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Photos: Olivier Awards 2013 – Awards night and winners

April 29, 2013 

Photos from the 2013 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London.

Helen Mirren, best actress winner at the 2013 Olivier Awards

Helen Mirren, best actress winner at the 2013 Olivier Awards

See photos from this year’s Olivier Awards including:

  • Luke Treadaway from The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton from Sweeney Todd
  • The cast of Top Hat
  • Helen Mirren from The Audience
  • The cast of Billy Elliot The Musical
  • The cast of A Chorus Line
  • Will Young from Cabaret
  • Special Award winners, playwright Michael Frayn and choreographer Gillian Lynne
  • Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel
  • Hosts Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville
  • Presenters Damian Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Crawford and Kim Cattrall
  • Performer Petula Clarke
  • Heather Headley from The Bodyguard

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LINKS

View all winners of the Olivier Awards 2013

 

Winners of the 2013 Olivier Awards announced

April 28, 2013 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time scoops 7 awards at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Luke Treadaway wins Best Actor

Luke Treadaway wins Best Actor

At a glamorous event at the Royal Opera House in London, the Society of London Theatre’s annual Olivier Awards were held this evening, Sunday 28 April 2013, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

The show of the night was undoubtedly the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in London. The show, based on Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel, won 7 awards including best new play, best director for Marianne Elliot, best actor for Luke Treadaway and best supporting actress for Nicola Walker. The show equaled that of last year’s big winner, Matilda the Musical.

The leading musicals of the night were Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd and Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, which both won 3 awards. Sweeney Todd won best musical revival, best actor in a musical for Michael Ball and best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton, and Top Hat scooped best new musical, best theatre choreographer for Bill Deamer and best costume design for Jon Morrell.

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Audience

Helen Mirren wins Best Actress for The Audience

Helen Mirren won a best actress award for her role as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, alongside her co-star Richard McCabe, who won best supporting actor.

Billy Elliot The Musical won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, voted for by members of the theatregoing public. Other awards included Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court for its Season of New Writing, Best Revival for A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, Best Entertainment and Family for Goodnight Mr Tom at the Phoenix Theatre and Leigh Zimmerman won Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.

Playwright Michael Frayn and dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne were presented with Special Awards at the event. Roger Allam gave Michael Frayn his award, and David Suchet and Michael Crawford presented Gillian Lynne with her Special Award.

Olivier hosts Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith

Olivier hosts Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith

Live musical performers included Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel, Michael Ball, Tim Minchin, Sheridan Smith and Petula Clark, with the casts of Cabaret, A Chorus Line, The Bodyguard and Top Hat included in the night.

LINKS

View all winners of the Olivier Awards 2013

View a clip of Billy Elliot The Musical – live from the Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards nominations announced

March 26, 2013 

The nominations for the 2013 Olivier Awards were announced today at the May Fair Hotel in London.

Actresses Ruth Wilson (L) and Elaine Paige, with President of the Society of London Theatre, Mark Rubinstein

Actresses Ruth Wilson (L) and Elaine Paige, with President of the Society of London Theatre, Mark Rubinstein

Presented by Olivier Award winners Ruth Wilson and Elaine Paige live on BBC Radio 2′s Ken Bruce show, the announcement also featured a performance from last year’s big Olivier winner Matilda The Musical.

The shows dominating this year’s awards include the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Hollywood musical Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre and recent Chichester and Adelphi Theatre production of Sweeney Todd.

In the publicly voted Audience Award, the shows now vying for the award are Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked.

The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads the list with eight nominations, followed by new musical Top Hat with seven, and the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Sweeney Todd with six. Other stand-out nominations include The Audience starring Helen Mirren and the recent Chichester and Old Vic revival of Kiss Me, Kate each receiving five nominations, and Constellations, The Bodyguard and Twelfth Night with four.

A wealth of star names have been given the nod for awards this year including Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe in The Audience, Heather Headley and Debbie Kurup in The Bodyguard, Leigh Zimmerman in A Chorus Line, Luke Treadaway in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, James McAvoy in Macbeth and Kristen Scott Thomas in Old Times.

Billie Piper, Helen McCrory, Imelda Staunton, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Ball, Tom Chambers, Adam Garcia, Mark Rylance, Rafe Spall and Will Young have also been singled out for award nominations..

Voting for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award is well underway, with 65,000 votes already recorded, and the shortlist now announced as Billy Elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked.

New writing is at the forefront of this year’s nominations, leading the way across many categories from The Effect, Constellations and This House to Cinderella (at St James’s Theatre) and Goodnight Mr Tom.

