Christopher Hampton News

Date of Birth: January 26, 1946 (69)
Gender: Male
Andrew Lloyd Webber Reveals Glenn Close 'Wants To Do' SUNSET BOULEVARD in West EndAndrew Lloyd Webber Reveals Glenn Close 'Wants To Do' SUNSET BOULEVARD in West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Glenn Close may be returning to the stage to star in a new West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 More Norma Desmonds Ready For Their SUNSET BOULEVARD Close-UpSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 More Norma Desmonds Ready For Their SUNSET BOULEVARD Close-Up
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 20, 2015

Last week, I selected ten top picks for a major headliner to star as Norma Desmond in a potential future stage and/or screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD in honor of both the show's anniversary of its West End opening and recent news that Glenn Close is considering a return to her Tony-winning role in an upcoming revival. As a result of that column, BroadwayWorld readers took the title of this column to heart and sounded off on some of their ideal choices for a leading lady with major star quality to tackle the unforgettable role in a future production - and, what fabulous choices they are! Among the reader submissions, Ilene Argento posited, 'If not Patti Lupone, maybe Meryl Streep (with some more singing lessons!), but it should be Patti (although Patti plus ALW will probably never happen again).' while Brian Lipensky wrote, 'Glenn Close can still play her. That said, Meryl Streep can pull it off. We know she can sing and play characters with psychological problems. Susan Sarandon also. Maybe even Emma Thompson.' Furthermore, Jonathan Caplan offered, 'ANNIE LENNOX. Period. Well, if it can't be Elaine Paige, then absolutely, Annie Lennox. I said this before the musical ever opened, and I stand by it....ANNIE LENNOX!!!!!!' whereas David Macaluso relayed, 'Seriously. With a good director, in a film. LIZA! she could be AMAZING.' Other suggestions sure to inspire discussion included Cher, Lady Gaga, Ruthie Henshall, Donna Murphy and even Caitlyn Jenner. So, without further ado, here are ten more delectable choices for a new Norma Desmond for 2015. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARDSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

With breaking news arising late last week of Glenn Close being considered for a return to her Tony Award-winning role in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD as well as the show's anniversary of its original West End world premiere opening on July 12, now is an absolutely opportune time to turn back the clock to 1993 and see what precisely makes SUNSET BOULEVARD so spectacular - and muse on some of the major talent that could bring the type of big-time attention that would warrant a major revival of the musical, whether on Broadway, the West End or even the silver screen. Given that the original Billy Wilder film was penned with Gloria Swanson in mind and ultimately became a roman a clef of sorts for the unique star as well as considering the sordid history of original lead Patti LuPone and her odyssey in starring in the show, not to mention the victorious and memorable highs achieved by the leading ladies who have headlined the show - which, post-Close, included Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Diahann Carroll, Elaine Paige and more - the role is ripe for a star of epic proportions to introduce one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most acclaimed musicals to a new generation. And, the time is now. The possibilities are virtually endless, but here are some particularly delectable ideas as we begin to consider who would be absolutely ideal for a new Norma Desmond fit for 2015. (more...)

Glenn Close to Reprise Role in SUNSET BOULEVARD at English National Opera?Glenn Close to Reprise Role in SUNSET BOULEVARD at English National Opera?
by Jessica Showers - Jul 9, 2015

It could be magic in the making for Glenn Close at the English National Opera next spring. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Our Productions' GOD OF CARNAGE in AddisonPhoto Flash: First Look at Our Productions' GOD OF CARNAGE in Addison
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Our Productions Theatre Co. Dallas Executive Producer & Co-Artistic Director Stephanie Riggs & Executive Producer Scott Kirkham, along with Co-Artistic Directors Brad Baker and Mark Mullino present their second show of their naugural 2015 Mini-Season, a remount of the company's critically acclaimed God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Florian Zeller's THE FATHER to Make West End TransferFlorian Zeller's THE FATHER to Make West End Transfer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Following successful runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and the Tricycle Theatre in London, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and the Tricycle Theatre will transfer Florian Zeller's Moliere award-winning play, THE FATHER, starring Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner, to London's Wyndham's Theatre for a limited season, Wednesday 30th September - Saturday 21st November. In the two weeks prior to the transfer, the production will play a very limited run at Cambridge Arts Theatre, 15th - 26th September. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BCT's SUNSET BOULEVARD a Standard, Flawed RetellingBWW Reviews: BCT's SUNSET BOULEVARD a Standard, Flawed Retelling
by Natalie de la Garza - Jun 18, 2015

Director and designer Colton Berry brings a solid artistic vision to Bayou City Theatrics staging of SUNSET BOULEVARD, but his conceptualizations remain better than the execution. Uneven acting and vocal performances, persistent sound issues and the price tag ($35 to $40) make this one hard to recommend. (more...)

