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CHARING CROSS THEATRE 2 SEPTEMBER – 26 OCTOBER “What’s the scariest thing about the dark …..? You can’t see the very thing you’re afraid of…” Full casting has been confirmed for Afraid of the Dark, which will have its World Premiere in London this autumn, playing at The Charing Cross Theatre from 2 September – 26 October, with a press night on Wednesday 11 September. Afraid of the Dark is a new brand of theatrical terror that paralyzes the audience with fear. Everyone is afraid of something. What scares you when the lights go out? 50’s Hollywood, A failing B-movie …
Following two highly successful sold-out runs in London in 2012 at the Jermyn Street and Arts Theatres, Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett’s radio play ALL THAT FALL starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon will have a limited run at 59E59 Theaters in New York from Tuesday 5 November to Sunday 8 December 2013.
David Gilmore, Artistic Director of the St. James Theatre, today announces the next production at the St. James Theatre. Scenes from a Marriage, written by Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Trevor Nunn will run from 11 September to 09 November. The press night will take place on 16 September 2013, almost exactly one year since the theatre’s first press night, for Bully Boy by Sandi Toksvig, which took place on 18 September 2012.
Major cast changes will take place in the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End from Monday 2 September 2013. Fresh from his success as Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre Gerónimo Rauch will join the cast as ‘The Phantom’.
From 3 September 2013, James Clyde will join the adult company in London as Mr Wormwood, Lisa Davina Phillip as Mrs Phelps and Joshua Wyatt as Michael Wormwood. As previously announced, they will join Olivier Award nominated Canadian actor Alex Gaumond in the role of Miss Trunchbull and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood.
Director Jeremy Herrin returns to Chichester to stage Julian Mitchell’s award-winning drama Another Country, a fictionalised account of the youth of such people as the spy Guy Burgess and the Communist John Cornford, who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Multi-talented actors Adrian Edmondson and Rufus Hound lead the cast in Tim Firth’s dark comedy about a disastrous outward bound team-building exercise which will be staged at the Theatre in the Park, Chichester.
Ian Rickson will direct a cast including Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Daniel Mays and Ben Whishaw in a major West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning Mojo, reuniting director and writer who previously collaborated on the play’s world premier at the Royal Court in 1995. Designs are by Ultz.
Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing opening on 19 September 2013 with previews from 7 September. Further cast includes Tim Barlow, Penelope Beaumont, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Katherine Carlton, Beth Cooke, Alan David, Michael Elwyn, Lloyd Everitt, James Garnon, Melody Grove, Trevor Laird, Leroy Osei-Bonsu, Mark Ross, Peter Wight and Danny Lee Wynter.
Shakespeare’s Globe presents the new play Blue Stockings, the eye-opening story of four young women fighting for their right to education and self-determination against the backdrop of the larger suffragette movement.
For the first time ever, Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities will be produced on stage, directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and opening at the King’s Head Theatre on 25 September for a limited season, ending on 19 October.
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.
On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe will embark on a two-year global tour of Hamlet that will aim to take in every country in the world. The ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, will be a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure.
Today the Donmar Warehouse announces that its critically acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir will transfer to the West End in January 2014. Directed by Josie Rourke, this marks the first West End transfer from the Donmar since her appointment as Artistic Director. The Weir sold out at the Donmar during its eight week run earlier this year and tickets go on sale for the West End run on Friday 12 July at 12noon.
Matthew Bourne announced today the second New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). Open to emerging choreographers of all ages the award follows the success of the inaugural award in 2012 that launched the career of James Cousins, now an internationally regarded choreographic talent. – See more at: https://www.westendtheatre.com/22181/theatre-press-releases/matthew-bourne-announces-new-adventures-choreographer-award-2014/#sthash.beYQp0ff.dpuf
Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed Young Vic production of A Doll’s House will transfer to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run beginning 8 August 2013. Olivier award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ new version of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is booking at the Duke of York’s Theatre to 26 October 2013, with press night on 14 August at 7pm.
Fascinating Aida, Britain’s best-loved comedy cabaret trio, are thrilled to announce a Christmas season for their brand new show CHARM OFFENSIVE as part of the Winter Festival at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 22 December 2013 through to 10 January 2014, as culmination of their autumn tour. In 2013, Fascinating Aida celebrate 30 years of their unique brand of filthy, witty and fabulous entertainment.
