Monday, 29 September 2014

REVIEW: West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre


This year was the second annual West End Heroes charity show at the Dominion Theatre. Dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Help For Heroes, last year’s show raised £88,000, so this year, the stars flocked to take part in this wonderful showcase. West End Heroes was a night of patriotic fundraising and exquisite performances, dedicated to our heroes. 

Made up of members from behind the scenes and front of house teams from across London’s theatre, the 44 piece ‘West End Heroes Choir’ made their debut. They accompanied several of the acts throughout the night and they were fabulous. You could feel their enthusiasm from the audience as their beaming smiles shone across the stalls. The pieces were all arranged so beautifully, particularly highlighting the sheer strength in the soprano section, and it was a fabulous addition which added class and polish to the evening. 
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Encore screenings confirmed for BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL


This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical.  This unique performance was broadcast live to eight countries from the show’s West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre. 
All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower – took part in a spectacular finale as the broadcast, the widest ever cinema release of a live event, hit number one at the UK box office.

Two special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live also took place at the historic Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners’ Institute, one of the settings for Billy’s inspiring story.
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Rescheduling of SMOKEY ROBINSON PRESENTS HUMAN NATURE: THE MOTOWN SHOW for May 2015





Due to a rescheduling of Human Nature’s new album release and promotional visit to Australia, which has had a knock on effect with their performance schedule in Las Vegas, Human Nature regrettably will be postponing their first ever London show. Human Nature’s first London show will now take place on 15th May at Eventim Apollo and all tickets already sold remain valid for the new date.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Nicole Scherzinger to play Grizabella in CATS at the London Palladium


Nicole Scherzinger will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats.  Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014, press night will be on 11 December at 7pm.  Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,  the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - are reunited to bring  Cats back to the West End this Christmas.   Final casting will be announced shortly.

On joining the West End production of CatsNicole Scherzinger said:   “I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited.  To have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true.  I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song Memory.   Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career.  I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”  
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Friday, 26 September 2014

REVIEW: Shoot, I didn't mean that/The Last Days of Mankind at The Tristan Bates theatre


The Tristan Bates theatre has opened its autumn season with a double-bill of plays that echo each other with stories going from after World War I to today.  These are Shoot, I didn’t mean that by Catriona Kerridge and The Last Days of Mankind: The Last Night by the Austrian Karl Kraus. What originally inspired this production is Time Zone Theatre and Austrian director Pamela Schermann, who invited British playwrights to respond to Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind and is now presenting the winning playwright’s work. The result is tense and controversial.

Shoot, I didn’t mean that presents us with four very different girls and women who are in some way connected to the cynicism behind wars and politics. 

Firstly, two schoolgirls are struggling to stay still during two minutes of silence on Remembrance Day. “I really want to see War Horse”, one of them says. We ask ourselves: is that really all she can associate with World War I? And is it her fault, actually? Later, she and her friend plan to travel to Syria, or Iran, or Irak ("same thing") in order to witness something big. While they are used to watching war zones on the news, they don't realise that these do not represent the entire geographic area. 
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Alex Waldmann and Peter Egan star in London première of Robert Holman’s JONAH AND OTTO


As David Hare’s The Vertical Hour opens in Park 200, Jez Bond, Artistic Director of Park Theatre, announces the cast for the London première of Robert Holman’s Jonah and Otto.  Tim Stark will direct Alex Waldmann as Jonah and Peter Egan opposite him as Otto.  Both funny and haunting, the play was critically acclaimed when it first ran at the Royal Exchange in 2008.  This will be the first Holman play to be produced in London since Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse in 2012. 

“God doesn’t care about you. Why should I?”

Over the course of a single day two men share their solitude and unfold their secrets. They disagree with each other about women, about lust and about guilt. They question the power of magic, of redemption and the price of freedom, each seeing himself more clearly through the eyes of the other.
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Stage Door Records release recording of WORZEL GUMMIDGE in series of ‘lost’ British theatre scores of the past 50 years



Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the original London cast recording of the 1981 musical ‘Worzel Gummidge’ will be released on November 10th, 2014. The CD release continues Stage Door’s London cast album series and commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British theatre scores of the past 50 years.

