countries, including the United States on Broadway. Prior to one of the October 22 and 23 performances, the playwright will speak with the public about his play. Both the Richard Alston Dance Company and the National Theater will play on the stage of the Mossoviet Theater.


In November, there are plans to bring the show "Shockheaded Peter," an adaptation of German fairy tales set to music by the Tigerlilies, an eccentric three-piece band. The show is tentatively set for November 13 as an entry in the Second New European Theater Festival.


For information, contact the British Council at 234-0215.


Igor Kucher, founder of Club-96, Russia's first independent playwright agency, was found murdered in his apartment last Sunday. He was 52 years old. Kucher's low-profile, low-budget, home-based agency represented many top Russian writers and translators. The motive appears to have been robbery. News agencies on Monday confused the victim with director Yefim Kucher, who once worked at the Taganka Theater.


- John Freedman