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A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Saturday 07 September 1996
Irvine Welsh's new play Marabou Stork Nightmares, the follow-up to Trainspotting which started life on the stage, premieres in England at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre on 20 September. Will the chronicler of urban squalor and underclass nihilism change his spots and give us a tender love story or drawing room comedy perhaps? Make up your own mind from this.The plot, adapted from Welsh's own novel, is described on the Haymarket's advertising thus: "The play plunges into the comatose brain of Roy Strang who recalls being randomly battered, is forced by his hardman father to box his camp elder brother, terrorises a teenage girl at knifepoint, sexually abuses a younger boy at school, participates in a sickeningly brutal gang rape and viciously tortures a dog that once bit him."
The Swan pictured below will, as Mr Mandelson no doubt knows, be part of the first ballet to play a season at a West End theatre since Diaghilev's The Sleeping Princess in 1921. An extremely raunchy Swan Lake, presented by Adventures In Motion Pictures, choreographed by Matthew Bourne with swans that are chaps, will have almost as many dancers in the audience as on the stage at the Piccadilly Theatre for Wednesday's first night, among them Dame Alicia Markova, Natalia Makarova, Lynn Seymour, Darcey Bussell and Viviana Durante.
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