Following the successful UK television series based on Barbara Euphan Todd's children's classic, writers Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall and composer Denis King created a new stage musical adaptation of the story of 'Worzel Gummidge'. The naughty, petulant, greedy, yet always lovable scarecrow was reimagined for the stage with all the familiar characters: Aunt Sally, The Crowman, Sergeant Beetroot and Sue and John.
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WOLF HALL: PARTS 1 & 2 will transfer to Broadway in March 2015


After critically acclaimed runs at both Stratford-upon-Avon and the Aldwych Theatre in London, the hugely successful Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 will arrive on Broadway on the first day of spring, Friday 20th March 2015, and thus officially usher in the spring season. The productions will continue playing to packed houses in the West End until Saturday 4 October.

Based on the best selling novels by Dame Hilary MantelWolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 will invite theatre goers to be part of a unique theatrical experience, similar to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award winning production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 are adapted by Mike Poulton from Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels, Wolf Hall andBring Up the Bodies. The plays are based on the deceit, betrayal, and intrigue of the court of Henry VIII. The production features a company of more than twenty actors, headed by Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII, all under the direction of Olivier Award nominee Jeremy Herrin, who makes his New York City directing début. The Royal Shakespeare Company is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.
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Casting announced for BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL


Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical opening at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year.  Alan Morrissey will play King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil,Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.  London previews beginning on 10 February 2015 and with the show currently booking to 13 June 2015.  Press night will now take place on 24 February at 7pm.   Final casting will be announced shortly.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King.   Beautiful has book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and is directed by Marc Bruni.  Choreography is by Josh Prince with set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan.   Orchestrations and Music Arrangements are by Steve Sidwell.  Beautiful - The Carole King Musical will be produced in London by Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. 
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

FIRST LOOK: Next Fall at the Southwark Playhouse, starring Charlie Condou


Ex-Coronation Street star Charlie Condou is to star in the UK premiere of the Tony nominated Broadway comedy drama Next Fall

Next Fall, by award-winning writer Geoffrey Nauffts, will play at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 24 September - Saturday 25 October.

Next Fall is directed by Luke Sheppard, whose critically acclaimed production of In The Heights was a sold-out smash hit at Southwark Playhouse earlier this year.

Next Fall portrays the ups and downs of Adam and Luke’s long term relationship and how they make it work - despite their differences. Luke is devoutly religious, while Adam is an atheist. However, following an unexpected accident which changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support…and answers. This timely and compelling new American play goes beyond a typical love story and paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, questioning commitment, faith and unconditional love.
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JERSEY BOYS UK tour launches in Birmingham ahead of run at the New Alexandra Theatre


The producers of the UK and Irish tour of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS, are delighted to bring the UK tour of JERSEY BOYS to the New Alexandra Theatre from 9 December 2014 - 4 January 2015.
Tim Driesen stars as Frankie Valli with Stephen Webb, Sam Ferriday and Lewis Griffiths as Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi.  Matt Corner will play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. Also in the cast are Sean Kingsley as Gyp DeCarlo, Matt Gillett as Bob Crewe, Nathaniel Morrison as Barry Belson, Dominic Smith as Norm Waxman, Damian Buhagiar as Joey Pesci, Henry Davis as Hank Majewski, Leanne Garretty as Lorraine, Amelia Adams-Pearce as Mary Delgado and Sinead Long as Francine, with Dan Krikler, Dayle Hodge, Luke Morton and Charlie Allen.

JERSEY BOYS has been seen by over 19 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of the West End's longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at its new home of the Piccadilly Theatre.
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Thriller Live has now entered the record books as the 20th longest-running musical in West End history


Thriller Live has entered the record books to officially become the 20th longest running musical in West End history!

Recently it overtook  the records set by the legendary stage musicals The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady, who have now dropped forever out of the Top 20.

