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September 29, 2014 

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Photos: BalletBoyz theTALENT at the Royal Opera House

September 21, 2014 

Production photos of BalletBoyz theTALENT in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House

BalletBoyz the TALENT at the Royal Opera House. Photo: Roy Tan

BalletBoyz the TALENT at the Royal Opera House. Photo: Roy Tan

BalletBoyz bring their new version of the TALENT to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House (until 27 September 2014).

Both founders of BalletBoyz – Michael Nunn and William Trevitt – were former dancers with The Royal Ballet, and so it’s especially fitting that they bring their show to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House for the first time with this all-new programme.

The first edition of theTALENT was launched in 2010 and brings together a select group of male dancers.

Their all-new 2014 show has been created for the Linbury Studio Theatre and includes works by Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally and The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Choreographic Affiliate Alexander Whitley.

The show goes on to tour through the USA and Italy in October and November 2014.

BalletBoyz bring their show Young Men to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London from 14 to 18 January 2015.

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The Wind in the Willows at the Vaudeville Theatre

June 5, 2014 

The Royal Ballet’s acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning production of The Wind in the Willows returns to the West End this Christmas.

WINNER – Best Entertainment and Family at the 2014 Olivier Awards


This Christmas the Royal Opera House’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The Wind in the Willows comes to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.

Choreographed and directed by Will Tuckett, children will love the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad, brought vividly to live through dance, music, puppetry and design.

The show features a magical score by Martin Ward, narration written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and beautiful designs by the Quay Brothers to create a show that is destined to become an annual Christmas treat in the West End.

Popular TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh stars at the Narrator. Further casting to be announced.


The Wind in the Willows won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family.


“A heart warming charmer for all the family” (Sunday Times)
“A mini modern classic” (Evening Standard)
“Utterly fabulous” (Daily Express)


Martin Harvey (Dirty Dancing) will take on the role of Ratty, with Cris Penfold as Toad, Ira Mandela Siobhan as Badger and Sonya Cullingford as Mole.
Other members of the company include: Ewan Wardrop, Kayleigh Gore, Jay Webb, Alastair Postlewaite, Jessica Ellen, Rachael Mossom, Jo Meredith and Aron Wild.

Royal Opera House

February 28, 2014 

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, is one of the world’s great centres for opera, music and dance.

First built in 1732, the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, along with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House present a diverse and entertaining programme of classic and new work.


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Olivier Awards 2014

January 28, 2014 

Welcome to this year’s microsite for the 2014 Olivier Awards.

Within this microsite you will find a wealth of information about the 38th annual Olivier Awards, organised each year by the Society of London Theatre to celebrate the very best of West End theatre.


Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton

Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton, hosts of this year’s awards


This year’s Olivier Awards awards were held on  Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London.

The awards were hosted by movie and stage star Gemma Arterton, who will be starring in new musical Made in Dagenham this autumn in the West End, and comedian Stephen Mangan, who is currently starring in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre. This year’s voiceover announcements were made by Julie Walters.

Guest presenters  on the night included Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Harman, Rufus Hound, Beverley Knight, Dame Penelope Keith, Robert Lindsay, Dame Gillian Lynne, Ben Miles, Alistair McGowan, Marianela Núñez, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Strong, Luke Treadaway, Gok Wan, Ruth Wilson and Leigh Zimmerman. More presenters and guests will be announced nearer to the night.


This year’s performers at the Awards included:

Joseph Calleja

Joseph Calleja

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

  • Broadway star Bernadette Peters accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus , who reunited to celebrate 15 years of the hit show MAMMA MIA!
  • International opera singer Joseph Calleja, who finished the first half of the evening by singing E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca.
  • Best New Musical nominees performed –  including The Book Of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys.
  • Audience Award nominees performed – including Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.


This year the awards were again broadcast by ITV in the UK, on the evening of the awards. Catch up with ITVPlayer.

Also on the night, the ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza presented a free Olivier Awards celebration. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Michael Xavier, the free event  featured live performances from shows including Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Urinetown and Wicked.

Large screens in the Piazza also broadcast the Awards live.

A special BBC Radio 2 programme will air at 6pm on Saturday 18 April 2014. The two-hour highlights programme will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and feature backstage interviews, special guests and highlights from ceremony.


MasterCard, headline sponsor
Rosewood London, hotel partner
American Airlines, airline partner
MAC cosmetics, make-up partner
Laurent Perrier, champagne partner
Chester Barrie, menswear partner
Audi, car partner
CBS, advertising partner
Fenwick of Bond Street, fashion partner
Acting for Others, official charity
With additional support from Bumble & Bumble, Divine Chocolate, Harpers, Hildon and Newmans

Check back for the latest news, photos and information on the 2014 Olivier Awards.

The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

October 16, 2013 

Peter Wright’s classic Royal Ballet production of The Nutcracker returns to the Royal Opera House this Christmas.

No Christmas in London is complete without a visit to see the Royal Ballet’s magical production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The stage sparkles with theatrical magic as a Christmas tree grows before our eyes, toy soldiers come to life to fight the villainous Mouse King and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets on a golden sleigh.

