Winners and nominees of the Ian Charleson Awards 2010
Month: June 2011
IAN CHARLESON AWARDS – WINNERS 2010
A round-up of reviews of Richard III at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kevin Spacey.
The evening of Wednesday 29th June will see the 9000th performance of the hit thriller The Woman In Black, now in its 23rd year in the West End.
A round-up of reviews of The Railway Children at Waterloo Station Theatre.
Oscar and Tony award-winning actors Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones star in the London transfer of the smash-hit Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry. Strictly limited season.
West End Live 2011 photos the casts of Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartet, Shrek The Musical and We Will Rock You
West End Live 2011 photos including Jonathan Wilkes in Chicago, and the casts of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Lion King
Ray Meagher, best known on television for playing Alf Stewart in the long running Australian soap Home and Away, will re join the West End cast of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical as mechanic Bob from 5 October 2011, following his hugely successful run in the show last year. With booking now open at the Palace Theatre until 7 January 2012, Meagher joins Don Gallagher (Bernadette), Richard Grieve (Tick) and Oliver Thornton (Adam) in the internationally award-winning musical at the Palace Theatre.
Presented by Bill Kenwright, following celebrated seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters will at last enjoy a West End season, opening at the Duchess Theatre on Wednesday 5 October with press night on the Tuesday 11 October at 7pm.
West End Live 2011 photos including Ramin Karimloo from Love Never Dies and the cast of Billy Elliot The Musical.
West End Live 2011 photos including Lee Mead in Legally Blonde The Musical and Matthew Kelly in Lend Me A Tenor.
The UK’s national tourism agency, VisitBritain, has launched an international TV campaign featuring some of Britain’s best known celebrities, inviting the world to visit Britain.
British theatre is well represented with Dame Judi Dench and Rupert Everett both featured in the campaign, along with Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel, fashion icon Twiggy and chef Jamie Oliver.
A major cast change has taken place at long-running musical Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre in London – the most significant for a number of years.
Staring previews this Friday, 24 June 2011, is the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s new musical Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
In the business world, it always feels slightly wrong when a company heralds the arrival of a fabulous new executive whilst their predecessor is still sat at their desks. And it happens in the theatre world too. In casting, there’s rarely a chance for the hoofer sweating away night-after-night to announce their departure before the press release goes out about the bright young thing taking their place (Legally Blonde recently announcing that Carley Stenson is to replace Susan McFadden as Elle Woods caused much gasping, least of all from the rest of the cast, who read it first on Twitter!) …
The largest theatre owners in the West End, the Ambassador Theatre Group, plan to address the back-ache with the roll-out of a new theatre seat.
A round-up of reviews of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
West End Live 2011 photos including Sharon D Clarke in Ghost The Musical, Ryan Molloy in Jersey Boys and Rachel Tucker in Wicked
Trevor Nunn’s new production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last night, Tuesday 21 June 2011, following its premiere at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
West End Live 2011 photos of the casts of The Wizard of Oz and Crazy For You.
A round-up of reviews of The Flying Karamazov Brothers at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Lee Mead joined the cast of Legally Blonde The Musical tonight at the Savoy Theatre in London.
A rainy weekend didn’t deter the crowds from attending this year’s West End Live event in Trafalgar Square on Saturday and Sunday, 18 and 19 June 2011.
SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW returns to the UK for a eleven week tour – tickets now on sale. Tour ends with a special white Christmas season at London’s Royal Festival Hall 17 December 2011 – 8 January 2012. Tickets go on sale for the Royal Festival Hall season today, June 20th at 10am.
Production photos of Takeaway, a new musical by Robert Lee and Leon Ko at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (11 June – 9 July 2011).
Following a fantastic reception at Bristol Old Vic Theatre 2010 and the National Student Drama Festival 2011, Jason and Medea is heading to the acclaimed International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston.
Off-Broadway musical John and Jen is currently running at the Landor Theatre in South London, until 2 July 2011.
West End Live 2011 photos including Rock of Ages and Betty Blue Eyes
Antony Sher, reprising his role as Phillip Gellburg, and Tara Fitzgerald as Sylvia Gellburg will star in the Tricycle’s critically acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s Olivier Award winning Broken Glass. Following a sell out run at the Tricycle Theatre in 2010, Broken Glass, directed by Iqbal Khan, will return for a limited season at the Tricycle from 10 August until 10 September, before transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre. Broken Glass will run in the West End from 14 September until 10 December, with press night on 16 September. The production is being produced in the West End by PW Productions and Tricycle London Productions. Full casting will be announced shortly.
