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TWELVE ANGRY MEN: Classic play extends run at Garrick Theatre

January 28, 2014 

Bill Kenwright’s production of Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre is to extend its run until 14 June 2014.

Based on the classic movie, the courtroom thriller stars Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn.

The show has garnered some great press reviews including four stars from the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times, FT and Express, and continues to do good business at the Garrick Theatre for Bill Kenwright.

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Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre starring Tom Conti

May 12, 2013 

Reginald Rose’s classic drama Twelve Angry Men comes to the Garrick Theatre in London starring Tom Conti, Jeff Fahey and Robert Vaughn.

Classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men is now playing at the Garrick Theatre in the West End. The much-loved drama, which was famously turned into a movie starring Henry Fonda, features an all-star cast including Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Jeff Fahey (Lost)  and Robert Vaughn (Hustle).

Other cast include William Gaminara, Luke Shaw, David Calvitto, Paul Antony-Barber, Edward Franklin, Andrew Frame, Sean Power, Chistopher Ettridge, Robert Duncan and Jon Carver

12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose is directed by Christopher Haydon and produced by Bill Kenwright.

THE STORY

The play centres on the deliberations of a jury of twelve men during a homicide trial as they consider whether a young man murdered his father in cold blood. They start with a near unanimous verdict of guilty in a case that clearly seems open and shut. But one single dissenter sows a seed of reasonable doubt and plants this in the minds of the rest of the jury as the play builds to a nail-biting climax.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “REGINALD ROSE’S CRACKING COURTROOM DRAMA HAS TO BE THE CLASSIEST MOST INTELLIGENT NOW PLAYING IN THE WEST END” Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ “THE TERRIFIC ENSEMBLE CAST ARE DYNAMIC AND DISTINCT” The Times
★★★★ “PERFECTION… EXQUISITELY DESIGNED… LIVES IN THE MIND LONG AFTER THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL” Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “AS POWERFULLY RIVETING AS EVER… IT IS BOTH GRIPPING AND MOVING” Financial Times
★★★★ “IT’S A TRIUMPH” Daily Mail
★★★★ “ELECTRIC. INCISIVE AND SLICK – A FINE SPECTACLE” Daily Mail
★★★★ “THIS GRIPPING MEDITATION REMAINS THE CLASSIC EXPRESSION OF LIBERAL HUMANITY” Daily Express

Photos: Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Wyndham’s Theatre

October 28, 2012 

Production photos of musical Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London.

Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

The Dreamboats and Petticoats series of albums have sold millions of copies (they are now up to the sixth compilation) and have proved that the pop and rock ‘n’ roll music of the Fifties and Sixties remains hugely popular to older audiences keen to hear music from their teenage years.

Bill Kenwright’s successful jukebox stage show based on the music from the albums has proved no less popular, with a number of West End stints and UK tours behind it, and now a residency at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.

With a story by award-winning comedy writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Birds Of A Feather), Dreamboats and Petticoats features a talented cast that includes Sam Attwater (EastEnders) as Norman, David Ribi as Bobby, Susannah Allman as Sue, Samantha Dorrance as Laura, and David Cardy as Phil and Older Bobby.

Photos by Roy Tan.

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Photos: Starlight Express UK Tour

May 12, 2012 

Production photos of Starlight Express UK Tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s roller-skating musical makes a UK comeback this year as Bill Kenwright takes the show on tour.

Originally performed at the Apollo Victoria in London in 1984, the show ran for over 7,000 performances – and is still running in Bochum, Germany after 25 years.

Starring Kristofer Harding and Mykal Rand, this new production is directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips based on Trevor Nunn’s original, and has kicked off its tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre (until 19 May) and is then rolling off around the UK.

Photos by Roy Tan.

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Jesus Christ Superstar TV talent show

January 8, 2012 

It’s no secret that Andrew Lloyd Webber was pretty excited about the new production of Jesus Christ Superstar mounted by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada last year. The show then transferred to the La Jolla Playhouse in California and is now slated for Broadway, opening at the Neil Simon Theatre on 22 March starring Paul Nolan as Jesus and Josh Young as Judas.

Jesus Christ Superstar - coming to Broadway and now London?

Jesus Christ Superstar – coming to Broadway and now London?

But the Great Lord has other plans for the show.

