December 9, 2010
Jonathan Cake to co-star with Tom Hollander and Lisa Dillon in A Flea in her Ear
Jonathan Cake has been spending a fair amount of time on Broadway of late, so it’s good to see him come back to London – and to have some fun this Christmas in Richard Eyre’s new production of French farce A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic.
His recent Broadway escapades include New York Theatre Workshop’s April production of Restoration written and starring Claudia Shear, plus Braham in Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist opposite Matthew Broderick, Iachimo in Cymbeline and Jason in Deborah Warner’s Medea with Fiona Shaw.
On the London stage Jonathan has appeared in numerous productions including the National’s Baby Doll and an acclaimed performance in Coriolanus at Shakespeare’s Globe.
TV credits include Extras, Mosely, A Dance to the Music of Time, The Government Inspector, Cold Lazarus, Six Degrees, Empire and Law and Order, with films ranging from First Knight to Brideshead Revisited.
Cake is co-starring in A Flea in her Ear alongside Tom Hollander, Lisa Dillon, Di Botcher, Oliver Cotton, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, Tim McMullan, John Marquez, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk.
The revival of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear is directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
December 7, 2010
Lisa Dillon returns to the Old Vic in A Flea in her Ear
Glamorous actress Lisa Dillon cannot get enough of the Old Vic theatre in London. She has recently completed a run in Noel Coward’s Design for Living at the South London venue, and now stars in French farce A Flea in her Ear, alongside Jonathan Cake and Tom Hollander.
Dillon is best known for playing Mary Smith in the BBC’s Cranford, but its for her stage work that she is getting the attention. Prior to Design for Living she played another Noel Coward classic – this time Private Lives at the Vaudeville with Kim Cattrall, directed by Richard Eyre – who also directs A Flea in her Ear. She also starred in Coward’s Present Laughter at the National Theatre in 2008 alongside Alex Jennings.
Lisa originally trained at RADA and since graduating her wide-ranging roles have included the lead in Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Desdemona in Othello with the RSC, Hedda Gabler at the Almeida and Duke of York’s, Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Under the Blue Sky in the West End, and Hilda in The Master Builder with Patrick Stewart and directed by Anthony Page, which earned her an Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2004.
Her on-screen credits include Cambridge Spies and Bright Young Things.
This new production of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear is directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
December 1, 2010
Star of Rev returns to theatre in Feydeau’s farce A Flea in her Ear
Tom Hollander is back on the London stage this Christmas in a revival of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear, directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
The film, TV and stage actor’s profile is at an all-time high at the moment, with his recent starring role in BBC comedy Rev garnering much critical and audience acclaim.
Hollander’s stage roles include The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 1992 for which he won an Ian Charleson Award, The Government Inspector and Joe Penhall’s play Landscape with Weapon at the Royal National Theatre.
TV work includes new BBC comedy Rev, playing the Reverend Adam Smallbone, King George III in the HBO mini-series John Adams, The Thick Of It, Desperate Romantics, Absolutely Fabulous, Wives and Daughters, Freezing and The Lost Prince.
His movie roles include The Pirates of the Caribbean, Valkyrie, The Soloist, In the Loop, Gosford Park, Bedrooms and Hallways and Pride and Prejudice, for which he won The Evening Standard Film Awards Comedy Award, and London Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor.
This adaptation of A Flea in her Ear by John Mortimer is returning home to the Old Vic, where it was originally performed by the National Theatre in 1966 starring Albert Finney. It was later revived in 1989 starring Jim Broadbent.
Tom Hollander will co-star in the show alongside an impressive cast including Lisa Dillon – star of recent Old Vic play Design for Living, Jonathan Cake, Di Botcher, Oliver Cotton, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, Tim McMullan, John Marquez, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk.
November 29, 2010
This week’s new West End shows include Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, the RSC’s winter season at the Roundhouse and Tom Hollander in A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic.
RSC at the Roundhouse
The RSC takes residence at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm for its Winter season, from 30 Noevmber. The ten-week repertoire of eight plays by Shakespeare – six full-scale productions and two specially adapted for children and families, will feature the RSC’s current 44-strong ensemble. The season opens on 30 November with Rupert Goold’s production of Romeo and Juliet and runs in repertoire to 5 February next year, with Michael Boyd’s production of Antony and Cleopatra; The Winter’s Tale directed by David Farr; Julius Caesar directed by Lucy Bailey; As You Like It directed by Michael Boyd; and David Farr’s King Lear. Book tickets to the RSC at the Roundhouse.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella makes a glamorous return to Sadler’s Wells on 30 November, featuring a brand new production of his dazzling ballet set in London during the Second World War and played against Prokofiev’s haunting score. First seen in the West End in 1997, but now completely revised, this new production is created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. It features design by Lez Brotherston who won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and new lighting by Neil Austin. Cinderella will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothius. Featuring a specially commissioned new recording of the score, New Adventures will create a cinematic experience, taking the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent music and the sound world of war-torn London. Book tickets to Cinderella.
King Lear at the Donmar
Derek Jacobi gives his King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse from 3 December, in a new production by Michael Grandage. Also starring Gina McKee. Book tickets.