Dance nominations are split between The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells, with notable opera nominations including three out of four nominations for English National Opera for Best New Opera Production, and The Stage Management Teams at ENO London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

As previously announced, former Olivier Award winners Gillian Lynne CBE and Michael Frayn are to be honoured with Special Awards for their outstanding contributions to theatre.

The Olivier Awards will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28 April, hosted by Hugh Bonneville and Sheridan Smith. The ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from 6.30pm and exclusive red carpet interviews with the stars as they arrive before the big night. A full television highlights package will also be broadcast on ITV later in the evening.

LINKS

Full list of Olivier Award nominations

Olivier Awards micro-site

 

West End Eurovision acts announced

March 8, 2013 

Charity TheatreMAD has announced the first acts to play this year’s WEST END EUROVISION 2013.

West End Eurovision 2013The entertainment industry charity The Make A Difference Trust has announced the first West End shows to sign-up for its annual West End Eurovision contest, to be held at the Dominion Theatre on Thursday 23 May from 11.30pm.

Now in its 6th year, the show sees 10 West End shows go head-to-head in fully costumed and choreographed versions of past Eurovision Song Contest entries.

Shows now signed-up to take part include Viva Forever!, Top Hat, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera and A Chorus Line.

Last year’s show saw Sweeney Todd take the crown.

TV astrologer and Strictly Come Dancing’s Russell Grant will lead a panel of celebrity judges, and Richard Gauntlett will host.

LINKS

Make A Difference Trust website
Book tickets

VIDEO

2012 West End Eurovision trailer

 

Strallen Watch: Keeping track of Scarlett, Summer, Zizi, Sasi…

February 4, 2013 

On top of everything else at the Westendtheatre.com bunker, we have to try and keep track of those flighty (but über talented) Strallen girls!

A theatrical dynasty in the making (note: all forthcoming children of the Strallen’s MUST be made to keep their mother’s maiden names in case they show any theatrical leanings), Scarlett is busy changing roles this month, whilst Summer, Zizi and Sasi are in varying states of performance .

Scarlett Strallen in A Chorus Line

Scarlett Strallen in A Chorus Line

Scarlett Strallen has just completed a nice run in Singin’ in the Rain in Chichester and at the Palace Theatre in London. It’s been a busy few months for Scarlett as she has been getting wet 8 shows a week and at the same time rehearsing to star as Cassie in Bob Avian’s production of a A Chorus Line at the Palladium theatre (previews start tomorrow, Tuesday 5 February 2013).

Summer Strallen left the cast of Top Hat in November after wowing audiences alongside Tom Chambers at the Aldwych Theatre in the Ginger Rogers role. We await her next move with some anticipation.

Whilst over at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Zizi Strallen is currently appearing in Maria Friedman’s smash-hit Sondheim revival Merrily We Roll Along (transfer news anyone?).

Plus their dear aunt Bonita Melody Lysette Langford (Bonnie Langford to you lot), is still giving some seriously stern secretary slash sex siren as Roz in the glorious UK tour of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 (ATG, what’s going on loves, you surely own enough West End theatres to find a little London home for it?)

And wait for it, there’s more! Joining auntie Bonnie in 9 to 5 is youngest sister Sasi Strallen, putting in her hours slogging it out in the ensemble fresh out of ArtsEd. We expect great things to come.

LINKS

Book tickets to A Chorus Line at the London Palladium
Book tickets to Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in London
Book tickets to Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre in London
Book tickets to Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London
9 to 5 The Musical – UK tour website

Summer Strallen in Top Hat

Summer Strallen in Top Hat

Zizi Strallen

Zizi Strallen

Bonnie Langford as Roz in 9 to 5

Bonnie Langford as Roz in 9 to 5

Sasi Strallen

Sasi Strallen

New Cast For Award-Winning West End Hit Musical Top Hat

January 7, 2013 

NOW BOOKING TO 27 APRIL 2014

From 5 February 2013, joining the previously announced Gavin Lee who will play Jerry Travers in the West End hit musical Top Hat are Broadway actress Kristen Beth Williams as Dale Tremont, Olivier award nominee Alex Gaumond as Alberto Beddini and Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick. Vivien Parry continues as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswell as Horace’s valet Bates.

In addition, on 28 January 2013, over 275,0000 tickets will be released for sale taking bookings for Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre to 27 April 2014.

Seventy seven years after its movie release which saw Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers playing the roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, Matthew White’s production arrived in the West End in April 2012 having completed a 20 week sell-out UK tour. Performed by a cast of 31 and accompanied by a live band of 15, this new musical comedy includes Irving Berlin classics from the original movie. A further ten numbers have been interpolated from Berlin’s 1200 strong back catalogue. In November last year Top Hat won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for London’s Best Night Out. The production has also been nominated for 5 Whatsonstage.com Awards.

Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.

Ensemble and swing members are Michelle Andrews, Caroline Bateson, Jeremy Batt, Charlie Bull, Alan Burkitt, Matthew Cheney, Louise Davidson, Russell-Leighton Dixon, Matt Gillett, Jonny Godbold, Ian Goss, Fenton Gray, Alyn Hawke, Lauren Jade, Paul Kemble, Jenny Legg, Martin McCarthy, Grace McKee, Debbie Paul, Holly Rostron, Callum Train, Lois Urwin, Graham Vick, Alexandra Waite-Roberts and Aron Wild.

Gavin Lee returns to the West End where he previously originated the role of Bert in the London production of Mary Poppins for which he was Laurence Olivier award nominated. He went on to play the role on Broadway for which he received Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards as well as a Tony Award nomination. While in New York he appeared at Carnegie Hall in Showboat and on television guest starred in Law and Order SUV and The Good Wife. His other London credits include Crazy For You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me and My Girl, Over My Shoulder, Oklahoma and Contact. His regional theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Snoopy, Noel Coward’s Masterpieces, Of Thee I Sing, Saturday Night, Chicago and Alan Ayckbourn’s Whenever. Gavin Lee is extremely grateful to Cameron Mackintosh, Tom Schumacher and Kenny Wax for making this opportunity possible.

Kristen Beth Williams joins the cast of Top Hat directly from the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It and previously Anything Goes, both directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. She has also appeared in the Broadway production of Promises Promises directed by Rob Ashford. She has been regular performer in the City Centre Encores! seasons performing in Follies, Applause, Face The Music and The Marvellous Wondrettes. On tour in the US she has been seen in White Christmas, Turn of the Century, Singin in the Rain and Chicago.

Clive Hayward has most recently been seen at the Trafalgar Studios as Bernard Woolley in Yes Prime Minister. Previously his theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Earthquakes in London for the National Theatre and A Chorus of Disapproval for The Mill at Sonning. On screen his credits include Private Peaceful, Silent Witness and Prime Suspect.

Alex Gaumond was last seen in the West End playing Galileo in We Will Rock You and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical. His many other musical theatre credits include Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre, the UK tour of the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls, Sunday in the Park with George at Wyndham’s Theatre, The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre and on tour in the UK, Kiss Me Kate for the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Miss Saigon on tour world wide and Something About You at Jermyn Street Theatre. His many recordings include The Concrete Jungle, Scrooge and the Sondheim Tonight Gala Concert. His film credits include Between, Jeffrey, Table For Four, Paranoia and Locked Out. His first single, Here I Am, was released in June last year.

Directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer,Top Hat has set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume designs by Jon Morrell, wigs by Campbell Young, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound by Gareth Owen, new orchestrations by Chris Walker, musical supervision by Richard Balcombe and musical direction by Daniel Jackson. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company. The original London cast recording of Top Hat was recently released by First Night Records.

Top Hat is produced by Kenny Wax, and his partners on the production are Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.

Press release issued by: Premier PR

LINKS

Book tickets to TOP HAT at the Aldwych Theatre

Top Hat wins Evening Standard Theatre Awards Big Night Out award

November 26, 2012 

Top Hat the Musical has won this year’s Big Night Out award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, voted by members of the theatregoing public.

Top Hat starring Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen wins the Evening Standard Best Night Out award

Top Hat starring Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen wins the Evening Standard Best Night Out award

Currently playing at the Aldywch theatre in London, Top Hat saw off stiff competition from a range of West End musicals and plays including CabaretChariots of FireA Chorus of DisapprovalLet It BeLoservilleMatilda The MusicalOur Boys and Singin’ in the Rain.

Conducted by online vote, the Big Night Out audience award was introduced for the first time last year as part of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and was won by Wicked.

Producers of Top Hat ran a marketing campaign to persuade fans to vote, including a specially shot video featuring the cast of the show including Summer Strallen and Tom Chambers.

Based on the classic Hollywood movie starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Top Hat transferred to the Aldwych Theatre in the West End following a sell-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

LINKS

Book tickets to Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre in London

See a full list of winners of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012

 

Theatre stakes are high in Audience Awards

November 19, 2012 

It’s all getting very competitive.

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of theatre awards that include categories voted for by the theatregoing public, which means the opportunity for producers to lobby their fans hard.

It’s not quite as intense as the multi-million dollar campaigns run by Hollywood movie studios lobbying Academy members during an Oscars campaign, but in West End terms the prize is just as high.

