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Photos: The cast of McQueen begin rehearsal for West End transfer

July 29, 2015 

Photos of the McQueen cast as they rehearse for its West End transfer.

Take a look at the cast of McQueen as they rehearse for the West End transfer which plays a strictly limited season from 13 August 2015 until 7 November 2015 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. With new members of cast, including Carly Bawden in the role of Dahlia,  and re-worked scenes to bed-in there’s still lots to do before previews begin on 13 August.

James Phillips who wrote the play recently said “I’m so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production.”

Carly Bawden joins Stephen Wight in the West End run, taking over the role of Dahlia which was originated by US actress Dianna Agron. Reprising their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella will be Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees respectively with Michael Bertenshaw joining the cast as Mr Hitchcock

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McQueen transfers to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket

July 17, 2015 

McQueen transfers to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket

McQueen

Stephen Wight

Following a sold-out run at the St James Theatre in May 2015, McQueen will transfer for a strictly limited season from 13 August 2015 until 7 November 2015 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Written by James Phillips and directed by John Caird, the production stars award-winning actor Stephen Wight in the title role. Janet McQueen, one of Lee Alexander McQueen’s sisters, said of the play and the production at St. James Theatre, “It was as though the play and Stephen’s performance brought Lee back to me again. I felt as though he was real again for me.” Gary McQueen, Lee’s nephew, added, “It does really hit something in your heart.”

Carly Bawden joins Stephen Wight in the West End run, taking over the role of Dahlia which was originated by US actress Dianna Argon. Reprising their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella will be Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees respectively with Michael Bertenshaw joining the cast as Mr Hitchcock

For the transfer to the West End, scenes have been rewritten and an interval has been added. James Phillips said, “I’m so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production.”

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

June 17, 2015 

Pixie Lott stars in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Truman Capote’s classic tale Breakfast at Tiffany’s is brought to the West End stage in a new stage play with music at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg and directed by Nikolai Foster, this tale of vivacious, good-time girl Holly Golightly and her fantastical existence in 1940s New York City, is told through the eyes of a young writer, completely fascinated by this exquisite extrovert who every woman wants to be, and every man wants to be with. Featuring memorable songs from the era, this stylish production is set to capture the hearts of audiences and sparkle like a diamond in a Tiffany’s window.

Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s from 30 June 2016 to 17 September 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

STORY

Based on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.

CAST

Pixie Lott will lead the cast as Holly Golightly with further casting to be announced.

CREATIVE

Directed by Nikolai Foster, with adaptation by Richard Greenberg and design by Matthew Wright.  Further creative to be announced.

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McQueen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

March 20, 2015 

McQueen starring Stephen Wight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Following a sold-out run at the St James Theatre, McQueen will transfer to the West End for a strictly limited season from 13 August 2015 – 7 November 2015 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Award-winning actor Stephen Wight reprises the title role with Carly Bawden taking over the role, originated by US actress Dianna Argon, of Dahlia.  The West End transfer has been refined with some scenes rewritten and an interval added.

STORY

McQueen will take you on a beautiful and haunting voyage into the visionary imagination and dark dream world of the late Alexander McQueen, fashion’s greatest contemporary artist. Starring Stephen Wight as Alexander McQueen, with Carly Bawden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Laura Rees, and Michael Bertenshaw.

Perched in a tree, a mysterious girl has been hiding in McQueen’s Mayfair garden for the past eleven nights, secretly watching him as he struggles to find inspiration for his new collection. Tonight, she climbs down and breaks into his house to steal a dress, in the hope of becoming someone special. He catches her, but instead of calling the police, he takes a chance and lets her stay. Together, they go out onto the streets of London and into the whirlwind of McQueen’s life. As the girl begins to unravel before him, it becomes clear that she needs more than her dream dress to see her through the night.

CAST

Award-winning actor Stephen Wight takes on the title role of Lee McQueen and Dianna Argon will play Dahlia. The play will also star Tracy-Ann Oberman as Isabella Blow, Laura Rees as Arabella, and David Shaw-Parker as John Hitchcock, along with Sophie Apollonia, Amber Doyle, George Hill, Eloise Hymas, Jordan Kennedy, Rachel Louisa Maybank and Carrie Willis.

Stephen Wight was named Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards for his performances in Michael Grandage’s production of Don Juan in Soho and Samuel West’s production of Dealer’s Choice. Other theatre includes The Habit of Art at the National and Sean Foley’s production of The Ladykillers in the West End. On television, he has played Simon in Bluestone 42, Sam in The Paradise, Mitch in Threesome, Fletcher in Sherlock and Charles in the BBC mini-series Fingersmith. His films include Wilderness, Highlander: The Source, Weekender with Jack O’Connell, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Zawe Ashton and Ashes with Jim Sturgess and Ray Winstone.

Carly Bawden’s theatre credits include Assassins, Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Tristan & Yseult and The Beggar’s Opera for Kneehigh, My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg(Leicester Curve and Gielgud Theatre), and the tours of Whistle Down the Wind and Evita.

