July 8, 2014
Round-up of reviews of DAYTONA starring Maureen Lipman at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
David Grindley directs Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and the writer of Daytona, Oliver Cotton, in this transfer from the Park Theatre.
July 4, 2014
On this day in… 1821
The Theatre Royal Haymarket opened in London
It may not have been the first theatre on this site, but the current Theatre Royal Haymarket, designed by John Nash, is one of the grandest in London.
- Theatre opened: 4th July 1821
- Designed by: John Nash (interior C. Stanley Peach and S. D. Adshead, 1904)
- First production: Sheridan’s The Rivals
- Number of seats: 905
- Other info: The first theatre on the site was opened on 29 December 1720 as Little Theatre in the Haymarket; theatre renamed Theatre Royal in the Haymarket in 1766; renamed to Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1855
July 2, 2014
The National Theatre’s controversial new comedy Great Britain transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Richard Bean returns to the National Theatre and follows his international hit play One Man, Two Guvnors with this biting satire about the press, police and politicians in modern British society.
Billed as an “anarchic and foul-mouthed satire”, the play has scooped rave reviews from the critics and resulted in a stampede to the box-office by audiences.
Highlighting the corrupt chain that unites the press, police and politicians in Britain, and covering major public scandals such as phone-hacking and MPs’ expenses, Great Britain is urgently topical, hugely funny play and an absolute must-see.
Great Britain will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 10 September 2014 to 10 January 2015.
Paige Britain is an ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Paige’s desperation for a story results in her recruiting the police to help in nailing the supposed killer of two missing children, and work with phone-hacking private investigators along the way.
Casting to be announced. The National Theatre production stars Billie Piper.
Great Britain is written by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.
Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, also directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre and winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play, is currently on its third UK tour following runs at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. His other plays for the National Theatre are England People Very Nice and The Mentalists. Bean has also written The Heretic (Evening Standard Award), Harvest (Critics’ Circle Award), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court (the latter shortly to be revived at the Park Theatre); The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour; and the forthcoming Pitcairn for Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. He adapted David Mamet’s House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre, and has written the book for the new West End musical Made in Dagenham.
Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Steven Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet, Collaborators, Travelling Light, One Man Two Guvnors, Timon of Athens, People, Cocktail Sticks, Othello and Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage.
★★★★ “A timely look at the tangled relationship between the press, politicians and the police. It’s barbed and very funny.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn’t do things by halves.” Guardian
★★★★ “Laughter-making on an industrial scale. The NT is on exhilarating and exemplary form.” Independent
★★★★ “Terrific acting and slick direction. Bluntly entertaining comedy.” Telegraph
★★★★ “Astounding. The most detailed stage satire I have ever seen.” Financial Times
★★★★ “A good night for theatre, a bad night for red tops.” Independent
★★★★ Billie Piper is “irresistible” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “The laughs come thick and fast from the first minute.” Libby Purves
July 2, 2014
Richard Bean’s controversial satire Great Britain is to transfer into the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Richard Bean’s new satire Great Britain will transfer straight into the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket following its current run at the National Theatre.
Opening on 10 September 2014, public booking will open for the transfer on Friday 4 July.
The show will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 10 January 2015.
Richard Bean, who scored a massive hit with One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, in the West End on tour and on Broadway, has written a powerful and bitingly funny satire about the state of the press, police and politics in Britain today.
Casting for the West End run will be announced shortly although it is expected to include the current lead of Billie Piper, who plays cut-throat tabloid editor Paige Britain.
Great Britain received its world premiere at the National Theatre on Monday and has enjoyed four star reviews from all of the major critics.
May 21, 2014
Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer join Oliver Cotton in the West End transfer of his acclaimed play, Daytona.
Following a sell-out season at the Park Theatre, Oliver Cotton’s new play Daytona transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 28 June 2014 for a limited 8 week run.
Directed by David Grindley, this funny and poignant drama stars award-winning actress Maureen Lipman, alongside American film and TV actor Harry Shearer and British actor Oliver Cotton.
Full of mystery, Daytona is a play with two love stories at its heart, and concerns moral dilemmas, personal identity and the relationships that bind us all.
An intelligent, haunting and emotionally-charged night at the theatre.
Set in New York in 1986, Joe (Harry Shearer) and Elli (Maureen Lipman) share a love of ballroom dancing and are practising their routines for the next big competition. Despite constant bickering, the love they have shared for nearly fifty years is clear. Then one night, out of the blue, Joe’s long-lost brother Billy bursts back into their lives with an extraordinary story to tell. What can this man possibly want of them on this cold winter’s night? What can possibly be gained from this uneasy reunion? When they discover the story behind his sudden return, Joe & Elli must confront a profound moral dilemma.
The play stars TV, film and stage star Maureen Lipman (A Little Night Music, Oklahoma!, Lady of Letters) as Elli, with Harry Shearer (The Simpsons) as Joe and Oliver Cotton (Passion Play) as Billy.
Original Park Theatre production
★★★★ Independent “Maureen Lipman’s delivery is utterly mesmerising”
★★★★ Daily Mail “John Bowe almost steals the show”
★★★★ Telegraph “This is a compelling and deeply humane production and one I warmly recommend”
★★★★ The Times “I have never seen Lipman stronger”
May 6, 2014
Filmmaker Simon Smith has created a stunning movie, comparing footage from London in 1924 and London in 2014.
Smith has taken footage from a 1924 series of short films shot by Harry B. Parkingson and Frank Miller documenting London, and cut them against 2014 footage of London.
Simon stood in exactly the same spots as Parkingson and Miller to shoot the film, which directly compares scenes from 1924 and today.
A number of sequences show London theatres, including the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street, the London Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane, the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the Ambassadors and St Martin’s Theatres on West Street, and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Catherine Street.
Simon Smith’s video “Wonderful London in 1924 & 2014″
March 26, 2014
Photos of the Fatal Attraction opening night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Trevor Nunn’s new stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction opened tonight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The new stage play by James Dearden, who wrote the original 1987 screenplay for Fatal Attraction, stars English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for The Truman Show and Californication, as Alex Forrest alongside Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis as his wife Beth.
March 18, 2014
FIRST LOOK: Production photos of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The first photos are in for Trevor Nunn’s big new stage adaptation of Eighties classic Fatal Attraction.
Adapted by James Dearden from his hit movie screenplay, the play stars Natascha McElhone, Kristin Davis and Mark Bazeley.
Photos by Tristram Kenton.
February 20, 2014
Rehearsal Photos of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Trevor Nunn is currently rehearsing his world stage premiere production of Fatal Attraction, playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 8 March 2014.
The photos include the three main leads of the show, English actress Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest alongside Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis as his wife Beth.
The new stage play by James Dearden, who wrote the original 1987 screenplay for Fatal Attraction which starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, is running for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
January 28, 2014
Further casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Famous for playing Charlotte in HBO’s long-running series Sex and the City, Kristin Davis has been announced in the line-up for Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction.
Kristin Davis, who will be making her West End stage debut in the part of Beth Gallagher, will star alongside already-announced actress Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest, and Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher.
Anne Archer played the part of Beth in the original movie of Fatal Attraction, with Glenn Close as Alex Forrest and Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher.
Other casting includes Jane How as Joan and Alex Lowe as Jimmy.
Fatal Attraction starts previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from from 8 March 2014.