A round-up of reviews of Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre starring Kristin Scott-Thomas.
Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi-million pound sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, may shortly announce its closure in the West End.
Global singing sensation Susan Boyle will see her inspirational life story take to the stage.
I Dreamed A Dream to tell the incredible true-life story of Susan Boyle.
“MIDNIGHT TANGO” TO OPEN AT THE ALDWYCH THEATRE ON 20 JANUARY 2012
MIDNIGHT TANGO is the creation of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, stars of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The show has been touring the United Kingdom since April and has been the fastest selling show of the year in many of the venues. Producers of the show, Arlene Phillips and Adam Spiegel, are delighted to announce that MIDNIGHT TANGO will now be seen in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre for a strictly limited season, opening on 20 January 2012. The season must end on 31 March.
A round-up of reviews of Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre starring Matthew Kelly and Joanna Riding.
Alan Jay Lerner memorial plaque unveiled at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.
ROCK OF AGES THE MUSICAL, the smash hit musical comedy is proud to announce the full cast line up, as Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward are joined by West End stars Amy Pemberton, Oliver Tompsett, Simon Lipkin and more.
Promotional photos of The Ladykillers, a major new adaptation of the classic Ealing Comedy arriving in London this November, starring Peter Capaldi, James Fleet and Ben Miller.
Dominic Cooke’s revival of Arnold Wesker’s play Chicken Soup with Barley will extend for an extra week until Saturday 16 July at the Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.
SPECIAL OFFER: Save £13.50 on tickets to see new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre in London
A round-up of reviews of Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane starring Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay and Nigel Harman.
The timetable has been published for West End Live, the free annual theatre event that returns to London this weekend, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2011.
It’s a big week to catch free performances of your favourite musicals. Ahead of this weekend’s annual West End Live event in Trafalgar Square, this Wednesday sees an opportunity to catch a free lunchtime concert featuring Victoria-based musicals Wicked and Billy Elliot.
Max Stafford Clark directs this delightful, acclaimed production adapted from James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, starring Ian Redford as Samuel Johnson, Russell Barr as a host of characters from James Boswell to King George III and Trudie Styler as society hostess Mrs Thrale.
Following a hugely successful run in New York and the Edinburgh Festival, Nichola McAuliffe writes and stars in an extraordinary, true-life tale of international politics and the media about Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British Subject who spent 18 years on Death Row.
Meera Syal stars as actress June Buckridge, who plays a beloved nurse in a popular radio soap but in real-life is the gin-guzzling, cigar-chomping opposite of the sweet character she plays. This new production of Frank Marcus’s classic, controversial play is directed by Iqbal Khan and also stars Belinda Lang.
London transfer for Broadway’s Driving Miss Daisy.
Slinky, sexy comedy from LA writer Frank Strausser starring Coronation Street’s Gray O’Brien, Josefina Gabrielle, Tessa Peake-Jones and Daniel Weyman. Directed by Glen Walford (Shirley Valentine).
David Grindley’s multi-award winning production of R.C. Sherriff’s classic war drama based on the author’s experience in the trenches of World War 1. Journey’s End comes to London for a seven week season during its National tour.
Marc Warren (Hustle) stars as charismatic rebel Cool Hand Luke in a powerful new stage adaptation of Donn Pearce’s acclaimed novel, directed by Andrew Loudon.
TONY AWARD WINNERS 2011
At a star-studded ceremony last night, Sunday 12 June 2011, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the American Theatre Wing’s 65th annual Tony Awards were announced. British play War Horse triumphed at the awards winning 5 gongs, including Best Play. British actor Mark Rylance won a Best Actor awards for his performance in the Royal Court’s Jerusalem.
Photos of Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
Lend Me A Tenor is the uproarious new musical comedy which is currently running at the Gielgud Theatre.
The hilarious show features mistaken identities and unexpected romance and is based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig.
The multi-talented cast stars award-winning actors Matthew Kelly and Joanna Riding alongside Damian Humbley, Michael Matus, Sophie-Louise Dann, Cassidy Janson, Gay Soper, Jane Quinn and Michelle Bishop.
A brand new feature length trailer has been released for big new West End musical Ghost the Musical.
