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Month: April 2011
Following a sell-out UK premiere, Stephen Dolginoff’s multi-award winning musical, Thrill Me, transfers to the Charing Cross Theatre next month.
PAUL MCGANN in Butley
The full cast has been announced for this summer’s West End revival of Simon Gray’s comedy Butley. Alongside Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, who will play the iconic title role of the rapier-tongued lecturer Butley, will be Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who), Penny Downie, (RSC’s Hamlet, Invictus) and Amanda Drew (ENRON, Eastenders).
DOMINIC WEST in Butley
A heavy-weight cast has been announced for the Chichester Festival Theatre’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain. Jonathan Church is directing the classic MGM musical with a cast that includes Adam Cooper (Guys and Dolls), Daniel Crossley (Hello, Dolly!), Scarlett Strallen (Passion), Michael Brandon (Jerry Springer The Opera), Sandra Dickinson (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Katherine Kingsley (Aspects of Love). Given the quality of the cast and the buzz surrounding the show, our transfer-o-meter has been running wild on rumours that the show may get a West End run. The show runs at Chichester from 27 June to …
Michael Brandon, Sandra Dickinson and Katherine Kingsley have been confirmed to appear in the musical Singin’ in the Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre, alongside Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen.
GRETA SCACCHI in Bette & Joan
ANITA DOBSON in Bette & Joan
SAMUEL BARNETT in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
JAMIE PARKER in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
TIM CURRY in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
ALFIE BOE in Les Miserables
MATT LUCAS in Les Miserables
PAULO SZOT in South Pacific
Million Dollar Quartet – Save £23. Million Dollar Quartet is the hugely successful Broadway musical that has now made its way to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre.
Save £22.50 on tickets to see the Olivier award winning musical Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre
Save £11 on tickets to Anthems with Brian May and Kerry Ellis. Save £11ANTHEMS: The Concert is the brand new, specially created, live version of Anthems, the stunning Kerry Ellis hit debut album produced by Brian May. This Gala Concert brings together West End and Broadway singing sensation Kerry Ellis (We Will Rock You, Wicked, Chess in Concert and Oliver!) and legendary Queen star Brian May in their first full-length performance.
Save up to £5 on tickets to Grand Designs Live at the Excel London
The UK’s number one, award-winning home show is back! Grand Designs Live London returns to ExCeL from the 30th April to 8th May packed with design and inspiration for your home.
This April, Sky Arts will launch a nationwide search for Britain’s best amateur theatre groups, for a new series to be broadcast in 2012. Stagestruck (working title) will offer one amateur theatre group an unprecedented opportunity to work with a host of luminaries and industry professionals from stage and screen, to realise their ultimate dream and win the chance to perform on a West End Stage.
LORETTA ABLES SAYRE in South Pacific
BEN MILES in Betrayal
DOUGLAS HENSHALL in Betrayal
Uproarious new musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll based on the Broadway classic, starring Matthew Kelly and directed by Ian Talbot.
Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer has confirmed that her new musical project, Viva Forever, will be directed by British theatre director Marianne Elliott.
Judy Craymer’s new musical, VIVA FOREVER, a modern fable of camaraderie, love and loyalty based on the songs of the Spice Girls, is to be directed by one of the most illustrious British theatre directors Marianne Elliott.
Director of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Jean-Luc Choplin, has probably done more than anyone else to bring Broadway musicals to France, culminating in a major new production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
Following the success of his highly acclaimed Lauderdale House appearance, Alex Gaumond announces his debut West End Solo Concert:
WINNER OF SEVEN TONY AWARDS THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRODUCTION OF “SOUTH PACIFIC” HAS ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE BARBICAN CENTRE, LONDON OPENING ON 23 AUGUST BEFORE EMBARKING ON A NATIONWIDE TOUR
French film director Benoît Jaquot’s stylish production of Werther returns to the Covent Garden stage for the first time since its opening in 2004. The title role of Werther, the epitome of the despairing Romantic poet, is sung by star tenor Rolando Villazón.
Sadler’s Wells’ summer show for 2011 is the Tony Award-winning Broadway dance musical FELA!. A provocative hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the production runs at Sadler’s Wells from 20 July to 28 August 2011.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year: Phantom first previewed on 27 September 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, with its official opening night on 9th October, and it has played at the venue ever since.
