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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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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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Michael Grandage Company Announces West End Season Of Five Plays With Over 100,000 Tickets At £10

June 15, 2012 

James Bierman and Michael Grandage launch their new company with a season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre spanning 15 months from December 2012 to February 2014

• Over 200 tickets per performance at £10, with over 100,000 across the entire season
• Full education programme including schools’ performances, access and job opportunities
• New work alongside classical and twentieth century plays directed by Michael Grandage
• Privates On Parade play by Peter Nichols, music by Denis King
• Peter and Alice a new play by John Logan
• The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
• A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
• Henry V by William Shakespeare
• Seven actors join company for new initiative in the West End
• Simon Russell Beale
• Judi Dench
• Jude Law
• Daniel Radcliffe
• Sheridan Smith
• David Walliams
• Ben Whishaw

James Bierman and Michael Grandage said today, “We are delighted to announce the inaugural season of work for the Michael Grandage Company – a programme comprised of new writing alongside the classical and twentieth century repertoire. At its heart is a commitment to reach out to as wide an audience as possible with over 200 tickets for each performance at £10 -over 100,000 across the season and through our schools’ and access work we aim to appeal to new theatregoers and help build audiences for the future. This unique West End season brings together writers, actors and other artists in a single venture over fifteen months dedicated to presenting work of the highest quality at affordable prices.”

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.
£10 SEATS
Over 100,000 tickets have been put aside at £10 – over 200 per performance. The majority of these tickets are bookable in advance, with 24 per performance held as day seats enabling access to every production throughout the run. These £10 tickets are across every level in the auditorium.
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 on¬line 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.

Michael Grandage Company (MGC) is a new non-building based production company set up by James Bierman and Michael Grandage to produce theatre, film and television. Its theatre work will be seen predominantly in London and New York where it aims to reach out to new audiences through competitive ticket pricing and access. The company is currently developing film projects and commissioning new work beyond 2014.

MICHAEL GRANDAGE is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company in London. 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. Later this month, his book A Decade At The Donmar, is published by Constable & Robins.
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).

JAMES BIERMAN is Executive Producer of the Michael Grandage Company in London. A Tony Award-winning producer for Red, Bierman has worked in professional theatre since 1992 enjoying success in both the commercial and subsidised sectors. During his tenure at the Donmar Warehouse (2006 -11) he was involved in over 45 productions, which won numerous awards including Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. Alongside Michael Grandage he produced the Donmar West End Season at the Wyndham’s Theatre season, to both critical acclaim, and financial success. He produced a further two West End, and four Broadway transfers of the company’s work. With Grandage he took the Donmar’s portfolio to a wider audience, touring nationally and internationally, with radio broadcasts of The Chalk Garden and Othello (both BBC Radio 3), as well as the cast recording of Parade, and the NT Live transmission of King Lear in 2011 to over 350 cinemas worldwide. The culmination of their work together at the Donmar came with the purchase of two properties: the theatre in Earlham Street; and a rehearsal, education and office space in Dryden Street. Prior to this, Bierman spent 8 years at the Aldwych Theatre working alongside producer Michael Codron. The Aldwych saw 9 productions during his time and he was responsible for overseeing a £¾million refit of the Grade II listed theatre.

PRIVATES ON PARADE
Play by Peter Nichols Music by Denis King
1 December 2012 – 2 March 2013
Press night: 10 December
Cast includes: Simon Russell Beale
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Choreographer: Ben Wright
“Come see the privates on parade You’ll say: how proudly they’re displayed”
Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man.
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.
Bristol-born playwright Peter Nichols’ principal works include The Hooded Terror, A day in the Death of Joe Egg, The National Health, Born in the Gardens, Passion Play, Poppy, A Piece of My Mind, Blue Murder and Lingua Franca.
Composer Denis King’s theatre credits include Worzel Gummidge, A Saint She Ain’t, Bashville, Stepping Out -The Musical and The Wind in the Willows. Television work includes The Adventures of Black Beauty, Lovejoy, Hannay, We’ll Meet Again, Dick Turpin and over 100 others.
Simon Russell Beale plays Captain Terri Dennis. His extensive theatre credits include for the National Theatre: Timon of Athens, Collaborators, London Assurance, A Slight Ache, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, The Life of Galileo, Jumpers, Humble Boy, Hamlet (Evening Standard Award for Best Actor, Critics’ Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance), Candide (Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical), and Volpone (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor). Other theatre includes Deathtrap (Noel Coward Theatre), The Cherry Orchard/The Winter’s Tale (Bridge Project – BAM, world tour, Old Vic), Spamalot (Palace Theatre; Schubert Theatre, Broadway), The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse – Evening Standard Award for Best Actor) and Uncle Vanya/Twelfth Night (Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Actor). For television, his credits include Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Spooks, American Experience, Dunkirk, A Dance to the Music of Time (BAFTA and RTS Awards for Best Actor) and Persuasion; and for film, The Deep Blue Sea, My Week With Marilyn, The Gathering, Alice in Wonderland, An Ideal Husband and Hamlet.

World première
PETER AND ALICE
A new play by John Logan
9 March – 1 June
Press night: 25 March 2013
Cast includes: Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
“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. 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.
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 Caribean: 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.
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.

