Friday, 23 January 2015

THE ELEPHANT MAN will transfer to London starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola

Currently enjoying a recorded-breaking run on Broadway, Scott Ellis’ acclaimed production of The Elephant Man will transfer to London with the US cast starring Bradley CooperPatricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola this spring. The production is now confirmed to play a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19th until August 8th. Tickets are now on sale.

The cast features Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony  Heald  as  Ross  /  Bishop  How, Scott Lowell as Snork / Pinhead Manager / Lord John, Kathryn Meisleas Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm / Conductor. The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

REVIEW: Barnum at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking

Originally performed on Broadway in 1980 with Jim Dale and Glenn Close, the current touring production of Barnum comes from Cameron Mackintosh and the Chichester Festival Theatre. This production was revived in 2013 and is now touring through till August 2015. 

Barnum is a bizzare musical, I couldn’t really tell what was going on through out the story as nothing seemed to have any flow to it. Things were popping up here, there and everywhere so I lost track of what was going on. And the wife's death scene? Very confusing! The ensemble numbers, however, were stunning, especially for a touring production! I’m very impressed with how they pulled off this scale production in this kind of theatre, I’ve never seen musical numbers like it on the touring circuit. 

REVIEW: New Atlantis at The Crystal

When the weather is as cold as it has been these past few days, it’s a great surprise and pleasure when you have a chance to discover a new immersive theatre show which not only involves each audience member, but also opens a debate about what we are doing to our planet.

LASTheatre’s latest immersive production, New Atlantis, explores humanity’s relationship      with water in the year 2050. The location is perfectly chosen: The Crystal is a gorgeous futuristic building near Canary Wharf which, positioned between the London cable cars and the O2, makes you think it could fly away into space.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

10 reasons why you should see INTO THE WOODS

Here at Pocket, we got invited to a screening of INTO THE WOODS and we were spellbound at how incredible the film was. So we've put together a list of 10 reasons at to why you should go (as if you needed convincing!).

1. Meryl Streep has a HELL of a belt on her!

2. James Cordon and Emily Blunt are perfect casting


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Cast announced for JEKYLL AND HYDE at the Greenwich Theatre and on tour

Casting is announced today for a new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde, which will open at Greenwich Theatre on Wednesday 11 February 2015 (press night Thursday 12 February, 7.30pm) prior to a 33 date UK Tour. On sale now; full tour schedule attached.

The title roles of Jekyll and Hyde will be played by Nathan Ives-Moiba, with Lyle Barke as Utterson and Rowena Lennon as Dr. Lanyon.

Nathan Ives-Moiba’s stage credits include the World Tour of Our Country’s Good and Mixed Up North, both directed by Max Stafford Clarke for Out of Joint. Television includes Coronation Street.Lyle Barke’s recent credits include playing George McFly in Secret Cinema’s Back To The Future.Rowena Lennon’s theatre credits include The Elves and the Shoemaker at New Wolsey Studio and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Lyric Theatre.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

West End Star SOPHIE EVANS joins RICHARD AND ADAM in concert

Star of the West End, SOPHIE EVANS is announced as a special guest for Britain’s Got Talent finalists RICHARD AND ADAM’s At The Musicals concert on Valentines Day at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
The Welsh singer and actress came to prominence in 2010 when she was named runner-up in the hugely popular BBC series Over The Rainbow. She was later chosen by Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber play the alternate Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, a role she eventually took over full time
Following a sell-out tour to over 15,000 people and wowing the nation with their extraordinary harmonies on Britain’s Got Talent, sensational Welsh singing brothers Richard and Adam are back with their second UK Tour bringing their remarkable talent to Wolverhampton.

Rose Theatre Kingston announces full cast for ROMEO AND JULIET

Executive Producer Jerry Gunn today announces full casting for the company’s production of Shakespeare’sRomeo + JulietSally Cookson returns to theatre to direct Sharon D Clarke (Nurse), Matt Costain(Paris/Prince), Chris Bianchi (Friar Lawrence/ Montague), Audrey Brisson (Juliet), Joseph Drake (Romeo),Laura Elphinstone (Mercutio), Felix Hayes (Tybalt) and Javier Marzan (Peter). The production opens on 4 March, with previews from 28 February, and runs until 14 March.

Chief Executive of Rose Theatre Kingston Robert O’Dowd said today, “I am thrilled to welcome Sally Cookson back to the Rose. She is a glorious collaborator – a joy to have in the building, and an extraordinary director with an incredible visual flair. Reunited with the team behind Hetty Feather, I cannot wait to see what they will bring to Romeo + Juliet.”

By turns lyrical, seductive and hot-blooded, this is the explosive story of an intense passion between the children of sworn enemies. Risking everything to be together, their tragedy is played out in a divided city where lives are ruled by secrets and fear.

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