Thriller Live has played 2391 perfornances at the Lyric Theatre (as at Wednesday September 24). It is just 138 performances away from overtaking the record set by the 1993 revival of Grease (which ran 2529 performances before closing) and just 227 from leap frogging the original 1960 production of Oliver! (2,618 performances). In 2015 it will beat the record set up Evita, which closed after 2,900 performances at the Prince Edward Theatre.
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Simon Callow stars in THE MAN JESUS at New Victoria Theatre, Woking on Wednesday 22 October


Stalwart of stage and screen Simon Callow performs this fresh and moving account of biblical stories in The Man Jesus coming the New Victoria Theatre, Woking on Wed 22 October.

This extraordinary play looks back two thousand years to witness key moments in the life of ‘the man Jesus’, through the eyes of the people who knew him.

Simon Callow, one of Britain's best-loved actors, performs many biblical tales including the raising of Lazarus, the wedding at Cana and the journey to Jerusalem. His powerful portrayal of the tyrants, traitors and madmen in Jesus’ life asks people of all faiths and none: what sort of a man was able to inspire the history of the world? 
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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris to open at the Charing Cross Theatre



This October 2014, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens at the Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited six-week run. Directed by multi-award-winning director Andrew Keates, the production features an all-star cast of Daniel Boys (Avenue Q, Spamalot, Love Story – also well-known from BBC’s Any Dream Will Do, 2007), David Burt (The Merchant of Venice, The Beggars People, Plague Over England), Eve Polycarpou (In The Heights, Mother Courage, Jacques Brel - National Theatre, 1970s) and Gina Beck (Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables).

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue of the greatest works by one of the most prolific, Belgian singer-songwriters of all time. This production uses the definitive English translations of Brel’s works by Mort Shurman and Eric Blau accompanied by the orchestral arrangements by Eric Svejcar from the 2006 Off-Broadway production (Zipper Theater, New York City). The 2006 production was the longest running and most successful revival of the show, nominated for several awards including the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle.
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Cast announced for UK tour of OKLAMOMA!


Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton present a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical OKLAHOMA!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which will tour the UK and Ireland next year, opening at the Derngate Theatre Northampton on 19 February 2015.


From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King & I and Fiddler on the Roof, this new production of one of the great classic American musicals will feature a large cast and chorus led by Belinda Lang (School for Scandal, Ladies in Lavender, The Killing of Sister George) as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, MAMMA MIA!, Spring Awakening) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera) as Jud Fry, accompanied by a live orchestra led by musical director Steve Ridley.  Set and costumes will be designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Ben Harrison.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

SWEENEY TODD at the Twickenham Theatre adds 5 extra performances


After universal critical acclaim and selling out every one of its planned 26 performances, David Adkin and Twickenham Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is adding 5 extra performances due to extraordinary and overwhelming public demand. 

The extra shows are: Tuesday 7 October at 7.45pm, Wednesday 8 October at 7.45pm, Thursday 9 October at 7.45pm, Friday 10 October at 7.45 and Sunday 12 October at 3.00pm. 

Tickets will go on sale from 3.00pm today from www.twickenhamtheatre.com
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REVIEW: Evita at the Dominion theatre


Evita returns to the West End stage nearly 36 years after making its debut in London, the production ran from 1978 to 1986 and a Broadway production opening in 1979. The musical was revived in 2006 with . The touring production comes into a newly refurbished Dominion Theatre for a limited run of 55 performances, playing until 1st November. 

The show tells the story of the Argentinian and ‘leader of the people’, Eva Peron (Madalena Alberto). Starting when she is just 15 and going through to her death at 33; it shows her raise to fame, her struggles and battles with illness and her romantic life. 

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score is one of the most iconic in the world, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina has to be up there as one of the most famous musical theatre hits. Although the score sometimes has some strange moments and often shows resemblance to some of the other Rice and Webber shows, its glorious and powerful. The orchestrations are wonderful in this production, beating straight into your heart. Although, it would have been nice for them to have turned up the microphones of the actors because we struggled to hear them for half the show. David Steadman (Musical Director) has really lit a fire under the music, bringing it up to date and filling the huge Dominion Theatre. 
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Trailer released for Stephen Sondheim's MARRY ME A LITTLE at St. James Theatre


Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of songs by the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or previously intended for his ground-breaking Broadway musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,CompanyFollies and A Little Night MusicMarry Me a Little is funny, moving and sophisticated musical as well as a fascinating look at "the songs that got away”.