Director and choreographer Will Tuckett’s critically acclaimed The Wind in the Willows is to be given a commercial transfer into the West End this December marking a significant first for the Royal Opera House. CMP will be presenting the Royal Opera House production, which is in its tenth anniversary year, for eight weeks at The Duchess Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 9 July.
From the co-creator of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), DICKENS ABRIDGED, a fast-paced musical comedy, will open in the West End for a limited Christmas Season at The Arts Theatre from Wednesday 27 November 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014 (press night Monday 2 December) it was announced today. Full listings attached. Casting to be announced.
London Wonderground returns for its second year, bringing a piece of Coney Island to the South Bank of London. Underbelly and the Southbank Centre will present a summer long festival of the world’s best cabaret, circus and sideshows from the 24 July.
A new musical adaptation ADAPTED AND DIRECTED by LINNIE REEDMAN MUSIC and LYRICS by JOE EVANS THE KING’S HEAD THEATRE 21 August – 21 September Press Night August 28 – 7.15pm “…we ain’t heading nowhere, we’re just running…“ The producing team behind last summer’s sell-out, The Great Gatsby Musical, brings the premiere of their story of America’s most famous Depression-era folk legends to the King’s Head Theatre this summer. Adapted by Linnie Reedman with music and lyrics by Joe Evans, Bonnie and Clyde charts a true tale of love, poverty, criminality and celebrity set in the 1930s Southern States of …
Vicky Featherstone announces her first season as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre today (Monday 8 July).
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Production The SnowmanTM PEACOCK THEATRE Wednesday 27 November 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014 Tickets: £12 – £32 Family Ticket: £95 (4 tickets inc at least one child) When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. …
Jamie Lloyd’s third production for Trafalgar Transformed is the multi award-winning The Pride, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. Starring Hayley Atwell (Captain America, Life of Crime, The Faith Machine, A View from the Bridge) as Sylvia, Harry Hadden-Paton (Posh, She Stoops to Conquer, Flare Path) as Philip, Al Weaver (Inadmissible Evidence, Coram Boy, Hamlet) as Oliver and Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey, Bad Education, Charley’s Aunt) as The Man/Peter/The Doctor, The Pride follows the critically acclaimed The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm, which continues at the Trafalgar Studios until 3 August 2013 and Macbeth with James McAvoy.
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The West End production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN will have its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 8 June 2013 ahead of an extensive UK tour. The production which will open at Manchester’s Opera House on Wednesday 13 November and move to Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre for a Christmas and New Year season. Full details of the tour, including casting, will be announced shortly.
Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard are joining the cast of Clive Exton’s comedy, BARKING IN ESSEX, starring Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock. The play will premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre on Monday 16 September 2013, following previews from 6 September.
Written by Harry Hill & Steve Brown and Directed by Sean Foley
Stage Entertainment UK and Syco Entertainment are delighted to announce they willopen their brand new musical comedy X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical!, in London’s West End in early 2014.
Jamie Lloyd Productions today announced that The Hothouse, Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy will return to London’s West End in a new production this May. The Hothouse is next up in a thrilling season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the National Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer, Royal Court’s The Pride) and Howard Panter. It comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, tickets for which have sold out. The Hothouse, with design by award-winning Soutra Gilmour, runs from 4 May to 3 August, with the press night on 9 May 2013.
Shakespeare’s Globe launches its 2013 theatre season on 23 April with Jeremy Herrin’s production of The Tempest. Olivier award-winner Roger Allam makes a welcome return to the Globe as Prospero, with Colin Morgan as Ariel and Jessie Buckley as Miranda. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece, imbued with magical spirits and supernatural charm. This production marks the first of the Globe’s trio of enchanted Shakespeares this summer, running from Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April) until 18 August.
Distinguished director Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to open Festival 2013 with the evergreen Broadway musical, The Pajama Game starring Hadley Fraser & Joanna Riding
Krister Henriksson, who is best known as Wallander in Henning Mankell’s widely praised Swedish TV series, makes his West End debut in Doktor Glas starting previews from 16 April at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Originally performed at the National Theatre of Sweden, Doktor Glas is adapted from the classic novel by Hjalmar Söderberg and performed in its original Swedish with English surtitles. The production runs from 16 April until 11 May 2013.
The smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS reaches a very special landmark next month, when it will be celebrating its fifth London birthday at the Prince Edward Theatre on Tuesday 26 March, having opened in London in 2008. JERSEY BOYS has now been seen by over 4 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of the West End’s longest running and most popular shows.
Theatre in the Park is unveiled with major new productions of Barnum and Neville’s Island. Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct The Pajama Game. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui returns to the Minerva Theatre, then transfers to the West End – Henry Goodman reprises his award-winning role. Festival 2012 achieved record-breaking audience figures of 220,000
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.
The Society of London Theatre’s 2012 Box Office figures, published today (29 January 2013), show that despite unique factors affecting theatregoing in 2012, its members’ combined Box Office remained robust, with both ticket revenue and attendance figures slightly up compared to 2011.
ITV will be the official television broadcast partner for the 37th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the UK’s highest stage honours, which take place on Sunday 28 April 2013 at the prestigious Royal Opera House.
The Producers of the eight time Tony award-winning musical Once today announce that Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in John Tiffany’s West End production of the Broadway hit musical opening at the Phoenix Theatre in Spring 2013.
David Tennant returns to the RSC in the title role of Gregory Doran’s production of Richard II
Thriller – Live, the spectacular concert show that celebrates the music of the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael and the Jackson 5, is celebrating selling 1,000,000 tickets in the West End and starting its fifth amazing year at the Lyric Theatre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2012 were hosted today by its Chairman, Mark Shenton, theatre critic for the Sunday Express and daily blogger for The Stage website, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
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.
Live cinema broadcast for Great Expectations
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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.
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.
STOMP has just celebrated the most successful year in its 11-year West End run. The multi-award winning, international hit show has enjoyed a phenomenal year at its London home, with 135,000 walking through the doors of the Ambassadors, breaking the record for highest annual audience ever at the theatre.
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.
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.
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 …
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).
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.
One of the biggest pop stars of the early 60’s will sing his hits on the London stage for the first time in 50 years!
Mark Wynter, whose many hits started in 1960 with his top ten version of “Image of a Girl”, will join the cast of “Dreamboats and Petticoats” at the Wyndham’s theatre from Tuesday 20 November.
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RUSSELL GRANT TO BE REUNITED WITH VINCENT AND FLAVIA WHEN HE JOINS THEM ON STAGE IN “MIDNIGHT TANGO” AT THE PHOENIX THEATRE OPENING ON TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2013 FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON
Royal Court Theatre: Spring-Summer 2013 Season
From 5 February 2013 Gavin Lee will join the cast of the hit West End production of Top Hat to play Jerry Travers, the role played in the original RKO motion picture by Fred Astaire. Top Hat is currently booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 28 September 2013
Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience will be Haydn Gwynne who will play Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter as John Major. Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013
National Theatre’s War Horse Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
James Bierman and Michael Grandage launch their new company with a season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre spanning 15 months from December 2012 to February 2014
Derek Jacobi returns to Chichester Festival Theatre during its 50th Anniversary season in Heartbreak House, Bernard Shaw’s comic exploration of love and social mores. The notable cast also includes Emma Fielding and Ronald Pickup.
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).
Tyne Daly To Reprise Her Critically Acclaimed Broadway Role As Maria Callas In West End Transfer Of Terrence McNally’s Master Class
Following record-breaking runs at the Prince Edward and Prince of Wales Theatres in London’s West End, the flagship production of the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will move to the Novello Theatre in September 2012.
On 14 November 2011 Gillian Bevan (Mrs Wilkinson) and Deka Walmsley (Dad) will join the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical along with Ann Emery who returns to the cast to play Grandma, the role she originated on stage at the Victoria Palace in 2005 and played until 2010. They will be joined by new principal cast members Michael Peavoy (Tony), Sean Kearns (George) and Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite).
Susan Boyle will be joining the cast of I DREAMED A DREAM, the musical based on her life story. The global singing sensation is set to appear in the exclusive 11 week tour across the UK & Ireland which opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal in March 2012.
Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winner America Ferrera, known across the world as Ugly Betty from the hit TV series of the same name, swaps her trademark braces for fishnets from 7 November for eight weeks only, when she makes her British stage debut as the alluring publicity-seeker Roxie Hart in the smash hit musical CHICAGO.
