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'Oslo' opens at the Royal National Theatre

Oslo is a Tony award-winning play by J. T. Rogers, recounting the true-life, previously secret, back-channel negotiations in the development of the pivotal 1990s Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The play opened at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Sher.

'The Lost Symbol' by Dan Brown is published

Released in September 2009, it is the third Brown novel to involve the character of Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci Code. It had the first printing of 6.5 million, the largest in Doubleday history. On its first day, the book sold 1 million in hardcover and e-book versions making it the fastest selling adult novel in history.

'The Woman in White' opens in London

The musical opened in London's West End, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Charlotte Jones freely adapted from the novel. Directed by Trevor Nunn, it opened 15 September 2004 at the Palace Theatre. The London production received mixed reviews from critics, with several reviewers noting that Lloyd Webber's score was weaker than in his previous works.

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' begins its pre-Broadway tryout

The musical premiered in San Diego, California in September 2004, before moving to Broadway in January 2005 and officially opening in March at the Imperial Theatre. The show closed on Broadway in September 2006 after a total of 626 performances. The production was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

Musical 'Mary Poppins' has its world premiere

Cameron Mackintosh's stage adaptation of Mary Poppins had its world premiere at the Bristol Hippodrome starting with previews from September 2004, before officially opening for a limited engagement until November. The production then moved to the Prince Edward Theatre in December 2004, making it the only Disney musical to have premiered in the UK.

'Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris' opens

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. Brel's songs were translated into English by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, who also provided the story. The original 1968 Off-Broadway production ran for four years and spawned international and regional productions, as well as a West End production and Off-Broadway revival.

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