Bryan Cranston to Star in Stage Version of Network at the National

first_imgBryan Cranston(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Walter White is London-bound! Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston will headline Tony winner Ivo van Hove’s world premiere of Network at the U.K.’s National Theatre this year. Other big names attached to upcoming productions include award-winning playwright Annie Baker and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany.Network is Lee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky. All the Way Tony winner Cranston takes on the role of Howard Beale, a longtime anchor of an evening news program with dwindling ratings. The film features the famous line,”I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Opening is scheduled for November 2017 at the Lyttelton Theatre.Baker makes a National Theatre return with the European premiere of her new play John in the Dorfman. James Macdonald directs the production, with a cast tht includes Georgia Engel. Opening night is set for early 2018.Anne-Marie Duff returns to the National Theatre in Common, and will appear alongside Rory Kinnear in Macbeth in 2018, directed by Rufus Norris. Opening is slated for spring 2018.As previously reported, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany is at the helm of the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly, with songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J. Smith newly adapted by Martin Lowe. The production will open at the Lyttelton in December 2017.Additional productions include the previously announced Follies and Angels in America, Ugly Lies the Bone, Saint George and the Dragon, Beginning, The Majority, Amadeus, Twelfth Night, Salomé, Common, Romeo and Juliet, Lost Without Words, Consent, Barber Shop Chronicles and Mosquitoes.Further productions and casting will be announced at a later date. View Commentslast_img read more

Why I Don’t Want a Trail Name

first_imgThe balding, bespectacled man sat against the wooden wall with legs sprawled out, hiking socks still on his feet. Dim sunlight barely revealed his face. I walked into the trail shelter and dropped my pack.“Hi, I’m Lazy,” he said, pushing his glasses back on his nose. “They call me Lazy because I’m lazy.”Then a young red-haired hiker, lying on an upper bunk, stuck his head out and introduced himself as Camel. He earned his name because he went long periods without peeing. A short, attractive girl leaning against a tree outside hollered her name – Lassie. With her youthful, innocent face and eager eyes, all framed in a thick auburn mane, well, she rather looked like a Lassie.“Johnny Molloy,” I replied.I didn’t have a trail name then. I don’t have a trail name now. I love the trail, but I’m not a fan of trail names, which are found mostly within proximity of the Appalachian Trail, the master path of the East. Trail names are a tradition on the A.T. Running with the bulls in Spain is also a tradition. I won’t do either.I remember a guy named Bill. His view on trail names mirrored mine. He didn’t have one, didn’t want one. He was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, not seeking a new identity. As he walked the white-blazed path, he simply introduced himself as “Bill”.The most-often stated reply to him was, “What’s your trail name?”His standard answer, “I don’t have a trail name. My name is just Bill.”He became “Just Bill.”Aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, when dreaming of their backwoods experience, of quitting their jobs, strapping on the pack and fleeing their current life, often give themselves trail names. For women, it usually combines nature, sweetness, and light – like Butterfly, Flowering Orchid or Brown-Eyed Fawn. Men, when naming themselves, go for monikers that mirror their self-perceived hiking prowess, some hero, or a reference to where they are from. Men often end up with a name that reveals their eating traits or camp habits, such as Butter Pecan, for eating gallons of the frozen treat in trail towns, or Lumberjack, because he snored so loud in the shelters.Most hikers leave their moniker in trail shelter registers. When reading the registers, I can’t help but try to picture them: Hindenburg—a fat guy hiking the trail to lose weight? Winged Angel—a long-legged beauty with blond tresses effortlessly ascending to lofty heights? Dopey—a guy who puffs weed behind the shelter at night? 1 2last_img read more

Mo Salah ‘can’t wait’ for Roma loan spell to begin

first_imgEgypt international Mohamed Salah says he cannot wait to play for Italian Serie A side Roma after meeting with the club\’s manager Rudi Garcia.Salah, 23, is in Rome to finalise a one-year loan deal with the club from his parent club Chelsea of England.He has already undergone the club’s medicals and should officially join the squad soon. That should bring to an end an intense and controversial transfer saga involving Roma’s Serie A rivals Fiorentina and Inter Milan, as well as Chelsea.”I wasn\’t expecting such a warm welcome,” the player told La Gazzetta dello Sport.He added: “I can\’t wait to get started!”Roma are said to have a buy-out clause in the contract that should see them sign the young Pharaoh permanently next summer. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more