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Emma Thompson (AP Images)
Emma Thompson (AP Images)
Emma Thompson (AP Images)

Recently we’ve been bringing you a lot of news about theatrical events that are happening on the wrong side of the Atlantic, starring some of Anglophenia’s most beloved performers, so here’s a brief note of excitement to redress the balance a little.

Emma Thompson is to make her (albeit brief) New York stage debut in a new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler‘s, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starting in March 2014.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, she’ll be taking the role of Mrs Lovett – as previously played by Angela Lansbury and Helena Bonham Carter –in a five-night-only production staged by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall: from the 5th to the 8th.

The title role will be taken by Bryn Terfel.

And if you can’t get tickets, there’s always Emma’s new movie Saving Mr Banks, which arrives in December. It’s the tale of a meeting between P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney (as played by Tom Hanks).

The trailer is here:

Saving Mr Banks is released in the U.S. (and U.K.) on December 20.

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By Fraser McAlpine