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September 25, 2014 

Latest Movie news: Michael Grandage’s first film Genius in pre-production, casts Dominic West and Guy Pearce

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Michael Grandage’s first film Genius in pre-production, casts Dominic West and Guy Pearce

Michael Grandage

Michael Grandage

Much awarded London theatre director Michael Grandage, who reigned supreme at the Donmar Warehouse for ten years and recently directed a starry season of plays in the West End, has started pre-production on his first movie.

The film is called Genius and centres on The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, – and true to form it is packed full of stars.

It also sees him collaborate again with writer John Logan, following their huge success in London and New York with Mark Rothko play Red and also recent new play Peter and Alice starring Judi Dench Ben Whishaw at the Noel Coward Theatre. Logan is also screenwriter on hits such as The Aviator and Skyfall. He has based the screenplay to Genius on the book by A. Scott Berg.

The stellar cast includes the just-announced additions of Guy Pearce as Fitzgerald and Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, alongside Colin Firth as Max Perkins, Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe, Nicole Kidman as Wolfe’s lover Aline Bernstein and Laura Linney as Louise Sanders, Perkins’s wife. Phew!

The movie is being produced by Grandage and his theatrical business partner James Bierman, with the guiding hand of Tim Bevan as Exec Producer. Could Grandage be lining up an Oscar next to his Tony and Olivier Awards?

Main source: Daily Mail (26/09/14)

 

Meryl Streep in Master Class movie

Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning play Master Class about Maria Callas, which debuted on Broadway in 1995 winning Tonys for its stars Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald, is to get a big-screen remake.

HBO announced on Thursday (10 July 2014) that Mike Nichols is directing the film, with Academy Award winner Meryl Streep starring as Callas.

Filming will be begin in early 2015.

Patti LuPone, who took over from Caldwell in the Broadway production, brought the play to London’s Queen’s Theatre in 1997. The show was revived by Stephen Wadsworth in 2010 starring Tyne Daly as Callas, with a subsequent Broadway run in 2011 also starring Sierra Boggess. Tyne Daly brought the show to London’s Vaudeville Theatre in 2012.

Faye Dunaway had been rumoured to be taking the film’s lead having played the part on the US national tour in 1996. However, HBO has confirmed that Streep has won the role.

Source: Playbill (10 June 2014)

Stephen Sondheim speaks about Into The Woods movie changes

Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into The Woods

Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into The Woods

The forthcoming Disney movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods will include some significant plot changes to tone down some of the racier themes.

Spolier alert: Sondheim let slip the changes at a recent event in New York with High School teachers who have produced his work. He said that, “You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed, and the prince does not sleep with the [Baker's Wife]“.

Sondheim and James Lapine have written a new song to cover the fact that Rapunzel doesn’t get killed. “Disney said, we don’t want Rapunzel to die, so we replotted it. I won’t tell you what happens, but we wrote a new song,” said Sondheim.

Also the song “Any Moment” which is centred around the liaison between Cinderella’s Prince and the Baker’s Wife, has “”probably” been cut, he said.

Previously known is that a new song has been written for Meryl Streep’s The Witch called “Rainbows”.

Rob Marshall is directing the movie which will also star Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, James Corden as the Baker, Anna Kendrick  as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp  as the Wolf, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford  as Little Red, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski  as the Stepmother, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince.

Other British stars involved in he movie include Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s father, Joanna Riding  as Cinderella’s mother and Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s granny.

The movie arrives in cinemas on 25 December 2014 in the USA and 9 January 2015 in the UK.

Source: New Yorker (23 June 2014)

Links: More news on Into The Woods

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE – 23 JUNE 2014:

Sondheim has released a statement following the New Yorker article via his lawyer, in which he has now clarified that “Any Moment” and the Prince’s affair are still in the movie!! Here’s the statement:

“An article in The New Yorker misreporting my “Master Class” conversation about censorship in our schools with seventeen teachers from the Academy for Teachers a couple of weeks ago has created some false impressions about my collaboration with the Disney Studio on the film version of Into the Woods. The fact is that James (Lapine, who wrote both the show and the movie) and I worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall, the director. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive.

“When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie.

“And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince’s dalliance is still in the movie, and so is “Any Moment.”

 

Mark Rylance in talks for Spielberg movie

Mark Rylance, picking up his 2014 Tony Award

Mark Rylance, picking up his 2014 Tony Award

Flush with his Tony Awards success on Sunday, Mark Rylance is looking towards the movies for his next career move. According to Variety, the theatre star is being tapped by Steven Spielberg for his new Cold War movie, alongside Tom Hanks. The script is by the Coen brothers and will follow an American attorney recruited by the CIA to venture behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

Rylance seems to be stepping up his on-screen acting, and has recently be filming the big new BBC TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, playing the lead role of Thomas Cromwell. The stage adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies is proving a massive hit for the RSC at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End, and rumours of a Broadway transfer continue to swirl.

Source: Variety (10 June 2014)

 

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Tony Award nominations announced: Brits do well on Broadway

April 29, 2014 

Nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced today in New York.

Broadway’s Tony Award nominations were announced today, 29 April 2014, at the Paramount Hotel in New York, hosted by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu.

Brits on Broadway did particularly well this year, mainly down to the Broadway transfers of Shakespeare’s Globe hits Twelfth Night and Richard III and Michael Grandage’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Twelfth Night 

Samuel Barnett in Twelfth Night

Samuel Barnett in Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night scooped 7 nominations, running neck and neck with John Tiffany’s production of The Glass Menagerie as the two most successful plays of the nominations. Twelfth Night nods included Best Revival of a Play, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Samuel Barnett (Chris O’Dowd was also nominated in this category for Of Mice and Men). The play also scored Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play nods for three of its actors – Paul Chahidi, Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance. Tim Carroll was also nominated for Best Direction of a Play. (Paul Chahidi will be tackling more Shakespeare in London this summer with a lead role in Shakespeare in Love).

The company’s Richard III also had a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Mark Rylance.

The Cripple of Inishmaan 

Michael Grandage’s London revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan had 6 nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Sarah Greene and and Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage.  However, Daniel Radcliffe was not nominated for his leading role.

Other Best Direction of a Play nods went to British director John Tiffany for The Glass Menagerie, and Kenny Leon for A Raisin in the Sun.

Sophie Okonedo also scooped a Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun, alongside cast mate Anika Noni Rose.

Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh musical Les Misérables, which returned to Broadway in March, scored 3 nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for UK-based actor Ramin Karimloo.

Other Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical nods went to Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Andy Karl for Rocky, and Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.

Other Best Revival of a Musical nominations went to Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Violet.

Creative Brits

Brits in creative roles did particularly well this year.

Tim Rice was nominated for his lyrics to Aladdin in the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre category alongside Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Chad Beguelin.

Brits dominated Best Scenic Design of a Play, with Bob Crowley for The Glass Menagerie, Es Devlin for Machinal and Christopher Oram for The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Best Scenic Design of a Musical nods included Julian Crouch for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Best Costume Design of a Play included Jenny Tiramani for Twelfth Night, Best Lighting Design of a Play included Paule Constable for The Cripple of Inishmaan, Best Sound Design of a Play included Alex Baranowski and Best Sound Design of a Musical included Mick Potter for Les Misérables.

Other awards

In other awards, Best play nominations went to James Lapine’s Act One, Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons and John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. Best new Musical nods went to After Midnight, Disney’s Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder scooped the most nominations with 10, closely followed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch with 8 and After Midnight with 7.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play nominations went to Tyne Daly for Mothers and Sons, LaTanya Richardson Jackson for A Raisin in the Sun, Cherry Jones for The Glass Menagerie, Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and Estelle Parsons for The Velocity of Autumn.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical nods included Mary Bridget Davies for A Night with Janis Joplin, Sutton Foster for Violet, Idina Menzel for If/Then, Jessie Mueller for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Kelli O’Hara for The Bridges of Madison County.

The winners of the 68th Tony Awards will be announced on 8 June 2014 in a ceremony from Radio City Music Hall hosted by Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS in the USA from 8pm ET.

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Broadway Update: Hugh Jackman, Amy Adams, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Bradley Cooper, Frozen

January 20, 2014 

Here’s our regular update from Broadway, featuring some British big-hitters making it big across the pond including Daniel Radcliffe transferring London hit The Cripple of Inishmaan; Emma Thompson starring in Sweeney Todd; Hugh Jackson taking over where Dominic West left off in Jez Butterworth’s The River; Amy Adams belting out Wicked hits in a gay bar; Bradley Cooper coming to Broadway in The Elephant Man; and Disney’s animated hit Frozen coming to Broadway (and maybe the West End!)

