August 12, 2014
Production photos of Lady Windermere’s Fan at the King’s Head Theatre.
Oscar Wilde’s comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan is enjoying a revival in London this August.
Ruby In The Dust return to the King’s Head Theatre with a new version of the classic comedy, set in the 1930’s.
Directed by Linnie Reedman, the cast includes Ellie Nunn, Nathan Lubbock-Smith and Graham Hoadly.
Lady Windermere’s Fan runs until 23 August 2014.
Photos by Roy Tan.
September 7, 2013
Productions photos of Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical at the King’s Head Theatre
The story of America’s most famous Depression-era folk legends- Bonnie and Clyde – is running at the King’s Head Theatre this summer.
Starring Samantha Louise Clark as Bonnie and Tom Sword as Clyde, with Emma Jane Martin as Blanche Barrow, Gary Tushaw as Sheriff Ted Hinton and Christopher Burr as W D Jones, the musical is adapted by Linnie Reedman with music and lyrics by Joe Evans.
The show charts a true tale of love, poverty, criminality and celebrity set in the 1930s Southern States of drought, dust, disease and
Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical runs at the King’s Head Theatre until 21 September 2013.
Photos by Roy Tan
THEATREUPCLOSE PRESENTS CHARLES DICKENS’S A TALE OF TWO CITIES IN A WORLD PREMIERE STAGE ADAPTATION BY TERENCE RATTIGAN AND JOHN GIELGUD
July 23, 2013
OPENING AT THE KING’S HEAD THEATRE ON WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2013
For the first time ever, Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities will be produced on stage, directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and opening at the King’s Head Theatre on 25 September for a limited season, ending on 19 October.
In 1935, John Gielgud and Terence Rattigan collaborated on an adaptation of the great Dickens novel. The adaptation, which was to star Gielgud in the role of Sidney Carton, was aborted before it reached the stage and never performed until now, at a time when this tale of revolution, political unrest and espionage could not be more relevant. Amidst the backdrop of violence, deceit, corruption and betrayal, A Tale of Two Cities is the story of great love and the ultimate sacrifice.
Just as Gielgud had envisaged playing multiple characters in his fated production, Adam Spreadbury-Maher will have a company of eight actors playing the 30 characters who appear in the adaptation.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher founded the Cock Tavern Theatre in 2009, where he produced a six-play Edward Bond retrospective. He became Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre in 2010. His directing credits include the critically acclaimed London premiere of Arnold Wesker’s Denial (King’s Head), Peter Gill’s The York Realist and The Sleepers Den (Riverside Studios), a new Edward Bond play, There Will Be More (Cock Tavern), and, for OperaUpClose, The Masked Ball and Madam Butterfly (King’s Head). His acclaimed production of Tosca, which was staged last year at the Malmo Opera House and the King’s Head, will be at the Soho Theatre from 14 August to 15 September.
A Tale of Two Cities will have set design by Christopher Hone, costumes by Jonathan Lipman and lighting by Seth Rook Williams. It will be produced at the King’s Head Theatre by TheatreUpClose.
July 9, 2013
- A new musical adaptation ADAPTED AND DIRECTED by LINNIE REEDMAN
- MUSIC and LYRICS by JOE EVANS
- THE KING’S HEAD THEATRE
- 21 August – 21 September
- Press Night August 28 – 7.15pm
“…we ain’t heading nowhere, we’re just running…“
The producing team behind last summer’s sell-out, The Great Gatsby Musical, brings the premiere of their story of America’s most famous Depression-era folk legends to the King’s Head Theatre this summer.
Adapted by Linnie Reedman with music and lyrics by Joe Evans, Bonnie and Clyde charts a true tale of love, poverty, criminality and celebrity set in the 1930s Southern States of drought, dust, disease and death.
When Bonnie met Clyde it was an instant and dangerous attraction. From an impoverished, crimeriddled childhood, these two young lovers became inseparable and quickly plunged themselves into a life of fast cars, guns, revenge … and Hell. Part folk heroes and part murderous outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde instantly became the stuff of legend.
“…Bonnie and Clyde don’t know that killing kills
The newspapers know that killing sells…”
Exploring the intricate relationships of the infamous ‘Barrow Gang’, this brand new stage adaptation, fused with music and featuring original vintage film footage, follows the couple’s cat-and-mouse game with the law across the arid plains of the Depression-riddled dust-bowl and through to its inevitable and tragic conclusion.
Formed in 2006 by Young Vic genesis director Linnie Reedman and acclaimed composer/musical director Joe Evans, Ruby In The Dust has twelve productions under its belt, including shows both on the fringe and the West End and other site specific venues. Past credits include the critically praised The Great Gatsby Musical, Hutch (both at Riverside Studios), Miracle starring Susannah York and Tim Woodward, (St Andrew Church Crypt and Leicester Square Theatre) and Dorian Gray (Leicester Square Theatre).
