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The RSC’s Death of a Salesman transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre

April 10, 2015 

The RSC production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death of a Salesman is to transfer the Noel Coward Theatre

Following its acclaimed run in Stratford Upon Avon, the RSC’s production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death Of A Salesman is to transfer to the West End’s Noel Coward theatre for a strictly limited run from 9 May 2015 until 30 June 2015.

Considered to be the greatest American tragedy ever written, this production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman is timed to celebrate the centenary of Miller’s birth.  Miller’s other great play A View from the Bridge starring Mark Strong and Nicola Walker is currently (until 11 Apr) wowing audiences in the West End.

The full Stratford Upon Avon cast will reprise their roles with Antony Sher and Alex Hassel playing Willy Loman and his son Biff, with award winning actress Harriet Walter playing Linda Loman.

Death of a Salesman joins 3 other RSC productions in the London’s West End this spring including:

  •  A Mad World My Masters, which will play at the Barbican for two weeks from 29 April 2015 – 30 May 2015
  • Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer, which is currently playing at the Vaudeville theatre until 23 May 2015
  • Matilda The Musical, which continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre

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Royal Shakespeare Company – London and Stratford

September 5, 2014 

The Royal Shakespeare Company are one of the world’s most respected producers of classic drama, including Shakespeare’s plays.

From their home in Stratford-upon-Avon, they produce a continuous cycle of theatre in their Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre.

The RSC also transfer productions into the West End.

See listings below for RSC productions in London including Matilda The Musical, and a selection of shows playing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

4 September: On this day in 1930… The Cambridge Theatre opened in London

September 4, 2014 

On this day in… 1930

The Cambridge Theatre opened in London

QUICK FACTS

  • Theatre opened: 4 September 1930
  • Designed by: Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie with interior by Serge Chermayeff
  • First production: Charlot’s Masquerade by Ronald Jeans
  • Number of seats: 1,230

LINKS

Book tickets to Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Matilda The Musical: Craige Els to play Miss Trunchbull

July 21, 2014 

Craige Els is to join the cast of the RSC’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical.

Dennis Kelly, Craige Els and Tim Minchin outside Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Dennis Kelly, Craige Els and Tim Minchin outside Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Craige Els has been cast as the new Miss Trunchbull in the RSC’s acclaimed production of Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre.

He will join the company from September, alongside James Clyde as Mr Wormwood, Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood, plus Matilda Shapland, Violet Tucker, Tasha Chapple and Lottie Sicilia sharing the role of Matilda.

Craige’s previous stage credits include Timon of Athens, Antigone and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre and Mamma Mia! (Novello), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadler’s Wells), Never Forget (West End and Tour) and Spamalot (West End). TV credits include Ripper Street, The Bletchley Circle and Call The Midwife.

Matilda has been seen by one and a half million people since it transferred in to the West End in October 2011.

The show is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and directed by Matthew Warchus.

BOOK

Book tickets to Matilda The Musical

VIDEO

Watch a video of Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin interviewing Craige Els

Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

April 1, 2014 

Winner of 7 awards at the 2012 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, the RSC’s bold, enchanting and ingenious new production of Roald Dahl’’s Matilda is directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, with book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda is the captivating musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

Winner of 7 Olivier Awards including Best musical, Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike. The record-breaking production continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre.

Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Matilda The Musical opened at the Cambridge Theatre on 22 November 2011 (previews from 18 October 2011).

CAST

A fabulous cast includes Craige Els as Miss Trunchbull, James Clyde as Mr Wormwood, Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood, plus Matilda Shapland, Violet Tucker, Tasha Chapple and Lottie Sicilia sharing the role of Matilda.

THE STORY

Matilda follows the story of Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who loves to immerse herself in books. But Matilda is discarded and belittled by both her dimwitted parents — her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on about her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly – and her hostile headmistress, the wicked Miss Trunchbull. Matilda may be reclusive but she has an ever-growing imagination and very sharp mind, and with caring teacher Miss Honey Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “AN EVENING OF UNADULTERATED BLISS.” The Guardian
★★★★★ “UTTERLY EXHILARATING. Matthew Warchus’s colourful riot of a production achieves an even dizzier balance between gleeful, grotesque, fun and heart-tugging poignancy, brilliantly drilled dynamism and warm, unforced charm.” The Independent
★★★★★ “THE QUEST FOR A GREAT NEW MUSICAL IS OVER.” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “Smart, quirky and sublimely good fun. A moving and subtle spectacle which will have kids in stitches and adults in tears. It is guaranteed to delight anyone who’s ever been a child.
I can’t wait to see it again.” Time Out
★★★★★ “An absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve. Irresistible and ingenious.” Daily Express
★★★★★ “HILARIOUS, MOVING, GLORIOUS. Matthew Warchus’s thrilling, warm-hearted production, exuberantly designed by Rob Howell, with pin-sharp choreography by Peter Darling, combines comedy with a sense of wonder. This show indeed has something miraculous about it.” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “GIDDILY ENJOYABLE. Roars of approval shake the theatre.” Sunday Express

