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Kenneth Branagh’s season of plays at the Garrick

April 17, 2015 

Kenneth Branagh’s season of plays at the Garrick Theatre.

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company promises a year of unmissable theatre.

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Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents an exceptional series of plays that bring together a remarkable group of actors, led by Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Rob Brydon, Lily James and Richard Madden.

The productions include The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade, The Painkiller, Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer.

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Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre

January 30, 2015 

Starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, The Winter’s Tale is part of Kenneth Branagh’s season of Plays at the Garrick theatre.

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Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.  Judi Dench will play Paulina, Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes.

The Winter’s Tale will form part of Kenneth Branagh’s season called Plays at the Garrick and runs from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016

STORY

Leontes has everything a man could want: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But jealousy causes him tear his happy family apart, leading to years of guilt. Finally he pays his debts and can be reconciled with his loving wife, Hermione.

The Winter’s Tale consists of five acts: The first three acts consist of psychological drama where Shakespeare demands we endure the savage madness of Leontes and the deaths of innocent people;  the final two acts are full of amusement and laughter which leads to a happy and joyous ending.

CAST

The cast includes Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, Kenneth Branagh as Leontes, Tom Bateman as Florizel, Jessie Buckley as Perdita, Jack Colgrave Hirst as The Clown, Hadley Fraser as Polixenes, Michael Pennington as Antigonus, Miranda Raison as Hermione, John Shrapnel as Camillo, Kathryn Wilder as Mopsa, and Jimmy Yuil as Shepherd.

Judi Dench: Since playing Ophelia in Hamlet at The Old Vic Theatre 58 years ago, Judi Dench has garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. Judi has won numerous major awards including an Academy Award, ten BAFTA Awards and a record six Laurence Olivier Awards.

Kenneth Branagh is an award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Branagh’s stage acting credits include Another Country, Henry V, Golden Girls, three productions of Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (also directed), Public Enemy, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Look Back in Anger, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also directed), King Lear (also directed), Coriolanus, Richard III, Edmond, Ivanov, The Painkiller and Macbeth (also co-directed). The plays he has directed also include John Sessions’ The Life of Napoleon and Napoleon, The American Story, Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, The Play What I Wrote, and Ducktastic.

Tom Bateman’s theatre credits include Shakespeare In Love (The Noel Coward Theatre), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola Theatre), Duchess Of Malfi (Old Vic), The Lion In Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre). Tom’s television credits include Jekyll & Hyde, The Honourable Woman, The Tunnel, Da Vinci’s Demons, Parade’s End, Spooks and Helicopter Missions. Tom’s film credits include The Creditors.

Jessie Buckley first came to prominence in Andrew Lloyd Webber and the BBC’s Production of I’d Do Anything, since then her theatre credits include The Tempest (The Globe) Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), Venice Preserv’d (The Spectators Guild), Henry V (Michael Grandage Theatre Company – Noel Coward Theatre, London), The Tempest (The Globe) and A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory/The Garrick Theatre, London). Jessie’s film credits include Pulsar, Crosswinds and Join My Band. Jessie’s television credits include War and Peace, Endeavour, and This September.

Hadley Fraser’s theatre credits include The Vote, City of Angels, Coriolanus, The Machine (all Donmar Warehouse), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre),The Pirate Queen (Hilton Theatre, Broadway), My Fair Lady (Bronowski Productions), Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket), Assassins (Crucible Theatre), Longitude (Greenwich Theatre), Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury Theatre), Putting It Together (Harrogate Theatre), The Shaughraun (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Pirates Of Penzance (Savoy Theatre), Peter Pan (Dexter Savoy Theatre), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) and Little Shop Of Horrors (Northampton Derngate). His film credits include Les Miserables, Shackled, Convincing Clooney and The Lost Tribe. His television credits include Holby City, Sons of Liberty, Pompidou, Fresh Beat Band, Doctor Who and Missing Moscow.

