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The Wizard of Oz tickets special offer: Save £22.50 on tickets to see this smash-hit show

December 22, 2011 by  
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SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to £22.50 on tickets to see The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

At last, we present our first ticket offer on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s major production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Starring Danielle Hope and Michael Crawford, Westendtheatre.com readers can save up to £22.50 off tickets to see the show this winter.

The multi-million pound production, which features songs from the Oscar-winning movie plus specially written new songs by Lloyd -Webber and Tim Rice, opened on 1 March 2011 and continues to delight audiences of all ages at the Palladium.

The show stars Danielle Hope, winner of the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow as Dorothy in the new production. Also starring in the show is theatre veteran Michael Crawford as The Wizard of Oz, Marianne Benedict (Crazy for You) as the Wicked Witch of the West, Paul Keating (Tommy) as Scarecrow, Edward Baker Duly (Copacabana) as Tin Man, David Ganly (Chicago) as Cowardly Lion and Emily Tierney (All the Fun of the Fair) as Glinda.

The cast also includes Over The Rainbow runner-up Sophie Evans covering the part of Dorothy on Tuesdays and when Ms Hope is on holiday.

The team behind the 2006 revival of The Sound of Music has created the show, including director Jeremy Sams, designer Robert Jones and choreographer Arlene Phillips.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to £22.50 on tickets to see The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

Photos: Matthew Bourne celebrates 25 years with More4 film this Christmas

December 20, 2011 by  
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Photos: Matthew Bourne celebrates 25 years

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo: Roy Tan

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo: Roy Tan

Hard to believe but Matthew Bourne, one of the world’s great choreographers, is about to celebrate his 25th anniversary.

Through his Adventures in Motion Pictures and New Adventures companies he has created a wealth of magical dance productions that have fast become classics. His creations range from new interpretations of dance standards including Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, to acclaimed new work such as Play Without Words and Edward Scissorhands.

This Christmas Bourne’s incredible career will be celebrated on More4 as the broadcaster airs “Matthew Bourne’s Christmas” on 25th December at 9pm. Conceived by Bourne, the film promises to present a distinctive new way of presenting dance on screen.

Also this Christmas sees the return of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!  to Sadler’s Wells for a limited seven week run to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

And with projects coming up including his new production of Sleeping Beauty for Christmas 2012 at the Wells and a “super-production” of his Lord of the Flies ballet at Sadler’s Wells in 2013 featuring male amateur performers from around the UK, Bourne shows no sign of slowing down.

Our official photographer, Roy Tan, has documented Matthew Bourne’s career for many years. Here he shoots the filming of Bourne’s Christmas special for More4.

Photos by Roy Tan

LINKS

More4 website: Matthew Bourne’s Christmas

Book tickets to Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker at Sadler’s Wells


Rock of Ages – Special Offer

December 18, 2011 by  
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SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to 35% on tickets to see Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre

The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages  is rocking London at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Enjoy a special offer on tickets to see the big new West End musical Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages celebrates (glam)rock music of the 80’s, featuring hit songs by Bon Jovi, Journey, Whitesnake, Poison, Pat Benatar and many more. Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club and they fall in love, set against the greatest songs of the 80s. This arena-rock love story is told through a succession of rock hits including I Wanna Rock, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Come on Feel the Noize, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Don’t Stop Believin’, Dead or Alive, We Built This City, I Wanna Know What Love Is and The Final Countdown.

The musical features a book by Chris D’Arienzo, and a Hollywood movie version is currently in production starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to 35% on selected performances to see Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

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Photos: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker at Sadler’s Wells

December 10, 2011 by  
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Production photos of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker at Sadler's Wells. Photo: Roy Tan

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker at Sadler's Wells. Photo: Roy Tan

How can it be that Matthew Bourne has been adding much needed dance sparkle into our lives for 25 years?!

Through his Adventures in Motion Pictures and New Adventures companies he has created magical productions of some of the best known dance classics including Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Nutcracker.

And this Christmas sees the return of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!  to Sadler’s Wells for a limited seven week run to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s imaginative sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s inspired choreography to create a fun and irreverent take on this Christmas favourite.

Also this Christmas More4 will air “Matthew Bourne’s Christmas” on 25th December at 9pm. Conceived by Bourne, the film promises to present a distinctive new way of presenting dance on screen.

And with projects coming up including his new production of Sleeping Beauty for Christmas 2012 at the Wells and a “super-production” of his Lord of the Flies ballet at Sadler’s Wells in 2013 featuring male amateur performers from around the UK, Bourne shows no sign of slowing down.

Photos by Roy Tan

LINKS

Book tickets to Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker at Sadler’s Wells

More4 website: Matthew Bourne’s Christmas

RAMIN KARIMLOO in Les Miserables

December 5, 2011 by  
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West End star Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre

RAMIN KARIMLOO, star of Les Miserables. Photo: © Roy Tan

RAMIN KARIMLOO, star of Les Miserables. Photo: © Roy Tan

Ramin Karimloo is the stuff that Glee is made of. As a sporty, hockey-playing teenager, not dissimilar to Glee’s Finn Hudson, he was dragged along to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. And so a musical theatre star was born.

“From that moment, I thought that’s what I am going to do. It wasn’t a desperate aim. It was a fact,” he told the Daily Telegraph in February this year.

Ramin went on to realise his dream and to star as the Phantom in the hit show, before moving from Her Majesty’s Theatre to the Adelphi Theatre to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies.

Born in Iran and raised in Canada, Ramin started his career as an actor after singing in rock bands and playing cruise ships. Once in England, he turned to musical theatre, playing a wide range of roles including Enjolras in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Chris in Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard.

Ramin also featured in the O2 Arena concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables, returning to the role of Enjolras.

And now it is to Les Miserables that he is returning, playing Jean Valjean in the show until 3 March 2012.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Save on tickets to Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre in London

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The Snowman tickets at the Peacock Theatre

December 4, 2011 by  
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The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre in the West End this Christmas.

Photos: The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre

December 4, 2011 by  
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Production photos of The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre in London.

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas, until 8 January 2012.

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

Featuring Howard Blake’s beautiful Walking In the Air, performed by a live orchestra, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and the subsequent film has become a modern classic. Ruari Murchison’s enchanting design combined with Tim Mitchell’s spectacular lighting has been delighting children for over a decade. With its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic, The Snowman is back for a record-breaking 14th year.

Photos by Roy Tan

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Book tickets to The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre in London

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