Tracy-Ann Oberman played Chrissie in EastEnders, Yvonne Hartman in Doctor Who, Lizzie Clapham in Monroe, Aunty Val in Friday Night Dinner, Mrs Purchase in Toast of London and Diana in the film Filth starring James McAvoy and Jamie Bell. In theatre, she has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the National, including playing opposite Kenneth Branagh in Edmond.

Laura Rees’s theatre credits include Ophelia in Ninagawa’s Hamlet at the Barbican, Christopher Luscombe’s Comedy of Errors, Lucy Bailey’s Titus Andronicus and Kathryn Hunter’s Pericles at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Rupert Gould’s Macbeth and Philip Franks’s Twelfth Night at Chichester.

David Shaw-Parker began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in over 25 productions. His many other theatre credits include Trevor Nunn’s productions of My Fair Lady at the National Theatre and in the West End and Acorn Antiques in the West End, and Lucy Bailey’s production of Titus Andronicus last year at Shakespeare’s Globe.

CREATIVE

McQUEEN will be directed by John Caird, with production design by David Farley, choreography by Christopher Marney, video design by Tim Bird, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by John Leonard, casting by Jayne Collins & Kate Plantin.

REVIEWS

Reviews for the West End transfer coming soon

Reviews for the St James theatre production

★★  “Strikingly designed”, The Stage
★★  “Excellent lead performance by Stephen Wight”, The Guardian
★★  “Style over substance. That’s fashion for you”, Daily Mail

Video: New trailer for Harvey starring Maureen Lipman & James Dreyfuss

February 26, 2015 

In anticipation of its West End season Harvey have released a new trailer.

STORY

Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley. But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off an hilarious catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

TRAILER

Harvey plays a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 17 March to 2 May 2015.

Joining James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman in the 2015 production are David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Youssef Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren. Harvey is directed by Lindsay Posner.

The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

January 23, 2015 

Hollywood star Bradley Cooper makes his West End debut in The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Following a smash-hit season on Broadway, Hollywood star Bradley Cooper makes his West End stage debut with Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award winning modern classic The Elephant Man.

Playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season from 18 May to 9 August 2015, this acclaimed production is directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis.

The Elephant Man is the moving real-life story of Englishman Joseph Merrick, who lived in 19th century Britain as a severely disfigured man. This inspiring, heartfelt story is about his struggle to live with dignity with his disability.

The Broadway revival of the show has proved a huge success at the Booth Theatre in New York and Bradley Cooper garnered great reviews for his star turn as John Merrick.

Directed by Scott Ellis, the show features sets and projections by Timothy R. Mackabee, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Philip S. Rosenberg and sound by John Gromada.

CAST

Bradley CooperThe Elephant Man stars two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs Kendal , Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves,  Anthony Heald as Ross/Bishop How, Scott Lowell as Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm / Conductor. The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

Bradley Cooper makes his West End debut as John Merrick.  His theatre credits include The Elephant Man (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (Broadway) and the Understudy (Williamstown). His film work includes American Sniper, Guardians of the Galaxy, American hustle,The Place Beyond the Pines,  The Hangover Trilogy, Silver Linings Playbook, Limitless, Wedding Crashers, Wet hot American Summer, Serena. TV credits include Alias, Nip/Tuck, Kitchen Confidential, Sex and the City

Patricia Clarkson’s theatre credits include The Elephant Man(Broadway), The House of Blue Leaves (Broadway), Eastern Standard(Broadway) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Kennedy Centre). Film credits include Learning to Drive, October Gale, Cairo Time, Easy A, Whatever Works, Shutter Island, Good Night and Good Luck, Far From Heaven (NYFCC Award), The Green Mile, The Untouchables, High Art (Independent Spirit Nomination), The Station Agent (SAG Nomination, National Board of Review Award), Pieces of April (Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Nominations, National Board of Review Award). TV credits include Six Feet Under (Emmy Award 2002 & 2006), Parks & Recreation.

Alessandro Nivolas theatre credits include The Elephant Man(Broadway), The Winslow Boy(Broadway) and A Month in the Country(Broadway). Film credits include A Most Violent Year, Selma, American Hustle (SAG Award), Laurel Canyon (Independent Spirit nomination), Junebug, Coco Before Chanel, Face/Off, Ginger and Rosa, Mansfield Park, Devil’s Knot, Howl, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Time Code, Best Laid Plans, Jurassic Park 3, Five Dollars A Day, Goal, Janie Jones.

STORY

The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Bradley Cooper) who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal, who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions… and so begins a story of love as unique as “The Elephant Man” himself.

REVIEWS

“The best Elephant Man yet” Deadline
“Breathtakingly beautiful” Variety
“Extraordinary” USA Today

HARVEY starring James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

January 20, 2015 

James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman star in Lindsay Posner’s brand new production of much-loved comedy HARVEY at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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Coming to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in Spring 2015, acclaimed comedy actors James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman star in award-winning director Lindsay Posner’s new production of Harvey.

Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is a much-loved classic about Elwood P. Dowd and his unwavering friendship with a six foot tall, invisible rabbit called Harvey!

Maureen Lipman plays Veta in the show, who tries to get her brother, Elwood P. Dowd played by James Dreyfus, committed rather than risk the family’s reputation!

