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VIDEO: Promo for Evita on Broadway starring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger

October 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Broadway News, Videos

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway production of Evita, which starts previews on 12 March 2012 at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

Ricky Martin as Che in Evita

Ricky Martin as Che in Evita

Produced by  Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders, the classic musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will star world renowned music artist Ricky Martin as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón.

Michael Grandage will direct the show, joined by  Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford who will choreograph the musical. Grandage will shortly step down as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in London and returns to Evita after directing an acclaimed production in London in 2006, also starring Elena Roger.

VIDEO

Evita on Broadway – promotional video

PHOTOS

LINKS

Evita website

Rehearsal Photos: The Lion in Winter rehearsals featuring Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay

October 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Show - Photos

Trevor Nunn continues his strong season as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket with a revival of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter, which opens this week on 5 November.

Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay rehearse The Lion in Winter

Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay rehearse The Lion in Winter

The play stars Joanna Lumley as Eleanor of Aquitane, Robert Lindsay as Henry II, Sonya Cassidy as Alais, Joseph Drake as John, Rory Fleck-Byrne as Philip and James Norton as Geoffrey.

LINKS

Book tickets to The Lion In Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Nominees 2011

Nominations announced: 28 October 2011
Awards announced: Savoy Hotel, 20 November 2011

BEST NIGHT OUT AWARD
Vote here
Batman Live
Chicago
Crazy for You
Jerusalem
La Soiree
Les Miserables
Office Party
One Man, Two Guvnors
The Pitmen Painters
The Railway Children
Shrek the Musical
Wicked

BEST ACTOR
Bertie Carvel – Matilda The Musical (RSC Stratford & Cambridge Theatre)
Richard Clothier – Richard III (Propeller at Hampstead)
James Corden – One Man, Two Guvnors (National’s Lyttelton)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Frankenstein (National’s Olivier)
Charles Edwards – Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Ralph Fiennes – The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Harry Hadden-Paton – Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Derek Jacobi – King Lear (Donmar)
Jude Law – Anna Christie (Donmar)
Jonny Lee Miller – Frankenstein (National’s Olivier)
Kevin Spacey – Richard III (Old Vic)
Dominic West – Butley (Duchess)

BEST ACTRESS
Kristin Scott Thomas – Betrayal (Comedy)
Gemma Arterton – The Master Builder (Almeida)
Tracie Bennett – End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios)
Eve Best – Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Lisa Dillon – The Knot of the Heart (Almeida)
Haydn Gwynne – Richard III (Old Vic)
Lesley Manville – Grief (National’s Cottesloe)
Sinead Matthews – Ecstasy (Hampstead)
Ruth Negga – The Playboy of the Western World (Old Vic)
Sheridan Smith – Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Samantha Spiro – Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court)
Imelda Staunton – A Delicate Balance (Almeida)
Michelle Terry – Tribes (Royal Court)
Tracey Ullman – My City (Almeida)
Ruth Wilson – Anna Christie (Donmar)

BEST DIRECTOR
Rob Ashford – Anna Christie (Donmar)
Lucy Bailey – The Beggar’s Opera (Open Air Theatre) & Kingdom of Earth (Print Room) & Fabrication (Print Room)
Danny Boyle – Frankenstein (National’s Olivier)
Dominic Cooke – Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court)
Declan Donnellan – Tempest (Cheek By Jowl at Barbican)
Simon Godwin – The Acid Test (Royal Court)
Michael Grandage – Luise Miller (Donmar)
Edward Hall – Richard III & The Comedy of Errors (Propeller at Hampstead)
Sean Holmes – Saved (Lyric Hammersmith)
Mike Leigh – Grief (National’s Cottesloe)
Sam Mendes – Richard III (Old Vic)
Roger Michell – Tribes (Royal Court)
Rufus Norris – London Road (National’s Cottesloe)
Trevor Nunn – Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Bijan Sheibani – The Kitchen (National’s Olivier)
Max Stafford-Clark – Top Girls (Chichester’s Minerva & Trafalgar Studios)
Jessica Swale – The Belle’s Stratagem (Southwark Playhouse)
Matthew Warchus – Matilda The Musical (RSC Stratford & Cambridge Theatre)
Nicholas Hytner – One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre)

THE CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT
Tom Basden – Joseph K (Gate)
Jesse Briton – Bound (Southwark Playhouse)
EV Crowe – Kin (Royal Court)
Vivienne Franzmann – Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith)
Ella Hickson – Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios)
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm – Belongings (Hampstead & Trafalgar Studios)
Penelope Skinner – The Village Bike (Royal Court)