Bijan Sheibani To Direct Shohreh Aghdashloo In Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House Of Bernarda Alba; Michael Attenborough To Direct Samantha Spiro In Edwardo De Filippo’s Filumena In A New English Version By Tanya Ronder; Jeremy Herrin To Direct World Premiere Of Matthew Dunster’s Children’s Children; Michael Attenborough To Direct Jonathan Pryce As King Lear
Following the success of its London opening, a New York production of Ghost The Musical is to open on Broadway on 23 April 2012 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with previews beginning in March. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Matthew Warchus’ stage production based on the Oscar® winning film is currently booking in London to October 2012 with the recent release of over 350,000 tickets at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) is delighted to announce the nominations for its Theatre Awards UK 2011. The re-launched annual Theatre and Theatre Management Awards are given to honour creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Joining Robert Lindsay (Henry II) and Joanna Lumley (Eleanor of Aquitane) in Trevor Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter are Tom Bateman (Richard), Sonya Cassidy (Alais), Joseph Drake (John), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Philip) and James Norton (Geoffrey). The Lion in Winter, produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, runs from 5 November 2011 – 28 January 2012, with press night on 15 November 2011. Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis with music by Steven Edis, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Ian William Galloway.
Jonathan Church’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain is to transfer to the Palace Theatre following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. Church’s production of Singin’ in the Rain, with choreography by Andrew Wright, is based on the classic 1952 MGM film and produced in the West End by Stage Entertainment UK and Chichester Festival Theatre, and is booking at the Palace Theatre from 4 February 2012, initially through to 29 September 2012. The production will open on TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY, with tickets on public sale from MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2011.
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre smash hit Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU will transfer to London’s West End, opening at the Novello Theatre on Friday 7 October. Cameron Mackintosh, who was full of praise when he saw the show in Regent’s Park, is thrilled to be able to play host to the production in one of his theatres. CRAZY FOR YOU reunites director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Stephen Mear, who were responsible for the multi-award winning production of Hello, Dolly!.
WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Gina Beck and Matt Willis will join the cast on Monday 12 December 2011 to star as Glinda and Fiyero respectively. Desmond Barrit is returning to the show to play The Wizard. They will be joined by Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) and Adam Pettigrew (Boq).
The Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) today announced plans to re-name London’s Comedy Theatre, The Harold Pinter Theatre , after the distinguished playwright, screen writer, director, political activist and actor.
Last week, CHICAGO took the crown of the world’s longest running American musical from “A Chorus Line”, which had held the record for the past 21 years. Now, the show’s producers, Barry and Fran Weissler, are delighted to announce that CHICAGO has a new home in London. On Monday 7 November, the award-winning musical will open at the Garrick Theatre. Barry Weissler said of the show’s ongoing success and new London home, “Last week, and in spite of nature’s attempts to spoil the party, we were delighted to see CHICAGO become the longest running American musical of all time, finally beating A Chorus Line’s record set way back in 1990. And this week it brings me huge pleasure and personal pride to be able to announce that London’s longest running revival will, thanks to Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres, return to the West End at the Garrick Theatre.” The box office for the Garrick Theatre is now open.
Producers of London’s most exciting new rock & roll show BACKBEAT, which opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 10 October, are delighted to reveal that the principal roles have now been cast for this highly anticipated production.
World-renowned entertainer DES O’CONNOR will join the cast of hit West End musical DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS from 3 October, for a strictly limited season at The Playhouse Theatre.
Dominic Cooke directs Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, with Lenny Henry making his NT debut in the Olivier Theatre
Sinéad Cusack and Ciarán Hinds lead the cast of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean O’Casey, directed by Howard Davies, in the Lyttelton
Nicholas Hytner directs Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale in COLLABORATORS, a new play by John Hodge in the Cottesloe
Visitors to the National include 1927’s THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS; Daniel Kitson; and Mark Thomas
Bristol Old Vic’s production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS comes to the West End
The third season of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE includes One Man, Two Guvnors (prior to a UK tour and West End run), The Kitchen, Collaborators and The Comedy of Errors
Michael Attenborough will direct the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty. Reasons To Be Pretty will run at the Almeida Theatre from 10 November 2011 – 14 January 2012 with press night on 17 November. Designs are by Soutra Gilmour with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O’Hare. The cast comprises Kieran Bew, Siân Brooke, Tom Burke and Billie Piper.
