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Cats launches in London ahead of London Palladium Christmas season

July 7, 2014 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of CATS was launched today at the London Palladium.

The iconic musical, which opens on 6 December 2014 at the London Palladium, is getting a makeover courtesy of the show’s original creative team – composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Gillian Lynne, director Trevor Nunn and designer John Napier.

Lloyd Webber, Lynne and Nunn were all at the London launch today, 7 July 2014, along with the show’s producer David Ian (The Bodyguard).

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show, which is based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, will run for a limited 12 week season at the Palladium.

The composer will re-write the music to two of Eliot’s poems, including setting Rum Tum Tugger to a rap. He told the launch audience that, “hopefully its’ going to be a brand new cats”.

Gillian Lynne also hinted at introducing different and more contemporary dance styles in the show’s makeover. She jokingly revealed that the hugely physical show, which is one of the only musicals that is dominated by dance, has been responsible for giving her two metal hips and a metal knee. She said that the musical, told through dance, was “not like any other show at all”.

Trevor Nunn (left), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gillian Lynne pose with some of the cast of the touring production of Cats, outside the London Palladium. Photo by Dan Wooller

Trevor Nunn (left), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gillian Lynne pose with some of the cast of the touring production of Cats, outside the London Palladium. Photo by Dan Wooller

John Napier will re-imagine and update the design of the original production.

Chrissie Cartwright, who is the long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Nunn and Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

Given that the show will run over the Christmas season, the producers are going to lay on a full “Cats Experience” at the theatre including using the Val Parnell Bar to host kid’s activities including Cats face painting and a photo-booth where the audience can have their picture taken as a cat!

The original West End and Broadway runs of the show both claimed the “longest-running musical” records, and Cats has gone on to tour to over 300 cities worldwide, making it one of the world’s most successful shows. Its awards include Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and seven Tony Award wins.

Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited, with this new staging – which is based on the current UK tour – produced by David Ian.

This is the second Andrew Lloyd Webber show this month that has announced its return to London, with the current touring production of Evita starring Marti Pellow coming to the Dominion Theatre for a limited season from 16 September 2014.

Casting for Cats is to be announced in September.

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RELATIVE VALUES: Neil Morrissey to replace Rory Bremner from 26 May

May 2, 2014 

Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey is to be reunited with co-star Caroline Quentin later this month at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Neil Morrissey

Neil Morrissey

Neil Morrissey is to join the cast of Trevor Nunn’s revival of Noel Coward comedy Relative Values from 26 May 2014 until 21 June 2014.

He replaces Rory Bremner in the part of Crestwell the Butler, joining a cast that includes Caroline Quentin as Moxie, Patricia Hodge as Felicity, Ben Mansfield as Don Lucas, Leigh Zimmerman as Miranda Frayle, Steven Pacey as Peter, Timothy Kightley as Admiral Sir John Hayling, Amanda Boxer as Lady Cynthia Hayling, Sam Hoare as Nigel and Rebecca Birch as Alice.

Neil played Tony in the award-winning sitcom Men Behaving Badly alongside Caroline Quentin as Dorothy and Martin Clunes as Gary. Other TV credits include the recent hit BBC series Line of Duty

Neil’s stage credits include Nathan Detroit in Rob Ashford’s revival of Guys and Dolls’ at the Piccadilly Theatre, Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! and in Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques The Musical.

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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: 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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Relative Values at the Harold Pinter Theatre starring Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Neil Morrissey

February 12, 2014 

Trevor Nunn’s production of Noel Coward comedy Relative Values comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre starring Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Neil Morrissey.

Trevor Nunn’s all-star production of Noel Coward’s comedy Relative Values is now playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited season in this glittering West End revival.

This hilarious Noel Coward play centres on a clash of cultures between the glamour of 1950′s Hollywood and the stuffiness of the English aristocracy, all set in an English stately home.

THE CAST

An all-star cast includes Olivier Award winning actress Patricia Hodge as Felicity, stage and TV actress Caroline Quentin as Moxie and Neil Morrissey as Crestwell the butler.

THE STORY

There is much consternation at Marshwood House, stately home of Felicity the Countess of Marshwood, when her son Nigel, the Earl of Marshwood, decides to marry Hollywood film actress Miranda Frayle. But things go from bad to worse when Felicity’s maid Moxie reveals that she is actually the long-lost sister of Miranda. In an attempt to cope with this deeply embarrassing situation, Moxie is dressed up in her ladyship’s cast-offs as the family attempts to pass her off as one of their own…. with hilarious results!

