Month: June 2011

Driving Miss Daisy

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.

Ray Meagher Returns To The West End In Internationally Award Winning Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

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.

VIDEO: Rupert Everett talks Pygmalion in VisitBritain advert

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.

Shafting the incumbent: When shows gazump

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!) …

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West End Live Rocks Trafalgar Square

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.

The Magical SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW returns to the UK in 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.

Antony Sher And Tara Fitzgerald Lead Cast In Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass Running At The Tricycle Theatre From 10 August 2011 Before A West End Transfer To The Vaudeville Theatre

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.

Susan Boyle: The Musical

Global singing sensation Susan Boyle will see her inspirational life story take to the stage.

Following A Record-Breaking UK Tour Arlene Phillips And Adam Spiegel Present Strictly’s Vincent And Flavia In Their New Show Midnight Tango In London’s West End For A Strictly Limited Season

“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.

ROCK OF AGES announces full London cast

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.

Wicked and Billy Elliot perform at free Summer launch event

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.

A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson tickets at Arts Theatre starring Trudie Styler

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.

A British Subject tickets at the Arts Theatre starring Nichola McAuliffe

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.

The Killing of Sister George tickets at the Arts Theatre starring Meera Syal

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.

Park Avenue Cat tickets at the Arts Theatre in London

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).

Journey’s End tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre

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.

Tony Award Winners: War Horse, Book of Mormon sweep Tony Awards; Mark Rylance named Best Actor

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.

Production photos of Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre starring Matthew Kelly and Joanna Riding

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.

Supermodel Christie Brinkley To Make West End Stage Debut As Roxie Hart In The Smash-Hit Musical “Chicago” At The Cambridge Theatre

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.

FELA! Cast Confirmed at Sadler’s Wells

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.

Carley Stenson To Play Elle Woods Alongside New Cast Members Natalie Casey And Lee Mead In Olivier Award Winning Legally Blonde The Musical

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.

Production photos of Butley at the Duchess Theatre starring Dominic West

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).

Sadler’s Wells Brings The Full Cast Of Fela Kuti Musical To Latitude

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 …

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New stage version of The Ladykillers announced today

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.

National Theatre: July – November 2011

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

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