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Reviews: Impossible at the Noel Coward theatre

August 7, 2015 

A reviews round-up for Impossible at the Noel Coward theatre

Impossible is feted as the greatest magic show to hit London in decades bringing together some of the best magicians, conjurers, escapologist, illusionists and tricksters impossible noel cowardfrom around the world. Were the critics dazzled by the impossible feats? Is the hype only an illusion? We saw an early preview and this show definitely has legs. Here’s what the critics thought.

The Story

IMPOSSIBLE, London’s magic spectacular demonstrates a stunning range of magical artistry from death-defying stunts involving fire, water, knives and crossbows, through to mind-blowing mind-reading and dumbfounding sleight of hand. Fusing technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breathtaking show – it is a unique live magic experience for all ages.

CAST

The stellar line-up of the best magicians and illusionists from around the world includes: Jamie Allan, Ali Cook, Chris Cox, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart, Luis de Matos and Damien O’ Brien.

Impossible plays a strictly limited run from 24 July 2015 until 29 August 2015 at the Noel Coward theatre.

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A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent at the Noel Coward theatre

August 7, 2015 

A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent at the Noel Coward theatre.

Jim Broadbent returns to the stage this Christmas in Charles Dickens much loved tale A Christmas Carol.  Dickens novella, first published in 1843 was a rejuvenating force in reviving the old Christmas traditions in England and has grown into staple viewing over the holiday season.  The considerable adaptations to stage, film, radio and TV are a testament to Dickens story which continues to delight audiences.

A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent will play the Noel Coward theatre in late November 2015 / early December 2015.

STORY

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Broadbent) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

CAST

Jim Broadbent stars as Ebenezer Scrooge.  Further casting to be announced.

CREATIVE

To be announced.

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Photos: Impossible London’s new death-defying magic show

July 29, 2015 

Impossible, the new hair-raising show at the Noël Coward is more than just magic.

Production photos have been released of Impossible, currently in previews at the Noel Coward theatre, which show it is more than magic. With death defying stunts, escapology, illusions and of course illuminating magic Impossible is shaping up to be a great show for the entire family.

Impossible is playing the Noël Coward theatre until 29 August 2015.

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Jim Broadbent stars in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward theatre

July 3, 2015 

Jim Broadbent stars in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward theatre.star jim broadbent

Jim Broadbent is reportedly in negotiations to take to the London stage this Christmas in a production of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Considered staple viewing over the holiday season, Dickens novella first published in 1843 was a rejuvenating force in reviving the old Christmas traditions in England.

A Christmas Tale tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who transforms into a kinder and more giving man after visitations from the ghost of his former business partner and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Given the numerous adaptations to film, TV and theatre, Dickens story continues to delight audiences and this production is sure to be a great success.

A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent will play the Noel Coward theatre in late November / early December 2015.

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Impossible at the Noel Coward theatre

April 30, 2015 

Impossible, the biggest magic show in decades comes to the Noël Coward theatre this summer.

IMPOSSIBLE, the biggest magic show in decades, is set to thrill audiences in London’s West End this summer at the Noël Coward Theatre. The show will feature the very best magicians and tricksters from around the world, fusing dazzling grand stage illusions, up-close-and-personal magic, cutting-edge technological tricks and death-defying escapology in a fast-paced, breath-taking spectacular for every generation.

Celebrating its global premiere this July in London, where Harry Houdini and the superstars of illusion stunned Victorian audiences on stage, IMPOSSIBLE will re-establish the UK capital as the epicenter of innovation and spectacle, hosting the greatest magic show on Earth.

Impossible will play the Noël Coward theatre from 27 July 2015 until 29 August 2015.

Directed by Anthony Owen, the multi-award winning producer and magic consultant behind Channel 4’s Derren Brown, IMPOSSIBLE brings eight world-leading performers together live on-stage for the very first time. Featuring a stunning range of magical artistry, from astonishing acts of epic proportions to dumbfounding up-close sleights of hand, be ready to be mesmerized and baffled by these incredible illusionists.

The confirmed line-up includes: modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin; mind-blowing mind-reader Chris Cox; psychological trickster Katherine Mills; boundary breaking magician Ben Hart and spell-binding digital marvel Jamie Allan, with more acts still to be announced.

CAST

Jonathan Goodwin
Daredevil and TV Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin will have audiences on the edge of their seats as he dances with death on stage. After first appearing on Channel 4’s Dirty Tricks, Goodwin has brought his unique stunts to various TV specials including The Seven Stupidest Things to Escape From and How Not to Become Shark Bait! In his television series The Incredible Mr Goodwin, he pushes the limits of possibility with stunts that range from extreme planking to climbing skyscrapers.

Jamie Allan
You’ll never look at your iPhone the same way again. Modern day Houdini, Jamie Allen fuses magic and technology together to create spell binding stunts that captivate the contemporary audience. Transporting classic magic tricks into the digital age, his phenomenal modern illusions include sawing people in half with lasers and iPad ‘Digital Art’.

Chris Cox
Clear your mind before award-winning mind reading specialist Chris Cox gets his hands on it! Chris stars in BBC 3’s Killer Magic, bewildering audiences with his unique mind reading talent. Illusion consultant for The Bodyguard, he has flummoxed audiences on stages across the country and continues to control minds in his sell-out tour Fatal Distraction.

Ben Hart
Ben Hart invents unique magic which pushes the boundaries of film, theatre and television and tests the limits of illusion, including decapitation, vanishing and levitation At the age of 16 he won the Magic Circle’s ‘Young Magician of the Year’ Award and his most recent show The Vanishing Boy sold-out to astonished audiences. He recently starred in BBC 3’s Killer Magic, where his unique and unorthodox approaches amazed audiences across the country.

REVIEWS

“This magic show is so mind-blowingly spectacular it will knock your socks off” Evening Standard
“too full of skill to resist for long” The Times
“Though the technology is new, there’s a familiar ring to the tricks in this magic show” Financial Times
“the whole evening is slick, fast-moving and intriguing acts in this Vegas-style fiesta of illusion.” The Guardian

Nicole Kidman returns to London’s West End stage

April 24, 2015 

Nicole Kidman returns to London’s West End stagephotograph-51

Following a 17 year break, Nicole Kidman returns to the West End starring in Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward theatre.

Photograph 51 is Anna Ziegler’s award-winning play about Rosalind Franklin, a pioneering DNA researcher in the 1950’s. Ziegler’s play asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history. Rosalind Franklin, a lone woman in a male-dominated world of biochemistry took a series of photographs and one of them – the 51st – showed the double helix. Knowing that is was extraordinary, but unsure exactly why, she showed them to several other scientists – Maurice Wilkins, James Watson and Francis Crick – who did know. They went on to win the Noel Prize for the discovery of DNA and Rosalind Franklin was confined to the dustbin of history.

Kidman said her father, a bio-chemist encouraged her to do the play and with his passing last year, she wanted to do it for him.

Kidman was last seen on stage in The Blue Room – an erotic comedy written by David Hare and directed by Same Mendes – a play her and co-star Iain Glen were required to appear naked.  Kidman’s performance was described as ‘pure theatrical viagra’.

The production will be directed by Michael Grandage and will mark his company’s return to the West End following his acclaimed season in 2013-2014.

Directed by Michael Grandage, Photograph 51 starring Nicole Kidman will play the Noel Coward theatre for a strictly limited 11 week run from 5 September 2015 until 21 November 2015.

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Photograph 51 starring Nicole Kidman at the Noel Coward Theatre

April 24, 2015 

Nicole Kidman returns to the West End starring in Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward theatre.

Following a 17 year break, Nicole Kidman makes her much anticipated return to the West End starring in Photograph 51.  Directed by Michael Grandage, Anna Ziegler’s award-winning play tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, the woman who discovered the secret to Life.

Photograph 51 will play a strictly limited 11 week run from 5 September 2015 until 21 November 2015at the Noel Coward theatre.

STORY

“The instant I saw the photograph my mouth fell open and my pulse began to race”

Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Anna Ziegler’s extraordinary play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

CAST

Nicole Kidman to star as Rosalind Franklin with Steven Campbell Moore as Maurice Wilkins, Edward Bennett as Francis Crick, Patrick Kennedy as Don Caspar and Will Attenborough as James Watson.

Further casting to be announced.

CREATIVE

Anna Ziegler’s award-winning play, will be directed by Michael Grandage, with set and costume by Christopher Oram and sound by Adam Cork.

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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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Death of a Salesman at the Noel Coward Theatre

April 10, 2015 

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

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Following their acclaimed performances in Stratford Upon Avon, the RSC’s production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death Of A Salesman transfers 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.

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.

CAST

Antony Sher and Alex Hassell play Willy Loman and his son Biff. Joining Antony and Alex are Tobias Beer as Howard Wagner, Paul Birchard as Older Waiter, Helen Grady -as Jenny, Ross Green as Stanley, Emma King as Miss Forsyth, Sam Marks as Happy Loman, Miranda Nolan as Letta, Sarah Parks as The Woman, Guy Paul as Uncle Ben, Joshua Richards as Charley, Brodie Ross as Bernard and Harriet Walter as Linda Loman.

STORY

In the land of the free, each man is in charge of his own destiny. Willy Loman knows and cherishes this truth. After a life of honest hard work, it’s Willy’s birthright to retire with his loving wife and watch his two athletic, handsome sons continue his legacy.

Yet as old age begins to take hold and retirement beckons, Willy’s dream seems further away than ever. Decades of graft have somehow failed to translate into wealth and his eldest son refuses to follow the path his father has chosen for him. As actions buried in his past re-surface, Willy struggles to reconcile his long cherished dream with the life he has actually lived.

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Photos: Shakespeare In Love new cast rehearsal

January 23, 2015 

Rehearsal photos of the new cast of Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Directed by Declan Donnellan, the new cast of Shakespeare in Love took over the Noel Coward Theatre from 12 January for a limited run til 18 April.

Orlando James stars as William Shakespeare opposite Eve Ponsonby as Viola De Lesseps.
The full cast include: Nicholas Asbury, Neal Barry, Richard Bremmer, Paul Brennen, Suzanne Burden, Ryan Donaldson, Edward Franklin, Ncuti Gatw, Gregg Lowe, Andy McKeane, Peter Moreton, Joy Richardson, Charlie Tighe, Stuart Wilde, Aaron Anthony, Jonno Davies, Peter Hannah, Nick Hart, Joshua Higgott, Sioned Jones, Sandy Murray, Ellie Nunn, Thomas Padden, Stevie Raine, Elliot Rennie and Florence Roberts. Barney continues in his much-loved role as Spot the Dog.

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