Matilda to hit the big screen in movie version

November 15, 2013 

Award-winning musical Matilda The Musical, which has proved a hit in London and New York, is to be turned into a blockbuster new film.

Alex Gaumond as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical in London

Alex Gaumond as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical in London

But the movie isn’t set to hit the big screen until 2019 after a contractual arrangement with the Broadway production which blocks a screen adaptation for six years. Our sources tell us that the RSC and producers of the musical are working behind the scenes to try and get this time reduced.

Director of the show Matthew Warchus told Baz in this week’s Daily Mail that the screenplay for the movie will be written by the show’s book writer, acclaimed playwright and screenplay writer Dennis Kelly.

New songs by Tim Minchin may also be a possibility.

Warchus has promised a slightly different take to the story on film, with Matilda’s wild imagination leading to all sorts of possibilities in a movie version, but without losing the sense of mischief and anarchy of the riotous stage production.

Matilda The Musical continues to do great business in the West End and on Broadway.

LINKS

WEST END: Book tickets to Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London

BROADWAY: Book tickets to Matilda The Musical at the Shubert Theatre in New York

 

Matilda The Musical Casting Announcement

August 1, 2013 

CASTING UPDATE FROM SEPTEMBER 2013

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre. Sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, the Broadway production has taken the US by storm winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.

From 3 September 2013, James Clyde will join the adult company in London as Mr Wormwood, Lisa Davina Phillip as Mrs Phelps and Joshua Wyatt as Michael Wormwood. As previously announced, they will join Olivier Award nominated Canadian actor Alex Gaumond in the role of Miss Trunchbull and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood.

Mike Denman, Juliet Gough, Antony Lawrence, Katie Lee, Antonio Magro, Gary Murphy, David Rudin, Hollie Taylor and Amy Thornton will join the current adult cast which includes Fabian Aloise, Joseph Davenport, Lara Denning, Hayley Flaherty, Madeleine Harland, Joshua Lay and Tommy Sherlock.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.  It transferred to London’s West End on Tuesday 25 October 2011.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, began previews on 4 March 2013 with opening night on 11 April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

LINKS

Book tickets to Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London

Kinky Boots and Matilda win big at 2013 Tony Awards

June 10, 2013 

The 2013 Tony Awards have been announced with musicals Kinky Boots, Matilda The Musical and Pippin winning multiple awards.

Cyndi Lauper picks up her Tony Award for Kinky Boots

Cyndi Lauper picks up her Tony Award for Kinky Boots

Last night, Sunday 9 June 2013, at a star-studded ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the 67th Tony Awards were announced.

Hosted once again by Neil Patrick Harris, the big winners of the night were all musicals as Kinky Boots swept the awards with 6 wins including Best Musical, best music for Cyndi Lauper’s music and lyrics and Billy Porter’s lead performance as Lola, closely followed by Matilda The Musical and Pippin with 4 wins each.

Based on the hit movie set in a Northampton shoe factory about a Drag Queen who rescues the firm from collapse, Kinky Boots has been a huge hit on Broadway, featuring music by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots pipped front-runner Matilda to the winning post in the awards. The RSC’s musical Matila, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin based on Roald Dahl’s classic kids book, won a huge haul of awards at the Olivier Awards last year for it’s London run at the Cambridge Theatre, and still managed to win 4 impressive awards at the Tonys including best performance by an actor in a featured musical role for Gabriel Ebert.

In the plays categories, the awards were spread across a wide number of shows including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike scooping Best Play.

Cicely Tyson picks up her award for The Trip to Bountiful

Cicely Tyson picks up her award for The Trip to Bountiful

It was also a big night for women at the Tonys. Cyndi Lauper’s win for best music and lyrics for Kinky Boots was a first for a woman to win the award on her own. It was also only the second time in 67 years that women won in both Best Director categories -Pam MacKinnon for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Diane Paulus for Pippin.

One of the highlights of the night was when 88 year old Cicely Tyson won her first Tony Award for best actress in a play in The Trip to Bountiful. “It’s been 30 years since I stood onstage”, she said, “and I really didn’t think it would happen again in my lifetime”.