HUGH JACKMAN

Daniel Radcliffe to take his star turn in The Cripple of Inishmaan to Broadway

Daniel Radcliffe to take his star turn in The Cripple of Inishmaan to Broadway

Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway – in Royal Court play The River, Jez Butterworth’s latest work which starred Dominic West and Miranda Raison in the 2012 London production.  Hugh said on his Instagram account: “What you read in the NY Post is true. Not sure exactly when, but I’m really excited. A great team for The River… Can’t wait to tread the boards again!!!” The news follows Hugh pulling out of much-discussed but much-delayed Broadway musical Houdini.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE

Michael Grandage is to take his hit production of The Cripple of Inishmaan to Broadway, and is taking the star Daniel Radcliffe with him. Martin McDonagh’s black comedy is coming to the Cort Theater in New York from 12 April 2014. Dan is a Broadway veteran having taken Equus to New York and starred in musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

FROZEN

Disney’s latest animated hit Frozen is next up on Disney’s list of shows to put on Broadway – and hopefully London. Bob Iger, The Walt Disney Company’s CEO,  told Fortune magazine that he plans to bring the Golden Globe winner to the stage, although there’s no set date for the premiere. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the movie featured the voices of a number of Broadway actors including Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff. Frozen’s score was penned by The Book of Mormon’s Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez – sounds like it’s going to be a big Broadway hit! Disney’s latest show, Aladdin, starring the dishy Adam Jacobs kicks off on 26 February.

EMMA THOMPSON

Emma Thompson is to star as Mrs Lovett in a concert of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at Avery Fisher Hall in New York (5 – March 2014). She will star alongside Welshman Bryn Terfel as Sweeney, plus Christian Borle, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kyle Brenn, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Erin Mackey and Philip Quast.

BRADLEY COOPER

American Hustle star Bradley Cooper is set for a Broadway stint. He is going to feature in The Elephant Man directed by Scott Ellis, resurrecting his role as John Merrick in Bernard Pomerance’s play.

AMY ADAMS

Bradley Cooper’s American Hustle co-star Amy Adams sang Wicked anthem Defying Gravity in a gay karaoke bar in LA last week! She is tipped to star in the forthcoming Wicked movie – maybe this was her audition!

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SARAH GREENE in The Cripple of Inishmaan

June 14, 2013 

Rising young Irish star Sarah Greene in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre.

SARAH GREENE in The Cripple of InishmaanHot young Irish actress Sarah Greene has been tipped for the top by none other than her current director Michael Grandage: “She’s going to be an absolute white hot talent!” he told Baz in the Daily Mail this month.

Her theatre credits so far include Alice in Funderland at the Abbey Theatre, Big Maggie, Playboy of the Western World, The Year of the Hiker and The Empress of India for the Druid Theatre Company and Between Foxrock and a Hard Place. Film work includes The Guard, My Brothers, Love and Savagery, Eden, Noble and Standby.

Cast by Michael Grandage to play alongside Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan is not a bad way to break into London theatre!

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DANIEL RADCLIFFE in The Cripple of Inishmaan

June 14, 2013 

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE in The Cripple of InishmaanWe may have watched Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe grow up in front of our eyes, but we shouldn’t be lulled into thinking we know him.

And he has done everything he can to confound our opinions of who he is. He’s stepped into horror movie The Woman in Black, based on the successful London show, and made it his own. He’s become a song and dance man, hoofing in How To Succeed In Business on Broadway to great acclaim. He has bared all (literally) in Equus in London and on Broadway. And now Michael Grandage has cast him in his revival of Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece The Cripple of Inishmaan set in rural Ireland, at the Noel Coward Theatre until 31 August 2013.

Cast alongside heavyhitters including bright new things Sarah Greene, Pádraic Delaney and Conor MacNeill, and established actors Ingrid Craigie, Pádraic Delaney, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Pat Shortt and June Watson, Daniel more than holds his own.

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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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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

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Privates on Parade | Rehearsal photos of Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale

November 28, 2012 

Rehearsal photos of Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Simon Russell Beale and Sophiya Haque rehearsing Privates on Parade

Simon Russell Beale and Sophiya Haque rehearsing Privates on Parade

Michael Grandage kicks off his season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre with a new production of Peter Nichols’s award-winning play Privates on Parade, featuring music by Denis King and starring multi-award-winner Simon Russell Beale.

When private Steven Flowers is posted to the British Army’s Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia and serves under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis (Russell Beale), he discovers that it takes much more than just a uniform to become a man!

Simon Russell Beale promises to put in an absolute star turn as the cross-dressing Captain Dennis, who channels Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn and Carmen Miranda during the performance!

The cast includes Simon Russell Beale, Chris Chan, Sophiya Haque, Harry Hepple, Christopher Leveaux, Mark Lewis Jones, Darren Machin, John Marquez, Davina Perera, Adam Price, Brodie Ross, Sam Swainsbury, Joseph Timms, Sadao Ueda and Angus Wright.

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

July 20, 2012 

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.

Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century.

Daniel Radcliffe plays the title role in the first major London revival since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1996.

Director Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer Christopher Oram

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

 

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