London company sets upcoming season
Harvey Fierstein’s breakthrough play “Torch Song Trilogy” will have its first major London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory as part of the venue’s newly announced slate.The evening of three linked plays focusing on a drag queen and the search for acceptance won the play Tony in 1983. The revival, getting a limited 10-week run starting May 30, will be helmed by actor-director Douglas Hodge (“La Cage aux Folles”). Ian Talbot, helmer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of “The Invisible Man,” returns to direct “Charley’s Aunt,” the 1892 English comedy most famous in the U.S. for Frank Loesser’s tuner adaptation, “Where’s Charley.” The production runs Sept. 20-Nov. 10. Finally, thesp Maria Friedman will make her directorial debut with the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth tuner “Merrily We Roll Along” (Nov. 16-Feb. 23). London has not seen a full production of the oft-revised show since 2000, when Michael Grandage’s Donmar Warehouse production reverted to the original text. Friedman’s production will use the more recent revise with James Lapine.