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Dateline: 30th October, 2005

Festen poster

Festen on Tour
Award winning Festen, adapted by David Eldridge from the Danish film and directed by Rufus Norris, is to tour in the New Year. It will open at Birmingham Rep on 3rd February, 2006, and then go on to Norwich, Bath, Woking, Cardiff, Glasgow, Canterbury, Brighton, Cambridge, Richmond and Malvern.

It was orginally produced at the Almeida last year before transferring to the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue. It won two Evening Standard Awards, a Critics’ Circle Award, and was nominated for several Olivier awards. Further dates are to be announced and the production is due to transfer to Broadway later in the year.

Open House production photograph

Open House Extends
Helena Thompson's Open House, which was nominated for a Fringe First at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, has extended its run at Kelsall House, Ladbroke Grove, until 13th November.

Open House is a bedtime story about old and eccentric Charlie, a man so open minded he turns his house into a drop-in centre for his daughter's drop-out friends. When a stranger knocks on the door one night his home is thrown into jeopardy, sparking a city tale of love, loss and nostalgia for what never was. The play is produced jointly by the Riverside Studios and SPID and tickets are available from the Riverside box office.

Keira Knightley

Knightley Wins BIF Award
Actress Keira Knightley is to be named UK Personality of the Year at the British Independent Film Awards. The 20 year old star first appeared in Bend It Like Beckham and went on to star in hits like King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually and, most recently, Pride and Prejudice.

She was chosen for the award by Variety, whose executive editor Stephen Gaydos said, "This year Knightley has demonstrated an impressive range, getting gritty in Domino, dark in The Jacket and solidifying her leading lady status in the critically-acclaimed Pride and Prejudice."

Named as most promising newcomer is Thelma Barlow, who has played Mavis Riley in Coronation Street for 26 years!

Peter Johansson

Swede is New Galileo
Swedish performer Peter Johansson is to take over the role of Galileo in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. Johannson has previous understudied the role, as well as taking part in Europen productions of Saturday Night Fever and A Chorus Line.

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