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Alicia Witt, a familiar face in Hollywood movies - most recently Two Weeks Notice - is to lead a London revival of Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things. First seen at the Almieda Theatre in 2001, the play was then seen on Broadway and later filmed with original star Rachel Weiss in the lead. It will open at the New Ambassador's, currently playing host to Stones in his Pockets - which will close after 4 years.

The Arts Theatre, a small three hundred seater venue just off Charring Cross Road, has a busy time ahead, this week two productions announced transfers there. The first, opening March 29th for six weeks only, is Hurricane, a critically acclaimed one man play about the life of famous snooker player Alex Higgins (who has given his approval for the play). It opened in Soho before going on tour, now coming back to the capital. Also confirmed to enter the Arts is Fuddy Meers starring Julia McKenzie.

Performances are now underway at the Hampstead Theatre of Hanif Kureish's When The Night Begins. Not to be confused with Gillian Anderson's What The Night is For, the new play, by the writer of film My Beautiful Laundrette has received mixed reviews. Since the Hampstead reopened last year, following a multi-million pound rebuild, most of their shows have been critically panned, throwing into doubt their future in new writing. The two-hander stars Michael Pennington and Catherine McCormack and explores what happens when a widow meets a man from her childhood.

Film Noir reaches Nottingham this week as a new adaptation of classic film Double Indemnity opens. Directed by artistic director Giles Croft, the play, based on the 1944 film, is not expected to transfer or go onto a tour. Also opening this week is a revival of Piaf at the Sheffield Crucible. A review of Double Indemnity will appear on from mid next week. Also new on BroadwayWorld's English counterpart are reviews of Cats and the touring production of Footloose.

And finally.. will Cathy and Jamie be reunited? The Last Five Years is supposedly in planning for a London production. Theatregoers at Notes From NewYork, a celebration of writers such as Andrew Lippa and Jonathan Larson, report that in Jason Robert Brown's biography, hints at a UK premiere are dropped - even going as far as saying 'later this year'. A possible venue for this could include The Bridewell Theatre - now saved from closure - as they staged the premiere of Brown's Songs for a New World.

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