In this new interpretation, the first to be seen on the London stage in 17 years, the show finds two ex-lovers, on separate Saturday nights, alone in the flat they once shared, remembering the highs and lows of their relationship. Each is visited by memories of the other as they remember what made them fall in love, and ultimately what pulled them apart.

Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford will turn to the roles of Man and Woman.
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Eliza Doolittle, Sabrina Aloueche & Helen Woolf join Frances Ruffell in PARIS ORIGINAL


The St. James Studio is delighted to announce that Frances Ruffelle will be joined by special guests during the run of her solo show, Paris Original, which takes place in the St. James Studio from 01 – 03 October 2014.
 
Frances’s daughter, popstar Eliza Doolittle, will appear on Wednesday 01 October, followed by West End stars Sabrina Aloueche on Thursday 02 October, and Helen Woolf on Friday 03 October.
 
Paris Original is devised by Matt Ryan and Frances Ruffelle and produced by Danielle Tarento. Press are invited to attend the performance on Wednesday 01 October at 8pm. 
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Monday, 22 September 2014

JENNIFER DINOIA will play Elphaba from 27 October 2015 in London production of WICKED



WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that Jennifer DiNoia, who has enjoyed a remarkable eight year association with the show in North America and internationally, will join the West End production for a strictly limited 14 week engagement as Elphaba from Monday 27 October 2014 to Saturday 31 January 2015 at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre. 



From Monday 27 October 2014, WICKED will star: Jennifer DiNoia* (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor(Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Katie Rowley Jones(Nessarose), Sam Lupton (Boq), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba), Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda), Chloe AmesKyle Anthony,Lee BridgmanLucyelle CliffeNicholas CollierChris CowleyMaria CoyneMatthew CrokeJeanine DingerLaura Emmitt,Kerry EnrightJoseph FletcherRosie FletcherSheila GrantDaniel HopeLauren James RayJasmine KerrNatalie McQueen,Oliver MetzlerScott MonelloRachel MuldoonSam Salter, Joe TolandHannah ToyRussell Walker and Liam Wrate. *From 27 October 2014 to 31 January 2015 only.

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THE PRODUCERS to tour next year, dates announced


Based on Mel Brooks’ much loved Academy Award winning movie, Adam Spiegel Productions presents The Producers - a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards.
Jason Manford is also rumoured to star in the Musical, according to the Mirror he has signed on to play a lead. 
Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. Together they aim to produce the worst show ever and run away to Rio with millions, but they learn that Showbusiness can always find a way to kick you in the teeth…
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WAR HORSE extends booking until 24 October 2015, releasing 300,00 new tickets


Over 300,000 new tickets are released for sale today (22 September 2014) for the National Theatre’s acclaimed production War Horse, now booking at the New London Theatre to 24 October 2015. 

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.  He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.  But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Winner of twenty-five international awards, War Horse is now celebrating its seventh year in London.  Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book continues to play at the New London Theatre, where it has been seen by over 2 million people. With a world-wide audience of 5.7 million, War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt
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Britain’s Got Talent winners COLLABRO headline West End Heroes gala


Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro are today announced as the headline act at the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday September 28. The chart-topping group - the fastest selling new British band of 2014 - will be perfoming a song from their No1 debut album Stars.

They will join Michael Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter, who is hosting as well as performing songs from ChessLes Misérablesand Aspects of Love.
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Where are they now? Over The Rainbow!

