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Friday, 18 July 2014

THE MOUSETRAP tour will continue through to December 2014


Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production at its London home for more than 55 years. The 60th Anniversary - and first ever - UK tour of this beloved murder mystery has now been seen by over 600,000 people across more than 600 performances and has broken box office records in Southampton, Barnstaple, Dublin and Aberdeen.

The tour started in September 2012 at the Canterbury Marlowe Theatre and now will continue through to December 2014. For a full list of tour dates up to December 2014, please see the Notes to Editors below.

The cast for the 2014 Autumn leg of the tour is Helen Clapp as Mollie Ralston, Michael Fenner (Doctors, Footballer’s Wives) as MrParavicini, Anne Kavanagh (Chichester Festival Theatre’s Goodnight Mr Tom, August: Osage County at the National Theatre) as Mrs Boyle, Charlotte Latham as Miss Casewell and Stephen Yeo as Christopher Wren - all reprising their roles from the production in London’s West End alongside: Christopher Gilling (ITV’s Law and Order, BBC1’s Silk) as Major Metcalf, Henry Luxemburg (Hollyoaks, Hotel Babylon) as Giles Ralston and Luke Jenkins (Scenes from an Execution, Unicorn Theatre) as Sgt Trotter.
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Monday, 14 July 2014

JERSEY BOYS UK tour cast announced


The producers of the UK and Irish tour of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS, are delighted to announce the full cast joining previously announced West End star Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli.

Stephen Webb, Sam Ferriday and Lewis Griffiths will star as Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi respectively.  Matt Corner will play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. Also in the cast will be 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.
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Sneak Peak into the rehearsals for the new SHREK UK tour


Coming direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people, the UK and Ireland tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane production of SHREK THE MUSICAL® will star Dean Chisnall as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes as damsel in distress ‘Princess Fiona’, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.


They will be joined by a full company of fairy-tale characters played by BrontĂ© BarbĂ©, Nikki Bentley, Jennifer Caldwell, Candace Furbert, Steffan Harri, Will Haswell, James Lacey, Mia Lincoln, Rory Maguire, Neil Moors, Jenny O’Leary, Georgina Parkinson, Ryan Reid, Leo Roberts, Jacqui Sanchez, Oliver Tester, James Winter, Kerry Winter and Kevin Yates.
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

PRIDE & PREJUDICE with two actors to play the Salisbury Playhouse prior to UK tour


Celebrating 200 years since the nation’s favourite novel was published, a highly praised, sparkling and fresh stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will open at Salisbury Playhouse on Thursday 18 September prior to a 2 month UK Tour. On sale now.

The show premiered at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in 2013 and offers a brand new interpretation of one of the nation’s favourite love stories. This inventive adaptation sees two actors juggle the full gamut of Austen’s well-loved characters; they journey from the Meryton Assembly to the grounds of Pemberley; and take Darcy and Lizzy from instant dislike to something altogether more different, all in just two hours. Every word that is spoken is Austen’s.

In this imaginative and loving adaptation by Joannah Tincey, two actors bring to life Austen’s words with great skill and agility. Joannah Tincey says: “I wanted to create an adaptation where the characters talk to the audience in the same way that Austen talks to her reader. By addressing the audience directly and allowing the characters to speak for themselves, we are bringing Jane Austen’s unique and witty writing style to life in a truly theatrical context.”

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

25th Anniversary Tour of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET to start in early 2015


25 years after Captain Tempest and his crew first journeyed into hyperspace, and 14 years after the last UK tour, Olivier Award-winning rock spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet is back and exploding onto stage in a major 25th Anniversary production, blasting off on tour from Brighton Theatre Royal on 20 January 2015 following a run at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in November 2014. Tickets go on sale around the country from next Monday 7 July with further dates to be announced.  

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock n’ roll classics including Great Balls of FireGood VibrationsHeard It Through the Grapevine and Born To Be WildReturn to the Forbidden Planet is a musical of meteoric proportions that will be remembered for light years to come. With stunning special effects, a brilliant cast of actor-musicians, a mad scientist, a huge green-tentacled monster and a rock ’n’ roller-skating robot, your in-flight entertainment is guaranteed! So fasten your seatbelts, set your ray guns to stun and prepare for blast off!
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Monday, 30 June 2014

WICKED UK tour announces new cast, Ashleigh Gray will star as Elphaba



WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK Tour from Tuesday 16 September 2014 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. 

Current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Liam Doyle (Fiyero),Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq) andJemma Alexander (Standby Elphaba) will all play their final performances on Saturday 6 September 2014 at Birmingham Hippodrome. Nikki Davis-Jones will join the London production from Monday 27 October 2014. 

