Month: January 2013

Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre

Alex Jennings stars as Alan Bennett in Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre, featuring two autobiographical recollections by Alan Bennett – Hymn directed by Nadia Fall and Cocktail Sticks directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Olivier Awards 2013

Welcome to this year’s microsite for the 2013 Olivier Awards.

West End Production Of War Horse Now Booking To February 2014 As New Cast Members Join The Company At The New London Theatre

The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production of War Horse today releases over 100,000 new tickets for sale for the West End production, taking booking at the New London Theatre to 15 February 2014. War Horse, which has now been seen by over 1.6million people in London and by over 3 million people worldwide, received its world premiere at the National Theatre in October 2007.

RSC to stage Richard II with David Tennant at the Barbican

The Barbican and the RSC today announce a new production of Shakespeare’s Richard II with David Tennant in the title role at the Barbican from Monday 9 December 2013 to Saturday 25 January 2014. Tickets go on sale to Barbican and RSC members from Thursday 7 March and to the public from Monday 18 March. The play will be directed by Gregory Doran as part of the RSC’s winter 2013 season and it will transfer to the Barbican in December after its run in Stratford in the autumn.

Peter And Alice casting update

Michael Grandage has announced the final casting for his production of Peter and Alice, a new play by John Logan that forms part of his season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Full Casting Announced For The World Première Of John Logan’s New Play Peter And Alice

Today full casting is announced for Peter and Alice – John Logan’s new play which continues the Michael Grandage Company Season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Joining Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw are Olly Alexander, Ruby Bentall, Stefano Braschi, Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell. The production follows the critically acclaimed Privates on Parade, and opens on 25 March, with previews from 9 March, and runs until 1 June 2013.

250,000 New Tickets Now On Sale For New West End Hit Musical The Bodyguard

Thea Sharrock’s hit production of The Bodyguard, which opened in December last year, today announces the release of over 250,000 tickets for sale, taking booking at the Adelphi Theatre to 28 September 2013. Starring Heather Headley (to 10 August 2013) as Rachel Marron and Lloyd Owen (to 7 September 2013) as Frank Farmer and based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, Sharrock’s production of this new musical has book by Alex Dinelaris.

Casting Update For World Premiere Of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced further casting for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June 2013, directed by Sam Mendes. Alongside Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, the cast will include Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina.

Midnight Tango’s Success Continues With Its Third Record-Breaking Year Of Performances Beginning On 30 January At The Phoenix Theatre In London Followed By Its Final Nationwide Tour

Fresh from her victory on BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing in December, Flavia Cacace is reunited with her professional dance partner, Vincent Simone, for the third consecutive year, in their highly successful, record-breaking show, MIDNIGHT TANGO. Since the show first began in April 2011, it has sold nearly 500,000 tickets throughout the UK and Ireland, meaning almost half a million people to date have been seduced by Vincent and Flavia’s hot and sensual show.

Casting Completed For Burn The Floor

International Cast To Join Robin Windsor & Kristina Rihanoff Strictly’s Karen Hauer Brings Latin Fever To The Shaftesbury Ballroom Dance Sensation To Open On Monday 11 March

Casting Announced For Matthew Dunster’s Production Of Rodney Ackland’s Before The Party

Matthew Dunster will direct Rodney Ackland’s Before The Party at the Almeida Theatre from 21 March – 11 May 2013, with press night on 28 March. Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Before The Party has designs by Anna Fleischle with lighting by Philip Gladwell and sound by Ian Dickinson. Dunster’s production of Before The Party will be the first in over 25 years.

New Opera At The Royal Opera House from 2013 to 2020

The Royal Opera’s artistic directors, Antonio Pappano, Music Director, and Kasper Holten, Director of Opera, today outlined their artistic plans for new operas to be presented at the Royal Opera House from 2013 to 2020. More than 15 new operas will be presented, both on the main stage and in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Four composers will also be given an unprecedented challenge to work on an epic operatic event for 2020.