Christie Brinkley, who made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO earlier this year, receiving great critical acclaim, will come direct from New York to play the role in London’s West End from Monday 11 July for a strictly limited four-week season, ending on Saturday 6 August. She will be joined by Amra-Faye Wright, who has been playing Velma Kelly opposite Christie on Broadway. Amra-Faye will also star in the Cambridge Theatre production from 11 July to 6 August. Jonathan Wilkes will continue in the role of Billy Flynn, James Doherty as Amos Hart, Jasna Ivir as Mama Morton and R. Whitehead as Mary Sunshine, all until 27 August, when CHICAGO will leave the Cambridge Theatre.
Olivier and Tony Award-nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah leads the cast of FELA! at Sadler’s Wells’ this summer, joined by Melanie Marshall as Funmilayo Kuti and Paulette Ivory as Sandra Izsadore.
From 11 July 2011 Carley Stenson will play college sweetheart Elle Woods in the Olivier award-winning Legally Blonde The Musical. Stenson, who is currently playing Margot in the West End production, steps up to play the leading role joining Lee Mead who joins the cast later this month (20 June) to play Emmett Forrest and Natalie Casey as ditzy beautician Paulette Buonofonté. Peter Davison continues in the role of Professor Callahan as well as Nicola Brazil as Serena and Siobhan Dillon as Vivienne.
ROCK OF AGES The Musical announces further London casting: The X Factor winner Shayne Ward to take the role of rock bad boy Stacee Jaxx
English National Ballet’s acclaimed production Strictly Gershwin has returned to the Royal Albert Hall until 19 June 2011.
Photos of Butley at the Duchess Theatre in London.
The West End revival of Simon Gray’s biting comedy Butley stars Dominic West (The Wire) in the iconic title role of the rapier-tongued lecturer Ben Butley, alongside with Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who), Penny Downie, (RSC’s Hamlet, Invictus), Amanda Drew (ENRON, Eastenders) and Martin Hutson (A Very British Sex Scandal).
Today, 6 June 2011, the multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical announces the release of over 630,000 new tickets for sale taking bookings up until 15 December 2012.
The UK’s leading dance house, Sadler’s Wells, returns to Latitude Festival for the fourth time on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2011 with a diverse programme of dance on the Waterfront Stage. Sadler’s Wells presents a programme for Latitude’s Waterfront Stage that reflects both the theatre’s reputation for presenting world class dance in all its forms, and Latitude’s diversity. The Sadler’s Wells line-up features highlights from the full cast of Broadway’s sensational Tony award-winning hit musical, FELA!; two celebrated British companies – hip hop dance from ZooNation Dance Company and contemporary dance from Rambert Dance Company; as well as …
A ShiberHur production, In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka adapted by Amir Nizar Zuabi, 11 – 23 July
A round-up of reviews of Butley at the Duchess Theatre starring Dominic West.
Today, 6 June, the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatre will release over 290,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings up to 20 October 2012.
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS in Betrayal
A major new adaptation of classic Ealing Comedy The Ladykillers is to come to the West End this winter starring Peter Capaldi, James Fleet and Ben Miller.
The 1955 classic Ealing comedy is this autumn brought back to life on the stage in a production that will play at the Liverpool Playhouse from November 3rd – 19th, prior to opening at the Gielgud Theatre on November 26th with a press night on December 7th.
SAMANTHA WOMACK in South Pacific
THE KITCHEN by Arnold Wesker, directed by Bijan Sheibani; and 13, a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Thea Sharrock, continue the Travelex £12 Season in the Olivier
THE VEIL, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson, opens in the Lyttelton
A new play written and directed by MIKE LEIGH opens in the Cottesloe
DOUBLE FEATURE, four short plays by writers new to the National, are presented in the NT’s Paintframe
Jonathan Miller stages Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION, in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia, in the Olivier; and, in the Lyttelton, readings of the KING JAMES BIBLE celebrate its 400th anniversary
Nicholas Hytner’s production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS tours the UK following its Lyttelton run and is broadcast as part of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE; Mike Leigh’s new play visits Bath and Cambridge
Daniel Kitson’s IT’S ALWAYS RIGHT NOW, UNTIL IT’S LATER visits the Lyttelton
LONDON ROAD extends; Rufus Norris is appointed NT Associate Director
Watch This Space returns for the summer; Platforms, Exhibitions and Discover
Final casting is announced as rehearsals begin for Damian Cruden’s Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children which returns to Waterloo Station this summer.
TV and radio star Justin Lee Collins is to play Dennis Dupree in new West End musical Rock of Ages.
Reviews round-up for Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s Theatre starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
LEE MEAD in Legally Blonde The Musical
Comedian and TV presenter JUSTIN LEE COLLINS to play Dennis Dupree in Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre