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Last updated : 16th May 2003

Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's Tony Awards nominations. They include Best Director: Laurence Boswell - A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, Deborah Warner - Medea, and David Leveaux - Nine (but not surprisingly Jonathan Kent - Man of La Mancha or Sam Mendes Gypsy); Best Actor: Eddie Izzard - A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg; Best Actress: Victoria Hamilton - A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, Clare Higgins - Vincent In Brixton, Fiona Shaw - Medea and Vanessa Redgrave - Long Day's Journey Into Night; Best Play: Nicholas Wright - Vincent In Brixton; Best Revival - A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg; and Best Special Theatrical Event: The Play What I Wrote. Top honours will be a battle between the musicals Hairspray with 13 nominations and Nine with 8 nominations. The full list of nominees and further information can be found on the Tony Awards web site via the link from the Organisations section of TheatreNet. The winners will be announced at the 57th Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on 8th June.

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Hitchcock Blonde written and directed by Terry Johnson, will transfer to the Lyric Theatre from 25th June, following its extended run at the Royal Court Theatre. A media lecturer and his female protegee discover previously unseen Hitchcock footage featuring a mysterious blonde in the basement of a Spanish villa, and try to discover who and what the blonde and the film are. The cast comprises Fiona Glascott, David Haig, William Hootkins, Owen McDonnell and Rosamund Pike.

Anna Francolini stars in the UK premiere of the musical The Ballad Of Little Jo, with book and lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger and music by Mike Reid, directed by Carol Metcalfe, at the Bridewell Theatre from 1st to 26th July. Based on the film by Maggie Greenwald, it tells the true story of Jo Monaghan, a young woman who lived as a man in the silver mines of Idaho in the 1890s.

The Warehouse Theatre Croydon is holding its 18th International Playwriting Festival, in partnership with Italian festival Premio Candoni Arta Terme and Teatro Ena, Cyprus. It is in two parts: a competition with entries from all over the world, followed by a series of workshops and readings, leading on to the presentation of the best work on 22nd and 23rd November. The 2001 winner Knock Down Ginger, by Mark Norfolk, an urban tale of a boy tempted into crime, premieres at the Warehouse from 13th June to 13th July, with Troy Glasgow, Judith Jacobs, Darren Machin, Sylvester Williams and William Maxwell, directed by Jeffery Kissoon. The deadline for entries is 30th June. Further information and an entry form can be found on the Warehouse web site via the link from the UK London Venues section of TheatreNet.

The current touring production of Richard O'Brien's legendary musical The Rocky Horror Show is visiting the West End at the Queens Theatre from 23rd June to 5th July. The touring cast are Jonathan Wilkes, Neil Couperthwaite, Graham Tudor, Drew Jaymson, Katie Rowley-Jones, Jon Boydon, Andrea Stevens and Sally Hunt. It is directed by Christopher Malcolm, the show's original Brad.

The 56th Aldburgh Festival, running from 6th to 22nd June, features Benjamin Britten's Gloriana, libretto by William Plomer adapted from Lytton Strachey's Elizabeth And Essex, with Christine Brewer, Thomas Randle, Pamela Helen Stephen, Peter Coleman-Wright, Janice Watson, Roderick Williams and Robert Hayward, plus a supporting programme with a lecture by David Starkey; a screening of the film The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex; and a concert of madrigals written to honour the Queen. The festival also includes the premieres of Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?, by Simon Holt, about a real 20th century witchcraft ritual murder, with Andrew Slater and Rachel Nichols, and L'infinito nero, by Salvatore Sciarrino, based on the visions of the 16th-century saint, Maria Maddalena de Pazzi.

Siobhan Davies Dance Company's Plants And Ghosts, which played a tour last autumn in unusual spaces including an aircraft hangar, an art gallery and a woollen mill, will be on the road again in June, at venues including the Lighthouse Poole and the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth. The piece is choreographed by Davies to a soundscape by Max Eastley and text by Caryl Churchill. SDDC has now found a permanent home, having acquired the Charlotte Sharman School Annexe in Southwark, and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects are working on its conversion into dance studios, offices, and technical facilities.

The summer season at the Soho Theatre comprises: Mr Nobody by Philip Ralph, about a man with amnesia who meets a woman who claims to be his wife but who he doesn't recognise, with Patricia Kerrigan and Maggie McCarthy, directed by Jonathan Lloyd, from 4th to 28th June; Protection byFin Kennedy, a behind the scenes look at a team of social workers and their clients, with Holly Aird and Margot Leicester, directed by Abigail Morris, from 3rd to 26th July; and Tape, by Stephen Belber, in which three ex high school friends revisit a shocking event of 10 years earlier, with Dominic Fumusa, Josh Stamberg and Alison West, directed by Geoffrey Nauffts, from 30th July to 30th August.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is holding another Masterclass season for young people who have an interest in theatre, or are keen to pursue a career in the arts. Events are open to people aged 17 to 30, and are free of charge - but there is a refundable deposit required confirming the booking. The summer series runs during June, with sessions beginning at 2.30pm and lasting around two hours. It features masters of their arts Anthony Van Laast, Michael Grandage, John Caird, Adrian Lester and Patrick Stewart, on the theme of actors and acting. It will be followed by PlayWrite!, an intensive writing project for 17-18 year olds teamed up with professional playwrights to create a play, from 7th to 18th July. Further information and online booking can be found on the Theatre Royal Haymarket web site via the link from the London Venues section of TheatreNet.