On its world premiere last summer, The Great Gatsby Musical led to three Off West Award nominations including Best New Musical.
FOR THE GREAT GATSBY MUSICAL 2012:
“…A well-executed, affecting and stylish production. Composer Joe Evans’s music and lyrics evoke the decadent rush of the jazz era and its seedy underbelly. Sultry refrains pulse in the background as secrets are revealed that prove disastrous.”
Time Out SHOW OF THE WEEK
“… It has both style and heart…”
“… Linnie Reedman’s production radiates bitter-sweet charm…”
“…A slick and sumptuous production. Evans effortlessly writes a score that could have been plucked from the 1920’s itself. An acute knowledge of the genre has resulted in a highly lyrical and lively score, complete with some soaring and heartbreaking melodies that heighten the intense emotions of the story…”
What’s Been Seen Magazine (FOUR STARS ****)
April 13, 2011
Award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill makes his opera directing debut with a new production of Monteverdi’s 1643 tale of the triumphant adultery between Poppea and Roman Emperor Nero.
This radical new version by Mark Ravenhill and Alex Silverman, featuring Silverman’s new jazz-inspired orchestration, features a cast that includes Rebecca Caine (Ottavia), Tom Lowe (Arnalta), Jassy Husk (Drusilla), Jessica Walker (Nero), David Sheppard (Ottone), Zoë Bonner (Poppea), Adam Kowalczyk (Liberto/Soldier) and Marcin Gesla (Seneca).
At London’s Little Opera House at the King’s Head Theatre, in repertory until 19 June 2011.
October 11, 2010
This week’s West End openings range from classic American drama to modern Greek tragedy, with Pittsburgh flashdancing and West End blues thrown in. Plus the 80th birthday of a Wicked West End theatre.
THE COUNTRY GIRL
Opening tonight, Monday 11 October, at the Apollo Theatre is Clifford Odets’s classic drama The Country Girl, about a once-great theatre star who is given the chance to make a major comeback.
Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw reunite on stage after their onscreen appearance in Judge John Deed to star in the show.
On Tuesday 12 October at the Novello Theatre Robert Lindsay opens in Onassis, playing controversial Greek tycoon Aristotle in Martin Sherman’s new play. Based on the last years of this life, this powerful drama reveals his passionate and interwoven relationships with Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas, and his son Alexandros. Stand-out supporting performances come from Anna Francolini as Callas and Lydia Leonard as Jackie.
FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL
Despite technical problems with the rain machine that postponed the start of previews, Flashdance the Musical is set for a trouble-free first night on Thursday 14 October at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Based on the 80s movie about an 18 year old girl from Pittsburgh who is a welder by day and a ‘flashdancer” by night, the musical features the star of the UK tour, Victoria Hamilton Barritt, and former Busted boyband member Matt Willis. Grease producer David Ian is the man behind the show, with direction by Nikolai Foster and choreography by the ubiquitous Arlene Phillips. The show’s well-known score includes Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria and the Academy Award winning title song Flashdance – What a Feeling. Ten original songs have also been created for the musical.
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Thursday also sees the opening night for the new venture at the King’s Head pub theatre in Islington: London’s Little Opera House opens with a new version of The Barber of Seville, directed by Robin Norton-Hale. Artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher is promising an exciting season of opera on a small scale including Madame Butterfly as a Bangkok lady-boy.
THE MUSIC OF THE BLUES BROTHERS – A TRIBUTE
Finally, on Friday 15 October Hartshorn – Hook Productions presents ‘The Music of the Blues Brothers – a Tribute’, the most electric rock’n’roll party of the year. Following spectacular success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer with a month of sell-out shows and 5-star reviews, this raucous live tribute show is now rolling into London. This Tribute is directed by the award-winning Patrick Wilde and is backed by the tightest rhythm and blues band in the city. We tear through the best in American Blues, Soul and Rock’n’Roll classics including Gimme Some Lovin, Think, Minnie The Moocher, Sweet Home Chicago, and Jailhouse Rock. So dig out your sunglasses and get ready to shake your tail feather because this supercharged high-octane Tribute is about to take London by storm.
APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE
Friday also sees the 80th birthday of the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Celebrations have included an all-star charity gala yesterday, Sunday 10 October, featuring the cast of the venue’s current show, Wicked, and past productions including Starlight Express. The Apollo Victoria forms part of a historic year for West End theatres, with a number of venues celebrating their 80th anniversaries this year.
Designed by E. Wamsley Lewis and W E Trent, the Apollo Victoria originally opened as a cinema on 15 October 1930 showing George Arlis movie “Old English”.