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Video: Urinetown The Musical at the Apollo Theatre

September 12, 2014 

Producers of forthcoming musical URINETOWN have released a brand new trailer for the show.

Starting previews on 29 September 2014, cult Broadway musical URINETOWN transfers into the West End’s Apollo Theatre following a smash-hit run at the St James Theatre.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd and designed by Soutra Gilmour, this multi-Tony Award winning show stars Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise, Jonathan Slinger as Officer Lockstock, and EastEnders’ Marc Elliott as Mr McQueen.

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Urinetown: Full cast announced at the Apollo Theatre

August 29, 2014 

The full cast has been announced for the West End transfer of Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre.

Matthew Seadon Young to play Bobby Strong in Urinetown

Matthew Seadon Young to play Bobby Strong in Urinetown

Coming to the Apollo Theatre from 29 September 2014, the show transfers into town from a sell-out season at the St James Theatre.

Reprising their critically acclaimed roles will be Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise, Simon Paisley Day (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Spartacus) as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Marc Elliott (EastEnders) as Mr. McQueen, Jonathan Slinger (RSC) as Officer Lockstock and Nathan Amzi (BBC1’s The Voice) as Officer Barrel.

Also starring in the show will be rising young star Matthew Seadon-Young, who takes over from Richard Fleeshman in the main part of Bobby Strong.

The show is directed by Jamie Lloyd (The Commitments) and designed by Soutra Gilmour, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.

The full cast of Urinetown is: Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), Matthew Seadon-Young (Bobby Strong), Simon Paisley Day (Caldwell B. Cladwell), Nathan Amzi (Officer Barrel), Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock), Marc Elliott (Mr. McQueen), 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), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Swing), Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux), Alasdair Buchan (Swing), Christina Modestou (Swing), Kane Oliver Parry (Robbie The Stockfish) and Vicki Lee Taylor (Swing).

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Jenna Russell to lead transfer of Urinetown into Apollo Theatre

July 11, 2014 

Jenna Russell is to lead the West End transfer of cult musical Urinetown, coming to the Apollo Theatre this Autumn.

Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise

Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise

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.

The multi-Tony Award winning musical will hit the Apollo Theatre from 29 September 2014, directed by Jamie Lloyd (The Commitments, Richard III) and designer Soutra Gilmour.

Urinetown features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.

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Urinetown to transfer to Apollo Theatre

July 1, 2014 

Jamie Lloyd’s hit revival of cult Broadway show Urinetown is to transfer into the Apollo Theatre.

The show will run from 29 September 2014 at the Apollo Theatre.

Richard Fleeshman in Urinetown at the St James Theatre

Richard Fleeshman in Urinetown at the St James 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.

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Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre

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.

THE STORY

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

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).

CREATIVE TEAM

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

REVIEWS

★★★★ “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

Apollo Theatre London

June 29, 2014 

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Photos: Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre

April 6, 2014 

Production photos of Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre.

Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Roy Tan

Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Roy Tan

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.

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Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre

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.

THE STORY

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.

REVIEWS

“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

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to move from the Apollo to Gielgud Theatre

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.

The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to move from the Apollo to Gielgud Theatre

The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to move from the Apollo to Gielgud 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.

Strangers on a Train is currently running at the Gilegud Theatre, to be followed by Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre

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).

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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.

THE STORY

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.

CAST

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “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

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