A Flea in her Ear
Tom Hollander starts previews of A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic from 4 December. Written by Georges Feydeau in 1907, A Flea In Her Ear is a classic French farce set against a backdrop of jealousy, misunderstandings and confrontation. Richard Eyre directs an all-star cast including Tom Hollander (Rev), Lisa Dillon (Design for Living) and Jonathan Cake (Mosely). This adaptation of A Flea in her Ear by John Mortimer is returning home to the Old Vic, where it was originally performed by the National Theatre in 1966 starring Albert Finney. It was later revived in 1989 starring Jim Broadbent. Other cast include Di Botcher, Oliver Cotton, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, Tim McMullan, John Marquez, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk.
And next week… Love Story gets its official opening night at the Duchess starring Emma Williams and Michael Xavier on 6 December; those CBBC rascals Dan and Jeff bring Pantomime mayhem to the Vaudeville with Edinburgh family hit Potted Panto on 10 December; and on the same night English National Ballet open their seasonal production of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum in a sumptuous new production by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling to celebrate the Company’s 60th birthday.
September 20, 2010
Sexy, stylish new production of Noel Coward’s Design for Living at the Old Vic
If you are feeling spontaneous this week you can save £15 on Noel Coward’s Design for Living at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Anthony Page directs Coward’s 1932 comedy about the complicated three-way relationship between two men and a woman, starring Tom Burke (Telstar), Andrew Scott (Lennon Naked) and Lisa Dillon (Cranford).
The show enjoyed terrific reviews last week, with The Times and The Sunday Times both giving the show 5 STARS.
BUT HURRY – the offer is only valid for performances this week, until Saturday 25 September.
September 13, 2010
It’s an eclectic mix of shows that are opening this week in the West End, as the autumn season of new productions begins apace. From Wonder Woman to Michael Gambon via Noel Coward and Sebastian Faulks, there’s something for everyone.
On Tuesday 14 September, Les Miserables returns to the Barbican Theatre, where it all began 25 years ago. A brand new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical has been touring the UK to celebrate its 25th anniversary and completes its run at the Barbican – but for only 22 performances. The show features a dynamic young cast including Gareth Gates.
Noel Coward is never far from the West End, and Wednesday 15 September sees the opening night of Design for Living at the Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo. Anthony Page directs Coward’s 1932 comedy about the complicated three-way relationship between two men and a woman. The play stars Tom Burke (Telstar), Andrew Scott (Lennon Naked) and Lisa Dillon (Cranford) and runs until 27 November.
On the same day Krapp’s Last Tape starts previews at the Duchess Theatre starring one of Britain’s most accomplished actors, Michael Gambon. The Dublin Gate Theatre transfer of Samuel Beckett’s classic enjoyed rave reviews at the Gate directed by Michael Colgan. The 50 minute show is playing two shows a night, keeping Mr Gambon nicely occupied.
On Friday 17 September the fabulous Lynda Carter, aka Wonder Women, pops to town for two shows of her Lynda Carter: At Last solo sing-fest. Best known to millions as TV superhero Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter: At Last is a musical evening to celebrate her recent solo album. Following dates in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, Lynda Carter will appear in London on 17 and 18 September 2010 at the Garrick Theatre.
Also on Friday, the Chichester Festival Theatre’s sell-out production of Yes, Prime Minister starts previews at the Gielgud Theatre starring Henry Goodman and David Haig. The original writers of the BBC series, Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this hilarious 30th anniversary production, promising much topical wit and political spin-doctoring: Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby are back and this time to face the country in financial meltdown!
The following day, Saturday 18 September, Trevor Nunn is back in the West End directing Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of the best-selling Sebastian Faulks novel Birdsong. The play starts previews at the Comedy Theatre starring British movie star Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia), Nicholas Farrell, Iain Mitchell, Genevieve O’Reilly and Lee Ross, and tells the moving story of one man’s journey through an all consuming love affair and into the horror of the First World War.
August 9, 2010
Tom Hollander (Rev, In The Loop), Lisa Dillon and Jonathan Cake star in Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear, directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.
August 9, 2010
Anthony Page directs Tom Burke, Lisa Dillon and Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s wickedly witty, romantic comedy Design for Living. From 1930s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels…
July 14, 2010
Kevin Spacey pulls out the stops for his 7th year at the Old Vic with three heavy-weight directors
Hollywood actor and Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey has announced a new season of plays at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Now in his seventh year at the theatre, Spacey revealed that he has attracted three of Britain’s leading directors to helm three revivals during 2010 and 2011.
Anthony Page, whose credits include last year’s Waiting for Godot on Broadway, will direct Noël Coward’s Design For Living, playing at the theatre from 3 September to 27 November 2010. The play will star Tom Burke (Telstar), Andrew Scott (Lennon Naked) and Lisa Dillon (Cranford). Written in 1932, the comedy concerns the complicated three-way relationship between two men and a woman.
Richard Eyre, who recently directed Kim Cattrall in Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre, will direct Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea In Her Ear, in a version by John Mortimer, from 4 December 2010 to 5 March 2011. The production will star Tom Hollander (In The Loop) and Lisa Dillon.
Finally, Thea Sharrock, who has enjoyed enormous success for her current National Theatre staging of Terence Rattigan’s After The Dance, will return to the playwright in his centenary year with a revival of his final play, Cause Célèbre, from 17 March to 11 June 2011.
Sharrock will also direct Alison Steadman in a new production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, coming to the Apollo Theatre from March 2011.
Spacey commented on the new season: “These are three great plays that all rather brilliantly explore the attitudes of their time and offer wonderful roles to actors.”
Current shows at the Old Vic and the Old Vic in the West End: