Legally Blonde’s Siobhan Dillon stars in Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre
Siobhan Dillon came to fame as a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV talent show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
Her theatre credits include Patty in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre, UK tours of Can’t Smile Without You and Cabaret as Sally Bowles, Vivienne in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre and Claire in Ex The Musical at the Soho Theatre.
Music credits include performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and song writing and recording her solo album.
Ghost the Musical, which opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in June 2011 is directed by Matthew Warchus (Deathtrap, La Bete), with music and lyrics by legendary pop and rock writers Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror). The cast also includes Mark Evans as Sam, Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl.
Rising West End star Mark Evans follows Richard Fleeshman into Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre
Mark’s theatre credits include playing Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, Curly in the recent UK tour of Oklahoma!, the London production of High School Musical and as Brad Majors in the UK tour of the Rocky Horror Show.
His screen credits include Lake Placid 3 and Dead Hungry, and in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Your Country Needs You reaching the final. He’s recently filmed his own TV special and released his debut solo album on Sain Records – The Journey Home.
On S4C he has appeared in Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, Wedi 7, the Eisteddfod Annual Concert, The Sian Cothi Show, Noson Lawen, and The Big Welsh Talent Concert as well as the ongoing children’s programme Marcaroni in which he plays the title role.
Ghost the Musical, which opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in June 2011 is directed by Matthew Warchus (Deathtrap, La Bete), with music and lyrics by legendary pop and rock writers Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror). The cast also includes Siobhan Dillon as Molly, Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl.
Owain Arthur joins the cast of hit National Theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
They were always going to be big shoes to fill. James Corden won rave reviews for his performance as Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors – and is now winging his way to Broadway to wow the other side of the Atlantic. And the job of leading the cast of the West End production of the show now falls to exciting British newcomer Owain Arthur, who has been understudying Corden in the starring role.
Nicholas Hytner and the production team went to see Owain give an understudy performance as Francis when the show played the Adelphi late last year, to decide on his future in the show. And what they found was an exciting new talent who is clearly going places.
Hytner is no stranger to Owain’s work having cast him in his National Theatre production of The History Boys. Owain’s other theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedy of Errors for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre.
TV work includes Holby City, Ddeg, Cei Bach, New Tricks and The Palace, and on film he can he seen in Abroad, Mr Nice and Eldra.
Nicholas Hytner’s award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors starts at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 2 March with a cast that includes Hannah Spearritt as Pauline and Jodie Prenger as Dolly.
S Club 7’s Hannah Spearritt joins the cast of hit National Theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hannah made her stage debut in The Belle’s Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse last year.
A former member of the hugely successful pop group S Club 7, Spearritt has made a number of US movie appearances including Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London and Seed of Chucky.
UK television credits include Miss Marple and Blessed, but she is best known for playing the leading role of Abby Maitland in five seasons of ITV’s action packed sci-fi series Primeval.
Nicholas Hytner’s award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors starts at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 2 March with a cast that includes Owain Arthur as Francis Henshall and Jodie Prenger as Dolly.
I’d Do Anything and Oliver! star Jodie Prenger joins the cast of hit National Theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Jodie Prenger stars as Dolly in the acclaimed production of One Man, Two Guvnors, as it transfers from the National and the Adelphi theatres to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Jodie came to prominence after winning the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival production of Oliver! through BBC talent search I’d Do Anything. Other theatre credits include playing The Lady of The Lake in the Spamalot UK tour.
TV credits include Hustle, Justin’s House, Candy Cabs and Waterloo Road for the BBC. Extensive presenting work includes leading the search to find a Toto for a gala performance of The Wizard of Oz in Over The Rainbow, covering for Elaine Paige and Paul O’Grady on BBC Radio 2 and co-hosting on Going Out With Alan Carr, the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, Laurence Olivier Awards 2010 and Children in Need 2009.
In 2010 and 2011 she toured with John Barrowman on his UK concert tour and made regular concert appearances on Thank You for the Music and The Friday Night Is Music Night James Bond Special.
Nicholas Hytner’s award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors starts at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 2 March with a cast that includes Owain Arthur as Francis Henshall and Hannah Spearritt as Pauline.
Rehearsal photos of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre, starring Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam.
Howard Davies’ new production of Noel Coward’s classic comedy Hay Fever will (aptly) start previews at the Noel Coward Theatre from 10 February 2012.
A glittering cast includes Lindsay Duncan as Judith Bliss and Kevin R McNally as her husband David, Jeremy Northam as Richard, Olivia Colman as Myra Arundel, Sam Callis as Sandy, Freddie Fox as Simon, Jenny Galloway as Clara, Amy Morgan as Jackie and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Sorel.