Michael Pennington is an actor, director and writer. His extensive body of work includes King Lear, Hamlet, Coriolanus, Henry V, Macbeth, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale, The Entertainer, Love’s Labour’s Lost,  Measure for Measure, Shadow of a Gunman, The Way of the World, Playing with Trains, Venus and Adonis, The Misanthrope, Antony and Cleopatra, The Syndicate, The Master Builder , The Seagull, The Provok’d Wife, and Venice Preserv’d, His television credits include The Escape Artist, Title role in Oedipus the King, Danton’s Death, Miss Nightingale, Trial and Retribution, State of Play, Kavanagh QC, Waking the Dead, Doctor Terrible’s House of Horrible, Cracker, Between the Lines and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. In addition his film credits include Churchill at War, Return of the Jedi and The Iron Lady.

Miranda Raison’s theatre credits include Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead) Strangers On A Train (The Gielgud), The River (Royal Court Theatre), The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse), 66 Books: A Response To Daniel (The Bush Theatre), Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pains Of Youth and Ben Hur (Battersea Arts Centre), Don’t Just Lie There Say Something (The Mill, Sonning), The Rivals (Salisbury Playhouse), Othello (York Theatre Royal) and The Man Who Came To Dinner (Chichester Festival Theatre). Her television credits include 24: Live Another Day, Spotless, Silk, Vexed, Dirk Gently, Merlin, Death In Paradise, Sugartown, Doctor Who, Holby City, Private Life Of Samuel Pepys, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Perfect Strangers, Jo, Lewis, Poirot, Emmerdale, Sinbad, Married Single Other, Plus One, Spooks, Heartbeat and Frightmares. Miranda’s film credits include After Death, I Am Soldier, Dragon Age: Blood Mage No Seisen, My Week With Marilyn, Heaven And Earth, Land Of The Blind, Match Point, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Susie Q.

CREATIVE TEAM

Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford to co-direct with set and costume by Christopher Oram.

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Maggie Smith and Judi Dench 80th birthday celebrations

November 30, 2014 

Celebrating the 80th birthdays of Britain’s most famous acting Dames, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.

Celebrating the 80th birthdays of Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench

 

Updated: 30 November 2014

This December sees the birthdays of two very importance actresses.

Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench both turn 80 years old this December, and WestEndTheatre.com will be building up a collection of features on these two great West End ladies as we approach their 80th birthdays.

We suspect that both ladies will hate all of the fuss, but fuss there will be as the world celebrates their long, accomplished careers on stage and screen.

Judi Dench was born in Heworth, York on 9 December 1934 and Maggie Smith was born a few weeks later in Ilford, Essex on 28 December 1934.

Over the next few months we will focus on their stage careers, particularly their London stage work, plus their movie roles, awards and their lives.

To kick off, here’s a quick look at their current projects.

Current Projects

  • Dame Maggie is currently filming The Lady in the Van, based on Alan Bennett’s play and directed by Nicholas Hytner. Alex Jennings, who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will play Bennett, with Dame Maggie as Miss Shepherd.
  • Filming has completed on the sequel to the hugely successful The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel set for a 2015 release. Maggie Smith returns to the role of Muriel Donnelly in the movie, with Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade.
  • Judi Dench has completed work on Tulip Fever, which has finished filming and is now in post-production. Produced by the Weinstein Company and directed by Justin Chadwick, the film has a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, which means that Harvey Weinstein, Tom Stoppard and Judi Dench are all reuniting following the huge success of Shakespeare in Love. The cast of Tulip Fever includes Holliday Grainger, Matthew Morrison, Cara Delevingne and Cressida Bonas. Dench plays The Abbess of St. Ursula.
  • Judi also filmed a TV movie version of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot earlier this year, for a Christmas run on the BBC. She plays Mrs. Silver alongside Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Hoppy.
  • The fifth series of Downton Abbey, where Maggie Smith plays Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, has recently completed on ITV1 in the UK.
  • Current movie My Old Lady, released in the UK on 21 November 2014, stars Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas.
  • A major movie and TV retrospective of Maggie Smith’s work will run at the British Film Institute on the Southbank from 2 December 2014 to 31 January 2015. Work being screened includes Shakespeare’s Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Travels with My Aunt, Murder by Death, California Suite, Quartet, A Private Function, A Room with a View, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Memento Mori, Suddenly, Last Summer, Tea with Mussolini, Gosford Park, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, My House in Umbria, Ladies in Lavender, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Dame Joan Plowright retires from acting

May 14, 2014 

Award winning actress Dame Joan Plowright has announced that she has retired from acting.

