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IMELDA STAUNTON in Good People

April 4, 2014 

Imelda Staunton stars in Good People at the Noel Coward Theatre

IMELDA STAUNTON in Good PeopleImelda Staunton is returning to the West End this spring in the critically acclaimed Hampstead Theatre production of Good People.

The play transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Imelda Staunton’s extensive stage credits include starring as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre and in Chichester, A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, National Theatre productions including Guys and Dolls and A Chorus of Disapproval, The Wizard of Oz for the RSC and Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre.

Her work in TV and film includes The Singing Detective, Cranford, Vera Drake and the Harry Potter series of movies.

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Good People starring Imelda Staunton at the Noel Coward Theatre

March 21, 2014 

Hampstead Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People, starring Imedla Staunton.

Following a hugely successful run at Hampstead Theatre, GOOD PEOPLE transfers into the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited run.

Starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen, Good People is a sharp, acerbic and funny play that traces the path of a woman’s life when a chance encounter with an old flame presents an opportunity to improve the quality of her life – but ends in comedy disaster!

Directed by Jonathan Kent and written by Pultizer prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People won the New York Drama Desk Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play of the year.

Good People is designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.

THE STORY

If you were born in South Boston you’ve started life on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will need all the energy you can muster. Imelda Staunton plays sharp-tongued single mother Margie, who will do anything it takes to pay the bills after losing yet another job. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him – old loyalties should be good for something….

THE CAST

The cast of Good People includes Imelda Staunton as Margaret, Lloyd Owen as Mike, Lorraine Ashbourne as Jean, Matthew Barker as Stevie, Angel Coulby as Kate and June Watson as Dottie.

Imelda Staunton: Multi award winner Imelda Staunton was most recently on stage in Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre) and Entertaining Mr Sloane (Trafalgar Studios). Film includes Pride, Maleficent, The Awakening, Another Year, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Vera Drake. TV includes The Girl for which she was nominated for Emmy and Bafta Awards, Psychoville and Cranford Chronicles.

Lloyd Owen: Lloyd Owen appeared at Hampstead Theatre in Loyalty in 2011. Other stage roles include The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Stuff Happens (National Theatre Live: 50 Years On Stage) (National Theatre), and Blood And Gifts (National Theatre). TV includes The Innocence Project, Inseparable and Viva Laughlin (UK and US series). Film includes Apollo 18 and Miss Potter.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton is on sensational form in this smart play” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “Jonathan Kent’s assured and stylish production gives Staunton and Owen a chance to shine, but the supporting characters are on strong form, too” Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ Times, ★★★★ Telegraph, ★★★★ Guardian, ★★★★ FT, ★★★★ Independent, ★★★★ Daily Mail

THE FULL MONTY: The Full Monty to close early

March 18, 2014 

The Sheffield Theatres production of The Full Monty is to close early at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End.

The play was scheduled to end its run at the Noel Coward Theatre on 14 June but the producers of the show have announced that it will now close on 29 March 2014.

After a sell-out run at Sheffield Theatre and a successful National tour, the play was on track to be a big hit in the West End, but ticket sales have been poor.

The show was nominated for an Olivier Award last week for Best New Comedy.

Adapted by Simon Beaufoy from his hit 1997 screenplay and directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans, the show stars Kenny Doughty as Gaz, Craig Gazey as Lumper, Simon Rouse as Gerald, Keiran O’Brien as Guy, Roger Morlidge as Dave and Sidney Cole as Horse.

The producers of The Full Monty, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, said in a statement that, “It is with great sadness that this show will close despite having played to packed houses on its UK tour. Simply not enough of a West End audience shared in the excitement of this terrific production.”

The show will continue on a 32 week UK tour in September opening at the Manchester Opera House.

The 29 March is also the date that sees Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward and Tim Rice’s musical From Here to Eternity leave the West End.

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LUCY BRIGGS-OWEN in Shakespeare in Love

February 14, 2014 

Lucy Briggs-Owen stars as Viola De Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.

LUCY BRIGGS-OWEN in Shakespeare in Love

Lucy’s theatre credits include Maryna in Boris Godunuv, Princess in The Orphan of Zhao, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Luscinda in Cardenio and Anne in The City Madam all for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Brooke Ashton in Noises Off in the West End; Mrs Fainall in The Way of the World at Sheffield Crucible; Cressida in Troilus and Cressida at the Barbican and on International Tour; Vivie Warren in Mrs Warren’s Profession in the West End and on Tour; Blanche Satorius in Widower’s Houses at Manchesters Royal Exchange; Sybil Chase in Private Lives at The Hampstead Theatre; Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest; and most recently as Olga in Fortune’s Fool at The Old Vic.

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TOM BATEMAN in Shakespeare in Love

February 14, 2014 

Tom Bateman stars as William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.

TOM BATEMAN in Shakespeare in Love

Tom’s theatre credits include Antonio in Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Richard in The Lion in Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Lizzie Siddal at the Arcola Theatre.

His TV work includes major roles in TV series Da Vinci’s Demons and The Tunnel.

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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen to star

February 14, 2014 

Shakespeare In Love has announced the casting of its two stars, Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola de Lesseps.

Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love

Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love

The major new stage production of Shakespeare in Love, based on the Oscar winning movie, has cast its two lead actors.

