July 11, 2014
Jenna Russell is to lead the West End transfer of cult musical Urinetown, coming to the Apollo Theatre this Autumn.
The Olivier Award winning actress is currently starring in Mr Burns at the Almeida Theatre.
In Urinetown she plays hard-as-nails, no nonsense urinal manager Penelope Pennywise.
Other cast transferring into the West End from the show’s original run at the St James Theatre include RSC actor Jonathan Slinger as Officer Lockstock and EastEnders’ Marc Elliott reprising his role as Mr McQueen. Also Chris Bennett (Swing), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Karis Jack (Little Sally), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/ Josephine Strong), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/ UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Swing) and Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/ Dr. Billeaux).
Casting for the lead role of municipal toilet attendant Bobby Strong is yet to be announced but it won’t be Richard Fleeshman, who played the part at the St James.
Urinetown features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.
July 1, 2014
The show will run from 29 September 2014 at the Apollo Theatre.
Jamie Lloyd said to the Telegraph today that the show “defies a great many conventions – a lot more so than The Book of Mormon, which I would say is at heart a very traditional musical”.
The cult musical is an unlikely a story about love and small-town corruption set in a dystopian world inflicted with a terrible water shortage and where you have to pay to pee or face the consequences.
At the St James Theatre, casting included Richard Fleeshman (Ghost The Musical) as municipal toilet clerk Bobby Strong, Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell (Mr Burns, Merrily We Roll Along), Marc Elliot (EastEnders) as Mr. McQueen, Broadway actor Cory English (Young Frankenstein) and RSC actor Jonathan Slinger (Hamlet) as Officer Lockstock. Casting is to be announced for the Apollo transfer.
The director/designer team of Jamie Lloyd and Soutra Gilmour currently have two productions running in the West End – The Commitments at the Palace Theatre and Martin Freeman in Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios.
Urinetown, which won three Tonys for its Broadway run, features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, .
The current show at the Apollo – Let The Right One In directed by John Tiffany – is timed to end its run on 30 August 2014.
July 1, 2014
Director Jamie Lloyd and designer Soutra Gilmour continue their march on West End domination with the West End transfer of cult Broadway musical URINETOWN to the Apollo Theatre.
Following a smash-hit run at the St James Theatre, multi-Tony Award winning URINETOWN The Musical hits the West End as director Jamie Lloyd and designer Soutra Gilmour follow their production of The Commitments at the Palace Theatre with this acclaimed musical at the Apollo Theatre.
A fabulous cast includes Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell (until 29 November) as Penelope Pennywise, comedian Phill Jupitus (from 1 December) as Caldwell B. Cladwell, RSC actor Jonathan Slinger as Officer Lockstock and hot newcomer Matthew Seadon-Young as Bobby Strong, in the cult musical about love and small-town corruption.
URINETOWN features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.
In a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolization of all public toilets. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it’s not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place no one returns from – the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero… however unlikely. This town needs you, municipal toilet clerk Bobby Strong!
The cast of Urinetown includes Jonathan Slinger (RSC) as Officer Lockstock, Matthew Seadon-Young as Bobby Strong, Rosanna Hyland as Hope Cladwell, and Karis Jack as Little Sally.
UNTIL 29 NOVEMBER: The cast also includes Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise, Simon Paisley Day (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Spartacus) as Caldwell B. Cladwell and Marc Elliott as Mr. McQueen.
FROM 1 DECEMBER: The cast also includes acclaimed comedian Phill Jupitus (Never Mind The Buzzcocks) as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Julie Jupp as Penelope Pennywise and Alasdair Buchan as Mr. McQueen.
Other cast include Nathan Amzi (Officer Barrel), Chris Bennett (Swing), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Swing), Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux), Christina Modestou (Swing), Kane Oliver Parry (Robbie The Stockfish) and Vicki Lee Taylor (Swing).
Greg Kotis – Book/Lyrics; Mark Hollmann – Music / Lyrics; Jamie Lloyd – Director; Soutra Gilmour – Designer; Ann Yee – Choreography; Alan Williams – Musical Supervisor; Adam Silverman – Lighting Designer; Terry Jardine – Sound Designer; Nick Lidster – Sound Designer
★★★★ “By turns grim and glittering, the show remains a dark, stark delight, and so does the company, magnificently led by Jenna Russell and Jonathan Slinger as before, but newly joined by the buff, handsome Matthew Seadon-Young as Bobby Strong, who leads the revolution against the corporate monster.” The Stage
★★★★★ “Had me laughing like a drain” Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ “Hugely entertaining” WestEndTheatre.com
★★★★ “Daring and original show” Telegraph
★★★★ “Urinetown boasts a truly gleeful inventiveness” Evening Standard
June 29, 2014
Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
What’s playing and coming up at the Apollo Theatre
April 6, 2014
Production photos of Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre.