Sad to hear that Joan Plowright, who is a much-loved actress by anyone’s standard but also happens to be theatrical royalty as the widow of Lord Olivier, has had to retire from acting (Telegraph, 13 May 2014).

Joan Plowright (right) and Liza Tarbuck in Absolutely! (Perhaps) in London in 2003

Joan Plowright (right) and Liza Tarbuck in Absolutely! (Perhaps) in London in 2003

The 84 year old is now completely blind from a macular degeneration, which means that over the last decade she has slowly lost her eye sight.

Her agents at Independent Talent Group confirmed the news this week.

Her extraordinary stage career included performing with the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in 1956 cast as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife, and co-starring with her future husband Laurence Olivier in 1957 in John Osborne’s The Entertainer. She won a Tony Award in 1961 for A Taste of Honey on Broadway.

But it’s her film and TV work that has introduced her to each new generation, from The Entertainer in 1960, to a Golden Globe for Enchanted April in 1992, Tea With Mussolini with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Cher in 1999, and another Golden Globe for her performance in HBO film Stalin in 1992.

The news comes following Dame Judi Dench’s revelation earlier this year that she also has failing eyesight due to age-related macular degeneration, and is no longer able to read scripts. Dame Judi will celebrate her 80th birthday on 9 December 2014.

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Peter And Alice casting update

January 18, 2013 

Michael Grandage has announced the final casting for his production of Peter and Alice, a new play by John Logan that forms part of his season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre.

As previously announced, the play will star Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in the title roles of Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewelyn Davies, the real-life inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Joining Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in Peter and Alice, which runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 9 March to 1 June 2013,will be Olly Alexander, Ruby Bentall, Stefano Braschi, Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell.

The play will be directed by Michael Grandage, with design by Christopher Oram.

Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale continues its successful run at the Noel Coward Theatre as part of Michael Grandage’s season.

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CREDITS

Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander plays Peter Pan. His theatre work includes Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion Theatre) and The Aliens (Bush Theatre). For television, his credits include Skins, The Fades and Summerhill; and for film, Le Weekend, God Help the Girl, Great Expectations, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, The Dish and The Spoon, Gulliver’s Travels, Dust, Tormented, Bright Star and Enter the Void.

Ruby Bentall

Ruby Bentall

Ruby Bentall plays Alice in Wonderland. For theatre, her credits include Hansel and Gretel, Grief, The Miracle, DNA, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (National Theatre), Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), and Alice (Sheffield Crucible). Her television work includes The Paradise, Larkrise to Candelford, New Tricks, Lost in Austen and Oliver Twist; and for film, Robin Hood, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler and Tormented.

Stefano Braschi

Stefano Braschi

Stefano Braschi plays Arthur Davies/Reggie Hargreaves/Michael Davies. His theatre work for Michael Grandage at the Donmar includes Richard II and King Lear (also national tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music. His other theatre work includes The Guinea Pig Club (York Theatre Royal), Danton’s Death (National Theatre), Warm (Nordland Theatre, Norway) and This Much is True (Theatre 503). His television credits include Miranda, The Best Possible Taste, Conviction, Benidorm, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Come Fly With Me, Sherlock: The Great Game and The Persuasionists.

Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Judi Dench plays Alice Liddell Hargreaves. Dench’s theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Madame de Sade (Donmar West End), Hay Fever, The Breath of Life (Haymarket Theatre), Merry Wives of Windsor, All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC), Amy’s View (National Theatre and Broadway) and A Little Night Music (National Theatre). For television, her credits include Cranford, As Time Goes By and Last of the Blonde Bombshells; and for film, Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, J.Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jane Eyre, The Quantum of Solace, Notes on a Scandal, Casino Royale, Mrs Henderson Presents, Pride and Prejudice, Iris, Chocolat, Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress) and Mrs Brown.