GOD OF CARNAGE Begins 6/11 at the Hangar TheatreGOD OF CARNAGE Begins 6/11 at the Hangar Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

To open its 2015 Season, the Hangar Theatre will present, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, from June 11 until June 20, 2015. This over the top comedy is directed by Hangar Theatre alum Steve Pacek, who was a crowd favorite as Seymour Krelborn in last summer's hit production of Little Shop of Horrors. God of Carnage is a comedy of manners, without the manners that is especially relatable to those who are parents. Join the cast, crew, and Hangar staff on opening night, Friday, June 12 at 8pm at the Hangar Theatre, located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850 in Cass Park. God of Carnage is recommended for mature audiences. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces Full Schedule, Updates for 2015 Fall SeasonDonmar Warehouse Announces Full Schedule, Updates for 2015 Fall Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: One of the things that most excites me about this season is the strong leading roles for women. It is a thrill to announce a season of work that features, in plays by living writers, women of the calibre and power of Zawe Ashton, Sinead Cusack, Michelle Dockery, Michelle Fairley, Genevive O'Reilly and Janet McTeer, who returns to the Donmar and the London stage. This, combined with the transfer of Phyllida Lloyd's second instalment in her trilogy of all-female Shakespeares to New York shows a programme of work in deep conversation with the lives of women and their status as actors on our stage. We continue our commitment to bringing topical and searing new plays to the Donmar with the British premiere of Christopher Shinn's Teddy Ferrara. I am particularly delighted that Dominic Cooke is returning to theatre and to his long-standing collaboration with Christopher Shinn to direct this production. On a personal note, I have long wanted to direct Christopher Hampton's superb Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and the cast we have drawn together is a testament to the brilliance of his play. As well as welcoming Janet McTeer back to the Donmar, I am thrilled that Dominic West will return to our stage in this production. (more...)

Bayou City Theatrics to Present SUNSET BOULEVARD, 6/12-27Bayou City Theatrics to Present SUNSET BOULEVARD, 6/12-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Over twenty years since its creation, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of the 1950 film, SUNSET BOULEVARD, receives its first Houston-produced run in Bayou City Theatrics' innovative, new production. (more...)

DOWNTON ABBEY's Michelle Dockery to Lead LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Donmar This WinterDOWNTON ABBEY's Michelle Dockery to Lead LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Donmar This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

The Telegraph writes that DOWNTON ABBEY's Lady Mary, Michelle Dockery, will return to the stage in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at the Donmar Warehouse from December 11 to February 13, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AstonRep's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSESPhoto Flash: First Look at AstonRep's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with Christopher Hampton's drama LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, based on the classic French novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Charlie Marie McGrath, playing May 21 - June 21, 2015 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129. The press opening is Sunday, May 24 at 3:30 pm. (more...)

BCP Offering Patron Appreciation Discounts' for GOD OF CARNAGEBCP Offering Patron Appreciation Discounts' for GOD OF CARNAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

BCP  of Oradell is grateful for all the enthusiastic support it has received from its audiences over the years. To show its appreciation, BCP has announced that the final six performances of its final mainstage production,   God of Carnage,  have been designated as 'Patron Appreciation Performances' in which up to four tickets may be purchased for just $12.00!  Regularly priced at $17 or $21, seats in Rows L to T will be available for $12 simply by entering the code APPRECIATE during an online purchase at www.bcplayers.org, or by mentioning the code to the operator when you call for tickets at 201-261-4200. It's that simple! Discount is not applicable to previously purchased tickets. (more...)

UPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest RulingUPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest Ruling
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

As reported last night, Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal continues, with press agent Marc Thibodeau having been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 BowBroadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 Bow
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

In the latest legal news from Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal, Deadline writes that press agent Marc Thibodeau has been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Bergen County Players' GOD OF CARNAGEPhoto Flash: First Look at Bergen County Players' GOD OF CARNAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Bergen County Players is thrilled to present the final mainstage production of its 2014-2015 season of shows, the 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Alyson Cohn. God of Carnage opened on May 2, 2015 and runs through Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Little Firehouse Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Bergen County Players' GOD OF CARNAGEPhoto Flash: First Look at Bergen County Players' GOD OF CARNAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Bergen County Players presents the final mainstage production of its 2014-2015 season of shows, the 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, translated by  Christopher Hampton and directed by Alyson Cohn. God of Carnage will open on May 2, 2015 and run through Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell (no performances Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24). The New York Times described Carnage as '[a] streamlined anatomy of the human animal... [The play] delivers the cathartic release of watching otherpeople's marriages go boom.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Isabel Leonard, Tara Erraught, Simone Alberghini and More in Washington National Opera's CINDERELLAPhoto Flash: First Look at Isabel Leonard, Tara Erraught, Simone Alberghini and More in Washington National Opera's CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Washington National Opera (WNO) concludes its 2014-2015 season with a new-to-Washington staging of GioachinoRossini's charming romance-Cinderella, May 9-21 in theKennedy Center Opera House. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Provocative Production of ART by The St. Louis Actors' StudioBWW Reviews: Provocative Production of ART by The St. Louis Actors' Studio
by Chris Gibson - Apr 29, 2015

How many times have you heard someone say "my kid could have painted that" when referring to a particular piece of artwork. Art is something that has, and will always manage to, provoke different responses from different individuals. That's the true beauty and nature of it. Yasmina Reza's provocative script for her play ART (translation by Christopher Hampton) looks at those subjective perspectives, but it also examines relationships, and how they can become fractured when disagreements occur. It's equal parts amusing, thought provoking, and touching, and the St. Louis Actors' Studio has put together an excellent production of ART that is certainly worthy of your time and attention. (more...)

Bergen County Players' GOD OF CARNAGE Begins 5/2Bergen County Players' GOD OF CARNAGE Begins 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Bergen County Players is thrilled to present the final mainstage production of its 2014-2015 season of shows, the 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Alyson Cohn. God of Carnage will open on May 2, 2015 and run through Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell (no performances Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24). The New York Times described Carnage as '[a] streamlined anatomy of the human animal... [The play] delivers the cathartic release of watching otherpeople's marriages go boom.' (more...)

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