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Your theatre week, 21 to 27 March 2011

This week sees a number of birthday celebrations, including two American theatre greats: Stephen Sondheim turns 81 after a riotous year of 80th birthday tributes culminating in his Olivier Special Award, and this week marks the centenary of the great Tennessee Williams.

Happy 2nd birthday Priscilla
Happy 2nd birthday Priscilla

Also Priscilla makes it to two years old this week as the Broadway production starts camping it up on the other side of the Atlantic, and Kneehigh Theatre Company follow their acclaimed production of Brief Encounter with another reimagining of a cinema classic, this time French movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Tuesday 22 March

Kneehigh’s new production of French film classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg opens tonight at the Gielgud Theatre starring Joanna Riding and Meow Meow.

Happy birthday Stephen Sondheim, who is 81 today.

Wednesday 23 March

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is 2 today, having opened on 23 March 2009.

Thursday 24 March

Joanna Riding in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Joanna Riding in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Dreamboats and Petticoats: Your last chance to enter the Dreamboats and Petticoats talent search, which ends at 9am on 31 March 2011.

Watch Frankenstein tonight in UK cinemas, starring Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor.

Saturday 26 March

SMASH! starts at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London starring Tom Conti, written by award-winning playwright Jack Rosenthal (Yentl).

The Centenary of internationally acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams is today. He was born on 26 March 1911.


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