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Reviews of Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre

June 13, 2014 

A round-up of reviews for Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy.

Carey Mulligan in Skylight

Carey Mulligan in Skylight

Skylight is currently in previews at the Wyndham’s Theatre with a first night scheduled for 18 June 2014. The show is running until 23 August.

Stephen Daldry directs a starry cast for his revival of David Hare’s 1995 play, with Carey Mulligan playing Krya Hollis, Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant.

It’s the first time that the play has been seen in the West End since a 1997 production at the Vaudeville.

A National Theatre Live cinema screening of the show will be broadcast on 17 July 2014 (read more).

Skylight Reviews

DAILY MAIL (13 June 2014)

Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail, who saw a preview of the play, says that Hare’s drama is “incendiary” and “hotter than I remembered when I first saw it with Michael Gambon at the National”.

In terms of the cast, Baz says that  the show features “scorching performances from Mulligan, Nighy and Beard”, with Nighy giving “the performance of his life”.

“The play stands up, too, as if it was written yesterday. It’s electrifying.”

 

MORE REVIEWS BELOW from the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent and more.

 

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Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy

June 1, 2014 

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in Stephen Daldry’s new production of David Hare’s play Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) directs a new production of David Hare’s acclaimed play Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre (6 June 2014 to 23 August 2014).

Cary Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) makes her West End debut in the play, alongside Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

The show’s designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.

THE STORY

Teacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan), who is eking out an existence in London, is visited on the same evening by a father and son: she had been living years earlier with the Sergeant family but left after an affair with the father, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy). The son Edward (Matthew Beard) saw her as a big sister who abandoned him and demands to know why she left in the way she did. Later, Tom arrives, her much older ex who is a successful restaurant entrepreneur. Where once they shared opinions on everything, from politics to class, now they stand divided.

THE CAST

The play features major Hollywood stars Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis, Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant, alongside Matthew Beard as Edward.


Wicked The Movie gears up for production, Harry Styles tipped for Fiyero

March 5, 2014 

The hype surrounding the new movie version of hit West End and Broadway show Wicked probably didn’t need a boost.

Harry Styles - a new career in musicals?

Harry Styles – a new career in musicals?

But a boost it got when the The Sun newspaper ran gossip that One Direction’s Harry Styles has been tipped to play Fiyero in the new big-budget movie version of the musical.

The producers of the movie and the stage show, Marc Platt and David Stone, were not playing the game and refused to comment on the gossip – but it has set the interweb on fire with rumours that 1D may split, that Harry could launch himself a new acting career, or even that Mr Styles may move to musicals in the not-too-distant future.

Either way it seems that production on the Wicked movie is picking up pace, with Universal Pictures on board for distribution (their theatre division Universal Stage Productions co-produce the stage show, and they had more than a little success distributing Cameron Mackintosh’s movie blockbuster Les Miserables).

Other rumours are that Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot – the movie and musical,  is set to take the helm as director, and that Glee’s Lea Michele is under consideration for Elphaba.

Movie musicals are having a massive boost post Les Mis, with Sondheim’s Into The Woods set for release later this year (Christmas Day in the USA and 9 January 2015 in the UK) in Rob Marshall’s starry movie featuring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine amongst others.

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BILLY ELLIOT: Ruthie Henshall to join the cast

March 3, 2014 

Olivier Award winning actress Ruthie Henshall to join the cast of Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Much-loved West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of multi-award winning musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Taking the role of Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, Ruthie will star in the show from 12 May 2014.

Billy Elliot has played for nearly nine years at the Victoria Palace Theatre and has been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling, the show features music by Elton John, has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall.

Also joining the cast in May is Chris Grahamson as Billy’s brother Tony and Barnaby Meredith returns to play Older Billy. Ann Emery will continue to play Grandma, with Deka Walmsley will continue as Billy’s dad.

The full cast from 12 May 2014 features: Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy). They are joined by Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

The role of Billy is alternated by Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret, Redmand Rance  and Mitchell Tobin.  Zach Atkinson, Zak Baker, and Freddie Butterfield play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Dayna Dixon, Demi Lee  and Millie Thornton  play Debbie.

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Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre

February 2, 2014 

Now starring Ruthie Henshall, Billy Elliot is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical based on one of Britain’s most successful films, and featuring songs by Elton John.