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
by Martin McDonagh
8 June – 31 August
Press night: 18 June 2013
Cast includes: Daniel Radcliffe
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
“I shouldn’t laugh at you Billy … but I will”
Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighbouring 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.
Martin McDonagh is a multi award-winning Irish playwright, screenwriter and film director. His plays include The Leenane Trilogy: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West; The Aran Islands Trilogy: The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Banshees of Inisheer (unpublished); The Pillowman and A Behanding in Spokane. His screenplays include Six Shooter (Academy Award), In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
Daniel Radcliffe plays Cripple Billy. For theatre, his work includes How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Broadway) and Equus (Gielgud Theatre, before transferring to Broadway). For television, his work includes the forthcoming A Young Doctor’s Notebook with Jon Hamm to be broadcast on Sky Arts, My Boy Jack, Extras and David Copperfield; and for film, Radcliffe has played the title role in all eight films in the Harry Potter series; The Woman in Black, and the forthcoming Kill Your Darlings in which he plays Allen Ginsberg.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
7 September – 16 November
Press night: 17 September 2013
Cast includes: Sheridan Smith, David Walliams
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
“The course of true love never did run smooth”
Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. When Hermia’s father insists she choose Demetrius as a suitor she escapes with Lysander into the surrounding forest where Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies are having their own battle of love. As the human and magical worlds collide mischief and chaos erupt as love at first sight proves a reality for some and makes an ass of others.
Sheridan Smith plays Titania and David Walliams plays Bottom in this new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.
Sheridan Smith plays Titania. Her theatre work includes Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory & Duke of York’s Theatre), The People are Friendly (Royal Court) and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse). For television, her credits include Mrs Biggs, Accused, Scapegoat, Little Crackers, Jonathan Creek, Gavin & Stacey, Larkrise to Candleford, Grown Ups, Love Soup, Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, The Royale Family and Wives and Daughters; and for film, Quartet, Tower Block and Hysteria.
David Walliams plays Bottom. For theatre, his works includes No Man’s Land (Gate Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre), Little Britain (international tour). For television, his credits as a writer and performer include Come Fly With Me, the multi award-winning Little Britain and Rock Profile. His other acting credits include Blandings, Doctor Who, Rather You Than Me, Capturing Mary, Attachments, and Spaced for television; and Great Expectations, Dinner for Schmucks and Stardust for film. In addition to his acting work Walliams has also joined the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent and continued his support of Sport Relief, most recently raising £2.5 million for the charity by swimming the length of the River Thames.

HENRY V
by William Shakespeare
23 November 2013 – 15 February 2014 Press night: 3 December 2013
Cast includes: Jude Law
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”
Can the King of England hold his nerve to embrace his duty, command his men and lead his country to victory in France? Shakespeare’s great play of nationhood investigates the bloody horrors of war and the turbulence of a land in crisis.
Jude Law and Michael Grandage continue their collaboration that began with Hamlet in 2009. Law also appeared in the Donmar’s award-winning production Anna Christie, as part of Grandage’s final season as Artistic Director.
Jude Law plays Henry V. His theatre work includes Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet (Donmar West End for which he won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance – also Denmark and Broadway), Dr Faustus, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic), Les Parents Terribles (National Theatre and Broadway) and Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His film work includes The Bitter Pill, Anna Karenina, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Hugo, Contagion, Repo Men, Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Sleuth, My Blueberry Nights, The Holiday, Closer, Alfie, The Aviator, Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition, The Talented Mr Ripley and Wilde.

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Applause Magazine – March 1997

August 27, 2010 

Published between1996 and 1997, Applause was a newsstand and subscription magazine devoted to UK theatre.

Edited by Clive Hirschhorn, it was published by ticket agency Applause and aimed to provide theatregoers with informed comment, interviews, features, reviews, and gossip about the plays and players making news in both London and New York. It also provided special offers and discounts on West End shows and event.

CONTENTS

Issue 6, March 1997

Read Applause magazine, issue 6, March 1997

Applause Magazine - March 1997

Applause Magazine - March 1997

OFFSTAGE – News and gossip from around the West End

LADY IN THE DARK – Dick Vosburgh on a musical that gets its West End premiere 56 years after it was first written

MARIA FRIEDMAN – David Nathan interviews the actress, and talks about her starring role in Lady in the Dark

ONSTAGE – Clive Hirschhorn reviews the West End’s latest offerings

DIARY – New productions in and around the West End

MATT WOLF – Questions the wisdom behind this year’s awards nominations

APPLAUSE THEATRE CLUB – Christopher Biggins brings you more great money saving offers on top West End shows

NED SHERRIN

PEOPLE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – David Nathan talks to producer Bill Kenwright

RICHARD NELSON – Sheridan Morley assesses the work of an American playwright who does very well over here

REMARKABLE CAREERS – A look at the work of actress Constance Cummings, with Michael Arditti

BOOK REVIEW – Sam Ingleby on Neil Simon’s memoirs

QUIET AT THE BACK, PLEASE! – The theatre nuisance according to Ronald Bergan

NEW FACES – Ruaidhri Conroy, currently making his mark in The Cripple of Inishmaan

SPECTRUM – Opera, Dance, TV and Art reviews and previews by Max Loppen, Jeffery Taylor, Ronald Bergan and John Russell-Taylor

OFFSTAGE BROADWAY – Michael Riedel with news and gossip from the Big Apple

QUIZ

SHOWS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE – Gerald Kaufman, MP

LINKS

PDF: Read Applause magazine, issue 6, March 1997

ISSUU: Read Applause magazine, issue 6, March 1997

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