Emily Tierney (Glinda), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible) and Carina Gillespie (Nessarose) all continue in their current starring roles. 
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Friday, 27 June 2014

EVITA will play a limited run at the Dominion Theatre


Evita is to return to the West End this September, starring Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto in the lead role.

The musical, by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, will reopen the multimillion pound refurbished Dominion Theatre with 55 performances from September 16. Press night is on September 22.
Following the closure of We Will Rock You at the venue in May, the theatre has been dark while technical and environmental improvements have been made to the building.

The show is currently touring the UK until July 19, where its run ends at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, before transferring to the Kursaal Oostende venue in Belgium.
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CATS will play a limited run at the London Palladium


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is to return to the West End following a 12-year absence, with a run from December at the London Palladium.

Cats is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as associate director and choreographer. It has designs by John Napier.

For this production, Chrissie Cartwright, long-term associate director of Cats, will work with Nunn and Lynne to re-direct the show for the Palladium. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber will write additional songs for Rum Tum Tugger and Growl Tiger for the production, and he has assembled many of the original creative team including Sir Trevor Nunnwho directs, with associate direction and choreography from Dame Gillian Lynne and set design by John Napier.
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

John Barrowman to embark on UK concert tour


John Barrowman will embark on a 16-date concert tour in 2015, his first full UK tour in four years. Beginning on May 16, 2015 in Southend, the tour will visit towns and cities across the UK, before finishing at the Sage, Gateshead on June 8, 2015.

The You Raise Me Up tour will be in support of his new album of the same name, which is released next week and was funded via music crowdfunding site PledgeMusic.

Barrowman was awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He is best known for his leading roles in TV shows such as Torchwood, Doctor Who and Desperate Housewives. His theatre credits include Anything Goes, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard to name a few. 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

UK tour of Fame cancelled due to poor ticket sales


The 25th Anniversary UK tour of Fame has been cancelled and will come to a close this Saturday (28 June 2014) at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow  The show was set to tour until October where it was meant to come to a close on the 18th of that month at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange. 

Steve Potts from Bill Kenwright LTD said "It is with considerable regret that it has become necessary to curtail the current tour of Fame the Musical. Fans of the show have been thrilled by this new production, which has enjoyed a five month run, but in a difficult economic climate and with World Cup fever it simply hasn’t attracted a wide enough audience. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the cast, crew and creative team, the Fame audiences, and the theatres and theatre managers who have been incredibly supportive." 

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Full cast announced for CALAMITY JANE tour starring Jodie Prenger


The production, which features "a cast of multi-talented actor/musicians", is directed by Nikolai Foster (Beautiful Thing, The Witches of Eastwick) and will run from 17 July to 6 September 2014 at the Watermill, Newbury prior to a national tour.
Calamity Jane, which features the songs "The Black Hills of Dakota", "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)", "Just Blew in from the Windy City" and "Secret Love", is adapted for the stage by Charles K Freeman and has music by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.
It's produced by The Watermill Theatre Newbury in association with Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon. Musical arrangements and supervision will be by Catherine Jayes.

Joining the previously announced Jodie Prenger in the title role of ‘Calamity Jane’ will be Tom Lister as ‘Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as ‘Danny’ and Pheobe Street as Katie Brown.
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Thursday, 12 June 2014

TIM DRIESEN to star in Jersey Boys UK Tour

Tim Driesen will lead the cast of the upcoming UK tour of Jersey Boys, which opens in September at the Manchester Palace Theatre.
Jersey Boys, based on the story and songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is the winner of 55 major awards worldwide. The show originally opened on Broadway in 2006, receiving the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Tim Driesen is currently starring in the Dutch production of Jersey Boys, and has previously played Frankie Valli in the West End. Previously he was in the West End cast of Rock of Ages playing Joey Primo, alternating Drew and understudying Stacee Jaxx. His other credits include: Young Ken Barlow in Coronation Street Of Dreams (MEN Arena), Galileo in We Will Rock You (Antwerp), Adrian Banks/Mark Owen in Never Forget (Savoy/UK tour), Mark in Rent in Concert (Garrick), Starlight Express (UK tour), The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), Bat Boy- the musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Mamma Mia (Prince Edward Theatre) and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour).
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Friday, 6 June 2014

Prince Brings UK Tour To A Close With Exclusive Show at The Hippodrome



Prince performed a secret late-night show at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square last night, bringing to a close his recent run of sold-out UK dates. The 55-year-old pop superstar, who has recently been whipping crowds across the country into a frenzy with a series of incredible concerts, performed a stunning, 2-hour hit-laden set in the venue’s intimate 180-seat cabaret theatre, with celebrities such as Kate Moss, Alesha Dixon, Paolo Nutini, Bryan Ferry & The XX in attendance.

