Month: May 2011

Pygmalion – Round-up of Reviews

Reviews round-up of Pymalion at the Garrick Theatre, starring Rupert Everett, Kara Tointon and Diana Rigg.

Tony Award presenters announced: Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones

The American Theatre Wing’s 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011. The nominations were presented by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center in New York.

First -look Photos: The School for Scandal at the Barbican, Deborah Warner’s new production of Sheridan’s classic

Production photos for The School for Scandal at the Barbican in London directed by Deborah Warner.

The School for Scandal , Richard Brinsley Sheridan ’s masterful 18th century comedy, marks the highly anticipated return of groundbreaking director Deborah Warner to the Barbican since becoming Artistic Associate following her hugely successful production of Julius Caesar in 2005.

A New London Cast For “Mamma Mia!” At The Prince Of Wales Theatre From Monday 13 June

The new London cast for the global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at the Prince of Wales Theatre will start performances on Monday 13 June. The cast will be headed by Sally Ann Triplett as ‘Donna Sheridan’, with Joanna Monro as ‘Rosie’ and Kim Ismay as ‘Tanya’. William Tapley will play ‘Sam Carmichael’, Oliver Senton ‘Harry Bright’, Mark Gillis ‘Bill Austin’, Dani De Waal ‘Sophie Sheridan’, Craig Fletcher ‘Sky’, Hannah Fairclough ‘Ali’, Rachel Sargent ‘Lisa’, Warren Sollars ‘Pepper’ and Alex Jessop ‘Eddie’. At certain performances, the role of ‘Donna Sheridan’ will be played by Melissa Jacques.

“Jersey Boys” Celebrates Summer With New Sunday Performances Times From Sunday 5 June At The Prince Edward Theatre

To celebrate summer, Sunday performances of the international multi award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS at the Prince Edward Theatre will start at the later time of 5.00pm from Sunday 5 June, for 13 weeks through to 28 August. Tuesday-Saturday performances will continue at 7.30pm, with Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3.00pm. Sunday performances will revert to 3.00pm on Sunday 4 September.

Pam Gems dies, aged 85

Award-winning British playwright Pam Gems has died, aged 85.
A pioneering and passionate playwright, Pam Gems became best known for her biographical plays about strong women. Her most famous play is Piaf, written for the RSC in 1978 and recently revived by Jamie Lloyd at the Donmar Warehouse starring Elena Roger.

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark | Broadway Tickets

The spectacular (and controversial) new musical inspired by 40 years of Marvel comic books, following the story Peter Parker, whose unremarkable teenage life is turned upside-down when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider. With music by U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Polly Findlay and Lyndsey Turner direct DOUBLE FEATURE, four new plays by Tom Basden, Sam Holcroft, DC Moore and Prasanna Puwanarajah

A new ensemble takes over a transformed Cottesloe Theatre this summer to present four short plays by writers new to the National Theatre: Tom Basden, Sam Holcroft, DC Moore and Prasanna Puwanarajah. A live band and a single group of performers and theatre-makers will premiere the two double-bills, directed by Polly Findlay and Lyndsey Turner, designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Bret Yount. The cast includes Pippa Bennett-Warner, Karina Fernandez, Trystan Gravelle, Nitin Kundra and Stephanie Street.

Photos: Ghost the Musical starring Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy

Photos of Ghost The Musical, which starts previews at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in just over a month’s time.

Major new West End show Ghost the Musical, based on the Oscar-winning movie, starts previews on 24 June 2011 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.

Being Shakespeare Starring Simon Callow Opens In London At Trafalgar Studios 1 On Wednesday 22 June For A Strictly Limited Season

Simon Callow will star in BEING SHAKESPEARE at Trafalgar Studios 1, opening on Wednesday 22 June, with previews from 15 June, running until 23 July. He brings to life Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters and the real man behind the legend in this new play, which comes to the West End for a strictly limited summer season after a hugely successful tour and staging at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.

Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill to play Mephistopheles in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

Arthur Darvill, who is best known for his role as the Doctor’s current companion Rory in BBC’s Doctor Who, will play Mephistopheles in Shakespeare’s Globe’s first production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Paul Hilton, who was recently seen in the BBC drama Silk, will play the title role of the scholar who makes a pact with the devil in exchange for knowledge. The production will run from 18 June to 2 October and is directed by Matthew Dunster and designed by Paul Wills.

Jonathan Wilkes To Star As Billy Flynn In The Smash-Hit Musical Chicago At The Cambridge Theatre From Monday 9 May For A Limited 7-Week Season

Jonathan Wilkes will star as Billy Flynn in the smash-hit West End musical CHICAGO at the Cambridge Theatre from Monday 9 May for seven weeks only, until 26 June. His last West End engagement was as Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. On tour, Jonathan has starred in We Will Rock You, The Wedding Singer, Guys and Dolls, Tommy, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Godspell. Debbie Kurup will be reprising the role of Velma Kelly, which she originally played in 2006, also from 9 May for seven weeks only. Her most recent West End role was as KT in the original cast of Sister Act at the London Palladium.

Tony Award Nominations Announced: War Horse and Jerusalem compete for Best Play

The American Theatre Wing’s 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011. The nominations were presented by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center in New York.

Last Chance To See The Critically Acclaimed Flare Path Directed By Trevor Nunn

The final performance of Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path is on Saturday 11 June 2011. Flare Path, which opened on 14 March, recouped after 6 weeks, and was extended due to public demand, is the first production in Nunn’s role as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In Rattigan’s centenary year, Flare Path was the first of several major revivals of his plays in London and beyond, including Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic, a new film of The Deep Blue Sea, a season of his films at the BFI, a special display at the British Library, BBC radio productions and the publication of new editions of his work.

Tony Awards Nominations Announced Today

Don’t forget that the 2011 Tony Awards nominations are announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011.

The nominations will be presented live on the TonyAwards.com website by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose, from 1.30 pm London time (8.30 am New York time) today.

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