Month: March 2011

Bette & Joan world premiere at Arts Theatre with Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi

The world premiere of a new play based on the long-running feud between Hollywood movie stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is to come to London this Spring. Bette & Joan by Anton Burge will star Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi as the famous movie icons, at the Arts Theatre from 5 May to 25 June 2011. The show will be directed by Bill Alexander, whose credits include the RSC, National Theatre and annual West End Christmas show The Snowman.

Lincoln Center Theater Production of South Pacific at the Barbican on sale now

Breathtaking and lavish, this Lincoln Center Theater production which reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, won seven Tony Awards in 2008, played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years and is currently selling out across North America.

This international hit now has its European premiere at the Barbican. Tickets for the Barbican run, which plays from Monday 15 August – Saturday 1 October, go on sale today.

Joe Mcfadden And Dianne Pilkington In She Loves Me

She Loves Me is the delightful story of Georg and Amalia, who work in a 1930s parfumerie. Adversaries by day, at night they write ardent love letters to their anonymous sweethearts. They both fall in love with their mystery pen pals, unaware that each is the other’s secret correspondent.

The cast features Joe McFadden as Georg. Last at Chichester in Festival 05’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, his other credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Rent on stage and Heartbeat, Casualty and Cranford on television.

Playwright Lanford Wilson dies

An important passing this week is the death of American playwright Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winner who died on Wednesday aged 73.

Benedict Cumberbatch to take After The Dance to Broadway?

Thea Sharrock’s award-winning production of Terence Rattigan’s drama After The Dance at the National Theatre may be Broadway-bound.
And its star – Benedict Cumberbatch, who is currently wowing audiences at the National Theatre in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, may be heading with it.

Elizabeth Taylor dies

British acting legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79. Here we reflect on her stage career.

Bush Theatre Announces The 32 Degrees West Season

Today Artistic Director Josie Rourke announces the Bush Theatre’s 32 Degrees West Season – the angle from the front door of the company’s current home of 39 years, to the new home at the old Library in Shepherd’s Bush where they will relocate this autumn.

UK Premiere of Thrill Me

The UK premiere of Stephen Dolginoff’s multi‐award winning musical, Thrill Me, is at the Tristan Bates Theatre
next month. Based on the shocking true story of infamous thrill killers Leopold & Loeb.

Natalie Casey to join Legally Blonde

TV and stage actress Natalie Casey is to take over as Paulette in Legally Blonde The Musical, replacing Denise Van Outen.

Your theatre week, 21 to 27 March 2011

This week sees a number of birthday celebrations, including two American theatre greats: Stephen Sondheim turns 81 after a riotous year of 80th birthday tributes culminating in his Olivier Special Award, and this week marks the centenary of the great Tennessee Williams.

Yes, Prime Minister returns

The successful Chichester production of Yes, Prime Minister is making a welcome return to the West End this summer, from 6 July to 17 September 2011.

Yes, Prime Minister

UNTIL 17 SEPTEMBER AT THE APOLLO THEATRE: Yes, Prime Minister returns to the West End based on the classic BBC sitcom, starring Simon Williams and Richard McCabe. Transfers to the Gielgud Theatre from 20 September.

Joanna Riding

JOANNA RIDING in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Sadler’s Wells Announces Sylvie Guillem World Premiere

Sadler’s Wells is delighted to announce the world premiere in July 2011 of a mixed programme devised and performed by internationally acclaimed dancer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem.

Broadway Bares release arty posters for new show

We are LOVING the posters just released to promote the next Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser Broadway Bares XXI: Masterpiece (19 June 2011 in New York, tickets from Broadway Cares).

Frankenstein in cinemas tonight

The National Theatre’s sold out production of Frankenstein will play two dates as part of the NT Live cinema programme, starting tonight.

David Thaxton

DAVID THAXTON in Love Never Dies

Lee Mead to join Legally Blonde

West End star Lee Mead is to join his real-life wife Denise Van Outen in hit musical Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre in London.

The Book of Mormon musical by South Park creators West End bound?

It’s their first Broadway musical and it’s a smash! South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have written an hilarious new musical about a pair of teenage Mormon boys sent on a mission to a dangerous part of Uganda to spread the word. The show is written with Tony Award-winning Avenue Q writer Robert Lopez and is a riot of song and dance numbers mixed with profanity and outrage!

J Edgar Hoover musical to come to London?

Harry Shearer, who co-created and starred in cult movie This Is Spinal Tap and is the voice of 21 Simpsons characters, is in discussions with various London theatres and producers to bring his 2003 show J. Edgar! The Musical to the West End.

