Volume 96, Issue 1

Thursday, May 23, 2002
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This summer London theatre heats up

By Maggie Wrobel
Gazette Staff

Since the summer is taking quite a while to heat up this year, here are somehot theatre suggestions to help raise your temperature while we all wait for the sun to come out again. Since the shows range from farcical comedies to dramatic mysteries, there is definitely something for everyone on London's hot theatre scene.

Catch the Original Kids Theatre production of the witty Return to the Forbidden Planet from now until May 26 at the Spriet Family Theatre. Call 672-8800 for ticket information.

Riding the wave of the recent Lord of the Rings hype, the Grand Theatre is home to J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Hobbit from May 22 to Jun. 2. Tickets and information are available through the Grand's box office at 672-8800.

The ever-innovative Theatre Soup production company offers "The longest running play in theatre history"– Agatha Christie's mystery The Mousetrap, from May 31 to Jun. 15 at the Black Lodge Theatre (located in the Galleria mall). For ticket information call 433-SOUP.

London's Original Kids Theatre features the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz onstage at the Spriet Family Theatre from Jun. 2 to 9. For ticket information call 1-800-265-1593 or click your heels three times.

The final production for the London Community Players this year is the marital farce Moon Over Buffalo, which runs Jun. 18 to 29 at the Palace Theatre. The LCP always puts on great old-fashioned comedies and this one should be no exception. Contact the Grand Theatre for ticket information at 672-8800.

Popular Western playwright Jayson McDonald presents The Boneyard Radio Hour at the Parlour on King on Jun. 22 and 23. McDonald's plays are always very well-written and often hilarious. Call 673-0431 for ticket information.

Western's summer Shakespeare production this year is the romantic comedy As You Like It. It's being presented on the University College hill from Jul. 2 to 6 and then again from Jul. 9 to 13. Tickets can be purchased through the Grand Theatre or pre-ordered by e-mail at Shakespeare@uwo.ca.

Last, but certainly not least, London's Fringe Festival will be back for its third run Aug. 10 to 18. Arguably London's most popular theatre event of the year, the Fringe offers exposure to new playwrights and actors in various types of theatrical and musical performances.

There you have it – a somewhat abbreviated version of London's summer theatre listings. Do yourself a favour and check out a show or two this summer. It's often cheaper than a movie and you will certainly impress dates with your cultured suggestion.

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