Nicholas Farrell

Nicholas Farrell

Nicholas Farrell plays Lewis Carroll. For theatre his work includes South Downs/ Browning Version (Chichester Festival Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre), Stuff Happens, Dinner (National Theatre), The Lady in the Van (Queen’s Theatre), The Strip (Royal Court), Walpurgis Night (Gate Theatre), Kean (Old Vic) and The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych Theatre). For television, his credits include The Special Relationship, Torchwood, Collision, Rebus, Talk to Me, The Roman Mysteries, Persuasion, Suburban Shootout, Jericho, Trial and Retribution, Bedtime Stories, Absolute Power, The Jury, Lipstick on Your Collar and The Jewel in the Crown; and for film, Amazing Grace, Driving Lessons, The Third Wave, Charlotte Gray, Bloody Sunday, Pearl Harbour and Beautiful People.

Derek Riddell

Derek Riddell

Derek Riddell plays JM Barrie. For theatre his credits include Knives in Hens (Royal Exchange), Victoria (RSC), The Cosmonaut (Tron Theatre), The Juji Girl (Traverse Theatre) and Anna Karenina (Shared Experience). His television work includes Frankie, DCI Banks, Ripper Street, Bob Servant Independent, More Than Words: Mightier than the Sword, Bad Sugar, Garrow’s Law, Death in Paradise, Field of Blood, Five Days, Trust Me, Ugly Betty, State of Mind, Forgiven, No Angels, The Book Group, Clocking Off and The Project; and for film, Twenty 8K, The Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, To Hell With Love and Best Laid Plans.

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw plays Peter Llewelyn Davies. His theatre work includes The Pride (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Cock (Royal Court Theatre), Some Trace of Her, The Seagull (National Theatre), Leaves of Glass (Soho Theatre), Mercury Fur (Paines Plough) and Hamlet (Old Vic). For television, his credits include Richard II, The Hour, All Signs of Death, Criminal Justice – International Emmy Award for Best Actor, Nathan Barley and Other People’s Children; and for film, For Viola And Piano, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

Full Casting Announced For The World Première Of John Logan’s New Play Peter And Alice

January 18, 2013 

Michael Grandage Company presents World première PETER AND ALICE A new play by John Logan

9 March – 1 June

Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Composer and Sound Designer: Adam Cork

Today full casting is announced for Peter and Alice – John Logan’s new play which continues the Michael Grandage Company Season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Joining Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw are Olly Alexander, Ruby Bentall, Stefano Braschi, Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell. The production follows the critically acclaimed Privates on Parade, and opens on 25 March, with previews from 9 March, and runs until 1 June 2013.

“Of course that’s how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours”

When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.

Judi Dench plays Alice, and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in Logan’s first new play since Red, which won six Tony Awards in 2010.

John Logan is a playwright and screenwriter. His numerous plays include the Tony Award-winning Red, which Michael Grandage directed for the Donmar as well as Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. His next play I’ll East You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opens on Broadway this April. A three-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter, his film work includes Skyfall, Hugo, Rango, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Aviator, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and Any Given Sunday.

Olly Alexander plays Peter Pan. His theatre work includes Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion Theatre) and The Aliens (Bush Theatre). For television, his credits include Skins, The Fades and Summerhill; and for film, Le Weekend, God Help the Girl, Great Expectations, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, The Dish and The Spoon, Gulliver’s Travels, Dust, Tormented, Bright Star and Enter the Void.

Ruby Bentall plays Alice in Wonderland. For theatre, her credits include Hansel and Gretel, Grief, The Miracle, DNA, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (National Theatre), Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), and Alice (Sheffield Crucible). Her television work includes The Paradise, Larkrise to Candelford, New Tricks, Lost in Austen and Oliver Twist; and for film, Robin Hood, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler and Tormented.

Stefano Braschi plays Arthur Davies/Reggie Hargreaves/Michael Davies. His theatre work for Michael Grandage at the Donmar includes Richard II and King Lear (also national tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music. His other theatre work includes The Guinea Pig Club (York Theatre Royal), Danton’s Death (National Theatre), Warm (Nordland Theatre, Norway) and This Much is True (Theatre 503). His television credits include Miranda, The Best Possible Taste, Conviction, Benidorm, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Come Fly With Me, Sherlock: The Great Game and The Persuasionists.