Danielle Hope 

Danielle went on to play the role of Dorothy in the new version of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. She stayed with the production for a year and then went on to play Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables. She then played the Narrator in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Maria in the UK tour of The Sound of Music.  She is currently playing Sandy in Grease tour around the UK. 
Sophie Evans 

Sophie went on to be Dorothy's alternate at the London Palladium, she then went on to take over the role from Danielle Hope. She remained with the production until it closed. Since then she has appeared in  Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes (UK tour), Lord of the Dance (Playhouse Theatre & Lyric Theatre, Broadway), You Won't Succeed on Broadway Without any Jews (St. James theatre). She will be the youngest person to play Glinda in the London production of WICKED, where she currently stars in the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. 
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

REVIEW: Long Story Short at the Charing Cross Theatre


Billed as a play for anyone who lives in a world dominated by technology, Long Story Short felt surprisingly dated dealing with the fast-paced world of news via social media.
Focusing on the blurred line between news and entertainment, ratings versus real life and real people, the show centred on Neil (Tom Gordon) recalling his struggle with editorial decisions and control, whilst interwoven stories of Red (Kevin Phelan) and Jamie (Cole Edwards) dealt with the battle of giving audiences the news they want at any cost.
Tom Gordon was commanding and believable in his role of newsroom lynchpin Neil and his scenes surrounded by his colleagues were some of the strongest in the production. Cole Edwards gave an energetic, if not hyperbolic performance as wayward youngster Jamie, who craved information on his missing brother serving in Afghanistan. The cast all worked hard as an ensemble and while the choreographed movement was strong and slick, it was an overused making the play seem repetitive in a world where no two days or news stories are meant to be the same. 
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

MARTINA LAIRD to star in new play The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre



Coinciding with the UK's Black History Month in October, a new play The House That Will Not Stand will be playing at the Tricycle Theatre London.
 
Starring Martina Laird as Beartrice, the play is a bewitching new drama of desire, jealously, murder and voodoo.
 
"You may be the wealthiest colored woman in New Orleans but you built this house on sand, lies and dead bodies."


Martina Laird plays Beartrice. Her theatre work includes Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre and tour), Hopelessly Devoted (Birmingham REP), Inheritance (Live Theatre), All the Little Things We Crushed (Almeida Theatre), Bad Blood Blues (Stratford East), Mules (Young Vic), Othello(Donmar Warehouse), The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder (National Theatre), and for the RSC, Arabian Nights (also West End and world tour), The White Devil, Three Hours After Marriage and Troilus and Cressida.
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FULL CAST announced for the Landor production of DAMN YANKEES


Jonathan D Ellis (Les Misérables, Blood Brothers) will star in the Landor Theatre’s revival of Adler and Ross’ Damn Yankees as the Mephistophelean Applegate, the role popularised by Jerry Lewis in the 1990s Broadway and West End productions.

He will be joined by Poppy Tierney (The Witches of Eastwick, Watermill Theatre, and Batman Live UK Tour) as Lola - ‘the best homewrecker on the devil’s staff’, Alex Lodge (Saturday Night Fever UK Tour) as Joe Hardy - a crack baseball player who isn’t all he seems, and Tony Stansfield as Van Buren, the role he first played in the 1990s West End run!
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Star cast join ALADDIN at the New Victoria Theatre

The New Victoria Theatre is proud to present the most spectacular and magical pantomime adventure, Aladdin from Friday 5 December 2014 – Saturday 10 January 2015.  

Join our Panto stars, Justin Fletcher, Ben Adams, Steven Arnold, Jason Sutton, Shaheen Jafargholi and Djengla Denman as they come together to celebrate this magical Panto extravaganza!

Justin Fletcher returns to the New Victoria Theatre following a sell out 2013 season and overwhelming public demand. The BAFTA award-winning CBeebies superstar will be starring as the loveable and fun Wishee Washee. 


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THRILLER! LIVE extends booking to 6 September 2015


As it continues its sensational record-breaking 6th year in the West End, the producers of Thriller Live are delighted to announce that the show is further extending its booking period to 6 September 2015. It had been booking to 26 April. 

