MICHAEL CRAWFORD is to continue in his starring role of The Wizard in ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Month: July 2011
The writers of Betty Blue Eyes to present their new musical Soho Cinders in a one-off charity concert.
Production photos of Betwixt at the Trafalgar Studios, starring Ellen Greene.
STOMP – the multi-award winning, international hit show – celebrates its 20th birthday this autumn with special events throughout London on Monday 14th November, culminating in a thrilling and unique performance of the show. For one night only, a number of high-profile comedian friends of STOMP will take part in a special routine, joining co-creator Luke Cresswell on stage to celebrate this milestone.
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) today announced that for the first time ever more than half the West End’s shows have extended their booking periods to offer sales 15 months in advance, anticipating an increased demand for theatre tickets as millions flock to the UK in 2012.
Today, 27 July 2011, a further quarter of a million tickets are released for sale for the Laurence Olivier award-winning Legally Blonde The Musical, taking bookings to 27 October 2012. Since its opening at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009, almost 600,000 patrons have now seen Jerry Mitchell’s multi award-winning production.
The Bristol Old Vic production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS A new musical play with book by Helen Edmundson and songs by Neil Hannon, based on the book by Arthur Ransome comes to the West End for a 5-week Christmas run, prior to UK tour.
Today 25 July 2011, in the production’s seventh year in the West End, 13 year old Adam Vesperman from Seattle, USA, will make his West End stage debut as Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre, becoming the twenty-seventh boy to play the title role in the hit west end show Billy Elliot The Musical.
Lend Me A Tenor, the musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, is to close early at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
LEND ME A TENOR THE MUSICAL, the uproarious new musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, based on Ken Ludwig’s award-winning play, which opened at the Gielgud Theatre earlier this summer to some rave reviews, is to close. Despite receiving a series of 4-star reviews and standing ovations, the production’s last performance will be Saturday 6 August.
Hollywood actress Thandie Newton is to appear in the West End this autumn in Ariel Dorfman’s play Death And The Maiden at the Comedy Theatre.
Three cheers for Bill Kenwright, who collected an honorary degree from the University of Liverpool yesterday. The hard-working West End theatre impresario was said to be “delighted” after picking up the honour at the city’s Philharmonic Hall. His partner, the actress Jenny Seagrove, said that she was “very proud”. The Liverpudlian, who was born in Wavertree, started as an actor before setting up Bill Kenwright Ltd, which has become one of the world’s most prolific theatre production businesses. His production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers has played in the West End since 1988. He is also Chairman of Everton football club. His …
Thandie Newton will play Paulina Salas in Ariel Dorfman’s Olivier award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden at the Comedy Theatre from Thursday 13th October 2011. Jeremy Herrin, Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court, will direct and the production will be designed by Peter McKintosh.
A new Summer Sale has been launched in London’s West End Theatre district to promote a wealth of musicals and plays in the Capital (www.westendtheatre.com/londonsummer).
Damian Cruden’s Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children today announces a final extension to its run at Waterloo Station having reached an agreement with BRB (Residuary) Ltd to run until 8 January 2012. With audiences sitting either side of a real railway track, the 1000 seat Waterloo Station Theatre was created especially for this production in the old Eurostar Terminal. Award-winning designs are by Joanna Scotcher lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear.
The Society of London Theatre has announced that the ceremony for next year’s Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Opera House.
Andrew Lloyd-Webber told the New York Times’s Patrick Healy last week that the failure of Love Never Dies in the UK – and more notably the success of a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, has led him to consider that, “what I might do is to have nothing to do with my shows for the foreseeable future.”
Reviews round-up of Ghost the Musical, which opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on 19 July 2011.
Photo story: Ghost The Musical enjoyed a glittering premiere at the Piccadilly Theatre last night.
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Major new West End show Ghost The Musical opens tonight, Tuesday 19 July 2011, at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.
ROBERT SHEEHAN in The Playboy of the Western World
RUTH NEGGA in The Playboy of the Western World
CHRISTINE BRINKLEY in Chicago
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Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero in Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, are Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook , Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.
RALPH FIENNES in The Tempest
Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley will lead the cast in Trevor Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. The Lion in Winter will run from 4 November – 28 January, with press night on 15 November 2011. The Lion in Winter is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company. Further casting will be announced shortly.
John Crowley directs J M Synge’s rich Irish comedy The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic, starring Niamh Cusack, Ruth Negga and Robert Sheehan.