Olivier Awards: National, Legally Blonde

In a star-studded awards ceremony last night, Sunday 13 March, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, the Society of London Theatre held their 35th annual theatre awards ceremony.

Olivier Awards 2011 – Winners

The winners of the 35th Olivier Awards were announced on 13 March 2011 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Olivier Awards tonight

The 35th annual Laurence Olivier Awards are to be held tonight, Sunday 13 March 2011, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.

Donmar Warehouse names new head

The Donmar Warehouse in London has named Josie Rourke as the new artistic director of the successful Covent Garden venue. She will take over from Michael Grandage at the beginning of 2012.

Sunday clash: Chalk Garden vs Oliviers

A great big sigh of irritation that the BBC has scheduled Michael Grandage’s radio version of his acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of The Chalk Garden at the same time as the Oliviers. Yes I know that those with computers can also listen later on BBC iPlayer, but both deserve exciting live listening me thinks.

Naked Boys Singing tickets at the Charing Cross Theatre

The boys are back in town, returning for a fourth hilarious season of musical comedy revue featuring an original score of 16 songs celebrating the splendours of male nudity. Contains full nudity – adults only!

Mark Moraghan

MARK MORAGHAN in Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed…

Life after Harry Potter is going to be particularly glamorous for Daniel Radcliffe as he is currently starring in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (now in previews, opens 27 March).

High star count on Broadway this Spring

There’s no shortage of stars turning up on Broadway over the next few weeks, as the spring season kicks off in New York with some heavy-hitting star names.

London shows hit Broadway

From London to New York: Priscilla, Sister Act, War Horse and Jerusalem to open on Broadway

Catch Me If You Can starts previews

Previews begin this week for major new Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can at the Neil Simon Theatre (opens 10 April), based on the Stephen Spielberg movie and the true story that inspired it.

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Olivier Awards: Last Chance to Vote

Today is the last chance for theatregoers to vote for their favourite West End shows and choose a winner for this year’s Olivier Audience Award.

The Railway Children tickets at the Waterloo Station Theatre

Winner of Best Entertainment at the 2011 Olivier Awards, the critically acclaimed production of E. Nesbit’s classic children’s story The Railway Children returns to London’s Waterloo Station, featuring a real steam train.

Broadway Theatre Spring Round-up

Our USA round-up of what’s hot on Broadway and beyond, including Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed…, transfers of Priscilla and Sister Act, Elaine Paige in Follies and much more.

Rock of Ages to hit London

The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages is set to rock London this autumn as it transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 31 August 2011.

Shoes The Musical – Save £11.50

Save £11.50 on tickets to Shoes The Musical at the Peacock Theatre. Richard Thomas and Stephen Mear’s fabulously original new dance show returns to London after a smash-hit run at Sadler’s Wells. “It’s shiny, exuberant and consciously naughty. A high-spirited night out” (The Independent).

Opening this week: Blithe Spirit, Flare Path

Première’s this week in the West End include Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit starring Alison Steadman and Ruthie Henshall, Sienna Miller in Flare Path, Polly Rae in Hurly Burly, Matthew Kelly in Sign of the Times and the Olivier Awards this Sunday 13 March.

FELA! tickets at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Direct from Broadway and a sell-out season at the National Theatre, Bill T Jones’ Tony award-winning dance, theatre and music show about Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti returns to London.

Rock of Ages tickets at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London

ROCK OF AGES CLOSES AT THE SHAFTESBURY THEATRE ON 6 JANUARY 2013 AND RE-OPENS AT THE GARRICK THEATRE ON 18 JANUARY 2013. The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages is rocking London at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

More presenters announced for Olivier Awards

The Society of London Theatre has released more details of the presenters at this year’s revamped Olivier Awards, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 13 March 2011. Stars include Barry Manilow, Danielle Hope, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elaine Paige and Rupert Everett.

Taymor speaks out over Spider-Man

Another week, another Spider-Man update! In the ongoing saga of the world’s most expensive, and possibly most previewed, musical its director Julie The Lion King Taymor has now spoken out about the Spidey woes.

Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton host Oliviers

As previously tipped, Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will host this year’s Olivier Awards, to be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 13 March 2011

The Exonerated tickets at the Charing Cross Theatre

Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winning drama based on the true-life stories of six people sent to Death Row for crimes they did not commit, starring Golden Globe nominated actress Lisa Eichhorn, Derek Griffiths, Glenn Carter and Kelle Bryan, star of band Eternal.

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