Having earlier attended an after-party for the hotly-tipped British drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Prince took to the stage with his regular band 3rdEyeGirl at around midnight and treated the small crowd to a set packed with classic hits including Raspberry Beret, Diamonds & Pearls and 1999.

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

FIRST LOOK: Annie Get Your Gun, UK Tour starring Emma Williams and Jason Donovan

A new production of Broadway classic Annie Get Your Gun is currently touring the UK, starring Emma Williams, Jason Donovan and Norman Pace.
Presented by Ambassador Theatre Group, the tour kicked off at Manchester Opera House on 12 May and will subsequently visit venues including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bromley, Liverpool, Glasgow and Wimbledon. 
Williams, whose West End credits include Love Story and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play the title role of sharp-shooting country girl Annie Oakley, who falls for the chauvinistic marksman Frank Butler (Donovan) at a contest run by Buffalo Bill (Pace).
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LLOYD DANIELS and DANIELLE HOPE star in touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Lloyd Daniels, Former X Factor contestant, and Danielle Hope, Winner of BBC's Over the Rainbow will star in  Bill Kenwright's touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Joseph and the Narrator. Ex-EastEnders actor Matthew Lapinskas will also star as Pharaoh. 

Joseph started life in 1968 as a 20-minute entertainment for an end-of-term school concert. By the time it received its Broadway premiere in 1982, it had been expanded into a full two-hour show. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Joseph’s popular score includes the songs "Any Dream Will Do", "Close Every Door to Me", “Go, Go, Go Joseph”, “Those Canaan Days”, “Benjamin Calypso” and "One More Angel in Heaven".

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Cast for UK Tour of TOP HAT announced, Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch to lead

Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch will lead the cast of Top Hat when it embarks on its second UK and Ireland tour later this year.
The show first toured the UK in 2011 prior to its West End premiere the following year. It went on to win three Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.
Burkitt and Gooch both return to the show having previously performed the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in the West End.
Adaped from the classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film, Top Hat is directed by Matthew Whiteand choreographed by Bill Deamer.
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Saturday, 24 May 2014

FIRST LOOK: UK Tour of Rock Of Ages


ROCK OF AGES The Musical is the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of dreams, love and - of course - rock. A celebration of classic 80s rock culture, the show tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. Featuring memorable tunes such as ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, the show brings its wild celebration of Los Angeles rock culture to the UK. Warning: this show may unleash your inner rock god, and have you reaching for your air guitar in the aisles.   

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is written by Chris D’Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.  The UK Associate Director & Choreographer for this tour is Leigh Constantine, and the UK Musical Supervisor is Elliott Ware.  Scenic design for the production is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay. 


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Friday, 9 May 2014

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2014/15 UK TOUR OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD



Following its hugely successful run in 2013 at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbirdwill embark on a UK tour in September 2014. Casting will be announced in due course.


The tour will begin on 15 September 2014 at Canterbury Marlowe Theatre and then will tour to Norwich, Malvern, Woking, Leicester, Cardiff, Hull, High Wycombe, Cambridge and Birmingham. Further dates for 2015 will be announced in due course.


Directed by Timothy Sheader, To Kill a Mockingbird originally opened Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2013 season to critical acclaim and sell out performances. Due to popular demand, it will return to conclude the 2014 season at the Open Air Theatre which will also include All My SonsHobson’s Choice and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Proving its success across every art form, the 1960 novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, followed by the film adaptation in 1962 which won three Oscars out of the eight it was nominated for.


The UK tour of To Kill a Mockingbird will be produced by Regent's Park Theatre Ltd, Fiery Angel, Adam Spiegel and William Village.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

ROCK OF AGES announces full cast


Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy ROCK OF AGES The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, opening at The Palace Theatre, Manchester on 5th May 2014.
The show will then tour to: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Torquay, Nottingham, Bromley, Bradford, Aylesbury, Bristol, Stoke, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Woking, York, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Hull, Cardiff, Oxford, Sheffield, Southend and Wimbledon.

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Friday, 21 February 2014

ROCK OF AGES announces UK Tour, Starring Ben Richards and Noel Sullivan


Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy ROCK OF AGES The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, opening at The Palace Theatre, Manchester on 5th May 2014.
The show will then tour to: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Torquay, Nottingham, Bromley, Bradford, Aylesbury, Bristol, Stoke, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Woking, York, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Hull, Cardiff, Oxford, Sheffield, Southend and Wimbledon.
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