Coward’s sparkling 1924 comedy of bad manners sees double-Olivier winner Lindsay Duncan return to the Master’s work following her acclaimed 2001 performance alongside Alan Rickman in Private Lives.
Olivier Award-winning musical Legally Blonde, which has played at the Savoy Theatre in London since December 2009, is to close.
The show will have its final West End performance on Saturday 7 April 2012. A UK tour is currently in progress and an Australian production of the show may open later this year.
The final cast of the show, all currently starring in the musical, will be Carley Stenson as Elle, Stephen Ashfield as Emmett, Ben Freeman as Warner and Peter Davison as Professor Callahan.
Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show is based on the hit movie Legally Blonde.
The Society of London Theatre has announced that the annual Olivier Awards, now in its 36th year, will take place for the first time in its entirety at the Royal Opera House, London on Sunday 15 April 2012.
Sponsored for a second year by MasterCard, this year the awards will also get a live show relay to New York, where an invited audience of VIPs including British stars on Broadway and high profile industry figures will gather to celebrate the awards.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Iʹm incredibly proud of the continuing success of so many British productions on Broadway, a tribute to the talent and quality to be found here. London goes centre‐stage in this Olympic and Paralympic year, whilst the Olivier Awards put our superb theatre right in the spotlight. The special event being staged at this yearʹs awards is a taste of the amazing things we have planned for a summer like no other and we look forward to welcoming millions of Americans to the capital, who can take advantage of our award‐winning shows on sale throughout the Games and beyond.”
Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, said: “New York City and London share a long tradition of theatrical productions that have transferred from Broadway to the West End and vice versa, so itʹs a pleasure to welcome the Olivier Awards to our side of the pond in this very special way. It doesnʹt matter if you spell it theater or theatre; musicals and plays are a top attraction for tourists, and we look forward to hosting more than a million visitors from the United Kingdom in the coming year.”Another addition for 2012 will be an awards celebration in Covent Garden piazza, where theatre‐lovers can gather to enjoy a free big‐screen live show relay and other entertainment including live performances from some of the West End’s major shows. The event will be presented in conjunction with Magic 105.4, and hosted by breakfast presenter Neil Fox, alongside West End leading lady Louise Dearman.
The Awards will be hosted once again by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, stars of Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre. The BBC will be giving the awards extensive live coverage on television (via the Red Button), on Radio 2 and online, with red carpet coverage from 5pm and the Ceremony starting at 6pm.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and Executive Producer of the Awards, said: “This year’s 36th Olivier Awards with MasterCard will reflect a particularly star‐studded year for London theatre, and the plethora of high calibre sell‐out productions for which audiences have been queuing around the block. I am delighted we have been able to extend our celebrations to New York, and this connection is particularly apt in a year in which we are working closer than ever with VisitBritain and London & Partners to deliver a warm welcome to theatre audiences during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.“
SOLT will announce the full list of awards nominations at a press briefing at the Mayfair Hotel at 12 noon on Thursday 15 March 2012. For the first time, the nominations will also be broadcast live online simultaneously at www.olivierawards.com, reflecting the significant profile of the awards around the world.
Once again, in 2012, BBC Radio 2 partners with the Olivier Awards on the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, to launch on the Elaine Paige show on Sunday 5 February.Established in 1976, the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrate the world‐class status of London’s theatre and are Britain’s most prestigious stage honours. The Awards were relaunched in 2011 with a new strategic partnership with MasterCard, the Olivier Audience Award supported by BBC Radio 2 and a live broadcast of the Awards Ceremony via the BBC Red Button.
The UK’s most prestigious theatre awards started in 1976 as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, becoming the Laurence Olivier Awards in 1984.
Mike Leigh’s classic comedy makes a welcome return to the stage in a brand new production directed by Lindsay Posner (Noises Off) and starring Jill Halfpenny (Eastenders) as Beverly.
The National Theatre’s sell-out production of hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Richard Bean’s English version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters now stars Owain Arthur.
Richard Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
The current London cast includes Owain Arthur as Francis Henshall, Angela Griffin as Dolly and Kellie Shirley as Pauline.
One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 2 March 2012. The show originally played at the National Theatre (previewed 17 May 2011, opened 24 May 2011, closed 19 September 2011) before moving to the Adelphi Theatre (previewed 8 November 2011, opened 21 November 2011, closed 25 February 2012).
Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket