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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 

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.

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”

Video: London Theatres in 1924 and 2014

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.

VIDEO

Simon Smith’s video “Wonderful London in 1924 & 2014″

LINKS

BUY: Amazon UK: Wonderful London (DVD)
Also see: YOUTUBE: “London in 1927 and 2013″ tracing the footsteps of Claude Friese-Greene, by Simon Smith: view here
Simon Smith’s website

Photos: Fatal Attraction opening night in the West End

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.

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PHOTOS

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Photos: Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

March 18, 2014 

FIRST LOOK: Production photos of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Mark Bazeley and Kristin Davis in Fatal Attraction. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Mark Bazeley and Kristin Davis in Fatal Attraction. Photo: Tristram Kenton

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.

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Rehearsal Photos: Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

February 20, 2014 

Rehearsal Photos of  Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Kristin Davis (Beth Gallagher) and Natascha McElhone (Alex Forrest). Photo by Helen Murray

Kristin Davis (Beth Gallagher) and Natascha McElhone (Alex Forrest). Photo by Helen Murray

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.

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