Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Previewing This Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Previewing This Week

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Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON

THE COSMONAUT'S LAST MESSAGE TO THE WOMAN HE ONCE LOVED IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

This fabulously titled play is a revival of a work by the playwright David Greigwho, with five plays opening in London and Stratford this year, seems very much to be the big theatre name of 2005. A table dancer, a conflict resolution expert, a speech therapist and an unhappily married couple all play their part in a piece that is ultimately about the problems and triumphs of human communication. Previewing from Thur 7 Apr, first night Tue 12 Apr, Donmar Warehouse, Earlham Street, WC2 (0870 060 6624).

TRISTAN & YSEULT

Kneehigh Theatre won the 2002 Barclays Theatre Award for their engagingly modern production about the girl from Hans Christian Andersen, whose red shoes lead her into a world of sensuality and evil. Now the National Theatre has invited the Cornish company to put on their version of Tristan & Yseult, a production which celebrates Cornwall's oldest love story with Kneehigh's customary dynamism and idisoyncratic wit. Previewing from Mon 4 Apr, first night Tue 12 Apr, National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 (020-7452 3000).

MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

Alan Rickman directs a piece that he has developed with Guardian journalist Katharine Viner about the 23-year-old who was killed in Gaza when she put herself between an Israeli bulldozer and a Palestinian home. Megan Dodds performs in this one-woman show, asking what exactly motivated a young American woman to leave her comfortable home and put her life at risk in the Middle East. Previewing from Thur 7 Apr, first nights Thur 14 & Fri 15 Apr, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1 (020-7565 5000).

Opening This Week

STONING MARY

Last year, Debbie Tucker Green won an Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer for Born Bad at Hampstead Theatre. Now Marianne Elliott directs her latest piece, with a cast which includes Claire-Louise Cordwell, Martin Marquez, ClaireRushbrook and Heather Craney (recently Baftanominated for her performance in Vera Drake). The pre-publicity is very cagey but, bearing in mind this playwright's previous form, expect the subject matter to be tough and uncompromising. …

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