Buried in a column by Richard Ouzounian last week was the following prediction for Stratford's 2010 season:
DON'T CRY FOR ME, ARDEN FOREST
It's that time of year at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival again, when the rumours of next season's shows start tumbling over the heels of the opening nights of the current year.
The musicals are always the prize choice for speculation and I have it on reliable authority from within the organization that the two tuners for 2010 will be Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita.
Kate was last performed by the festival in 1989, starring Victor A. Young and Jayne Lewis. The Lloyd Webber rock opera has never been performed there.
The only name being rumoured as a possible director so far is John Doyle, the magician who turned shows like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street into triumphs where the cast played their own musical instruments.
Sounds like a good move if Stratford is really being as cost-conscious as it claims this season.
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