August 12, 2013
The Royal Ballet’s acclaimed Christmas production of The Wind in the Willows comes to the Duchess Theatre.
This Christmas the Royal Opera House’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The Wind in the Willows comes to the West End’s Duchess Theatre.
Choreographed and directed by Will Tuckett, children will love the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad, brought vividly to live through dance, music, puppetry and design.
A magical score by Martin Ward and beautiful designs by the Quay Brothers create a show that is destined to become an annual Christmas treat in the West End.
“A heart warming charmer for all the family” (Sunday Times)
“A mini modern classic” (Evening Standard)
“Utterly fabulous” (Daily Express)
Theatre: Duchess Theatre
Full Cast Announced for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Opens Duchess Theatre on 25 September – With Henry Goodman
July 19, 2013
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
BY BERTOLT BRECHT
IN A TRANSLATION BY GEORGE TABORI REVISED BY ALISTAIR BEATON
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN CHURCH
FULL CAST ANNOUNCED
OPENS AT THE DUCHESS THEATRE ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2013
WITH PREVIEWS FROM 18 SEPTEMBER
The full cast is announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which will open at the Duchess Theatre on 25 September with previews from 18 September. The production will once again feature Henry Goodman reprising his award-winning performance in the title role.
This celebrated production of Bertolt Brecht’s epic savagely funny parable of the rise of Hitler also features Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann. Other cast include Mark Carlisle, Alex Giannini, Amanda Gordon, Charlie Hamblett, Lucas Hare, Hugh John, Richard Mark, Lizzy McInnerny, Peter Moreton, Steve Simmonds, Colin Stinton, David Sturzaker and Benny Young.
Chicago in the 1930s, the Great Depression – a time of unemployment, fear and corruption and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power. Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself.
Brecht’s work includes The Threepenny Opera (with Kurt Weill), The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Good Person of Szechuan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Prior to its West End run, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will return to the Minerva Theatre, Chichester for a limited engagement from 15 August to 14 September.
Henry Goodman plays Arturo Ui. He recently starred in The Old Vic’s production of The Winslow Boy. His other numerous theatre credits include Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Copenhagen (Lyceum Theatre Sheffield), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and West End), The Hypochondriac (Almeida), Chicago (Adelphi), Art, Hysteria (Royal Court, West End and on tour) and Assassins (Donmar). Work at the RSC includes the title role in Richard III, The Comedy of Errors and Henry VIII. His credits for the National Theatre include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Guys and Dolls. Goodman’s television credits include Yes, Prime Minister (Gold) and he will soon be seen in the forthcoming dramas Falcón (Sky Atlantic HD) and Final Flight (BBC2). Films include Wonder, Taking Woodstock, The Damned United, Keen Eddie, Colour Me Kubrick, Green Street, Out on a Limb, Churchill – The Hollywood Years, Notting Hill and Mary Reilly. He has won and been nominated for Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and Critics’ Circle Awards for his roles in Duet for One, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Hysteria, Assassins, Groucho at Large, Peter Pan, Metamorphosis, Every Man in His Humour, The Devils, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone, The Time of Your Life, The Merchant of Venice and Angels in America.
Keith Baxter plays the Actor. He has previously appeared at Chichester in Elvira ’40, The Inconstant Couple, A Woman of No Importance, Tonight We Improvise, Antony and Cleopatra and The Country Wife. He also directed After October, Dangerous Corner and Rope at Chichester (the latter two productions both transferred to the West End). Baxter’s numerous credits also include the stage and screen productions of Chimes at Midnight, directed by Orson Welles.
Michael Feast plays Roma. He has previously appeared at Chichester in A Month in the Country, Macbeth (also West End, BAM and Broadway), Twelfth Night, The Master and Margarita, Faustus, Nathan the Wise, The Seagull, A Christmas Carol and Vivat! Vivat Regina! Other theatre credits include The King’s Speech (UK tour and West End), The Forest, The Tempest, No Man’s Land and American Buffalo (National Theatre), Faust I & II (RSC Stratford), Murder in the Cathedral, Measure for Measure (RSC Stratford and London) and Ourselves Alone (Royal Court and Dublin).
William Gaunt plays Old Dogsborough. He has previously appeared at Chichester in The Cherry Orchard. Other theatre credits include Sixty Six Books – Concerning Faith (Bush Theatre), Henry IV Parts I & II (Shakespeare’s Globe), King Lear and The Seagull (RSC), Humble Boy, Albert Speer, The Cherry Orchard, Look Back in Anger, The Mysteries and An Inspector Calls (National Theatre), and West End productions of The Miracle Worker, Travels With My Aunt, Boys in the Band and Flip Side.
Joe McGann plays Giri/O’Casey. He has previously appeared at Chichester in The Water Babies. Other theatre credits include Of Mice and Men (Nottingham Playhouse and West End), the West End production of Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes, and national tours of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Guys and Dolls.
Jonathan Church is Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director. His credits for Chichester include Singin’ in the Rain, which transferred to the West End in 2012 and begins a nationwide tour later this year, having received Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations and a Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Choreographer. His Chichester credits also include The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, The Grapes of Wrath, Pravda, Hobson’s Choice, The Circle and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other credits include the Olivier Award-nominated Of Mice and Men.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is produced in the West End by Chichester Festival Theatre, Duncan C Weldon, Nica Burns, Liza McLean, Charles Diamond and Max Weitzenhoffer.
Director Jonathan Church
Designer Simon Higlett
Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell
Music Matthew Scott
Sound Designer Mike Walker
Casting Director Gabrielle Dawes
July 9, 2013
Henry Goodman reprises his wildly acclaimed performance as Arturo Ui in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre.
There is never a dull moment in this version of Bertolt Brecht’s funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler, all shot through with razor-sharp wit.
Henry Goodman is hypnotic as Arturo Ui, in his finely-detailed account of a Thirties American gangster who is unmistakably Adolf Hitler.
His tour de force performance reveals the growth of a man from upstart to megalomaniac, as Ui slowly exerts a stranglehold over Chicago and neighbouring Cicero in Jonathan Church’s superlative production.
The cast includes Henry Goodman, Michael Feast, William Gaunt, Joe McGann, Keith Baxter and Lizzy McInnerny.
Theatre: Duchess Theatre
April 12, 2013
Lenny Henry stars in August Wilson’s great American drama Fences at the Duchess Theatre.
Following his triumphant performance as Othello in the West End, Lenny Henry takes on the lead role of Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s compelling drama about black American family life.
Lenny Henry delivers a blistering performance that has won him wide critical acclaim playing Troy Maxson, the once gifted athlete who was denied his shot at the big time.
Set between the Korean and Vietnam wars, Fences is a powerful account of a family trying to hold itself together and of what happens when a strong man is robbed of his dreams.
Directed by Paulette Randall, the play also stars Tanya Moodie, Terence Maynard, Colin McFarlane, Peter Bankole and Ashley Zhangazha.
**** “[Lenny Henry] holds the stage as Troy Maxson” The Guardian
**** “[Lenny Henry] is, and I don’t use the word lightly, magnificent in a drama that often seems like the black American equivalent of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.” The Telegraph
Theatre: Duchess Theatre
February 16, 2013
What’s playing and coming up at the Duchess Theatre.
January 31, 2013
Alex Jennings stars as Alan Bennett in Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre, featuring two autobiographical recollections by Alan Bennett – Hymn directed by Nadia Fall and Cocktail Sticks directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Untold Stories features two autobiographical recollections by Alan Bennett. Hymn is a touching memoir of music in childhood, directed by Nadia Fall, with an evocative score by George Fenton.
Cocktail Sticks, directed by Nicholas Hytner, revisits some of the themes and conversations of Alan Bennett’s memoir A Life Like Other People’s. A son talks to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life. It’s funny, tender and sad.
Alex Jennings plays Alan Bennett in both pieces.
Theatre: Duchess Theatre
November 29, 2012
The only chance in London to see the Edinburgh Fringe Festival sell out sensation The Boy With Tape on His Face, as he brings his multi award winning “hysterically funny” (Time Out) smash-hit show MORE TAPE to the West End this Christmas for 22 performances only.
November 6, 2012
Blastoff into outer space as Sooty returns to the West End direct from his hit ITV show. Join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Richard in a spectacular festive adventure for the whole family.
Sooty’s rocket is on the launch pad and he’s off to explore the final frontier… but with Sweep at the controls what could possibly go wrong? Everything!
You’ll see the Amazing Space Station complete with Sooty’s Robot and Turbo Rocket. The Flight to Mars is presented in Magical 3D with a free pair of Space Goggles for everyone to take home.
Watch out for the Flying Cups and Saucers, The Dancing Martians and the Giant Triplod!
With magic, music and lots of audience participation, Sooty in Space is an Intergalactic Giggle for the whole family! Don’t miss it!
October 1, 2012
This autumn Laurence Fox stars as Joe in Our Boys, a funny and honest drama about six young soldiers recovering from the injuries they have suffered on the front line.
Laurence Fox is part of the Fox acting dynasty that includes his actress sister Lydia Fox, his famous uncles, actor Edward Fox and theatre and film producer Robert Fox, and actor cousins Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox.
Perhaps best known for playing Detective Sergeant James Hathaway alongside Kevin Whately in ITV’s drama Lewis, Laurence Fox’s other screens appearances including Island at War and A Room With A View, and film work in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Gosford Park, and WE.
Laurence Fox trained at RADA, and his stage work includes Peter Hall’s production of Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Strand Theatre, Tis a Pity She’s a Whore as Southwark and Christopher Hampton’s Treats at the Garrick Theatre.
Laurence Fox is married to actress Billie Piper, who makes her National Theatre debut this autumn in The Effect.
The cast of Our Boys also includes Cian Barry, Jolyon Coy, Arthur Darvill, Matthew Lewis and Lewis Reeves.
August 11, 2012
A searingly honest and explosively funny account of army life by Jonathan Lewis, based on his own experiences as a soldier. A talented cast includes Laurence Fox, Cian Barry, Jolyon Coy, Arthur Darvill, Matthew Lewis and Lewis Reeves.