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Smash-hit slapstick comedy The Play That Goes Wrong adds more dates at Duchess Theatre
Production photos of Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre starring Kathleen Turner
Hit off-West End comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is to get another West End transfer, moving to the Duchess Theatre this Autumn.
Rehearsal photos of Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid in Bakersfield Mist
Kathleen Turner in Bakersfield Mist
Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in new play Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs at the Duchess Theatre.
Tell Me on a Sunday
Marti Webb returns to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s stand-out musical Tell Me on a Sunday.
The full cast is announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which will open at the Duchess Theatre on 25 September with previews from 18 September. The production will once again feature Henry Goodman reprising his award-winning performance in the title role.
Henry Goodman reprises his wildly acclaimed performance as Arturo Ui in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre.
Lenny Henry stars in August Wilson’s great American drama Fences at the Duchess Theatre. Following his triumphant performance as Othello in the West End, Lenny Henry takes on the lead role of Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s compelling drama about black American family life. Lenny Henry delivers a blistering performance that has won him wide critical acclaim playing Troy Maxson, the once gifted athlete who was denied his shot at the big time. WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Set between the Korean and Vietnam wars, Fences is a powerful account of a family trying to hold itself together and of what happens …
What’s playing and coming up 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.
The only chance in London to see the Edinburgh Fringe Festival sell out sensation The Boy With Tape on His Face, as he brings his multi award winning “hysterically funny” (Time Out) smash-hit show to the West End this Christmas for 22 performances only.
Blastoff into outer space as Sooty returns to the West End direct from his hit ITV show. Join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Richard in a spectacular festive adventure for the whole family.
Charming actor Laurence Fox stars as one of six young soldiers in acclaimed drama Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre in London this Autumn
A searingly honest and explosively funny account of army life by Jonathan Lewis, based on his own experiences as a soldier. A talented cast includes Laurence Fox, Cian Barry, Jolyon Coy, Arthur Darvill, Matthew Lewis and Lewis Reeves.
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The Hurly Burly girls are back in town with a bigger, bolder, sexier new burlesque show for a summer season of deliciously bawdy fun. Stars the inimitable Miss Polly Rae.
David Edgar’s play Written On The Heart has transferred from the RSC’s Swan Theatre to the Duchess Theatre in the West End. Directed by Greg Doran, this fascinating play about the creation of the King James Bible stars Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer.
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Casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End production of Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters, presented by Bill Kenwright. The climax of an extraordinary journey, which started at Newcastle’s Live Theatre and continued on to the National, Broadway, and all round the UK, The Pitmen Painters is highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining as it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things.
Ruby Wax’s sold out show transfers into the West End for a strictly limited season. Showcasing the inimitable Ms Wax’s distinctive wit, sharp observation and worldly wisdom, she is joined by singer-songwriter Judith Owen in this darkly hilarious show, directed by Thea Sharrock.
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.
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.
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).
A round-up of reviews of Butley at the Duchess Theatre starring Dominic West.
PAUL MCGANN in Butley
The full cast has been announced for this summer’s West End revival of Simon Gray’s comedy Butley. Alongside Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, who will play the iconic title role of the rapier-tongued lecturer Butley, will be Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who), Penny Downie, (RSC’s Hamlet, Invictus) and Amanda Drew (ENRON, Eastenders).
DOMINIC WEST in Butley
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Mike Leigh returns to his acclaimed 1979 play, writing and directing this sell-out Hampstead Theatre production starring Sian Brooke, Sinead Matthews and Allen Leech.
Sign of the Times – Reviews Round-up
Première’s this week in the West End include Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit starring Alison Steadman and Ruthie Henshall, Sienna Miller in Flare Path, Polly Rae in Hurly Burly, Matthew Kelly in Sign of the Times and the Olivier Awards this Sunday 13 March.
Save £28.50 on tickets to Sign of the Times at the Duchess Theatre. Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) brings his warm and witty play into the West End starring Matthew Kelly as a disillusioned sign erector whose life is changed by a clumsy teenager – played by Shameless star Gerard Kearns.
Dominic West (The Wire) returns to the West End in a revival of Simon Gray’s savage, witty and remarkable play Butley, directed by Lindsay Posner and also starring Paul McGann.
Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) brings his warm and witty play into the West End starring Matthew Kelly as a disillusioned sign erector whose life is changed by a clumsy teenager – played by Shameless star Gerard Kearns.
British actor Dominic West, star of HBO’s The Wire, is to return to the London stage this summer in a new production of Simon Gray’s 1970 play Butley.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Love Story will close as scheduled at the Duchess Theatre on 26 February 2011.
Last Chance to see Love Story
This week’s West End openings include romantic new show Love Story, Christmas treats with Potted Panto, The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, plus Derek Jacobi in King Lear.
Video trailer for Love Story at the Duchess Theatre
MICHAEL XAVIER in Love Story
EMMA WILLIAMS in Love Story
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A London map highlighting the location of the Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London,, WC2B 5LA
Krapp’s Last Tape- Reviews Round-up
Following rave reviews at Dublin’s Gate Theatre, a transfer to London of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape starring Michael Gambon, directed by Michael Colgan.
Erich Segal’s best-selling novel Love Story, which was famously turned into a film, transfers to the West End from Chichester starring Emma Williams and Michael Xavier, and produced by Michael Ball.
From the director of The Woman in Black comes Jeremy Paul’s thrilling play based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Stars Peter Egan and Robert Daws.
Following the departure of Broadway musical The Fantasticks at the Duchess Theatre, which closes this Saturday 26 June, a touring production of The Secret of Sherlock Holmes will run at the venue. Starring Peter Egan as Sherlock Holmes and Robert Daws as Watson, the play is directed by Robin Herford, who directed The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre.
The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical, will have a particularly short London run after announcing its early closure at the Duchess Theatre. The show’s final performance will be on 26 June.
New shows starting this week: The Fantasticks, The Crucible, All My Sons and Dream of the Dog
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Iain Glen’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts is to close early at the Duchess Theatre, on 27 March. Starring Iain Glen, Lesley Sharp and Harry Treadaway, the play was scheduled to finish on 5 May. The show will be followed by a new production of the Broadway hit The Fantasticks, which is the world’s longest running musical.
In “Not In Front of the Audience”, Nicholas de Jongh’s 1992 book about homosexuality on stage, there is no mention of John Gielgud’s 1953 arrest and conviction for “importuning male persons for an immoral purpose”.