Judi Dench plays Alice Liddell Hargreaves. Dench’s theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Madame de Sade (Donmar West End), Hay Fever, The Breath of Life (Haymarket Theatre), Merry Wives of Windsor, All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC), Amy’s View (National Theatre and Broadway) and A Little Night Music (National Theatre). For television, her credits include Cranford, As Time Goes By and Last of the Blonde Bombshells; and for film, Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, J.Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jane Eyre, The Quantum of Solace, Notes on a Scandal, Casino Royale, Mrs Henderson Presents, Pride and Prejudice, Iris, Chocolat, Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress) and Mrs Brown.

Nicholas Farrell plays Lewis Carroll. For theatre his work includes South Downs/ Browning Version (Chichester Festival Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre), Stuff Happens, Dinner (National Theatre), The Lady in the Van (Queen’s Theatre), The Strip (Royal Court), Walpurgis Night (Gate Theatre), Kean (Old Vic) and The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych Theatre). For television, his credits include The Special Relationship, Torchwood, Collision, Rebus, Talk to Me, The Roman Mysteries, Persuasion, Suburban Shootout, Jericho, Trial and Retribution, Bedtime Stories, Absolute Power, The Jury, Lipstick on Your Collar and The Jewel in the Crown; and for film, Amazing Grace, Driving Lessons, The Third Wave, Charlotte Gray, Bloody Sunday, Pearl Harbour and Beautiful People.

Derek Riddell plays JM Barrie. For theatre his credits include Knives in Hens (Royal Exchange), Victoria (RSC), The Cosmonaut (Tron Theatre), The Juji Girl (Traverse Theatre) and Anna Karenina (Shared Experience). His television work includes Frankie, DCI Banks, Ripper Street, Bob Servant Independent, More Than Words: Mightier than the Sword, Bad Sugar, Garrow’s Law, Death in Paradise, Field of Blood, Five Days, Trust Me, Ugly Betty, State of Mind, Forgiven, No Angels, The Book Group, Clocking Off and The Project; and for film, Twenty 8K, The Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, To Hell With Love and Best Laid Plans.

Ben Whishaw plays Peter Llewelyn Davies. His theatre work includes The Pride (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Cock (Royal Court Theatre), Some Trace of Her, The Seagull (National Theatre), Leaves of Glass (Soho Theatre), Mercury Fur (Paines Plough) and Hamlet (Old Vic). For television, his credits include Richard II, The Hour, All Signs of Death, Criminal Justice – International Emmy Award for Best Actor, Nathan Barley and Other People’s Children; and for film, For Viola And Piano, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

Michael Grandage is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company in London. For the company he directed Privates on Parade opening the season at the Noel Coward Theatre. He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres (2000–05). He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University and is President of Central School of Speech and Drama. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. His book A Decade At The Donmar, was published by Constable & Robins in 2012.

His work for the Donmar Warehouse included Richard II, Luise Miller, King Lear, Red (also New York, Tony and Drama Desk Awards Best Director), Jude Law in Hamlet (also Elsinore and New York), Ivanov (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award Best Director), Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards Best Director), Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also Gielgud, New York, USA tour, Tony Nomination Award for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard and Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Director), The Wild Duck (Critic’s Circle Award Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Evening Standard Award Best Director), The Cut, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along (Evening Standard Award Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Director). For Sheffield Theatres he directed many productions including Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award Best Director).

Peter and Alice continues a season of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End. The fifteen month long season opened with Privates on Parade, and continues with Martin McDonagh’s comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe; A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Sheridan Smith and David Walliams; and completing the season is Jude Law in the title role of Shakespeare’s Henry V. At the heart of the season, a commitment to access and building the next generation of theatregoers, with over 100,000 tickets across the season at just £10, a full education programme alongside schools’ performances, access performances and job opportunities.