This hilarious comedy, which was immortalised in the classic film starring James Stewart, comes to the West End in a new production by Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012.

Harvey will play a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 17 March to 2 May 2015.

THE STORY

Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey.  In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley.  But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off an hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

CAST

HarveyJames Dreyfus stars as Elwood P. Dowd alongside Maureen Lipman as Veta.

They are joined by David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, alongside Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Youssef Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren.

Maureen Lipman’s theatre credits include Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Barefoot in the Park on tour, Wonderful Town, See How They Run (Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance), Lost in Yonkers, Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman, When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Garrick and Glorious at the Duchess Theatre.  On TV credits include Agony, All at Number 20, About Face, Ladies of Letters and Re: Joyce! on TV and stage. Films include Up the Junction, Gumshoe, Educating Rita and The Pianist.

James Dreyfus’s theatre credits include Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Vortex at the Rose Theatre Kingston, Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Cabaret,  at the Lyric Theatre, Donkey’s Years at the Comedy Theatre, The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Lady in the Dark at the National Theatre, for which he won on Olivier Award. TV roles include Mount Pleasant, My Hero, Gimme Gimme Gimme and The Thin Blue Line, and opposite Bette Midler in Bette.  Films include Notting Hill.

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Photos: Taken at Midnight starring Penelope Wilton at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

January 18, 2015 

Production photos of Taken at Midnight starring Penelope Wilton at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

New play Taken at Midnight has started previewing this week (15 January 2015) at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

This Chichester Festival Theatre production stars acclaimed British actress Penelope Wilton and runs at the Haymarket for a strictly limited season until 14 March 2015.

Directed by Jonathan Church, Taken at Midnight is a new play by Mark Hayhurst about the mother of brilliant German Jewish lawyer Hans Litten, who fights for his release against the seemingly impossible might of the Nazi regime. Fearless and indomitable she confronts his captors at enormous personal risk. The unquestionable love of a mother for her son is put centre stage in Hayhurst’s study of the horrors of pre-war Nazi Germany.

Penelope Wilton returns to the West End following her performance in Hamlet in 2009 opposite Jude Law.

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Bradley Cooper to make West End debut in The Elephant Man?

January 8, 2015 

Following his acclaimed performance on Broadway, Bradley Cooper is tipped to bring his production of The Elephant Man to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Bradley Cooper (left) in The Elephant Man on Broadway

Bradley Cooper (left) in The Elephant Man on Broadway

Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper has hinted that he is bringing his sell-out Broadway performance in The Elephant Man to London’s West End.

The Oscar-nominated American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook star is slated to star in The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season from 18 May to 9 August 2015.

Directed to Scott Ellis, the Broadway revival of the show has proved a big success and is currently playing at the Booth Theatre until 22 February 2015.

Bradley Cooper confirmed the West End run and dates to Howard Stern during a recent radio interview.

Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 modern classic is about the real-life Englishman Joseph Merrick, who lived in 19th Century England and was severely disfigured. The story is about his struggle to live with dignity with his disability.

The Broadway cast of the show are believed to all be travelling to London for the West End run, including Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson, along with Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

A 1980 movie version of The Elephant Man starred recent New Year Honours recipient John Hurt.

Taken at Midnight starring Penelope Wilton is the next show up at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, running from 15 January to 14 March 2015.

The show features sets and projections by Timothy R. Mackabee, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Philip S. Rosenberg and sound by John Gromada.

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Taken at Midnight starring Penelope Wilton to transfer to West End

October 23, 2014 

Penelope Wilton returns to the West End in hit Chichester drama Taken at Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Mark Hayhurst’s new play Taken At Midnight is to get a West End transfer.

Penelope Wilton in Taken At Midnight

Penelope Wilton in Taken At Midnight

Directed by Jonathan Church, the play sees the return of Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) to the West End after 5 years to star as Irmgard, the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten who puts Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences.

This emotionally compelling play will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited 9 week season, from 15 January 2015 to 14 March 2015.

In the play Irmgard’s relationship with her son, Hans, and her courageous efforts to help him are at the heart of this new drama. Fearless and indomitable,  she confronts his captors at enormous personal risk and the unquestionable love of a mother for her son is put centre stage in Hayhurst’s study of the horrors of pre-war Nazi Germany.

Mark Hayhurst is well known for writing TV drama documentaries which explore key historical moments, including BBC drama 37 Days about World War One. He wrote Taken at Midnight with Penelope Wilton in mind for the role.

Joining Penelope Wilton are Martin Hutson as Hans Litten, Allan Corduner as Fritz Litten, Pip Donaghy as Erich Mühsam, Mike Grady as Carl von Ossietzky, John Light as Dr Conrad, David Yelland as Lord Clifford Allen, Marc Antolin as Gustav Hammerman, Christopher Hogben as Hotelier and Dermot McLaughlin as SA Officer.

The production is directed by Jonathan Church, with design by Robert Jones, lighting design is by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Mike Walker and music by Matthew Scott.

Currently playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is the National Theatre transfer of Richard Bean’s satirical comedy Great Britain.

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