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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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Reviews of Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

July 8, 2014 

Round-up of reviews of DAYTONA starring Maureen Lipman at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Maureen Lipman in Daytona

Maureen Lipman in Daytona


David Grindley directs Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and the writer of Daytona, Oliver Cotton, in this transfer from the Park Theatre.

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4 July: On this day in 1821… The Theatre Royal Haymarket opened in London

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.

QUICK FACTS

    • 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
Streetscape showing Haymarket Theatre, London. Photo: Theatres Trust (http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/)

Streetscape showing Haymarket Theatre, London. Photo: Theatres Trust (http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/)

LINKS

Theatre Royal Haymarket website
Book tickets to Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Coming soon to the Theatre Royal Haymarket: Great Britain

Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

July 2, 2014 

Richard Bean’s hilarious, biting satire Great Britain transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Richard Bean’s smash-hit comedy for the National Theatre gets a much-deserved West End transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Bean 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.

THE STORY

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.

CAST

Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher, Hot Fuzz, Into The Woods) stars as Paige Britain alongside 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, Lucy Punch, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

THE CREATIVES

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “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
★★★★ “Irresistible” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “The laughs come thick and fast from the first minute.” Libby Purves

Richard Bean’s Great Britain to transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket

July 2, 2014 

Richard Bean’s controversial satire Great Britain is to transfer into the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Billie Piper in Great Britain - transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Billie Piper in Great Britain – transferring to the 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.

LINKS

Book tickets to Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
National Theatre website
Great Britain – Reviews Round-Up

Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Maureen Lipman

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.

THE STORY

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 CAST

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.

REVIEWS

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”

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