BEST DESIGN
Paul Barritt – The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (BAC)
Jon Bausor – Lord of the Flies (Open Air Theatre)
Giles Cadle – The Kitchen (National’s Olivier)
Bunny Christie – Men Should Weep (National’s Lyttelton)
Lizzie Clachan – Wastwater (Royal Court)
Adam Cork – Sound designer of Anna Christie & King Lear (Donmar)
William Dudley – Snake in the Grass (Print Room)
Mark Tildesley – Frankenstein (National’s Olivier)

THE MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER
1927 (company) for their production of The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (BAC)
Robyn Addison for her performances in The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath/ Theatre Royal Haymarket) & Mongrel Island (Soho)
Tom Byam Shaw for his performances in Les Parents Terribles (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios) and The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Joseph Drake for his performance in Kingdom of Earth (Print Room)
Johnny Flynn for his performance in The Heretic (Royal Court)
Phoebe Fox for her performances in As You Like It (Rose Kingston) and The Acid Test (Royal Court) & There Is A War (National’s Paintframe)
Malachi Kirby for his performance in Mogadishu (Lyric, Hammersmith)
Vanessa Kirby for her performance in The Acid Test (Royal Court)
David Mercatali for his direction of Tender Napalm (Southwark Playhouse)
Chris Rolls for his direction of Les Parents Terribles (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios)
Kyle Soller for his performances in The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic) & Government Inspector (Young Vic) & The Faith Machine (Royal Court)
Thom Southerland for his direction of Parade (Southwark Playhouse)
David Wilson Barnes for his performance in Becky Shaw (Almeida)

BEST PLAY
The Heretic – (Royal Court) Richard Bean
One Man, Two Guvnors – (National’s Lyttelton) Richard Bean
Wittenberg – (Gate) David Davalos
The Knot of the Heart – (Almeida) David Eldridge
Becky Shaw – (Almeida) Gina Gionfriddo
Tribes – (Royal Court) Nina Raine
Remembrance Day – (Royal Court) Aleksey Scherbak

THE NED SHERRIN AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
Betty Blue Eyes – Novello
Crazy for You – Open Air Theatre
Fela! – National’s Olivier
London Road – National’s Cottesloe
Matilda the musical – RSC Stratford & Cambridge Theatre
Parade – Southwark Playhouse
Woody Sez – Arts

Hal Prince happy with new Phantom touring show?

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under BLOG

We would love to know how Hal Prince feels about Cameron Mackintosh’s new touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary.

Hal Prince

Hal Prince

Hal directed the original 1986 production of Lloyd-Webber’s show, which is still playing in London and New York and has grossed over $5 billion worldwide.

If you cast your mind back to 2010, Mackintosh suffered a very public falling-out with Trevor Nunn over the “re-imagining” of the 25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables. Nunn, co-director John Caird and designer John Napier were said to be furious that new directors, Laurence Connor and James Powell, and designer Matt Kinleywere, hired to give the show a touring makeover, including ditching the revolving barricades as these were too costly and complex to tour. Presumably the same will happen to the falling chandelier in Phantom.

As with the Les Mis tour, Mackintosh has recruited director Laurence Connor to stage the new version of Phantom and has even cast his Les Mis touring leads, John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter, to share the role of the Phantom.

The Phantom of the Opera UK tour poster

The Phantom of the Opera UK tour poster

Mackintosh has been careful to suggest in the press that the tour has Prince’s blessing, with Variety in March revealing than an “agreement” had been struck with Prince for the all-new version. But a September interview with Prince in the Huffington Post asked him whether he would change anything about the show if he had the chance to revisit it. “No, I would leave it alone”, he said, “it works”.

The UK touring production, directed by Laurence Connor, will feature choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown and costume design by original designer Maria Björnson. The production will be overseen by Cameron Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne and will premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in March 2012. In addition to John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter sharing the Phantom role, Katie Hall will play Christine.

LINKS

Book tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera UK tour information

 

 

VIDEO: Trailer for Reasons To Be Pretty starring Billie Piper

October 28, 2011 by  
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Michael Attenborough’s new production of Neil LaBute’s play Reasons To Be Pretty opens at the Almeida Theatre from 10 November.

Billie Piper in Reasons To Be Pretty at the Almeida

Billie Piper in Reasons To Be Pretty at the Almeida

The Tony Award nominated play stars Billie Piper, Kieran Bew, Siân Brooke and Tom Burke and runs until 14 January 2012.