REVIEWS

“A production of continuous guilty pleasure…wonderfully entertaining. Caroline Quentin…hilarious” Daily Telegraph
“Three superb performances in the leading roles. Patricia Hodge is delicious, offering a masterclass in comic timing…Caroline Quentin is also terrific.” Guardian
“Patricia Hodge and Caroline Quentin…two of our greatest comic actresses. Beautifully designed, deftly directed” Independent
“Patricia Hodge…pitch perfect. Nunn’s production is a model of polished elegance” Daily Express
“An enchanting set, wit warmth, brilliant observations and sterling performances from every cast member. Patricia Hodge and Caroline Quentin bring the house down” Sunday Mirror

 

Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis joins the cast of Fatal Attraction

January 28, 2014 

Further casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Sex and the City's Kristin Davis to star in Fatal Attraction

Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis to star in Fatal Attraction

Famous for playing Charlotte in HBO’s long-running series Sex and the City, Kristin Davis has been announced in the line-up for Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction.

Kristin Davis, who will be making her West End stage debut in the part of Beth Gallagher, will star alongside already-announced actress Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest, and Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher.

Anne Archer played the part of Beth in the original movie of Fatal Attraction, with Glenn Close as Alex Forrest and Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher.

Other casting includes Jane How as Joan and Alex Lowe as Jimmy.

Fatal Attraction starts previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from from 8 March 2014.

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MARK BAZELEY in Fatal Attraction

January 28, 2014 

Mark Bazeley joins the cast of Fatal Attraction directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

MARK BAZELEY in Fatal Attraction

Mark Bazeley plays Dan Gallagher in a new stage adaptation of movie Fatal Attarction, in the role immortalised on film by Michael Douglas.

Mark’s theatre credits include Trevor Nunn’s production of Scenes from a Marriage at the St James’ Theatre, Our New Girl for the Bush Theatre, The Seagull for the National Theatre, Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre, Macbeth at the Albery Theatre, Homebody/Kabul at the Young Vic and The Real Thing at the Donmar Warehouse.

Mark Bazeley’s TV credits include Death in Paradise, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Endeavour, The Accused, Mistresses, Hustle, Spooks and Prime Suspect.

On film Mark has appeared in The Queen, The Damned United and The Special Relationship.

Mark Bazeley stars as Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction alongside Kristin Davis as Beth Gallagher and Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest.

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KRISTIN DAVIS in Fatal Attraction

January 28, 2014 

Sex and the City star Kristin Davis stars alongside Natascha McElhone in Fatal Attraction directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

KRISTIN DAVIS in Fatal Attraction

Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, who starred as Charlotte in the long-running HBO drama, will make her West End stage debut this spring in Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing the role of Beth Gallagher.

Kristin’s stage credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, and an off-Broadway production of The Exonerated which transferred to London’s Riverside Studios in 2006.

Her TV credits include Sex and the City, Melrose Place and Bad Teacher.

Kristin Davis’s film credits include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sex and The City 1 & 2, Couples Retreat, Deck The Halls, The Shaggy Dog and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.

Kristin Davis stars as Beth Gallagher in Fatal Attraction alongside Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest.

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NATASCHA MCELHONE in Fatal Attraction

January 17, 2014 

English actress Natascha McElhone, best known for roles in The Truman Show and Californication, has been cast as Alex Forrest in a new stage adaptation of hit movie Fatal Attraction directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

NATASCHA MCELHONE in Fatal Attraction

STAGE:

Natascha McElhone’s stage credits include Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Open Air Theatre Regents Park, The Count of Monte Cristo at Manchester Royal Exchange, Mishe Mokiev’s production of The Cherry Orchard at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and Honour at Wyndhams’ Theatre.

FILM:

Natascha’s film work includes Surviving Picasso, The Truman Show, The Devil’s Own, Ronin, Solaris, The Secret of Moonacre Manor, Mrs Dalloway, Laurel Canyon, Ladies in Lavender, The Kid, Theatre of Dreams, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Sea.

TV:

Her TV work includes NBC’s mini-series Revelations, The Company, Sleepyhead for Sky TV and Karen in series Californication.

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