VIDEO TRAILER: Twenty-three years after Susan Hill’s terrifying novel The Woman in Black first opened on the London stage, a new movie version is to be distributed in cinemas in February 2010 starring Daniel Radcliffe.
The cast has been announced for Dominic Cooke’s revival of Arnold Wesker’s seminal play Chicken Soup with Barley, which returns to the Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 2 June (press night 7 June).
The acclaimed production of End of the Rainbow, currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios in London until 21May 2011, will transfer to Broadway.
End of the Rainbow, Judy Garland, Peter Quilter, Terry Johnson, Tracie Bennett, Trafalgar Studios
SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy a delicious free dinner at either Porter’s English restaurant or Maxwell’s restaurant – both in Covent Garden – when booking a full price £59.50 ticket to see Betty Blue Eyes.
Trevor Nunn directs Tom Stoppard’s first masterpiece, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Samuel Barnett, Jamie Parker and Tim Curry.
Following a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2010, LEND ME A TENOR THE MUSICAL, the uproarious new musical comedy by Peter Sham (book and lyrics) and Brad Carroll (music), will open at the Gielgud Theatre on 15 June, with previews from 2 June.
Bruce Norris’s drama Clybourne Park, which was staged at the Royal Court theatre last year and is currently playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London, has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
A publicity still has been released for new play Bette & Joan, which will tackle the long-running feud between Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
Casting has been announced for the London transfer of the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. The show will open at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August 2011.
Following their success last Christmas with Potted Panto, CBBC’s Dan and Jeff are returning to the West End this summer with their hit show Potted Potter.
All seven Harry Potter books in seventy minutes starring CBBC’s Dan and Jeff and featuring endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. Recommended for ages 6+
The world premiere of a new play based on the long-running feud between Hollywood movie stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starring Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi.
One of the highlights of the West End’s year took place on Wednesday, as a star-studded audience gathered at the Novello Theatre in London for the first night of Betty Blue Eyes, produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
The Acid Test by Anya Reiss is the next play to open in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 13 May (press night 23 May) with a cast including Phoebe Fox, Vanessa Kirby, Denis Lawson and Lydia Wilson.
To celebrate the opening of brand new West End musical Betty Blue Eyes, we bring you some exclusive video footage from rehearsals and behind-the-scenes of the show.
Photos of the new cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre in London, including Richard Grieve as Tick and Mark Moraghan as Bob, joining existing players Don Gallagher as Bernadette and Oliver Thornton as Adam.
A review of Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre in London
The award-winning Union Theatre has revived the legendary pop musical Godspell to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary.
Seabright Productions presents POTTED POTTER The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff Fifth Anniversary Tour: July – September 2011 Written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner Directed by Richard Hurst – Designed by Simon Scullion – Composed by Phil Innes Coinciding with the release of the final Harry Potter film, Olivier nominated double‐act Dan and Jeff return to their first show, Potted Potter, for a fifth anniversary tour including West End dates. Perhaps the best–‐loved of their three acclaimed family entertainments, Potted Potter has sold out theatres in Australia, New Zealand, London, Edinburgh and …
oday, 13 April 2011, twelve year old Ryan Collinson from Southport, becomes the twenty-sixth boy to play the title role in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. The internationally award-winning show, which opened a the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, has been seen by over 6 million people worldwide, including 3 million in the West End. Ryan becomes the 56th boy to play Billy Elliot worldwide since Jamie Bell in the award-winning film.
They don’t fly, they’re not Russian and they’re not brothers! But The Flying Karamazov Brothers continue to take the world by storm with their hilarious and breathtaking entertainment show of music, comedy, acrobatics, dance and juggling.
Award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill makes his opera directing debut with a new production of Monteverdi’s 1643 tale of the triumphant adultery between Poppea and Roman Emperor Nero.
Save £19 on tickets to MIKE LEIGH’S ECSTASY at the Duchess Apollo Theatre
Save £10 on tickets to YES, PRIME MINISTER at the Apollo Theatre
The Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Diaghilev Festival: Russian Seasons of the XXI Century at the London Coliseum, celebrating the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev. The season presents a series of revivals and re-stagings of ballets that he commissioned that have since gone on to become a major part of the dance repertoire.
A star-studded line-up of West End favourites came together yesterday, Sunday 10 April 2011, to support charity Perfect Pitch.
Acclaimed director Jeremy Herrin makes his directorial debut at the Globe this summer, with Shakespeare’s brightest and wittiest of comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. Olivier award-winning actress Eve Best and Charles Edwards take on Shakespeare’s sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, with Joseph Marcell as Leonato.