A WEST END SEASON LIKE NO OTHER…
This season of five plays will be presented with over 100,000 tickets at £10, free performances for selected schools, a full education programme, captioned performances, audio-described performances, job opportunities for rising young directors and designers and much more. As well as offering audiences a diverse range of plays, the Michael Grandage Company is also reaching out to people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the work they are presenting in the West End.

FREE EDUCATION PERFORMANCES
Every production in this season will have at least one free performance for schools and colleges from selected areas across London focusing on first-time theatregoers. This will launch MGC Futures, a scheme designed to introduce young people to the theatre.

MGC will also be engaging in a full education programme and reaching out to as many people as possible over the 15 months. There will be a Schools’ group rate offering access to all productions and a range of activities including a post-show talk, in-school workshops and online study guides free of charge.

In addition to this, MGC will undertake an ambitious intergenerational project focused around
Henry V – the final production in the season. This will culminate in MGC Education Week, which will see a performance of this work on the stage of the Noel Coward theatre, plus an exhibition of set and costume designs by local primary school children.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES – ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/ ASSOCIATE DESIGNER
MGC will be seeking young directors and designers for each production as part of a training scheme to seek out the next generation of creative artists working in the theatre. Full details of how to apply for these roles will be available via www.michaelgrandagecompany.com

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Each show will have audio described performances that include touch-tours and other activities.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
In association with Stagetext, MGC are proud to offer all five West End shows with captioned performances.

Press release issued by: Kate Morley PR

LINKS

Book tickets to Peter & Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre in London

Book tickets to the Michael Grandage Company season at the Noel Coward Theatre in London

Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners announced

November 26, 2012 

At a starry ceremony last night at the Savoy Hotel in London, the Evening Standard presented the winners of its annual theatre awards, hosted by James Corden.

Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall in Constellations - winner of Best New Play at this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall in Constellations – winner of Best New Play at this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards

The Royal Court enjoyed a timely success as its West End transfer of Constellations starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall scooped a Best New Play award for Nick Payne. Currently playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Payne, at 29, is the youngest playwright to win the award.

Royal Court associate director Simon Godwin also won a new award, the Burberry award for emerging director, after being nominated last year for best newcomer for Nick Payne’s Wanderlust at the Royal Court. His recent Royal Court productions include The Acid Test, Goodbye To All That and The Witness.

This year’s ceremony felt dominated by the world of fashion, including a star-turn by American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who is daughter of the late Standard editor Charles Wintour, and sponsorship by Burberry, with their chief creative officer Christopher Bailey co-hosting the awards.

Charles Wintour’s name is associated with the most promising playwright award, which this year went to Lolita Chakrabarti for her sell-out play Red Velvet starring Adrian Lester at the Tricycle.

The creativity of the London Olympics opening ceremony was honoured as Danny Boyle and his team took home the Beyond Theatre award, with Boyle using his acceptance speech to argue for the inclusion of arts subjects in the English Baccalaureate. Creative director of the Olympic ceremonies Stephen Daldry was also presented with a special award at the end of the evening by Stephen Fry.

Dame Judi Dench received an award for her contribution to world theatre, saying that she loved making movies such as recent James Bond film Skyfall but that her “absolute passion is the theatre”. She will star alongside Skyfall’s Ben Wishaw this March in Peter and Alice, part of Michael Grandage’s new season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre.

First up in the Grandage season is Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale, who took home the best actor award last night for his performance as Stalin in Collaborators at the National Theatre.

It was a good night for the National with the National Theatre’s artistic director Nicholas Hytner winning the best director gong for his production of Timon of Athens – which also starred Simon Russell Beale – and the Lebedev special award for Hytner’s dynamic directorship of the National Theatre. David Hare, who has had a long and successful association with the National Theatre, was awarded the Editor’s award for his contribution to theatre.

Nicholas Hytner joined the protests about Arts cuts saying that they made no economic sense and calling for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to fund theatres to stimulate philanthropic giving.

The Donmar Warehouse’s first season under the stewardship of Josie Rourke saw the best design award go to Soutra Gilmour for Inadmissible Evidence plus design of Antigone at the National, and much talked-about young British actor Matthew Tennyson won a Milton Shulman award for outstanding newcomer for the Donmar’s Making Noise Quietly.