Rumours of a London revival of this Des McAuff production have been circulating for a while, but The Sun has now broken the story that Lloyd Webber is defecting from the BBC to ITV to run another TV talent search, this time to find a Jesus and Judas for his new London production of Superstar.

Lloyd Webber’s TV talent searches have all been for the Beeb, most recently Over The Rainbow which resulted in Danielle Hope being cast in his multi-million pound production of The Wizard of Oz, still playing at the London Palladium.

But ITV is keen to poach Lloyd Webber for its own channel. ITV ran Grease talent search Grease Is The Word in 2007 to cast Danny in Sandy in David Ian’s Grease revival but it was a ratings flop. ITV’s head of programmes Peter Fincham is believed to consider a Lloyd Webber-fronted show would fare much better.

Rumours are also circulating that a UK tour of Lloyd Webb’er s1984 musical Starlight Express, which kicks off at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 10 May 2012 produced by Bill Kenwright, may also come into town at some point.

In other ALW news, excitement is mounting on Broadway for the Michael Grandage helmed production of Evita at the Marquis Theatre starring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger, which starts previews on 12 March 2012.

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Production photos: Des does Dreamboats at the Playhouse

October 7, 2011 

Des O’Connor joins the cast of  of Dremaboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre in London

Des O'Connor in Dreamboats and Petticoats. Photo: Roy Tan

Des O'Connor in Dreamboats and Petticoats. Photo: Roy Tan

British showbiz legend Des O’Connor has made his official West End debut in Bill Kenwright musical Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre.

Despite a record-breaking career that has included TV, movies and albums, he has never performed in a West End show. He will be appearing as the ‘Older Bobby’ and ‘Phil – Bobby’s Dad’, who runs the youth club around which the Olivier Award nominated production is based, until 7 January 2012.

The parts have been adapted slightly to bring in more humour between him and his son, played in the show by Scott Bruton.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is inspired by the smash hit million+ selling albums, and features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. The show is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesmen and Shine On Harvey Moon, and features songs from Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Del Shannon and many more.

Photos by Roy Tan.

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DES O’CONNOR in Dreamboats and Petticoats

October 3, 2011 

Much-loved British entertainer Des O’Connor has joined the cast of hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre in London.

DES O'CONNOR in Dreamboats and PetticoatsDespite a record-breaking career that has included TV, movies and albums, he has never performed in a West End show, and so makes his London theatre debut in the musical at the Playhouse Theatre in London from 3 October 2011, appearing until 7 January 2012.

Des plays the ‘Older Bobby’ and ‘Phil – Bobby’s Dad’ who runs the youth club around which the celebrated Olivier Award nominated production is based. The parts have been adapted slightly to bring in more humour between him and his son, played in the show by Scott Bruton.

Star of stage, screen and music, Des was awarded the CBE in 2008 for his services to Entertainment and Broadcasting and is widely regarded as one of the the UK’s best loved and most respected stars.

Since his first TV appearance in 1963 he has starred in his own shows for over 45 years – longer than anyone else anywhere in the world.

His most recent titles include the Des O’Connor Tonight specials, the award-winning ITV talk show Today with des and Mel and his interview this year on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, which was the highest rated of the series.

He is also a hugely successful music and recording artist, having produced no less than 36 albums, selling over 16 million copies to date, and spending a staggering 117 weeks in the top ten of the charts.

On stage, Des has appeared at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Sydney Opera House and over 1,000 times at the London Palladium, but his appearance in Dreamboats will mark his first time ever in a West End musical.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, and features songs from Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Del Shannon and many more.

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The Legendary Des O’Connor Makes His West End Musical Theatre Debut In Dreamboats And Petticoats

September 2, 2011 

World-renowned entertainer DES O’CONNOR will join the cast of hit West End musical DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS from 3 October, for a strictly limited season at The Playhouse Theatre.

Star of stage, screen and music, Des was awarded the CBE in 2008 for his services to Entertainment and Broadcasting and is widely regarded as one of the the UK’s best loved and most respected stars.

Since his first TV appearance in 1963 he has starred in his own shows for over 45 years – longer than anyone else anywhere in the world.

His most recent titles include the Des O’Connor Tonight specials, the award-winning ITV talk show Today with des and Mel and his interview this year on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, which was the highest rated of the series.

