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Fences to London?, Ben Barnes to star in Birdsong, Forget Lea could Gemma be a Funny Girl?!

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Denzel Washington, who told me he hasn't ruled out bringing the Tony award-winning production of August Wilson's powerful play Fences to London.

He and Viola Davis are giving performances made in heaven, but the run ends early next month.
When I asked Denzel about the West End he told me to 'ask her' - meaning his wife, actress Pauletta Pearson. She said she wants him to do it, but not for too long.
'Eight weeks would work,' Ms Pearson told me. 'He wants to do it - and I would enjoy being in London - but there's a lot to discuss and I don't know when this would come to pass.'
A London production would also depend on Ms Davis's availability. The producer Scott Rudin said he would love Fences to play the West End.


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Trevor Nunn has chosen fast-rising actor Ben Barnes to star in the stage version of Sebastian Faulks's phenomenal best-seller Birdsong, just as Steven Spielberg has announced his cast for his film of War Horse.

Both are heartbreaking dramas centred around World War I.
Barnes, who plays Princes Caspian in the Chronicles Of Narnia film Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and who starred opposite Colin Firth in Dorian Gray, will play Stephen Wraysford, the hero of Faulks's novel, which has been adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff.
Wraysford finds himself in Amiens in 1910, and the novel follows different stages of his life - and of those he meets in the tunnels and fields of battle. It's also a powerful love story.
Birdsong goes into rehearsal in early August and begins performances at the Comedy Theatre on September 18, with an official first night on September 28.
Spielberg begins filming War Horse soon. He is using a screenplay by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, based on Morpurgo's novel and Nick Stafford's stage adaptation.
Jeremy Irvine has been cast as Albert Narracott, the West Country teenager who makes his way to the World War I battlefields to find Joey, his horse.
The cast also includes Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and David Kross, who starred opposite Kate Winslet in The Reader.
The War Horse movie will be released next year


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When Lea Michele walked through the stalls singing Don't Rain On My Parade during the Tony Awards show at New York's Radio City Music Hall, everyone made the kneejerk assumption that she was going to be cast there and then in the planned revival of Funny Girl.
All I say is: Hold on! There is no done deal here, and it probably won't come to pass. Ms Michele was fantastic, but playing Fanny Brice requires more talent than just belting out Don't Rain On My Parade.
She did the same in an episode of Glee not long ago.
In fact, it may well have been the fact that she belted it out that lost it for her, even if she was anywhere in the running. Bartlett Sher - who will direct the revival - and his producers have their eyes on other people to follow in the shoes of Barbra Streisand, who created the role on stage in 1964 and four years later on the big screen.
They want an actress who can really get under Brice's skin to act it and sing it. Now here's a name right out of the left-field.

The actress I'm about to mention is one of many on a long list under consideration.
Gemma Arterton. Someone close to the production reminded me that Gemma has a great singing voice, plus she's a soprano.
And, as mentioned elsewhere on this page, she knows how to act.
More...From Bond Girl to Ibsen: Gemma Arterton builds on her success

None of this means she's going to get it, or is anywhere close to getting it, but her name is in the mix.


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Mark_E
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I really do hope Fences comes to London. It would be a sure fire hit, and i'd probably end up queuing at a ridiculous hour for day seats or whatever, but it would so be worth it.
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Although she wasn't my favourite choice for Dorothy, I think Jessica (Boro girl) from Over the Rainbow would make a great Fanny Brice. I think Lord Lloyd Webber also mentioned it on the show.
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Was Jessica the one who spent the entire time gurning ridiculously so everyone would think of her as "the quirky one"? *shudders*
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She was. But her quirkiness would work well as Fanny. And with a great director I'm certain she'd flourish.