Disney’s The Lion King Celebrates Its Most Successful Year In 2012

Disney’s THE LION KING defied industry expectations in a year that many industry experts had predicted would be challenging for theatres. Performing to almost 800,000 people at London’s Lyceum Theatre, the show grossed over £38.6M – breaking its own record for the eighth consecutive year and once again setting a new record for highest grossing year in West End theatre history.

Macbeth starring James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios

Acclaimed actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement) stars as Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Jamie Lloyd’s new production at the Trafalgar Studios. Also starring Claire Foy.

Great Expectations at the Vaudeville Theatre

For the first time in the West End, the Dickens classic Great Expectations is staged in a brilliant and haunting new production directed by Graham McLaren and starring Paul Nivison, Taylor Jay-Davies and Paula Wilcox.

American Justice at the Arts Theatre

American Justice is Richard Vergette’s drama about guilt and redemption in America’s prison system, starring Ryan Gage, David Schall and Peter Tate.

The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic Theatre

Lindsay Posner directs Henry Goodman as Arthur Winslow in Terence Rattigan’s classic play The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic.

New Cast For Award-Winning West End Hit Musical Top Hat

From 5 February 2013, joining the previously announced Gavin Lee who will play Jerry Travers in the West End hit musical Top Hat are Broadway actress Kristen Beth Williams as Dale Tremont, Olivier award nominee Alex Gaumond as Alberto Beddini and Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick. Vivien Parry continues as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswell as Horace’s valet Bates.

Full Casting Is Announced For A Chorus Line At The London Palladium

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Diana),  John Partridge (Zach), Scarlett Strallen (Cassie) and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila)  will be joined by Lucy Adcock (Judy), Georgie Ashford (Trisha), Ed Currie (Bobby), Frances Dee (Kristine), Segun Fawole (Butch), Harry Francis (Mark),  Simon Hardwick (Al), Rebecca Herszenhon (Val), James  T Lane (Richie), Marc Leslie (Roy), Vicki Lee Taylor (Maggie), Daisy Maywood (Bebe), Alice Jane Murray (Lois), Alastair Postlethwaite (Larry), Andy Rees (Greg), Adam Salter (Mike), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Connie), Michael Steedon (Tom), Gary Watson (Don) and Gary Wood (Paul). Further casting includes  Rebecca Giocopazzi, Genevieve Nicole and Ashley Nottingham. Alice Jane Murray and Marc Leslie were selected to …

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Claire Foy Announced As Lady Macbeth Alongside Full Cast For Macbeth Directed By Jamie Lloyd For Trafalgar Transformed

Claire Foy (White Heat, Little Dorrit, The Promise) will play Lady Macbeth, alongside the previously announced BAFTA winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, X-Men) as Macbeth. Joining them, to complete the cast, are Jamie Ballard (Macduff), Graeme Dalling (Donalbain), Lisa Gardner (Witch), Kevin Guthrie (Lennox), Richard Hansell (Ross), Forbes Masson (Banquo), Allison McKenzie (Witch), Olivia Morgan (Witch), Catherine Murray (Caithness), Callum O’Neill (Angus), Mark Quartley (Malcolm) and Hugh Ross (Duncan/Doctor).

Relatively Speaking at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Felicity Kendal, Kara Tointon, Max Bennett and Jonathan Coy star in Alan Ayckbourn’s beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny comedy Relatively Speaking at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre

Barking in Essex is the diabolically funny new play by Clive Exton (Jeeves and Wooster) starring Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans as mother and son the Packer’s – Essex’s lovable but dysfunctional family.

Howard Panter And Rosemary Squire Top The Stage 100 For The Fourth Year Running

ATG’s Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire have topped the The Stage 100 for a fourth consecutive year. The exclusive list, compiled annually by the industry’s leading newspaper, ranks the powerhouses of British theatre. This year, Panter and Squire share the revered accolade with the National Theatre.

Rock of Ages at the Garrick Theatre

The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages continues to rock London with its 80’s tunes. Now at the Garrick Theatre.

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