- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 17, 2001

The United Kingdom is the latest area of the world the Kennedy Center will spotlight, through drama, dance and music from the British Isles.

Theater performances to be featured are "A Servant to Two Masters," a co-production of London's Young Vic theater company and the Royal Shakespeare Company, April 3 through 29; "Spoonface Steinberg," a one-woman show performed by Kathryn Hunter, May 9 through 13; "Mill on the Floss," the Shared Experience Theatre Company, May 16 through June 10; and "Lulu," the Almedia Theatre, June 16 through July 15.

The contemporary Random Dance Company is scheduled from May 31 through June 3. The engagement includes "Duo:logue," a collaboration with dancers from the Royal Ballet. The Royal Ballet, making its first appearance at the Kennedy Center since 1995, will perform works by its founding choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton. He is being celebrated by the Kennedy Center as one of the four greatest choreographers of the 20th century. The program will include the full-length "La Fille Mal Gardee."

The National Symphony Orchestra will join in the celebration from May 3 to 19. From May 3 to 5, NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra, Washington Chorus, the Children's Chorus of Washington and guest soloists in Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."

From May 10 through 12, actor Christopher Plummer will join the NSO in paying tribute to William Shakespeare. Other guests during the NSO's tribute will include violinist Hilary Hahn and percussionist Colin Currie. A Proms Concert is set for May 19.

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