Reasons To Be Pretty will be the third play by Neil LaBute that Attenborough has directed during his artistic directorship of the Almeida Theatre. The play completes LaBute’s trilogy about physical appearance – the first two being The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. The Almeida began its relationship with LaBute in 2000 when it presented his bash: latter-day plays. Their close association with the playwright continued with productions of The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat and In a Dark Dark House.

VIDEO

Reasons To Be Pretty trailer – Almeida Theatre

LINKS

Almeida website 

Ramin Karimloo to join cast of Les Miserables

October 28, 2011 by  
Filed under News

Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies star to play Jean Valjean in London

Ramin Karimloo to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Photo: Roy Tan

Ramin Karimloo to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Photo: Roy Tan

West End actor Ramin Karimloo will star as Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh’s London production of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre from 29 November 2011 to 3 March 2012. He will take over from Alfie Boe, who is currently playing the role until 26 November 2011.

Ramin will join a cast that includes Hadley Fraser as Javert, Caroline Sheen as Fantine, Alexia Khadime as Eponine, Craig Mather as Marius, Cameron Blakely as Thénardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier, Liam Tamne as Enjolras and Lisa-Anne Wood as Cosette.

Ramin Karimloo is best known for playing Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s ‘The Phantom’ in both The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre and its sequel, Love Never Dies, which ran at the Adelphi. He also featured in the recent 25th Anniversary celebrations for Phantom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ramin is no stranger to Les Mis having played Enjolras in the West End – and at the show’s 25th aniversary concert at the O2 last year. His other credits include Miss Saigon.

Mackintosh is currently working on the movie version of Les Miserables with Working Title films, with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier and Geoffrey Rush rumoured to be playing Monsieur Thenardier. The movie will be directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and written by William Nicholson.

LINKS

More News on Les Miserables

Book tickets to Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre in London

Photos: Opening of the Harold Pinter Theatre

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under News

Ambassador Theatre Group celebrates the renaming of the Comedy Theatre to the Harold Pinter Theatre

Ariel Dorfman and Thandie Newton in front of the newly named Harold Pinter Theatre

Ariel Dorfman and Thandie Newton in front of the newly named Harold Pinter Theatre

Antonia Fraser, the widow of legendary playwright Harold Pinter, yesterday attended the opening of the West End theatre named in his honour.

She officially opened the Harold Pinter Theatre, joined by Ambassador Theatre Group’s Joint Chief Executive, Rosemary Squire, novelist and playwright, Ariel Dorfman, whose play Death and the Maiden is currently playing at the venue, and the star of Death and the Maiden, Thandie Newton.

The Panton Street venue, which was formerly known as the Comedy Theatre, was built by J. H. Addison and originally opened in 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre, designed by Thomas Verity.

The theatre has become synonymous with Pinter’s plays, having hosted seven Pinter productions over the last 21years including The Homecoming, No Man’s Land, Moonlight, The Hothouse, The Caretaker, The Lover The Collection and recently Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

Death and the Maiden is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 21 January 2012.

LINKS

Book tickets to Death and the Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

Death and the Maiden starring Thandie Newton – Round-up of Reviews

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Reviews Round-up

A round-up of reviews for Death and the Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre starring British film actress Thandie Newton (Crash), in a strictly limited run of Ariel Dorfman’s explosive drama, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Book tickets to Death and the Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

Thandie Newton in Death and the Maiden

Thandie Newton in Death and the Maiden

 

A Christmas Carol at Arts Theatre starring Simon Callow

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Shows - Archive

Simon Callow presents Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol in a magical performance that is by turns hilarious, heart-breaking, visionary, a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and a promise of redemption.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the most famous book Charles Dickens ever wrote and one of the most daring. As the Ghosts spirit Scrooge from his past to his present to his future, Dickens plunges the reader cinematically from the miser’s dank and creaking house to riotous festivities, from cosy hearths to graveyards. And all the time the author’s voice, tender, savage, magisterial, is present.

In this bicentennial production, Simon Callow and Tom Cairns, have created a work of total story-telling: hilarious, heart-breaking, visionary, a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and a promise of redemption.

Simon Callow, one of the nation’s best loved stage and screen actors, returns to Dickens after huge international success with ‘The Mystery of Charles Dickens’ (West End and Broadway), ‘Dr Marigold and Mr Chops’ and ‘Being Shakespeare’.

The Nutcracker at The O2 Arena

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Shows - Archive

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of The Nutcracker comes to the O2 Arena this Christmas in six magical performances of Sir Peter Wright’s world acclaimed interpretation of this Christmas classic.

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