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Gemma Arterton, Stephen Mangan to host Olivier Awards

March 21, 2014 

The Society of London Theatre has announced the hosts of this year’s Olivier Awards.

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton

Stephen Mangan

Stephen Mangan

Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will take on the hosting duties of this year’s awards, to be held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13 April.

More details have also been announced about the night including that the set for the show will be built by I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical designer Es Devlin, and voiceover announcements of the nominees will be recorded by Julie Walters.

The Olivier Awards will be broadcast by ITV in a highlights package on the night, and the awards will be screened live to fans in Covent Garden.

Gemma Arterton is a British film and stage actress who will play the lead this autumn in Rupert Goold’s new production of Made In Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre.

Stephen Mangan is a TV and stage comedian who is currently appearing in Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

LINKS

Visit our Olivier Awards microsite

GEMMA ARTERTON in Made in Dagenham

March 3, 2014 

Gemma Arterton stars in Made in Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre

GEMMA ARTERTON in Made in Dagenham

Hollywood and British film star Gemma Arterton returns to the West End in big new musical Made in Dagenham, playing the lead role of Rita O’Grady.

Gemma trained at RADA. Her theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder, and Rosaline in Love Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).

Her film work includes The Voices, Gemma Bovery, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Song for Marion, Byzantium, Runner, Runner, A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure, Tamara Drewe, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Boat that Rocked, Quantum of Solace, RocknRolla, Three and Out and St Trinian’s.

Gemma’s TV credits include Tess in the BBC adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Elizabeth Bennett in ITV’s Lost in Austen, and Liza in Capturing Mary.

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Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre

March 3, 2014 

New musical Made in Dagenham, coming to the Adelphi Theatre, will star Gemma Arterton in the lead role.

It’s official! The producers of new West End musical Made in Dagenham have announced that Gemma Arterton is to star in the show.

Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical. Photo: Alex James

Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical. Photo: Alex James

The brand new musical, which is based on the hit British movie that starred Sally Hawkins, will start previews at the Adelphi Theatre on 9 October 2014.

In the lead role of Rita O’Grady will be Hollywood and British film and stage star Gemma Arterton. She will be joined by Adrian Der Gregorian in the show as her husband Eddie.

Made in Dagenham The Musical will be directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron, The Hollow Crown), with a book by One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean and music by BAFTA and Grammy award winning composer David Arnold, best known for his work on the Bond movies. Lyrics are by Olivier Award winner Richard Thomas (Jerry Spring The Opera), with design by Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) and choreography by Aletta Collins (His Dark Materials).

Gemma Arterton, who recently opened the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe in The Duchess of Malfi, was said to be “thrilled” by the new role, which will demand acting, singing and dancing from the star.

The show based on real-life events in set in Essex in 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for? Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.

Director of the show Rupert Goold said in a statement that: “From my first watch of Made in Dagenham I knew it was a piece I wanted to be involved in bringing to the stage. It’s such an engaging, relatable and vital story and I’m convinced as a musical we can bring even more to it when we mount our production at the Adelphi. British theatre has world class playwrights and songwriters and this industry is at its most exiting when it’s creating new work. I’m thrilled to be surrounded by a creative team on Made In Dagenham that represents the very best in our business. We’ve got some big ideas, some brilliant original music and I can’t wait to get going with our cast. It’s particularly exciting too, that the cast will be led by the luminously talented Gemma Arterton and the unspeakably charismatic Adrian Der Gregorian, who I’m delighted are playing the leads at the centre of this big-hitting, big-hearted musical.”

Made in Dagenham The Musical is produced by Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions and Just for Laughs Theatricals.

Further casting to be announced.

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Made in Dagenham The Musical starring Gemma Arterton

March 3, 2014 

Gemma Arterton stars in big new musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, based on the hit British film.

Award-winning director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron) presents a major new West End musical based on the smash-hit British movie Made in Dagenham.

Featuring Hollywood and British film and stage star Gemma Arterton in the lead role of Rita O’Grady, the show is coming to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre from 9 October 2014.

Gemma Arterton is joined by Adrian Der Gregorian as her husband Eddie.

CREATIVE TEAM

Multi-award winning director Rupert Goold (American Psycho, Enron) is directing the show, with designs by Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) and choreography by Aletta Collins (His Dark Materials).

The show features a book by Olivier Award winner Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), music by BAFTA and Grammy award winning composer David Arnold (the Bond movies) and  lyrics by Olivier Award winner Richard Thomas (Jerry Spring The Opera).

THE STORY

Made in Dagenham is based on the real story of the women of the Ford car factory in Dagenham. Set in Dagenham, Essex in 1968, Rita O’Grady is an ordinary married women trying to hold everything together including a job. But when it is announced to her and the other girls in the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant that they will have their pay downgraded to “unskilled”, her life is about to change forever.

Drawing on an inner strength that she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the mighty Ford corporation and against the corrupt Union that is supposed to be helping them. As their journey goes beyond anything they had originally imagined, Rita must balance the fight for the rights of her and women workers everywhere with the keeping her personal life intact.

A funny, touching story that is as relevant now as in the Sixties, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.

ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN in Made in Dagenham

March 3, 2014 

Adrian Der Gregorian stars alongside Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre

ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN in Made in Dagenham

Actor Adrian der Gregorian trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

His theatre credits include Sidney in Sweet Smell Of Success (Arcola Theatre), Eddie/ Dr Scott in Rocky Horror Show (UK touring), Francis and Alternate Albin in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre), Neal in Love and Understanding (Trident Theatre Company), Castogan in The Enfant (Les Enfants Terrible), understudy Walter Hartwright in The Woman in White (Palace Theatre) and understudy J.K in Bombay Dreams (Apollo Theatre).

Adrian’s TV credits include RI:SE (Channel Four) and The Gallahagn Directories (ADMB Productions).

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Olivier Awards 2014

January 28, 2014 

Welcome to this year’s microsite for the 2014 Olivier Awards.

Within this microsite you will find a wealth of information about the 38th annual Olivier Awards, organised each year by the Society of London Theatre to celebrate the very best of West End theatre.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! SEE A LIST OF ALL WINNERS HERE

Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton

Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton, hosts of this year’s awards

AWARDS CEREMONY – HOSTS AND PRESENTERS

This year’s Olivier Awards awards were held on  Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London.

The awards were hosted by movie and stage star Gemma Arterton, who will be starring in new musical Made in Dagenham this autumn in the West End, and comedian Stephen Mangan, who is currently starring in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre. This year’s voiceover announcements were made by Julie Walters.

Guest presenters  on the night included Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Harman, Rufus Hound, Beverley Knight, Dame Penelope Keith, Robert Lindsay, Dame Gillian Lynne, Ben Miles, Alistair McGowan, Marianela Núñez, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Strong, Luke Treadaway, Gok Wan, Ruth Wilson and Leigh Zimmerman. More presenters and guests will be announced nearer to the night.

AWARDS CEREMONY – PERFORMANCES

This year’s performers at the Awards included:

Joseph Calleja

Joseph Calleja

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

  • Broadway star Bernadette Peters accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus , who reunited to celebrate 15 years of the hit show MAMMA MIA!
  • International opera singer Joseph Calleja, who finished the first half of the evening by singing E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca.
  • Best New Musical nominees performed –  including The Book Of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys.
  • Audience Award nominees performed – including Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

WATCHING THE AWARDS

This year the awards were again broadcast by ITV in the UK, on the evening of the awards. Catch up with ITVPlayer.

Also on the night, the ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza presented a free Olivier Awards celebration. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Michael Xavier, the free event  featured live performances from shows including Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Urinetown and Wicked.

Large screens in the Piazza also broadcast the Awards live.

A special BBC Radio 2 programme will air at 6pm on Saturday 18 April 2014. The two-hour highlights programme will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and feature backstage interviews, special guests and highlights from ceremony.

SPONSORS

MasterCard, headline sponsor
Rosewood London, hotel partner
American Airlines, airline partner
MAC cosmetics, make-up partner
Laurent Perrier, champagne partner
Chester Barrie, menswear partner
Audi, car partner
CBS, advertising partner
Fenwick of Bond Street, fashion partner
Acting for Others, official charity
With additional support from Bumble & Bumble, Divine Chocolate, Harpers, Hildon and Newmans

Check back for the latest news, photos and information on the 2014 Olivier Awards.

Photos: The Duchess of Malfi starring Gemma Arterton at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

January 17, 2014 

Production photos of The Duchess of Malfi starring Gemma Arterton at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Roy Tan

The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Roy Tan

The doors have opened at London’s newest theatre – the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, part of Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank.

This unique new indoor space allows the Globe to be an all-year venue and to investigate staging Jacobean plays in their intended atmosphere.

The theatre holds up to 340 people, with two tiers of galleries and a pit seating area, and is predominantly lit by candles.

The first production in the new theatre is  The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, directed by Dominic Dromgoole and starring Gemma Arterton (until 16 February 2014).

In the play, the widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio. But her rancorous brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are implacably opposed to the match. When their spy, Bosola, discovers that the Duchess has secretly married and carries Antonio’s child, they exact a terrible and horrific revenge.

The cast includes Gemma Arterton as the Duchess, Sean Gilder as Bosola, David Dawson as Ferdinand, James Garnon as the Cardinal, Denise Gough as Julia and Alex Waldmann as Antonio.

LINKS

Sam Wanamaker Theatre website

Gemma Arterton to star in Made In Dagenham The Musical?

August 9, 2013 

Screen star Gemma Arterton is being lined up to play the lead role in a new stage musical version of Made in Dagenham.

Gemma Arterton to star in Made In Dagenham musical

Gemma Arterton to star in Made In Dagenham musical

Originally slated for a 2013 opening, the musical is now set for an Autumn 2014 premiere (as rumoured by Baz in the Daily Mail today).

Arterton would take the lead role of Rita, played by Sally Hawkins in the movie, and performed the part in a workshop version of Act One of the show last year.

The show is being developed by a strong creative team including director Rupert Goold (Enron), a book by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), music by David Arnold (Bond films) who penned the film’s original score, and lyrics by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera).

Stage Entertainment are producing the musical, which is set for a late 2014 opening, and are currently negotiating to secure a mid-sized West End theatre for the show.

NEWS UPDATE TO THIS STORY:
Made in Dagenham The Musical is now booking at the Adelphi Theatre starring Gemma Arterton

Made In Dagenham The Musical set for London stage

September 28, 2012 

A new stage musical based on the hit film Made In Dagenham is currently being worked on, set for a London debut in 2013.

Made In Dagenham - the movie to be made into a musical

Made In Dagenham – the movie to be made into a musical

Actress Gemma Arterton has been linked to the lead role of Rita, played by Sally Hawkins in the movie, and this month performed in a workshop version of Act One of the show.

The show is being developed by a strong creative team including director Rupert Goold (Enron), a book by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), music by David Arnold (Bond films) who penned the film’s original score, and lyrics by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera).

Stage Entertainment are producing the musical, which is set for a 2013 opening date in London.

NEWS UPDATE TO THIS STORY:
Made in Dagenham The Musical is now booking at the Adelphi Theatre starring Gemma Arterton

 

STAGE SPY CHECK-LIST

 

    • Show: Made In Dagenham The Musical
    • West End Theatre: TBC
    • Director: Rupert Goold
    • Stars: Gemma Arterton TBC
    • Opens: 2013 / 2014
    • Original source: Daily Mail

Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Shortlist 2010

November 22, 2010 

Awards announced: Sunday 28 November 2010, Savoy Hotel London

BEST ACTOR
Roger Allam Henry IV Parts One and Two (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Rory Kinnear Hamlet (National’s Olivier)/Measure For Measure (Almeida)
David Suchet All My Sons (Apollo)

THE NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Nancy Carroll After The Dance (National Lyttelton)
Elena Roger Passion (Donmar Warehouse)
Sheridan Smith Legally Blonde (Savoy)
Sophie Thompson Clybourne Park (Royal Court)

BEST PLAY
Mike Bartlett Cock (Royal Court)
Bruce Norris Clybourne Park (Royal Court)
Roy Williams Sucker Punch (Royal Court)

THE NED SHERRIN AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
Legally Blonde Savoy Theatre
Les Misérables Cameron Mackintosh 2010 production at Barbican Theatre
Passion Donmar Warehouse

BEST DIRECTOR
Howard Davies The White Guard (National Lyttelton)/All My Sons (Apollo)
Nicholas Hytner The Habit Of Art (National Lyttelton)/London Assurance (National Olivier)/Hamlet (National Olivier)
Laurie Sansom Beyond The Horizon and Spring Storm (National Cottesloe)
Thea Sharrock After The Dance (National Lyttelton)

BEST DESIGN
Miriam Buether Sucker Punch (Royal Court)/Earthquakes In London (National Cottesloe)
Bunny Christie The White Guard (National Lyttelton)
Christopher Oram Passion (Donmar Warehouse)/Red (Donmar Warehouse)

CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT
DC Moore The Empire (Royal Court)
Nick Payne If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush)/Wanderlust (Royal Court)
Anya Reiss Spur Of The Moment (Royal Court)

THE MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER
Melanie Chisholm for her performance in Blood Brothers (Phoenix)
Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Sucker Punch (Royal Court)
Isabella Laughland for her performance in Wanderlust (Royal Court)
Shannon Tarbet for her performance in Spur Of The Moment (Royal Court)
You Me Bum Bum Train created by Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd (LEB Building, E2)

THE GOLDEN SEAGULL AWARD
Presented on behalf of Moscow Art Theatre.

THE LEBEDEV SPECIAL AWARD
For outstanding contribution to theatre.

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