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Pinocchio comes to life at the National

July 3, 2015 

A musical version of Disney’s Pinocchio comes to Life at the National theatre

The National Theatre is reportedly finalising a deal with Disney to bring a musical version of 1940’s animated classic Pinocchio to the stage.  Directed by John Tiffany and written by Enda Walsh, the idea for a new musical stage version has reportedly been in development for some time with Disney initially funding a small workshop for Tiffany to test out some ideas.  If a further workshop later this year is successful, Pinocchio will premiere at the National for Christmas 2016.

The show will combine elements from the 1940 Disney animated movie and the original source The Adventures of Pinocchio and feature classic songs such as When You Wish Upon A Star, Give A Little Whistle, Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me), Little Wooden Head and I’ve Got No Strings. With access to Disney’s archive, the show may also include songs written for the film and never used.
Tiffany’s creative team on Pinocchio includes designer Bob Crowley and choreographer and movement director Steven Hoggett.

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Mary Poppins UK & Ireland tour

February 25, 2015 

“Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin” Bert.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh today announced that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on Tuesday 13 October 2015.

Cameron Mackintosh said “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage. My goodness……time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny! I’m delighted to be bringing her back to the UK and for the first time to Dublin, after spreading her magic around the world. Since we originally staged the production we have found even more magical ways to stage this timeless tale and I’m sure you will find our new Mary practically perfect in every way”.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The UK and Ireland tour will play the Leicester Curve, Bristol Hippodrome, Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin, Palace Theatre Manchester, Birmingham Hippodrome, Festival Theatre Dublin and Mayflower Theatre Southampton with further announcements to follow.

Disney’s Aladdin at the Dominion Theatre

January 25, 2015 

It is rumoured that Disney is to bring their spectacular, Broadway production of Aladdin to the Dominion Theatre.

The magical story of Aladdin is rumoured to be coming to the West End in Disney’s thrilling and bold new musical.

From the producer of The Lion King, this brand new show is based on Disney’s much-loved animated movie and is filled with daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.

The show is rumoured to feature all of the favourite songs from the film plus new music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman.

Featuring exhilarating choreography, show-stopping numbers and astonishing visual effects, Disney’s Aladdin is an unforgettable theatrical experience.

CREATIVE TEAM

ALAN MENKEN – Music: Winner of eight Oscars® (19 nominations), 11 Grammy Awards® (including Song of the Year), seven Golden Globes®, Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics, Olivier and London’s Evening Standard Awards. Shows include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Newsies.

HOWARD ASHMAN – Lyrics: Shows include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Smile.

TIM RICE – Lyrics: Multi-award winning lyricist. Shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Beauty and the Beast, Chess, From Here to Eternity and The Lion King and Aida with Elton John.

CHAD BEGUELIN – Book, Lyrics: Chad is a two-time Tony® nominee for his work on the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer and Broadway musical Elf. Other shows include Harbor, Judas & Me, The Rhythm Club, and Wicked City.

CASEY NICHOLAW – Director, Choreographer: Chad is co-director and choreographer of The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony with Trey Parker). Other shows include Elf: The Musical; The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot directed by Mike Nichols, Anyone Can Whistle and Follies.

BOB CROWLEY – Scenic Design: Bob has designed more than 50 productions in London including Mary Poppins (London Evening Standard Award; Broadway – Tony®, Drama Desk Awards), plus Broadway shows including The Glass Menagerie; Once (Tony Award); The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk Awards); TARZAN®, which he also directed; The History Boys (Tony Award); The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award); Disney’s Aida (Tony Award); The Iceman Cometh (Tony nomination); Twelfth Night (Tony nomination); The Capeman (Tony nomination); and Carousel (Tony Award).

CAST

Cast to be announced.

REVIEWS

From the Broadway production:
“Fabulous!” New York Times
“It’s Genie-us! It delivers a rush that will surprise you!” USA Today
“The new Disney blockbuster” AP
“Seriously, it’s amazing!” NY Daily News
“Insanely glitzy! One of the most delirious things of its kind in years” Huffington Post
“Eye-popping! It’s hard to resist” Entertainment Weekly
“Jaw-dropping and delightful” New York Magazine
“Full of color and exuberance” Chicago Tribune

Frozen Sing-along at the Dominion Theatre

January 9, 2015 

Experience Disney’s animated movie Frozen on a giant screen at the Dominion Theatre in this special sing-along family version of the film.

Disney’s double Oscar winning animated feature, Frozen, will be screened at the Dominion Theatre for a limited period from 18th February 2015 in stunning high-definition with onscreen lyrics, allowing audiences to follow the music and join in, in true sing-along tradition. Sing-along Frozen is the perfect opportunity for all fans to dress up, “Let it Go” and sing their hearts out with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Prince Hans and the mystical trolls!

Join us for sing-along Frozen, the perfect half term treat for the whole family.

THE STORY

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen.

NOTE: Please call us on 020 7492 1566 to book Child (under 16), Student, Senior and Family tickets

Video: Disney’s Into the Woods behind-the-scenes featurette released

October 28, 2014 

Universal Pictures and Disney have released a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette ahead of the forthcoming movie adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, featuring  James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

The big-budget Hollywood version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Into the Woods is in post-production, ready for a 9 January 2015 UK release date (25 December 2014 in the USA).

