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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.

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.

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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Taken at Midnight starring Penelope Wilton at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

October 23, 2014 

Penelope Wilton stars in tense new drama Taken At Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Acclaimed West End and film actress Penelope Wilton returns to the West End this winter in the transfer of hit Chichester drama Taken at Midnight, playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited 9 week season (15 January – 14 March 2015)

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 is written by Mark Hayhurst, well known for writing TV drama documentaries which explore key historical moments, including BBC drama 37 Days about World War One.

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.

THE STORY

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. The play casts light on a universal theme as the mother of brilliant German Jewish lawyer Hans Litten 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.

THE CAST

The cast includes Penelope Wilton as Irmgard, 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.

Penelope Wilton plays Irmgard, Litten’s mother. She returns to the West End after a five-year absence following 2009’s Hamlet (Wyndham’s Theatre). Other recent credits include A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre) and screen roles in Downton Abbey and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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September 22, 2014 

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First Look: Lucy Punch in Great Britain

September 5, 2014 

A first-look photo of Lucy Punch, star of Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

The National Theatre has released a photo of Lucy Punch, who takes over from Billy Piper in the role of Paige Britain in the West End transfer of Great Britain.

Lucy Punch in Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo by Johan Persson

Lucy Punch in Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo by Johan Persson

Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 9 September 2014,the show was a sell-out at the National Theatre and will run in the West until until 10 January 2015.

Written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the play is a fast and furious and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment in Britain today.

Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, an ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.

Other cast includes Ben Mansfield, Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Ben Mansfield, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

The show is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.

Photo: Johan Persson

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Casting announced for Richard Bean’s Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

August 11, 2014 

Lucy Punch to star in Richard Bean’s Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Lucy Punch to star in Great Britain - transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Lucy Punch to star in Great Britain – transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End transfer of Richard Bean’s new play Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Hollywood-based British actress Lucy Punch will star as Paige Britain in the West End transfer, taking over from Billie Piper who is currently starring in the play at the National Theatre.

Lucy Punch’s extensive film credits include the forthcoming Disney movie Into The Woods, plus Hot Fuzz, St Trinian’s, Bad Teacher, Being Julia, Are You Ready for Love and Dinner for Schmucks. Her television credits include Let Them Eat Cake,  Ben and Kate, Vexed and The Class.

Lucy’s theatre credits include The Graduate at the Gielgud Theatre, Boy Gets Girl for the Royal Court Theatre, and A Carpet, A Pony, and A Monkey for the Bush Theatre.

Also joining the cast is Ben Mansfield, alongside original cast members Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Ben Mansfield, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Lucy Punch, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.

Great Britain received its world premiere at the National Theatre in June this year directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The play opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 9 September 2014 and has a limited run until 10 January 2015.

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