From the creator of Thriller Live comes an uplifting new musical tribute to divas such as Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Shirley Bassey, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and more. An all-star cast includes Sheila Ferguson (The Three Degrees), Denise Pearson (Five Star), Katy Setterfield (The One & Only) and Zoe Birkett (Pop Idol), all hosted by X-Factor finalist Andy Abrahams.
Breathtaking in its scope, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall’s remarkable play about art and socialism was a huge hit for the National Theatre and on tour, and now Max Roberts’s sublime production comes to London for a limited season.
Iqbal Khan’s extraordinary, critically-acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s drama transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season starring Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald.
Interview with Jersey Boys star Jon Lee
In a rather random PR stunt that only the West End could have got away with, the inaugural West End Tug of War contest took place this week.
CARLEY STENSON in Legally Blonde The Musical
Carley Stenson joined the cast of hit musical Legally Blonde The Musical this week in the West End.
Max Stafford-Clark’s new production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls is to transfer to the Trafalgar Studios following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Top Girls, produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, will run at the Trafalgar Studios from 5 August – 15 October 2011 with press night on 16 August 2011. Designs are by Tim Shortall with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Ian Dickinson and video design by Finn Ross. Stafford-Clark’s Out of Joint/ Chichester Festival Theatre co-production reunites him with producer Sonia Friedman, with whom he co-founded Out of Joint Theatre Company in 1993.
Ian Rickson’s Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem will return to London’s West End for a strictly limited 14 week engagement hot on the heels of a triumphant Broadway run. Mark Rylance will reprise his Olivier and Tony award-wining performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron, directed by Ian Rickson. Previewing at the Apollo Theatre from 8 October 2011, with press night on 17 October, Jerusalem is booking until 14 January 2012. Designs are by Ultz, with lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck. Jerusalem is produced in the West End by Royal Court Theatre Productions and by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Nicholas Hytner’s five star production of One Man, Two Guvnors will transfer to the West End for a 16 week run following its sell-out run at the National Theatre, subsequent UK tour and National Theatre Live cinema broadcast. Nearly 200,000 tickets go on sale on Thursday 14 July for performances at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 November 2011 – 25 February 2012. Press night will be on 21 November at 7pm.
Respect La Diva, conceived and directed by Adrian Grant, the creator of hit international show Thriller Live, will arrive at the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited run from 7 September until 24 September, with press night on 8 September.
It will be a busy summer for SHREK THE MUSICAL® . The new musical will be participating in various events around the country this July and August.
MARK RYLANCE in Jerusalem
Matthew Bourne’s spectacular and much-loved production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker returns to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas.
Mark Rylance returns to London following his triumphant, Tony Award-winning run as hellraiser Johnny Byron in Jez Butteworth’s acclaimed play Jerusalem, directed by Ian Rickson. Also starring Mackenzie Crook.
One of the highlights of this year’s theatrical calendar, Trevor Nunn directs Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
A round-up of reviews of Yes, Prime Minister at the Apollo Theatre starring Richard McCabe and Simon Williams.
A round-up of reviews of Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Canadian musicals star Alex Gaumond is to return to the cast of We Will Rock You a the Dominion Theatre in London.
OMG! Alex Gaumond to star in We Will Rock You. And Mazz Murray returns to say farewell to Killer Queen role.
For 9 performances only, Bolshoi superstars Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, with sensational Danish ballet star Alban Lendorf, will perform a twenty-first century re-staging of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo & Juliet by Olivier Award winning Choreographer and Director Peter Schaufuss at the London Coliseum.
I’m happy to see that Phoebe Fox is featured in Screen International’s annual Stars of Tomorrow report this week.
Trevor Nunn will round-off his first year as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket with a new production of James Goldman’s 1966 play The Lion in Winter.
Joanna Lumley will star as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the period production, alongside Robert Lindsay as Henry II.
The life and work of award-winning playwright Pam Gems will be celebrated at a memorial service in London this Sunday, 3 July 2011.
Production photos: A brand new stage production of Hollywood classic Singin’ in the Rain has started at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Ramin Karimloo And Sierra Boggess Lead A Cast And Orchestra Of Over 200 Tickets On Sale Monday 4th July At 10.00am
Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed the leads for the 25th anniversary celebration of The Phantom of the Opera, to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 and 2 of October 2011.
Liza Minnelli played a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 29 June 2011.