July 22, 2013
A major musicals concert will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 11 August 2013 featuring West End stars performing alongside talented youth arts groups from around the UK.
My Kind of Sunday will be a concert featuring aspiring actors aged between 10 and 19 years old who are part of performing arts group Musical Youth UK.
The gala at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is planned to become an annual showcase of Musical Youth UK’s young performers, alongside seasoned West End professionals.
Sunday’s event promises to include guest performers Kelly Anne Gower (Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables), Kit Orton (Spamalot, Hired Man – composer/writer of My Lands Shore), Rhiannon Sarah Porter (Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Caroline Sheen (Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins), Ben Smith (Jersey Boys, Les Miserables), Jonathan Williams (Les Miserables – member of Tenors of Rock) and Rob Wilshaw (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
Founded last year by Jay Coleman, Musical Youth UK is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of hubs in Cardiff, Newport, London, Manchester and Bristol. The hubs each perform two shows a year, and are then invited to participate in an annual gala performance in the West End, joined by some of the West End’s top theatre stars.
Recent Musical Youth UK productions include Les Miserables in Manchester and Bristol, and the world premiere of original Welsh musical My Lands Shore in Newport.
June 25, 2013
A round-up of reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Sam Mendes directs Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in a new musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Critics were largely positive about the show, which didn’t set the reviews on fire with its music, but wowed with the spectacle and visual. Douglas Hodge enjoyed solid notices for his performance as Willy Wonka. See all reviews below including the Guardian, Telegraphy and New York Times.
May 31, 2013
If you haven’t been scared enough by a visit to see The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre then here’s some seriously terrifying advice on where to find the most haunted theatres in London. From actor-managers stabbed to death at the stage door to floating heads, mysterious men in grey, spooks in the Stalls and strange backstage noises. London theatres are some of the oldest and most historic buildings in Britain with centuries of murder and darkness both on and off stage. Here we discover where the ghosts of London theatre are to be found.
May 28, 2013
PHOTO FIRST LOOK: Douglas Hodge in character as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Brand new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started previews last week at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane ahead of its 25 June 2013 opening night.
The mysterious confectioner has been revealed in this photo of Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, the first production or character shot to be released from the show.
Roald Dahl’s classic tale is brought to be stage by Sam Mendes in this massive new production that features music and lyrics by the team that created Hairspray The Musical – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Douglas Hodge is joined by a cast that includes Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe.
Tickets are available now for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
February 16, 2013
What’s playing and coming up at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
January 17, 2013
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced further casting for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June 2013, directed by Sam Mendes.
Alongside Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, the cast will include Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina.
Other cast will include Joe Allen, David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Luke Fetherston, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Jane McMurtrie, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Paul Saunders, Jack Shalloo and Jay Webb.
Further casting to be announced.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).
Douglas Hodge is a four time Olivier-nominated actor/director, who has worked at the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Court Theatre. On Broadway, he recently starred at the American Airlines Theatre in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles, having already won the Olivier Award for the same performance in London. For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009. He has released two albums of his own compositions ‘Cowley Road Songs’ and ‘Nightbus’, and won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award for ‘Powercut’. Alongside numerous television credits, his feature films include Vanity Fair, Robin Hood, the soon to be released Serena, and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell, butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.
This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.
October 15, 2012
Following the huge success of Matilda The Musical, another classic Roald Dahl tale gets a musical makeover as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.
Featuring young Charlie Bucket and the madcap confectioner Willy Wonka, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Choclate Factory is brought to life in a major new West End musical directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall).
Starring Olivier and Tony-award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, this spectacular new musical will feature stunning sets and costumes by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!), breathtaking choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical) and acclaimed music and lyrics by the team that created Hairspray The Musical – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket wins a golden ticket to visit the weird, wonderful world of the Wonka Chocolate Factory. For five lucky winners it is the sweet-tooth chance-in-a-lifetime to venture into the sugary world of chocolate paradise. But not everything is as sweet as it seems in this darkly comic tale of chocolate gardens and Oompa-Loompas.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory promises to be the biggest musical opening in 2013.
The cast includes Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka; Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe; Clive Carter as Mr Salt; Jasna Ivir as
Mrs Gloop; Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde; Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee; Billy Boyle as Grandpa George; Roni Page as
Grandma Josephine; Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina; Michelle Bishop as Mrs Pratchett; Alex Clatworthy as Mrs Bucket; Jack Shalloo as Mr Bucket; and Kate Graham as Cherry.
Theatre: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
September 11, 2012
Save up to 45% on tickets to see Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London
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Shrek The Musical has announced that it will close on 24 February 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. So don’t delay to book your tickets to this spectacular show based on the hit animated movies. PLUS we’ve put together a great big SHREK TICKET SALE including up to 36% off tickets for selected performances.
A fabulous cast includes Dean Chisnall as unlikely hero Shrek, accompanied by his loyal friend Donkey, played by Richard Blackwood. They are joined on their quest by the beautiful Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona, rescued from her tower guarded by a firey dragon. The show also stars Neil McDermott as the tiny Lord Farquaad.
The show features all new songs in this hilarious all singing, all dancing, irresistible adventure.
September 7, 2012
Sam Mendes casts Douglas Hodge in new West End production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
The actor Douglas Hodge is to take on his most high-profile stage project next year when he plays the iconic role of Willy Wonka in a major new stage musical of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
The £10 million production will be directed by Sam Mendes, who is currently working on the next James Bond movie Skyfall, and will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2013, following previews from 18 May.
Hodge follows a number of high-profile actors who have played the chocolate svengali including Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp, who played the role in movie adaptations of Dahl’s popular children’s book.
Douglas Hodge’s career spans the full breadth of acting, from stage drama and musicals to TV and film. His stage career includes a long association with the work of Harold Pinter, Olivier and Tony Awards for his role as female impersonator Albin in La Cage Aux Folles, directing a number of productions and writing a musical. On screen his roles have included Middlemarch for the BBC and Vanity Fair.
His next project, opening this month, is to play Cyrano de Bergerac for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Olivier Award winning choreographer Peter Darling, who won an award this year for his work on Matilda The Musical and choreographed the movie and stage versions of Billy Elliot, will choreograph the show, with set and costumes by acclaimed designer Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors, Mamma Mia!).
The show will be produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Kevin McCormick and Neal Street Productions – the company owned by Caro Newling and Sam Mendes and who also produce that other big movie-to-musical show Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
The show will have a book by David Greig, with songs by Hairspray duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitmann.
September 3, 2012
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to replace Shrek at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
The producers of Shrek The Musical have announced that the show is to close at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London on 24 February 2013. The show opened at Drury Lane on 14 June 2011.
Based on the hit movie franchise, the London production was deemed to be the best production so far following a short and costly Broadway run in 2009. The show is expected to go on a UK tour in 2014.
Shrek producer Bill Damaschke, who is Chief Creative Officer for DreamWorks Animation, said that, “it is not without sadness that we have decided to leave next year”. DreamWorks plans to bring its productions of Madagascar Live!, and How To Train Your Dragon to the UK in 2013.
Sam Mendes and Caro Newling of Neal Street Productions, who manage the production in the UK, will now produce Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the venue next year, directed by Mendes. They have been searching for a large-enough home for the musical for a number of months, with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane always top of the list.
Shrek The Musical has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori and is based on William Steig’s book and the DreamWorks animated movies. Direction is by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, with designs & costumes by Tim Hatley.
The show currently stars Dean Chisnall as Shrek, Neil McDermott as Lord Farquaad, Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona and Richard Blackwood as Donkey.