UK Roundup - Dreyfuss out, Lane in!
It's been a long week for Mel Brooks. With just days to go before The Producers was due to begin previews at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, a sudden unexpected announcement came that its star, Richard Dreyfuss, was to be replaced by Nathan Lane, the producers citing a 'shoulder injury' as the cause. But after a strange interview on the Frank Skinner Show, in which Dreyfuss told viewers 'don't see the show until after December' and an interview in the Evening Standard telling readers 'Please don't think that you're paying to see Richard Dreyfuss sing and dance because you'll only be pissed off', speculation was that there was far more behind his 'withdrawal'.
With Richard Dreyfuss' swift departure being so close to its opening, the news has certainly raised some questions - in particular whether this whole event was planned to spark publicity for the show, which isn't selling as well as other new hit The Woman in White. Tickets have been sold on the back of Dreyfuss' name and See tickets have supposedly received calls from customers wanting refunds. Nathan Lane, though a theatrical God on Broadway, is a relative unknown to the general public in
Sheffield Theatres, a three-venue complex in north
As well as a planned Broadway stint, Martin McDonagh's Olivier Award winning play The Pillowman is to embark on a