Following a sell-out tour and run at the Royal Court, the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed production of Let the Right One In comes to the Apollo Theatre for a limited run.
Adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s cult Swedish novel and screenplay, Let The Right One In is a chilling Gothic horror about teenage angst and vampires.
February 21, 2014
The National Theatre of Scotland’s sell-out production of vampire horror Let the Right One In comes to the Apollo Theatre.
Following a sell-out tour and run at the Royal Court, the National Theatre of Scotland bring their acclaimed production of Let The Right One In to the West End’s Apollo Theatre for a limited season from 26 March 2014.
Winner of this year’s South Bank Sky Arts theatre award, this major new must-see production is an enchanting, brutal vampire myth and coming-of-age love story.
Directed by Tony Award-winner John Tiffany (Once, The Pass), Let The Right One In is adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish novel and screenplay.
The auditorium features a stunning new cyclorama designed by Christine Jones which takes the world of the play into the auditorium itself, adding a thrilling and immersive dimension to the event.
Exciting newcomers Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn will reprise their critically acclaimed roles as Eli and Oskar. Other cast members include, Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega and Susan Vidler.
The play features music by Ólafur Arnalds, lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan, sound design by Gareth Fry and special effects design by Jeremy Chernick.
Let The Right One In marks National Theatre of Soctland’s West End debut and is produced by Marla Rubin Productions and Bill Kenwright.
Oskar is a lonely, bullied teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate on the edge of town. When a young girl called Eli moves in next door, Oskar finds a kindred spirit and the two become devoted friends. Eli doesn’t go to school and never leaves her flat in the daytime. She has also been a teenager for a very long time…
Coinciding with Eli’s arrival, a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders begin to rock the neighbourhood.
“The gasp, so rarely heard in the theatre, rings out often here. First-rate… situated on the slipway between dream and daily life… a mesmerising evening.” Observer
★★★★★ “Exquisitely realised” The Herald
★★★★ “Polished and poetic” The Guardian
★★★★ “Ambitious and beautifully shaped” The Scotsman
January 8, 2014
The National Theatre’s hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is to move to the Gielgud Theatre following the roof collapse of the Apollo Theatre.
Performances for the show had originally been suspended until 13 January 2014, but Nimax Theatres, the owner of the Apollo Theatre, is having to spend more time on repairing the venue.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will now continue its London run at the Gielgud Theatre, starting on 24 June 2014.
Performances had been halted at the Apollo Theatre following the collapse of the ceiling at the venue on 19 December 2013. Nearly 80 people were injured in the incident.
Correlation between sound effect and roof collapse
In a carefully worded statement from the National’s executive director Nick Starr he said: “We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March. It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future.”
He told the Guardian today that “Our own experts have reported that there is such strong correlation between one particular thunderclap and the ceiling collapse that it would be too co-incidental for them not to be causally linked.”
Nica Burns “blindsided” by decision
Nica Burns, CEO of Nimax Theatres, was said to be “blindsided” by the National’s decision to pull the show from the theatre. She said in a statement that: “This was and is a deeply upsetting incident for everyone. We are sorry to lose such a wonderful production and wish it well.”
People who hold tickets to cancelled performances will get priority a week before booking opens to the general public on 17 January 2014, and will be contacted by their original ticket provider and refunded or rebooked.
The cast are still contracted to the production and in February will be holding free performances of the show for schools and young people in a rehearsal room format.
The Encore cinema screening of the show, which was filmed at the Cottesloe Theatre at the National, will still go ahead as planned on 22 May 2014.
Play to open on Broadway
The National Theatre has also announced that the show will go to Broadway, opening at the Barrymore Theater in New York in October.
January 7, 2014
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on Mark Haddon’s novel and directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse).
Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, is one of the West End’s biggest successes ever.
Winner of 7 Olivier Awards – the most in Olivier Awards history – including Best New Playand the Best Director award, the play stars Graham Butler as Christopher Boone, alongside a hugely talented cast.
Mark Haddon’s novel was originally published in 2003 and is the winner of more than seventeen literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland and Italy as well as the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004.