The play, which opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 2 July 2014, will star Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare, played in the movie by Joseph Fiennes, and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola de Lesseps, played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the film.

The show has been adapted by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s screenplay, and will be directed and designed by Cheek By Jowl’s Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.

Tom Bateman was recently seen in TV series Da Vinci’s Demons. Lucy Briggs-Owen is a stage and screen actress with recent credits including Cheek By Jowl’s Troilus And Cressida.

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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: Public booking opens for new West End show

January 31, 2014 

Ticket booking has now opened for brand new show Shakespeare in Love, based on the Oscar-winning film.

The sumptuous new stage production of the much-loved movie will be coming to London’s Noel Coward Theatre from 2 July 2014.

Shakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, baseed on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Oscar winning screenplay.

The play will be directed by the award-winning Cheek by Jowl creative partnership of director Declan Donellan and designer Nick Ormerod.

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Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

November 21, 2013 

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love is a sumptuous new stage production of the much-loved movie, coming to the Noel Coward Theatre.

A brand new stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) based on the original screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, is coming to the Noel Coward Theatre this Summer.

Staged by the award-winning Cheek by Jowl creative team of director Declan Donellan and designer Nick Ormerod, this delightful romantic comedy will feature a cast of over 26 actors and musicians.

The Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson and won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.

This romantic comedy will transport audiences back to Shakespeare’s London in a production that promises to full of energy, colour, spectacle and love!

THE CAST

Casting for the show includes Da Vinci’s Demons star Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare and rising young stage actress Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola De Lesseps.

THE STORY

Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare in Love to premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre

November 13, 2013 

A new stage adaptation of blockbuster movie Shakespeare in Love is set to hit the West End next year.

Shakespeare in Love set for the West End

Shakespeare in Love set for the West End

Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson, will get a new stage adaptation in Summer 2014.

Adapted for the stage by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall based on the original screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love will be staged by the Cheek by Jowl creative team of director Declan Donellan and designer Nick Ormerod.

The play will open at  the Noel Coward Theatre  in London in early July 2014.

Based on the acclaimed film that won seven Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay, the new stage production will feature a cast of over 26 actors and musicians.

For the past year Michael Grandage has been staging his first season of plays as the Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre, which ends with Henry V starring Jude Law. It is not clear if and where a second season of plays will run.

Shakespeare in Love will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Shakespeare in Love the movie was famously produced by Miramax under the Weinstein brothers, before they sold their company to Disney. Harvey Weinstein has recently produced his first musical, Finding Neverland, which is set for a major overhaul before its rumoured West End opening next year, including new songs by Gary Barlow. The Weinstein brothers recently tried to buy back their Miramax company from Disney but were thwarted by Filmyard Holdings led by Ron Tutor. However, they have now forged an agreement to work with Filmyard on a number of sequels to Miramax titles including Shakespeare in Love.

Disney Theatrical Productions currently have a slate of new productions in the pipeline to join shows such as The Lion King in London and around the world, and Newsies on Broadway, including new musical productions of The Princess Bride and Aladdin.

Booking will open in February 2014. Casting is to be announced.

CREDITS

Lee Hall, who has worked as a writer across theatre, TV, radio and film, won the 2009 Tony Award® for Best Book for his stage adaptation of Billy Elliot. The musical, which also won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2006, was based on his screenplay for the film of the same name which saw him nominated for an Academy Award®. In 2008, Hall won the London Evening Standard Award, Best Play for The Pitman Painters. Hall has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre and his screenplay for War Horse was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Other theatre credits include Cooking With Elvis at Live Theatre in Newcastle, Spoonface Steinberg at the Ambassadors Theatre the West End (adapted also for TV and Radio) and Two’s Company at Live Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod formed Cheek by Jowl in 1981 and have since directed and designed over 30 productions for the company which have been performed in over 300 cities in 40 countries all over the world. With Cheek by Jowl, Donnellan and Ormerod have reimagined many of Shakespeare’s texts including the all male As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida and Othello. Cheek by Jowl is an associate company of the Barbican in London and in 1989 Donnellan was made Associate Director of the National Theatre where productions have included Fuente Ovejuna, Sweeney Todd, The Mandate and both parts of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America. Additional theatre credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Changeling, Great Expectations and British premiers of Outcry, Homebody/Kabul, Sara and Lady Betty (written by Donnellan). In 2000, Donnellan formed Moscow-based company The Chekhov Festival whose productions have included Boris Godunov and Three Sisters, and recently the pair co-directed feature film Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman. His book, The Actor and The Target, originally published in Russian (2001), has since appeared in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Romanian and Mandarin.

LINKS

Shakespeare in Love website

 

 

The Full Monty – Video Trailer

November 1, 2013 

Watch a trailer for the new stage adaptation of hit movie The Full Monty, coming to the Noel Coward Theatre.

THE FULL MONTY – VIDEO

It was an international hit movie, it was a big Broadway musical, and now the original writer of The Full Monty, Simon Beaufoy, has taken the story back to its roots to bring the definitive stage production of The Full Monty to life.

This hilarious new play, which runs at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End from 20 February 2014, is packed full of  laughs, heartache and NUDITY.

Oh and it features songs from the movie by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones. What’s not to like?

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