LONDON CALLING: Kathleen Turner isn’t about to let her recent foot surgery keep her away from the London run of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Walking with the assistance of a cane at Friday’s Citymeals-on-Wheels luncheon in New York, the actress said the Broadway cast of the Edward Albee work will stage the show at the Apollo Theater beginning Jan. 16.
Turner is keen on being back in the U.K., and not just because she went to high school there while her diplomat father was posted to the U.S. Embassy. “I feel very good in London. And the audiences are very experienced there, as opposed to someone eating Oreos in the front row, which literally happened to me here. It was this woman’s birthday and her friend kept saying to her, ‘Oh, it’s your birthday. Go on. Have another.’ And she did — in the front row.”
POETRY IN MOTION: He may not be Degas, but London designer Robert Cary-Williams sure knows how to dress a ballerina.
Cary-Williams, known for his distressed silhouettes and rough edges, has designed the costumes for “Curious Conscience,” which is being performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre by the Rambert Dance Company. The production, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, is set to Benjamin Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings,” which was inspired by the work of six English poets. For the women’s costumes, Cary-Williams used fireworks to burn holes in wet chiffon and then used Indian embroidery around the holes.
“I wanted the dresses to have an accidental beauty,” he said, adding that other costumes are little black dresses inspired by Degas’ ballerinas.
Cary-Williams, who in the past has dressed crooners including Ronnie Wood and Marianne Faithfull, said he’s learned one valuable lesson designing the dancers’ costumes: “I can’t take over the show,” he said. “I can’t upstage the dancers, and I have to make sure those clothes move.” “Curious Conscience” runs until Thursday.