Marianne Elliot is the award-winning director of War Horse and The Light Princess.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Graham Butler stars as Christopher, joined by Vivienne Acheampong (No. 40/Punk Girl), Daniel Casey (Roger Shears), Emily Joyce (Judy), Gay Soper (Mrs Alexander), Paul Stocker (Mr Thompson), Nicolas Tennant (Ed), Tony Turner (Reverend Peters), Victoria Willing (Mrs Shears), Sarah Woodward (Siobhan) and Sam Bond, Roxanne Palmer and Mark Rawlings.
★★★★★ “Astonishing and unmissable” Sunday express
★★★★★ “Magical and moving” Daily Mail
★★★★★ “A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life” Evening standard
“A theatrical rush equal to anything on the west end stage” The Times
“A beautiful ingenious and deeply-felt production” Daily Telegraph
“Hugely entertaining. There is no point resisting” Observer
December 20, 2013
The Society of London Theatre has made a statement regarding the collapse of the roof at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time cancelled up to and including 11 January 2014
Apollo Theatre owners Nimax Theatres: “Shocking and upsetting incident”
The London theatre industry’s official trade body, The Society of London Theatre, has responded to last night’s dramatic roof collapse at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbry Avenue. In a statement SOLT said:
“On behalf of London’s theatre industry, our thoughts and sympathies go out to everyone who was injured and affected by last night’s incident at the Apollo Theatre.
“We would like to praise the emergency services for their calm and rapid response and all the theatre staff on Shaftesbury Avenue for their professional and compassionate handling of the situation.
“The exact cause of the incident is still being investigated and the theatre owners, Nimax, are working closely with the relevant authorities to establish exactly what happened.
“Our theatres entertain over 32,000 people in central London every night and all theatres take the safety of their audience, performers and staff very seriously. Every theatre undergoes rigorous safety checks and inspections by independent experts, and incidents like last night are extremely rare.
“At a meeting today all the major theatre owners have confirmed that their safety inspections and certificates are up to date, and will co-operate fully with the authorities to reassure the public that their theatres are safe. All other London theatres remain open for business today and in the coming weeks.”
Part of the ceiling of the theatre collapsed last night, Thursday 19 December 2013, during a performance of the National Theatre’s hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 76 people were injured, seven of them seriously, by the roof collapse, which also brought down part of a balcony of the theatre with debris falling into the upper circle, dress circle and stalls of the theatre.
Performances up to and including Saturday 11 January 2014 have been cancelled. Customers should contact their point of purchase to arrange exchanges or refunds. Westendtheatre.com / Encore Tickets customers who have booked tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time please see this information here.
Nick Harding, Kingsland Fire Station manager said: “We believe around 720 people were in the theatre at the time. A section of the theatre’s ceiling collapsed onto the audience who were watching the show. The ceiling took parts of the balconies down with it. In my time as a fire officer I’ve never seen an incident like this. I imagine lots of people were out enjoying the show in the run-up to Christmas. My thoughts go out to all those affected.”
The Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue was built in 1901 and has a capacity of around 756 seats. The theatre was bought by the Nimax Theatres group, led by Nica Burns, in 2005. They also own the Duchess, Palace, Vaudeville, Lyric and Garrick Theatres.
Theatres Trust statement
The Theatres Trust, which oversees the preservation of theatres including West End Theatres, released a statement today, which said:
“The Theatres Trust is very concerned about the collapse of the ceiling and decorative plasterwork at the Apollo Theatre on the 19 December during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
“Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres said, the first and most important next step is to establish the cause of the accident. Thankfully occurrences of theatre ceiling and plasterwork collapse are extremely rare. The public should be reassured that theatre owners carry out regular plasterwork inspections and maintenance regimes to ensure the safety of their buildings. Inspections are carried out and certified by independent experts. We will offer every assistance to the Grade II listed Apollo Theatre’s owners, Nimax, the investigation team and Westminster City Council.”
Nimax Theatres statement
A statement from Apollo Theatre owner Nimax Theatres on their website says:
“This is a shocking and upsetting incident. Our thoughts are with the audience and staff who were in the theatre and their families. We’re very grateful to the emergency services for their tremendous work and to our staff who helped with the evacuation. Performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have been cancelled until and including Saturday 04 January 2014. If you have tickets for these performances please contact your original point of purchase.”
February 16, 2013
What’s playing and coming up at the Apollo Theatre.