The featurette includes interviews with some of the main cast including Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep, plus director Rob Marshall and composer Stephen Sondheim.

Rob Marshall is directing the movie which will stars Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, James Corden as the Baker, Anna Kendrick  as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp  as the Wolf, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford  as Little Red, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski  as the Stepmother, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince.

Other British stars involved in he movie include Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s father, Joanna Riding  as Cinderella’s mother and Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s granny.

VIDEO

Watch the new featurette video for Into the Woods The Movie

LINKS

More news on Into The Woods The Movie

Photo First Look: Into The Woods Movie starring Meryl Streep

September 17, 2014 

First Look Photos of new Into The Woods movie starring Meryl Streep

New poster for Into the Woods

New poster for Into the Woods

Disney has released photos of its forthcoming big-budget movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods – including a fab new poster for the movie featuring Meryl Streep as the Witch.

The movie, which is released on Christmas Day in the US and 9 January 2015 in the UK, stars Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, James Corden as the Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford as Little Red, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski as the Stepmother, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince.

Other British stars involved in he movie include Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s father, Joanna Riding as Cinderella’s mother and Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s granny.

Rob Marshall directs.

LINKS

More about Into the Woods on WestEndTheatre.com
US ONLY: Disney.com – Into The Woods
Into the Woods on Facebook

Video: Disney’s Into the Woods trailer released

August 4, 2014 

Disney has released a new trailer for the forthcoming movie adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, featuring  James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

The big-budget Hollywood version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Into the Woods is in post-production, ready for a 9 January 2015 UK release date (25 December 2014 in the USA).

Rob Marshall is directing the movie which will stars Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, James Corden as the Baker, Anna Kendrick  as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp  as the Wolf, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford  as Little Red, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski  as the Stepmother, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince.

Other British stars involved in he movie include Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s father, Joanna Riding  as Cinderella’s mother and Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s granny.

VIDEO

Watch the new trailer for Into the Woods The Movie

LINKS

More news on Into The Woods The Movie

14 July: On this day in 1834… The Lyceum Theatre opened in London

July 14, 2014 

On this day in… 1834

The Lyceum Theatre opened in London

QUICK FACTS

  • Theatre opened: 14 July 1834
  • Designed by: Samuel Beazley
  • First production: John Barnett’s opera The Mountain Sylph
  • Number of seats: 2000
  • Other info: The first theatre called the Lyceum was built on an adjacent site to the current venue in 1794. This theatre burnt down on 16 February 1830. When the new theatre was built in 1834 it was initially called the New Theatre Royal, Lyceum and English Opera House. The theatre was long associated with the actor manager Sir Henry Irving and actress Ellen Terry. On 1 July 1939 the theatre closed down following a performance of Hamlet starring John Gielgud. In 1945 the theatre was converted into a Ballroom called the Palais de Dance. In 1996 the theatre was restored and reopened in on 31 October 1996.
#464419049 / gettyimages.com A large queue outside the Lyceum Theatre, London, 1909. Henry Irving and Ellen Terry both performed there. Built in 1834, only the facade of the original theatre remained by 1909, the rest being rebuilt in 1903-4. It finally closed in 1934. (Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

#3321203 / gettyimages.com 23rd October 1847: The interior of the Lyceum Theatre after it had been redecorated. Original Publication: Illustrated London News – pub. 1847 Original Artwork: Engraving – Smyth (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

LINKS

Book tickets to Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

Disney’s Aladdin in talks for London Palladium

June 27, 2014 

Disney in talks to tring Aladdin to the London Palladium in 2016

Aladdin - may be heading to London

Aladdin – may be heading to London

Thomas Schumacher, head of Disney Theatrical Productions, is in talks with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres about securing the London Palladium for Disney’s Aladdin.

The show is proving a big hit on Broadway – and James Monroe Iglehart scooped a Tony Award this month for Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for playing the Genie.
They are looking for a West End Theatre for 2016, with the Prince Edward (part of Cameron Mackintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh theatre group – whom Schumacher worked with on Mary Poppins) being the favourite venue, but looking unlikely now that Miss Saigon is nicely bedded in.

Source: Daily Mail (27 June 2014)

LINKS: More about Aladdin on WestEndTheatre.com

BOOK: Book tickets to see Aladdin on Broadway

Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

June 1, 2014 

The Lion King is Disney’s spectacular and multi award-winning musical based on the hit  animated film, now playing at the Lyceum Theatre in London.

Directed by the Tony award-winning Julie Taymor (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Disney’s The Lion King is one of the most imaginative and beautiful musicals to ever be staged.

A huge hit around the world, the show is a spectacular visual feast that transports audiences young and old into the gloriously colourful world of the Serengeti Plains of Africa.

Using magical puppetry, costumes and sets, a dazzling world is evoked as the powerful story of Simba the lion is told, as he embarks on an epic adventure from wide-eyed cub to fulfil his destiny as the King of the Pridelands.

Featuring Oscar winning music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, The Lion King promises an extraordinary, magical trip to the theatre.

REVIEWS

“A roaring success” Evening Standard
“As fresh and soul-stirring as ever” Daily Telegraph
“There is simply nothing else like it.” The New York Times
“You hope all nights in the theatre will be like this!” The Daily Mail

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