Tomorrow, Saturday 3 September 2011, the West End production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical will celebrate its dazzling 1000th performance at the Palace Theatre. Oscar®, Tony and Olivier award-winning Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells the story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.
The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre has announced a new booking period with tickets for the show now on sale until 20 October 2012.
The new booking period will take MAMMA MIA! through into its 14th playing year in London. From the West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.
Santa Claus will have a very special helper this Christmas as Britain’s most popular magician, Paul Daniels, joins the creative team for SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE at the Ambassadors Theatre. Running from 29 November to 31 December, Paul will help create illusions for an all-new festive experience, which combines a live interactive Christmas show with a traditional ‘grotto’ experience.
Following its highly successful Festival 2011, Chichester Festival Theatre’s Winter season features distinguished actors, award-winning companies, and acclaimed writers and directors. High quality drama remains at the heart of the season, and there is also opera, dance, comedy, music and shows for children and young people, including an enchanting adaptation of a classic story for Christmas.
The National Theatre’s Laurence Olivier award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatre has released 140,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings up to 16 February 2013.
From 10 October 2011, Carley Stenson (Elle Woods), Stephen Ashfield (Emmett), Ben Freeman (Warner), Natalie Casey (Paulette) and Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) will lead the cast of the Olivier Award winning show Legally Blonde The Musical, which is currently booking until 27 October 2012 at the Savoy Theatre.
Kimberley Walsh will play the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical from 5 October 2011. Amanda Holden’s pregnancy, announced today, means that she performs as Princess Fiona for the final time on Monday 3 October. Kimberley Walsh takes over the role two months earlier than originally planned.
Casting announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will transfer to London’s Cambridge Theatre, previewing from Tuesday 18 October.
Following the success of its London opening, a New York production of Ghost The Musical is to open on Broadway in April 2012 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced, with previews beginning in March. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Matthew Warchus’ stage production based on the Oscar® winning film has recently extended booking in London to October 2012 with the release of over 350,000 tickets at the Piccadilly Theatre.
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.
The role of Gerado, the husband of Paulina Salas (Thandie Newton), will be played by Tom Goodman-Hill, and Doctor Roberto Miranda will be played by Anthony Calf in Ariel Dorfman’s Olivier award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden. The play will open 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.
Chichester’s Festival 2011 closes with Sweeney Todd, the musical commonly acknowledged to be Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, in a cast led by distinguished musical performer Michael Ball and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton.
David Acton and Ben Deery will join the cast of hit thriller The Woman In Black.
CBBC’s Dan and Jeff return for a second festive season of Potted Panto, following a Best Entertainment nomination in the Olivier Awards and a West End run of their original show Potted Potter. For Christmas 2011, Potted Panto features eight classic pantomimes in just eighty minutes. That’s one whole panto more than last year, with tickets frozen at 2010 prices.
Anna Mackmin will direct Claudie Blakley, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Walker in the world premiere of Amelia Bullmore’s insightful and funny new play, Di and Viv and Rose, as part of Hampstead Downstairs. Di and Viv and Rose reunites the creative team behind Amelia Bullmore’s award-winning Mammals.
Backbeat, the stage production that received its world premiere at Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre in 2010, is co-written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, produced by Karl Sydow, with musical direction by Paul Stacey. The award-winning director David Leveaux will direct the West End production. Backbeat will open on 10 October at the Duke of York Theatre with previews in September.
Today, 1 August 2011, over 350,000 tickets are released for sale at the Piccadilly Theatre for the West End production of Ghost The Musical, taking bookings to 13 October 2012. Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy lead the cast playing Sam and Molly in Matthew Warchus’ stage musical version of the Academy Award® winning film who are accompanied by Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl.
MICHAEL CRAWFORD is to continue in his starring role of The Wizard in ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OMG! Alex Gaumond to star in We Will Rock You. And Mazz Murray returns to say farewell to Killer Queen role.
Ramin Karimloo And Sierra Boggess Lead A Cast And Orchestra Of Over 200 Tickets On Sale Monday 4th July At 10.00am
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global singing sensation Susan Boyle will see her inspirational life story take to the stage.
“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 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.
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.
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
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 …