In other categories, Hattie Morahan won the best actress prize for her performance as Nora in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Young Vic and best musical went to Jonathan Kent’s production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, which transferred from Chichester to the Adelphi Theatre.

Hosts of the awards included Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Tinie Tempah, with guests including Colin Firth, Sir Ian McKellen, Ruth Wilson, Bill Nighy and Ralph Fiennes.

LINKS

See a full list of winners of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Winners 2012

November 26, 2012 

Winners announced: Savoy Hotel, 25 November 2012

Best Play
Constellations, By Nick Payne (Royal Court Upstairs)

Best Director
Nicholas Hytner, Timon of Athens (National’s Olivier)

Best Actor
Simon Russell Beale, Collaborators (National’s Cottesloe)

Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress
Hattie Morahan, A Doll’s House (Young Vic)

Ned Sherrin Award For Best Musical
Sweeney Todd. Chichester Festival and Adelphi

Best Design
Soutra Gilmour, Inadmissible Evidence (Donmar Warehouse) and Antigone (National’s Olivier)

Charles Wintour Award For Most Promising Playwright
Lolita Chakrabarti, Red Velvet (Tricycle)

Milton Shulman Award For Outstanding Newcomer
Matthew Tennyson, Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse)

Beyond Theatre Award
Danny Boyle and his creative team, For the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

Lebedev Special Award
Nicholas Hytner, For his dynamic directorship of the National Theatre

Editor’s Award
David Hare, For his contribution to theatre

Burberry Award for Emerging Director
Simon Godwin

Moscow Art Theatre’s Golden Seagull Award
Judi Dench, For her contribution to world theatre

 

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Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Jude Law, Judi Dench, Simon Russell-Beale and Sheridan Smith

July 20, 2012 

Following his hugely successful 10 year reign at the Donmar Warehouse in London, award-winning director Michael Grandage is setting up shop at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End for a 15 month run of plays, starring some of the biggest names in British theatre.

An extraordinary season of plays starts this December with Simon Russell Beale starring in Peter Nichols’ award-winning comedy Privates on Parade. In March 2013, Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw star in John Logan’s remarkable new play Peter and Alice. June 2013 sees Daniel Radcliffe return to the West End in Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece The Cripple of Inishmaan and in September Grandage’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream premieres starring Sheridan Smith as Titania and David Walliams as Bottom. Finally in November 2013 Michael Grandage teams up again with Hollywood star Jude Law for Shakespeare’s Henry V.

 

Privates On Parade | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre

Privates On Parade

1 December 2012 – 2 March 2013

Simon Russell Beale plays the cross-dressing Captain Dennis whose performances of Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn and Carmen Miranda form the centrepiece of Peter Nichols’ award-winning comedy set against the murderous backdrop of the Malaysian campaign at the end of the Second World War.

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Peter and Alice | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre

Peter and Alice

9 March 2013 – 1 June 2013

Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw star in John Logan’s remarkable new play about the moment when Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, as the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. Part of the Michael Grandage Company season at the Noel Coward Theatre.

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The Cripple of Inishmaan | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre

8 June 2013 – 31 August 2013

Daniel Radcliffe stars in Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece set in rural Ireland, directed by Michael Grandage as part of his new season at the Noel Coward Theatre.

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A Midsummer Nights Dream | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre

7 September 2013 – 16 November 2013

Michael Grandage directs Sheridan Smith as Titania and David Walliams as Bottom in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, at the Noel Coward Theatre as part of the Michael Grandage Company season.

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Henry V | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre

23 November 2013 – 15 February 2014

Award-winning actor Jude Law and acclaimed director Michael Grandage continue their collaboration following Hamlet and Anna Christie with Law playing Shakespeare’s Henry V in a brand new production at the Noel Coward Theatre as part of the Michael Grandage Company season.

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Peter and Alice | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw

July 20, 2012 

Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw star in John Logan’s remarkable new play about the moment when Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, as the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. Part of the Michael Grandage Company season at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Judi Dench plays Alice, and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in Logan’s first new play since Red, which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010.

Director Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer Christopher Oram

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Peter and Alice | Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw

 

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