An audience award win is not just good for straplines on posters and, hopefully, ticket sales, but also a great way to rally a show’s fan base and build up important audience support and a sense of community around the production. Wicked is a show that has achieved this like no other, masterminded by its producer – and former theatre marketing agency head – Michael McCabe, and has been justly rewarded with both Olivier and Evening Standard audience award wins. Wicked has also capitalised on the recent growth in social media, something that also underpins much of the success and increasing importance of Audience Award categories.

The Olivier Awards started their Audience Award in 2002 (although it then disappeared until 2010), and the Evening Standard kicked off their Best Night Out audience award last year. The Whatsonstage Awards has been audience-voted from the start of its life in 2001 – and nominations for the 2013 awards are currently underway.

Of course, producers have lobbied Theatreland judging panels for many years, but it has largely been kept behind-the-scenes and targeted at the small number of people who ultimately get to choose how most of the theatre awards are divided up.

The latest show to be lobbying hard for the Evening Standard Best Night Out audience award prize is Top Hat, the movie-to-stage show currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre in London. Part of the campaign is a specially shot video featuring the cast (see below). Expect much more of this as the influence of Audience awards, and the fans that vote for them, continues to grow.

VIDEO

Top Hat’ for the Evening Standard “Best Night Out” Award

VOTE

Vote for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Best Night Out award 2012. Shows up for nomination are Cabaret, Chariots of Fire, A Chorus of Disapproval, Let It Be, Loserville, Matilda The Musical, Our Boys, Singin’ in the Rain and Top Hat (voting closes Midnight on Wednesday 221 November)

 

LINKS

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 – Nominations list

 

Gavin Lee To Join Cast Of West End Hit Musical Top Hat

November 2, 2012 

From 5 February 2013 Gavin Lee will join the cast of the hit West End production of Top Hat to play Jerry Travers, the role played in the original RKO motion picture by Fred Astaire. Top Hat is currently booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 28 September 2013 having recently released a further 180,000 new tickets for sale. Seventy seven years after its movie release, Matthew White’s production arrived in the West End earlier this year having completed a 20 week sell-out UK tour.

From 27 November 2012, Charlotte Gooch will join the cast to play Dale Tremont alongside Tom Chambers who continues in the role of Jerry Travers until 2 February 2013.

Gavin Lee returns to the West End where he previously originated the role of Bert in the London production of Mary Poppins for which he was Laurence Olivier award nominated. He went on to play the role on Broadway for which he received Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards as well as a Tony Award nomination. While in New York he appeared at Carnagie Hall in Showboat and on television guest starred in Law and Order SUV and The Good Wife. His other London credits include Crazy For You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me and My Girl, Over My Shoulder, Oklahoma and Contact. His regional theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Snoopy, Noel Coward’s Masterpieces, Of Thee I Sing, Saturday Night, Chicago and Alan Ayckbourn’s Whenever. Gavin Lee is extremely grateful to Cameron Mackintosh, Tom Schumacher and Kenny Wax for making this opportunity possible.

Charlotte Gooch has recently completed a run playing the leading role of Penny Johnson in the UK National Tour of Dirty Dancing, a role she also played at the Theatre am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. Her other theatre credits include Patty in the UK tour of Grease and Bombalurina in the European tour of Cats. She played the title role in Cinderella at the De La Ware Pavillion, Bexhill and Genie of the Ring in Aladdin at the North Wales Theatre, Llandudno.

Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
Performed by a cast of 31 and accompanied by a live band of 15, this new musical comedy includes Irving Berlin classics from the original movie. A further ten numbers have been interpolated from Berlin’s 1200 strong back catalogue.

Directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer,Top Hat has set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume designs by Jon Morrell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound by Gareth Owen, new orchestrations by Chris Walker, musical supervision by Richard Balcombe and musical direction by Daniel Jackson. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company.

The original London cast recording of Top Hat was recently released by First Night Records.

Top Hat is produced by Kenny Wax, and his partners on the production are Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.

Release issued by: Premier PR

LINKS

Book tickets to TOP HAT at the Aldwych Theatre in London

Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre starring Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen – Save up to £22.50 on tickets

October 24, 2012 

48 HOUR SALE: Save up to £22.50 on tickets to Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre in London

Top Hat

The classic Hollywood movie musical – live on stage

Based on the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic movie, TOP HAT is now live on stage at the Aldwych Theatre starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and acclaimed musicals star Summer Strallen.

This divine dance hit is packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits and features stunning tap, ballroom and Busby Berkeley showstoppers.

SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy up to £22.50 off best seats to TOP HAT – valid for Tuesday to Friday performances (excluding Thursday matinees) until 6 December 2012. BUT HURRY – this sale must end on Monday at 9.30am.

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