Tchaikovsky’s score continues to delight each new generation with some of the best-known melodies in ballet, from the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this classic production completes any festive season.

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CMP presents the Royal Opera House production of The Wind In The Willows Directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett at the Duchess Theatre

July 9, 2013 

  • For the first time a Royal Opera House production will transfer commercially into London’s West End
  • Will Tuckett’s much-loved production of The Wind in the Willows will play an eight week Christmas season at The Duchess Theatre
  • Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 9 July at 10am

Director and choreographer Will Tuckett’s critically acclaimed The Wind in the Willows is to be given a commercial transfer into the West End this December marking a significant first for the Royal Opera House.  CMP will be presenting the Royal Opera House production, which is in its tenth anniversary year, for eight weeks at The Duchess Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 9 July.

Alex Beard, Chief Executive Designate of the Royal Opera House said

This is a hugely exciting development for us, seeing one of our much-loved productions transfer into the West End.  The Wind in the Willows was the first small scale Christmas production to be created for the then newly opened Linbury Studio Theatre, and has been so popular that we have brought it back into the repertory three times since those first performances.  Will Tuckett’s production is a wonderful family show and we’re really pleased that more people will have the opportunity to see it just down the road from Covent Garden.”

Tobias Round & Nick Frankfort of CMP said: “We are hugely excited to be able to bring the Royal Opera House’s glorious production of The Wind in the Willows to the West End. Apart from the production representing so beautifully the tremendous quality of work, artistry and imagination that Will Tuckett and his team used to create this classic story, the show is just great fun for the whole family. We hope it will be a perfect fit at the Duchess Theatre over the Christmas Season”.

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s timeless classic, the adventures of four woodland friends are retold through dance, song, music and puppetry: From a dusty old attic a wonderful tale unfolds. The serenity of the river bank is rocked by a speeding car, a galloping caravan, a racing train and criminal deeds cooked up in the depths of the Wild Wood.

The escapades of the reckless Toad and his long-suffering friends Ratty, Mole and Badger are brought to life in a production that has charmed audiences of all ages. Drawing inspiration from the music of Edwardian composer George Butterworth, the action is set to a score by Martin Ward.

Will Tuckett said: When I proposed making The Wind in the Willows ten years ago it felt like quite an experiment. It was my first full-length piece, a newly commissioned score and the first Royal Opera House show made specifically for families. Plus its cast included singers, dancers, actors and puppets; a very different kind of show for the House!  Thankfully audiences have taken the show to their hearts, and I’m absolutely thrilled that this Christmas, The Wind in the Willows is moving into the West End. It’s a tremendously exciting step and it makes me very happy that this work can now be seen by a whole new audience. This is a real honour both for me and the team who created it and we’re really looking forward to seeing the story come alive in the Duchess Theatre.

Through Tuckett’s choreography, with narration written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and designs from The Quay Brothers and Nicky Gillibrand, the Duchess Theatre will be transformed into the magical world of Grahame’s tale. Full casting will be announced soon.

Recommended for everyone aged 5 and over. 


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Winners of the 2013 Olivier Awards announced

April 28, 2013 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time scoops 7 awards at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Luke Treadaway wins Best Actor

Luke Treadaway wins Best Actor

At a glamorous event at the Royal Opera House in London, the Society of London Theatre’s annual Olivier Awards were held this evening, Sunday 28 April 2013, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

The show of the night was undoubtedly the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in London. The show, based on Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel, won 7 awards including best new play, best director for Marianne Elliot, best actor for Luke Treadaway and best supporting actress for Nicola Walker. The show equaled that of last year’s big winner, Matilda the Musical.

The leading musicals of the night were Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd and Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, which both won 3 awards. Sweeney Todd won best musical revival, best actor in a musical for Michael Ball and best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton, and Top Hat scooped best new musical, best theatre choreographer for Bill Deamer and best costume design for Jon Morrell.

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Audience

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Audience

Helen Mirren won a best actress award for her role as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, alongside her co-star Richard McCabe, who won best supporting actor.

Billy Elliot The Musical won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, voted for by members of the theatregoing public. Other awards included Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court for its Season of New Writing, Best Revival for A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, Best Entertainment and Family for Goodnight Mr Tom at the Phoenix Theatre and Leigh Zimmerman won Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.

Playwright Michael Frayn and dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne were presented with Special Awards at the event. Roger Allam gave Michael Frayn his award, and David Suchet and Michael Crawford presented Gillian Lynne with her Special Award.

Olivier hosts Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith

Olivier hosts Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith

Live musical performers included Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel, Michael Ball, Tim Minchin, Sheridan Smith and Petula Clark, with the casts of Cabaret, A Chorus Line, The Bodyguard and Top Hat included in the night.


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View a clip of Billy Elliot The Musical – live from the Olivier Awards

Backstage | Olivier Awards 2013

April 28, 2013 

Backstage at the Royal Opera House in London, for this year’s Olivier Awards 2013.

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Red Carpet Arrivals | Olivier Awards 2013

April 28, 2013 

The Red Carpet arrivals at the Royal Opera House in London, for this year’s Olivier Awards 2013.

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