March 24, 2013
Classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers returns to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre following a sell-out UK tour.
This hilarious adaptation of classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is back in the West End starring Ralf Little, Simon Day and Con O’Neill.
Written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The I.T. Crowd, Black Books) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote), The Ladykillers was a box-office smash when it ran at the Gielgud Theatre during its debut season, enjoying five Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Actress in a Play and Best Sound Design.
An all-star cast includes Ralf Little (The Royale Family), Simon Day (The Fast Show), Angela Thorne (To The Manor Born), John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl), Con O’Neill (Blood Brothers) and Chris McCalphy (The Madness of George III).
The Ladykillers tells the classic black comedy tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing….
Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet and eccentric Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
February 11, 2013
What’s playing and coming up at Vaudeville Theatre.
February 6, 2013
Production photos of Great Expectations at the Vaudeville Theatre
A brand new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale Great Expectations is now playing at the Vaudeville Theatre in London following a successful UK tour.
Starring Jack Ellis as Jaggers, Chris Ellison as Magwitch and Paula Wilcox as Miss Havisham, the cast of 13 also includes Paul Nivison as Adult Pip, Grace Rowe as Estella and Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip.
The show has been adapted for the stage by Jo Clifford, one of Scotland’s leading playwrights and is directed by Graham McLaren, with set by Robin Peoples, costumes by Annie Gosney and Graham McLaren, lighting by Kai Fischer, original music by Simon Slater and sound by Matt McKenzie.
Photos by Roy Tan.
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Live Satellite Broadcast Of West End Gala Opening Of ‘Great Expectations’ In More Than 600 Cinemas Globally
January 11, 2013
A LIVE CINEMA BROADCAST OF THE WEST END GALA OPENING NIGHT OF GREAT EXPECTATIONS WILL BE SCREENED ACROSS THE UK AND WORLDWIDE FROM THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE ON DICKENS’S BIRTHDAY – 7 FEBRUARY 2013
To celebrate the launch of The Dickens Legacy at the Gala Evening at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, GREAT EXPECTATIONS will be screened live via satellite to more than 150 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, with a global cinema release including mainland Europe, Canada, USA, Asia and Australia.
The live screening will commence on Thursday 7 February at 18:45. To locate the nearest participating cinema and book tickets, people should visit www.greatexpectationstheplay.com/cinema
Although it is Dickens’s most popular novel(Guardian Poll 2012, Publishers Weekly) and has previously had many incarnations, including as a film, a television drama and even a stage musical, this will be the first time there has ever been a production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS as a full-scale stage play in either the West End or on Broadway.
The West End Première of GREAT EXPECTATIONS will star Jack Ellis as Jaggers, Chris Ellison as Magwitch and Paula Wilcox as Miss Havisham. The cast of 13 also includes Paul Nivison as Adult Pip, Grace Rowe as Estella and Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS, which was originally published between 1 December 1860 and 3 August 1861, has been adapted for the stage by Jo Clifford, one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. She has been working in the theatre for over thirty years; she is the author of approximately 80 plays; her work has been translated into several languages and produced throughout the world. As John Clifford, his work with the Traverse Theatre in the eighties helped establish the international reputation of the Traverse, with plays including Losing Venice (Fringe First 1985), Lucy’s Play, Playing with Fire, Inés de Castro and Light in the Village. Since transitioning to Jo, she has continued writing, notably Faust Part One, Faust Part Two and Every One for Royal Lyceum Edinburgh. She has also adapted The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard for Theatre Alba (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 and 2011).
GREAT EXPECTATIONS is directed by Graham McLaren, with set by Robin Peoples, costumes by Annie Gosney and Graham McLaren, lighting by Kai Fischer, original music by Simon Slater and sound by Matt McKenzie. Giovanni Bedin, Head Couturier for House of Worth, has worked with Annie Gosney on the creation of Estella’s couture gowns for the show. Charles Frederick Worth, the world’s first official couturier, was a contemporary of Charles Dickens.
The Dickens Legacy has been launched alongside the stage show to receive a royalty share of box office. Set up by the producer with Lucinda Dickens Hawksley (great, great, great grand-daughter of Charles Dickens), it will distribute funds to concerns dealing with issues Dickens was passionate about, for example, prison reform, adoption, literacy etc. The Dickens Legacy is also supporting Tuesday evening performances, when, for every full price adult ticket, a child under 16 goes free (subject to availability).
GREAT EXPECTATIONS is sponsored by House of Worth and Rocco Venezia. The new adaptation is published by Nick Hern Books (www.nickhernbooks.co.uk).
GREAT EXPECATIONS is produced by Bruce Athol MacKinnon on behalf of Beckman Unicorn Ltd & Satis House Productions Ltd.
Press release issued by: Amanda Malpass PR
January 7, 2013
For the first time in the West End, the Dickens classic Great Expectations is staged in a brilliant and haunting new production directed by Graham McLaren and starring Paul Nivison, Taylor Jay-Davies and Paula Wilcox.
Graham McLaren’s ‘outstanding’ ‘haunting’ and ‘utterly brilliant’ production brings some of the most memorable characters ever created to life. The beautiful, chilling Estella, the terrifying convict Magwitch, the manipulative Jaggers, the tragic and mysterious Miss Havisham and Pip looking back on his young self – a boy with ‘great expectations’.
Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
September 11, 2012
Save up to 50% on tickets to see Noel Coward’s Volcano at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
Noel Coward’s lost play Volcano premieres in West End
The first major production of Noel Coward’s play Volcano, a fascinating insight into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous world of wealthy expats, is currently running at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
Tickets from only £7.50
Enjoy tickets to see this fascinating play at a special discount – including upper circle seats reduced by 50% to only £7.50, or £29.50 off best available seats.
The play, set on a fictional South Sea island, sees infidelity, intrigue and romantic liaisons played out against the backdrop of a rumbling volcano, and filled with Coward’s sparkling wit and well-crafted dialogue.
The play features beautifully judged performances from a cast that includes Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele, Jason Durr and Finty Williams.
August 17, 2012
Production photos of Noel Coward’s Volcano at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt have brought Noel Coward’s play Volcano to the Vaudeville Theatre in London, starring Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele and Jason Durr.
Never performed in the author’s lifetime due to its scandalous subject matter, Roy Marsden directs the first major production of play which gives a fascinating insight into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous expat island lifestyle which Coward himself enjoyed.
Recently widowed Adela Shelly finds herself being seduced by the suave Guy Littleton, a visitor to her elegant Pacific house on the side of an island volcano. When Guy’s acid-tongued wife Melissa decides to fly in to see off the competition, she hasn’t contemplated that Adela’s best friend, Ellen, might also be falling for her husband… and as tensions bubble up from under the surface and begin to erupt, so does the volcano, all with explosive consequences…
Photos by RoyTan.
August 11, 2012
The first major production of Noel Coward’s play Volcano, a fascinating insight into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous world of wealthy expats. Stars Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele, and Jason Durr.
July 20, 2012
Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Samuel West star in Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Lindsay Posner.
May 17, 2012
First Night photos from What The Butler Saw at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
Celebrities were out in force last night for the opening of Joe Orton’s classic comedy What The Butler Saw. Stars of the show including Omid Djalili, Tim McInnerny, Samantha Bond and Georgia Moffett were joined by actors and entertainers including Jim Broadbent, Jenny Eclair, Peter Davison, Lesley Garrett, Reece Shearsmith and Neil Pearson.
Joe Orton’s legendary 1967 comedy is an insanely funny, full-throttle tour de farce directed by Sean Foley.