He is also a hugely successful music and recording artist, having produced no less than 36 albums, selling over 16 million copies to date, and spending a staggering 117 weeks in the top ten of the charts.

On stage, Des has appeared at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Sydney Opera House and over 1,000 times at the London Palladium, but his appearance in Dreamboats will mark his first time ever in a West End musical.

Des will make his debut playing the multiple roles of ‘Older Bobby’ and ‘Phil – Bobby’s Dad’, who runs the youth club around which the celebrated Olivier Award nominated production is based.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is inspired by the smash hit million+ selling albums, and features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesmen and Shine On Harvey Moon, this spectacular feel-good production will give you ‘the greatest time of your life’. It is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music.

Featuring songs from Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Del Shannon and many more, including Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let it Be Me, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era!

Release issued by: Target Live

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Original Cast Members Return As The Pitmen Painters Arrive In The West End Direct From National Theatre And Broadway Triumphs

August 22, 2011 

Casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End production of Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters, presented by Bill Kenwright. The climax of an extraordinary journey, which started at Newcastle’s Live Theatre and continued on to the National, Broadway, and all round the UK, The Pitmen Painters is highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining as it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things.

The cast includes Ian Kelly as ‘Robert Lyon’, Michael Hodgson as ‘Harry Wilson’, David Whitaker as ‘Jimmy Floyd’ and Brian Lonsdale as ‘Young Lad/Ben Nicholson’, all reprising the roles that they played at Live Theatre in Newcastle, at the National, on Broadway and on tour. Trevor Fox, who joined the cast on Broadway and on tour, will reprise the role of ‘Oliver Kilbourn’. Joy Brook and Viktoria Kay, who joined for the 2011 tour, will play ‘Helen Sutherland’ and ‘Susan Parks’ respectively. Joe Caffrey, who has appeared in many productions at Live Theatre in Newcastle and who played the role of Dad in the West End Production of Cooking With Elvis, and ‘Billy’s Father’ in the West End production of Billy Elliot (both also by Lee Hall), will join the cast to play ‘George Brown’.

The West End season will open at the Duchess Theatre on Wednesday 5 October with press night on the Tuesday 11 October at 7pm.

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint – prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors; but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine…

Full of humour, drama and revelation, Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters, which won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, has never been so relevant, as public cutbacks take their toll and the debate about the importance of the arts reaches a crescendo.

IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE, WITH CUTBACKS HITTING THE ARTS, LEE HALL’S AWARD WINNING PLAY HAS NEVER BEEN SO RELEVANT

Lee Hall wrote the screenplay for Billy Elliot and adapted it for the West End in 2005, winning an Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Billy Elliot opened on Broadway in November 2008. His plays include Spoonface Steinberg (Ambassadors), Cooking with Elvis (Live Theatre, Assembly Rooms and West End), and an adaptation of Herman Heijerman’s The Good Hope for the National Theatre.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, this is the original production directed by Max Roberts, with set and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting by Douglas Kuhrt and sound by Martin Hodgson.

Release issued by: Target Live

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Bill Kenwright receives honorary degree

July 22, 2011 

Three cheers for Bill Kenwright, who collected an honorary degree from the University of Liverpool yesterday.

Bill Kenwright receiving his honorary degree

Bill Kenwright receiving his honorary degree

The hard-working West End theatre impresario was said to be “delighted” after picking up the honour at the city’s Philharmonic Hall. His partner, the actress Jenny Seagrove, said that she was “very proud”.

The Liverpudlian, who was born in Wavertree, started as an actor before setting up Bill Kenwright Ltd, which has become one of the world’s most prolific theatre production businesses. His production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers has played in the West End since 1988. He is also Chairman of Everton football club.

His other London productions include Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre, and he is co-producer of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium and forthcoming transfer on the National’s The Pitmen Painters at the Duchess Theatre. His company also runs a myriad of UK touring productions including Spamalot, Evita and Joseph.

Bill Kenwright. Photo © Liverpool Echo

Bill Kenwright. Photo © Liverpool Echo

Channel 4 News journalist Jon Snow also picked up an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Bill was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to film and theatre, and this latest honour is justly deserved: He continues to be one of the West End’s greatest and most passionate champions.

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Book tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium
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