Producers Paul Walden & Derek Nicol said in a statement: “We are thrilled that Thriller Live continues to be one of the longest running shows in the West End and its celebration of the music and iconic choreography of one of the world’s greatest ever artists is continuing to attract new generations of theatregoers from around the world. We are looking forward to theming the theatre’s bars for a ghoulish week celebrating all things Halloween and the show’s iconic title track, Thriller.”
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FIRST LOOK: Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre


The Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Forbidden Broadway transfers to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for a limited 11-week run from 9 September.
The cast includes Damian Humbley, Anna-Jane Casey, Ben Lewis and Christina Bianco.
Forbidden Broadway offers an alternative take on some of the biggest productions from Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once, Matilda, Wicked and Miss Saigon.
Menier artistic director David Babani said: "I can't think of a more fitting way to celebrate our 10th anniversary year than to transfer our wonderful production to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End so that many more people will get to the opportunity to enjoy it!"

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KING CHARLES III extends run at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 31 January 2015


Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed new play, King Charles III are delighted to announce that the show’s run will extend by 9 weeks, and will now play at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 31 January 2015. Tickets for the extension go on sale today.

Tickets are available to buy from Delfont Mackintosh Theatres 0844 482 5120 or kingcharles3play.co.uk as well as from the Almeida Theatre on 020 7359 4404.


Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, King Charles III is designed by Tom Scutt, musiccomposed by Jocelyn Pook, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti. 
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

REVIEW: Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre


Forbidden Broadway basically takes the piss of Broadway and West End shows. I couldn’t think of another way to describe it! But fear not, its not really rude or offensive (well.. it is, but in a funny way!). An edition of the show made its West End premiere in 1999, and on Broadway in 1982. It had a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory back in 2009 and this year returned to the theatre. Its now transferred to the West End and is playing at the Vaudeville Theatre. 

This show is filled with bold, laugh out loud numbers, from ‘The Show with No Imagination’ to ‘One Note Liza’. Forbidden Broadway is the show that says it how it is, for example I’ve never seen or heard someone sum up Once in a better way! Being, whats seems, one of the very few people that didn’t enjoy the Once in the West End, I absolutely howled at this section. Also, I loved the Matilda/Child Actor section! “My Daddy says I’m a triple threat” has to be one of my favourite lines from the production!
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REVIEW: Ghosts from a Perfect Place at the Arcola Theatre


This month, and until 11 October, the innovative Arcola Theatre in Dalston presents Sarah Stribley’s production of Philip Ridley’s Ghosts from a Perfect Place. This is quite literally an explosive new production, as the playwright from East London gives us a story of fire, flames, and the burning scars that ghosts from the past can leave behind.
The two acts are incredibly different, which makes this play very exciting. In the calm Act I, we are introduced to Torchie, who’s lived in London’s East End all her life and is waiting for her granddaughter Rio to come home, and Travis, who is about the same age as Torchie. Behind his glamorous appearance and stories, he makes us uneasily wonder why he is also waiting for Rio in this old deteriorated kitchen. Later, the explosive Act II reveals that Travis, who was a feared gang leader over 30 years ago, finds himself threatened by a whole new gang breed and faced with his ghosts. Rio, a beautiful blonde gang leader dressed in gold and obsessed with fire, as well as her two “Disciples”, will try to make sure he regrets those he hurt.
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The Kinks musical SUNNY AFTERNOON has extended its run


Sunny Afternoon, the critically acclaimed new musical which tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, has extended its run until 31 January 2015. The show begins previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 4 October 2014.


"I've never heard a Kinks song that I didn't like. […] From their noisy and brash beginnings, the Kinks have come to stand for some of the most enduring and heart-clutching pop of all time.  They are in the gut of every British songwriter who followed them and are indisputably a cornerstone of everything pop and rock.  I love 'em.  The world loves 'em"

David Bowie, September 2014


Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, this world premiere production, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, new book by Joe Penhall, original story by Ray Davies, direction by Edward Hall, design by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper, will open on 28 October. Lighting is by Rick Fisher, sound by Matt McKenzie and the Musical Supervisor and Musical Director is Elliott Ware.
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Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET


Lonny Price will direct Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company