Gate Theatre joint Artistic Directors Natalie Abrahami and Carrie Cracknell today announced their final season for the company ahead of their departure from the Gate in January 2012.
Behind-the-scenes photos of rehearsals for Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre starring Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy.
Acclaimed photographer Charlie Gray went behind the scenes at this year’s Olivier Awards at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to capture the stars of West End Theatre.
British playwright Noël Coward’s plays and musicals are in continuous production around the world, including Thea Sharrock’s current West End revival of Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre, starring Alison Steadman.
Here, journalist and author Clive Hirschhorn remembers a meeting with the ‘Master’ in the 1960’s, an immodest encounter in which the man offered an opinion on just about everything.
Following its sell-out premiere season at the Royal Opera House in February, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the new ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with music specially composed by Joby Talbot and designs by award-winning Bob Crowley, heralds the new strategic partnership between the Royal Opera House and the BBC.
Save £23.75 on tickets to Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London
Save up to £20 on tickets to IN A FOREST DARK AND DEEP at the Vaudeville Theatre
The summer comedy festival Udderbelly, sponsored by E4, is returning to the Southbank this summer.
Ian Rickson directs a revival of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.
Production photos of Cheek by Jowl and the Chekhov International Festival’s production of The Tempest at the Barbican
Take a walk down Russell Street in Covent Garden and you’ll see one of the saddest looking theatre façades in London. But major plans are afoot to renovate the Fortune Theatre.
Award-winning TV and stage actress to star in new Almeida production this Autumn.
Tickets go on sale today (5 April 2011) for Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles. Betrayal, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, will have its first preview at the Comedy Theatre on 27 May 2011 with press night on 16 June and is booking until 20 August 2011.
FIRST-EVER THEATRICAL SINGLE TO BENEFIT CANCER RESEARCH
Led by artist and musician Dave Stewart, Ghost The Musical and the charity Stand Up To Cancer today announce a new collaboration. Stewart, whose latest project Ghost The Musical will have its world premiere in the UK this Spring, is a long standing ambassador for the international grassroots charitable movement Stand Up To Cancer. The new single will be the first-ever theatrical single to benefit cancer research.
Full casting is announced for Josie Rourke’s new production of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
April 6th 2011 is the 37th Anniversary of ABBA’s Waterloo victory at the Eurovision Song Contest; it is also the 12th Anniversary of the original production of the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!.
On the back of news that a new play is heading to the West End about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their time spent filming classic movie Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, Binkie thought it would be helpful to provide the producers with some alternative casting advice lest Anita Dobson or Greta Scacchi drop out!
Save £11 on tickets to CLYBOURNE PARK at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London
Save up to £19 on restricted view tickets to THE CHILDREN’S HOUR at the Comedy Theatre in London
Producers of the Michael Ball Show, Spun Gold Productions, have kept the theatrical theme going by bringing us the forthcoming ALW scoop When Piers Met… Andrew Lloyd Webber (this Sunday 9 April 2011, 9.10pm on ITV1).
The British Library in London opens a new exhibition today, 5 April 2011, presenting their archive on famous British playwright Terence Rattigan.
Exclusive photos of new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre in London
Renowned actresses Anita Dobson and Greta Scacchi will bring to life the legendary feud between screen divas and rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the world premiere of Anton Burge’s Bette & Joan, coming to the Arts Theatre from 5th May for a seven week season.
The Royal Shakespeare Company world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, A Musical will transfer to the West End in autumn 2011 for an open-ended run.
In a live US radio interview with On Broadway’s Seth Rudetsky, our very own Douglas Hodge revealed that he is in talks to star in a revival of Barnum.
Kneehigh theatre company’s latest West End production, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, has posted early closing notices at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
The Stage is reporting today that live coverage for last month’s Olivier Awards on the BBC’s red button service attracted 177,000 viewers.
Following the opening of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company today (1 April 2011) announce a further two productions to be directed by Trevor Nunn in his role as Artistic Director. After a three week run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in June, followed in September by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Further productions in the season will be announced shortly.
World premiere of David Mamet’s The Anarchist to open in London, autumn 2011
Mike Leigh returns to his acclaimed 1979 play, writing and directing this sell-out Hampstead Theatre production starring Sian Brooke, Sinead Matthews and Allen Leech.