Also, Delaney’s iconic A Taste of Honey, directed by Bijan Sheibani, will open at the Lyttleton Theatre on February 18 and play in repertory until May 11. Written by Delaney when she was 19-years-old, A Taste of Honey is the story of a working-class, adolescent girl and her relationships with the black sailor who gets her pregnant, the homosexual art student who moves into her apartment, her fun-loving, saloon-frequenting mother and Peter, her mother’s new husband. View Comments In addition, The Shed will house Michaela Coel’s one-woman show Chewing Gum Dreams, directed by Nadia Fall, from March 17 through April 5, and the return of Fall’s acclaimed play Home from March 26 through April 30. O’Casey’s rarely performed The Silver Tassie, directed by Olivier Award winner Howard Davies, will begin previews on April 15 at the Lyttelton Theatre. Set in Ireland during World War One, the play centers on a dashing football player (Ronan Raftery) who swaps his kit for a soldier’s uniform and heads for the trenches. Months later, Harry Heegan returns, a cripple at the football club party. Everyone but the shattered war veterans dances and forgets. Opening night of The Silver Tassie is scheduled for April 23. Olivier Award nominee Nigel Lindsay will star in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, directed by Adam Penford, at London’s National Theatre. The National’s upcoming season will also include a revival of Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie, A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney and more. Playing in the Olivier Theatre, Lindsay will star as Jack McCracken in Ayckbourn’s exposure of entrepreneurial greed that first premiered at the venue in 1987. Written during the height of Thatcherism, A Small Family Business tells the story of Jack’s journey from a man of principle to rampant self-interest and corruption with the discovery his extended family is no more than a group of thieves and adulterers. The play is set to begin performances April 1, with an official opening night scheduled for April 8.
Manager David Moyes confirmed both Rooney and strike partner Robin van Persie will miss Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Swansea at Old Trafford. Moyes said Van Persie would still be absent for “a little while” with a long-standing thigh injury, while hoping Rooney would respond to the better temperatures. Manchester United have sent Wayne Rooney for some warm weather training in a desperate attempt to get him fit for the January 19 trip to Chelsea. But with Rooney at least, Moyes felt there was no option. “It is the right time,” he said. We have given it a chance to heal.” Looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat for the first time since 1961, it is hardly the news Moyes was hoping for. Yet the Scot insists it is nothing new. “If you go into football management, you are going to lose games. I don’t know any football manager who hasn’t,” he said. “You have to go through it at some time in your career. “I have had equally challenging times at other times in my career. “We are having a difficult time just now. There is a lot of attention but that is to be expected.” The situation does place even more scrutiny on Moyes’ work in the transfer window, although he repeated his stance that getting the right players in January is not straightforward. “The plan and decisions won’t change,” he said. “It is difficult to get targets at this time. I have said that from day one. “I have not said we wouldn’t be doing it but it is difficult.” Press Association “We have sent Wayne away on a hot weather break,” said Moyes. “His groin has not quite recovered yet. “We have sent a fitness coach with him. He’s away with the family. Hopefully we will get him fit for Chelsea.” Rooney has missed United’s defeats to Swansea and Sunderland in the last week, having had a scan on his groin injury last Friday. Van Persie has not featured since the home defeat by Newcastle on December 7, his only game since the middle of November. “Robin is not available,” said Moyes. “He is going to be a little while. We are doing everything we can to get him back as quickly as we can.” It means United will be without seven senior stars for the Swansea game, with Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Ashley Young also sidelined.