London theater's season also sets Ai Weiwei play
LONDONDavid Mamet’s play “Race,” which had an eight-month Gotham run in 2009, will receive its U.K. preem this spring at London’s Hampstead Theater. Scribe-turned-helmer Terry Johnson (a Tony winner for his revival of “La Cage aux Folles”) will direct a new production of the one-act about two lawyers, one black and one white, arguing over a rape case. Designed by Tim Shortall and lit by Mark Henderson, the production runs May 23-June 29 with a May 29 opening. The Hampstead spring slate is completed by the world preem of “#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei” by Howard Brenton. Helmed by James Macdonald with choreography by Scott Ambler, the play is based on a series of conversations between the internationally renowned dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Barnaby Martin, following Ai Weiwei’s arrest by the Chinese authorities and his subsequent disappearance for 81 days. Running April 11-May 18, the production will open April 17. The off-West End house’s recent SRO production of “The Judas Kiss” starring Rupert Everett is now playing a West End transfer at the Duke of York’s Theater, while the venue’s current home production, Amelia Bullmore’s highly praised friendship comedy “Di and Viv and Rose,” is also eyeing a West End berth.