The strictly limited run of 13 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum begins on 30 March 2015 with press night on 31 March and final performance on 12 April 2015. The ENO orchestra, conducted by David Charles Abell, will appear on stage alongside the cast in this semi-staged production which was originally produced by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center earlier this year, with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.  Further casting will be announced shortly.  
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Frances Ruffelle to perform PARIS ORIGINAL at the St. James Studio


Frances Ruffelle is a real original in any language and any city, but don’t miss her adopt Paris as home’ Mark Shenton

The St. James Studio is delighted to welcome Tony Award winning actress and performer Frances Ruffelleto its stage for the first time, performing Paris Original, from Wednesday 01 to Friday 03 October 2014. The show is devised by Matt Ryan and Frances Ruffelle and produced by Danielle Tarento

Frances Ruffelle’s last solo show in New York was named one of Playbill’s ‘Unforgettable Theatre Experiences of 2013’. Now the Tony Award winning actress will perform Paris Original, a sell out at the Crazy Coqs in 2013, before taking the show to New York. Most well-known for developing the iconic role of Eponine in Les Misérables, Frances will be treating audiences to a previously unheard song which was cut from the show; Schönberg’s original song for Eponine 
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Royal Court Theatre celebrates 20th anniversary of Jerwood New Playwrights


The Royal Court Theatre celebrates 20 years of Jerwood New Playwrights this week (Monday 15 September) – a programme which supports new writers to produce plays in full productions on both its stages.

The Jerwood New Playwrights programme, funded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, helps the Royal Court discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights. Starting with Joe Penhall’s play Some Voices in 1994, the programme has supported 60 writers and 77 plays in this time, producing a series of new plays each year by emerging writers, all of whom were in the first 10 years of their careers. 
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Casting announced for 'BUT FIRST THIS' - A MUSICAL HOMAGE TO RADIO 4 at Watermill Theatre



The Watermill Theatre is delighted to announce details of the premiere of But First This, a musical homage to Radio 4, written by BBC newsreader Kathy Clugston, playing from Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November 2014 (press night Monday 27 October, 7.30pm). On sale now.

Along with the countryside, the monarchy and freedom of speech, Radio 4 is in the top seven Best Things About Britain Today, according to a recent poll. But a new Controller is out to destroy this cherished institution! Can the intrepid team of presenters foil her wicked plan? Written by BBC newsreader Kathy Clugston with music by Desmond O'Connor, But First This is a witty and lovingly irreverent new musical set in the world of Woman’s HourThe Shipping ForecastThe Today Programme, Big Ben and, of course, the Pips. Just a Minute, make sure you’re on the Front RowTodaySaturday Live or Midweek, not at Broadcasting House but at The Watermill Theatre. It’s guaranteed to be livelier than Book at Bedtime. Warning: an in-depth knowledge of Farming Today may be required!
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Shakespeare’s Globe announce full casting for Michael Longhurst’s 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE



Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Michael Longhurst’s forthcoming ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 28 October.


Designed by Alex Lowde and composed by Simon Slater, this new production of John Ford’s blackly sensual and viscerally violent play will find a perfect home in the shadowy intimacy of the candlelit Playhouse. Max Bennett and Fiona Button star as Giovanni and Annabella, the siblings whose doomed incestuous passion both threatens and throws into relief the incense-laden hypocrisy of the Italian court.


Full cast includes Max Bennett, Stefano Braschi, Fiona Button, Sam Cox, Philip Cumbus, Noma Dumezweni, James Garnon, Michael Gould, Alice Haig, Dean Nolan, Jethro Skinner, Daniel Rabin, Morag Siller & Edward Peel. 

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FULL CAST announced for EVITA at the Dominion Theatre


Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA returns to London’s West End for a strictly limited season. 

Opening on Tuesday 16 September at the recently refurbished Dominion Theatre, the musical considered by many to be Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s masterwork will play for 55 performances only in the West End, with musical theatre and pop icon Marti Pellow playing Che, extraordinarily talented newcomer Madalena Alberto in the title role and ‘Superstar’ winner Ben Forster as Agustin Magaldi. 
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