Pandora: Nunn's Asian project goes with the wind

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Alas, it appears that Sir Trevor Nunn's much hoped-for revival of his stage show Gone With The Wind is not to see the light of day.

The multimillion-pound production, which starred the singer Darius Danesh alongside the Broadway actress Jill Paice, closed after just three weeks when it aired in London in 2008. Following a savaging by the critics, it was widely dubbed one of the biggest flops of recent years.

Shortly afterwards, however, the revered director assured Pandora that, in contrast to the hostile opinions expressed at home, the feedback he had received in the Far East was nothing but positive. "It's funny," he said at the time. "It came in for so much criticism here but over there people loved it. I got a lot of praise."

So different was the eastern opinion that Sir Trevor was approached about the prospect of taking his ill-fated production over there, where it would be unveiled in a "bigger, much more spectacular" style.

A year after the idea was first mooted, though, negotiations appear to have ground to halt. Following several months of uncertainty, we are told that Sir Trevor has abandoned the plan. "Indeed, he is not involved in any plans to take Gone With The Wind to the Far East," a spokesman confirmed yesterday.

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