The evening was filled with numbers from some of Broadway’s biggest shows including the casts of big winners Kinky Boots, Matilda The Musical and Pippin, plus A Christmas Story The Musical, Annie, Bring It On: The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Motown The Musical.Long-running Broadway shows featured included Chicago, Jersey Boys, Newsies, Once, Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera.

The evening featured appearances by a wealth of stars including Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Sigourney Weaver, Anna Kendrick, Zachary Quinto, Sally Field, Audra McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, Jane Krakowski, Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jon Cryer, Megan Hilty, Andrew Rannells, Matthew Morrison, Cuba Gooding Jr, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Benanti, Steven Van Zandt, Martha Plimpton, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barrett Foa and Mike Tyson.

AWARDS

Tony Awards 2013 – full list of winners

LINKS

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Tony Award Winners 2013

June 10, 2013 

Awards announced: 9 June 2013

WINNERS

BEST PLAY
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

BEST MUSICAL
Kinky Boots

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Matilda The Musical by Dennis Kelly

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Kinky Boots – Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Pippin

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Tracy Letts – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Cicely Tyson – The Trip to Bountiful

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Billy Porter – Kinky Boots

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Patina Miller – Pippin

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Courtney B. Vance – Lucky Guy

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Judith Light – The Assembled Parties

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Gabriel Ebert – Matilda The Musical

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Andrea Martin – Pippin

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Pam MacKinnon – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Diane Paulus – Pippin

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Jerry Mitchell – Kinky Boots

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
Stephen Oremus – Kinky Boots

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
John Lee Beatty – The Nance

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Rob Howell – Matilda The Musical

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Ann Roth – The Nance

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
William Ivey Long – Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer – Lucky Guy

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Hugh Vanstone – Matilda The Musical

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
Leon Rothenberg – The Nance

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
John Shivers – Kinky Boots

SPECIAL TONY AWARD® FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE
Bernard Gersten
Paul Libin
Ming Cho Lee

REGIONAL THEATRE AWARD
Huntington Theatre Company

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Larry Kramer

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Career Transition For Dancers
William Craver
Peter Lawrence
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

Olivier Awards nominations announced

March 26, 2013 

The nominations for the 2013 Olivier Awards were announced today at the May Fair Hotel in London.

Actresses Ruth Wilson (L) and Elaine Paige, with President of the Society of London Theatre, Mark Rubinstein

Actresses Ruth Wilson (L) and Elaine Paige, with President of the Society of London Theatre, Mark Rubinstein

Presented by Olivier Award winners Ruth Wilson and Elaine Paige live on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show, the announcement also featured a performance from last year’s big Olivier winner Matilda The Musical.

The shows dominating this year’s awards include the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Hollywood musical Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre and recent Chichester and Adelphi Theatre production of Sweeney Todd.

In the publicly voted Audience Award, the shows now vying for the award are Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked.

The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads the list with eight nominations, followed by new musical Top Hat with seven, and the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Sweeney Todd with six. Other stand-out nominations include The Audience starring Helen Mirren and the recent Chichester and Old Vic revival of Kiss Me, Kate each receiving five nominations, and Constellations, The Bodyguard and Twelfth Night with four.

A wealth of star names have been given the nod for awards this year including Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe in The Audience, Heather Headley and Debbie Kurup in The Bodyguard, Leigh Zimmerman in A Chorus Line, Luke Treadaway in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, James McAvoy in Macbeth and Kristen Scott Thomas in Old Times.

Billie Piper, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Ball, Tom Chambers, Adam Garcia, Mark Rylance, Rafe Spall and Will Young have also been singled out for award nominations..

Voting for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award is well underway, with 65,000 votes already recorded, and the shortlist now announced as Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked.

New writing is at the forefront of this year’s nominations, leading the way across many categories from The Effect, Constellations and This House to Cinderella (at St James’s Theatre) and Goodnight Mr Tom.

Dance nominations are split between The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells, with notable opera nominations including three out of four nominations for English National Opera for Best New Opera Production, and The Stage Management Teams at ENO London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

As previously announced, former Olivier Award winners Gillian Lynne CBE and Michael Frayn are to be honoured with Special Awards for their outstanding contributions to theatre.

The Olivier Awards will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28 April, hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith. The ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from 6.30pm and exclusive red carpet interviews with the stars as they arrive before the big night. A full television highlights package will also be broadcast on ITV later in the evening.

LINKS

Full list of Olivier Award nominations

Olivier Awards micro-site

 

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