One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

Billy Elliot now stars multi-award winning West End star Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson.

With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever.

Now seen by over 9 million people worldwide, there’s never been a better time to see Billy Elliot the Musical.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling, the show features music by Elton John, has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the original screenplay for the hit British movie.

Billy Elliot has been running at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005 (previews from 31 March 2005, opened on 11 May 2005).

THE STORY

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

THE CAST

A hugely talented cast includes Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy). They are joined by Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

 

Photos: The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre starring Helen Mirren

March 8, 2013 

Production photos of The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre starring Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Stephen Dalrdy’s production of The Audience by Peter Morgan has opened at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Joining Helen Mirren who plays The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major, Rufus Wright as David Cameron and Edward Fox as Winston Churchill. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth is played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams. David Peart plays James Callaghan who is joined by ensemble members Jonathan Coote, Ian Houghton and Charlotte Moore.

The Audience runs until 15 June 2013 at the Gielgud Theatre. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Paul Englishby and video by Ian William Galloway.

Photos by Johan Persson

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The Audience starring Helen Mirren – Reviews Round-up

March 8, 2013 

A round-up of reviews of The Audience starring Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre.

Helen Mirren as The Queen in Peter Morgan's The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren follows her acclaimed on-screen performance as Elizabeth II in a new play by The Queen writer Peter Morgan, charting the 60 years of weekly audiences the Queen has granted her Prime Ministers.

Award-winning director Stephen Daldry directs Mirren and an all star cast of British Prime Ministers through the ages including Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Edward Fox as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.

Read reviews of The Audience, below, from the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Evening Standard and more.

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First Look: Helen Mirren in The Audience

February 14, 2013 

Helen Mirren as Her Majesty The Queen in Peter Morgan’s new play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Helen Mirren as The Queen in new play The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren as The Queen in new play The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

The first photo has been released of Dame Helen Mirren as The Queen in new play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Written by “The Queen” screenwriter Peter Morgan, the play is set during the Queen’s weekly audience with her Prime Ministers and spans The Queen’s entire 60 year reign.

Stephen Daldry directs Mirren and an all star cast of British Prime Ministers through the ages including Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.

The Audience is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre in London until 15 June 2013.

Photo by Johan Persson.

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Photos: The Audience rehearsals – starring Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre

February 1, 2013 

Rehearsal photos of The Audience starring Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre.

Helen Mirren in rehearsals for The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren in rehearsals for The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Some productions are hyped as “greatly anticipated” and some actually deserve the badge. In the last few years it’s hard to think of a new West End play that has created such a buzz as The Audience, the latest work by The Queen and The Deal scriptwriter Peter Morgan.

Morgan returns to the subjects of Her Majesty The Queen and government in this new play set during the Queen’s weekly audiences with her Prime Ministers.

Directed by Stephen Daldry, fresh from managing the success of the opening and closing ceremonies at London’s Olympic games, The Audience sees Helen Mirren put her crown back on as The Queen, following her Oscar winning movie performance as the monarch.

She is joined by a solid line-up of talent to play her prime ministers through the ages, including Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.

The Audience kicks off at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013.

Photos by Johan Persson.

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HELEN MIRREN in The Audience

January 17, 2013 

Oscar winning actress Helen Mirren returns to the role of Her Majesty The Queen in Peter Morgan’s new drama The Audience.

HELEN MIRREN in The AudienceHelen Mirren has never been scared of returning to play a character that she loves. She immortalised DCI Jane Tennison in the extraordinary ITV detective series Prime Suspect over a period of 15 years, with the final two instalments both coaxing her back to the part.

So it’s not unexpected that Mirren has agreed to return to another role for which she has enjoyed huge acclaim, and another notably strong female character at that.

Her Oscar-winning performance in Peter Morgan’s film The Queen, set against the death of Princess Diana, was a career-defining role for the actress.

And now Peter Morgan has returned to the subject of Her Maj in new stage play The Audience, that covers The Queen’s weekly private audiences with her Prime Ministers, to open at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013.

Helen Mirren stars as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience alongside Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Rufus Wright as David Cameron, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter as John Major.

With Stephen Daldry, fresh from his Olympics success, directing the play and Bob Crowley designing, we expect great things.

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