Freddie Fox will be sharing the role of Romeo with Richard Madden in Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre

Fiery Angel presents
PLAYS AT THE GARRICK
KENNETH BRANAGH THEATRE COMPANY

  • FREDDIE FOX WILL BE SHARING THE ROLE OF ROMEO WITH RICHARD MADDEN IN KENNETH BRANAGH THEATRE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF ROMEO AND JULIETAT THE GARRICK THEATRE 
  • RICHARD MADDEN CONTINUES TO MAKE A GOOD RECOVERY AFTER INJURING HIS ANKLE 
  • FOLLOWING AN INJURY TO TOM HANSON’S LEG, THE ROLE OF PARIS WILL BE PLAYED BY MATTHEW HAWKSLEY 

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company today announced that Freddie Fox will be joining the company of Romeo and Juliet, sharing the role of Romeo with Richard Madden. This is to allow Richard Madden sufficient time for his injured ankle to continue to heal and because his doctors have prescribed rest between performances.

Freddie Fox will join the company ‪from Tuesday 26 July following a period of intensive rehearsals with Lily James and the rest of the company over the last 48 hours. Freddie recently played the role of Romeo at Sheffield Crucible Theatre. His recent theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Southwark Playhouse and later in the year he will appear in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Richard Madden injured his ankle whilst running and has been receiving physiotherapy since. Due to the nature of the injury it has taken some time to heal and it continues to require both rest and physiotherapy. Since the injury happened, the part of Romeo has been covered by Tom Hanson, who has played Paris in the production in addition to understudying Romeo. In an unfortunate set of circumstances, Tom has also injured his leg and is unable to perform, which has prompted the producers to bring Freddie Fox into the company.

Kenneth Branagh said: “Sometimes things do not go according to plan in the theatre. Who would have predicted that both Richard and Tom would sustain such unexpected injuries during the same run of this play? Our job is to help make sure that they both make the best recovery possible, whilst working as hard as we can to provide a great show for audiences, which is why I could not be more thrilled to welcome Freddie Fox into the company. An old friend of many of the cast, Freddie is a talented and exciting actor who will no doubt bring much to the role of Romeo. As Richard’s ankle improves and he is able to play more performances we look forward to completing the run with both of these wonderful artists.”

Richard Madden said: “It has been hugely frustrating and sad that I have not been able to perform in the show, but my ankle is getting better and I will be returning soon. I wanted to say a big thank you to Tom for covering me so brilliantly and I hope that he too recovers from his injury soon. I also wanted to say a massive thanks to Freddie for stepping in to help, I know that he is going to be fantastic.”

Freddie Fox said: “I am really pleased to be joining Lily, Derek, Meera and the company. I look forward to continuing the exciting work that Richard and Tom have created in this wonderful production, and to bringing my own experience and passion for the role of Romeo.”

The producers and cast continue to take daily medical advice on Richard Madden’s injury and therefore cannot give advance casting information. For the most up to date information please visit www.branaghtheatre.com

Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh – London premiere at Kings Cross Theatre announced

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BY David Bowie and Enda Walsh
DIRECTION Ivo van Hove
INSPIRED BY THE NOVEL The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis

25 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3pm

Kings Cross Theatre, Kings Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
[The entrance is located on King’s Boulevard by Battlebridge Place, directly outside King’s Cross Underground Station.]

Tickets from £15
0333 320 1663 / lazarusmusical.com

Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might set him finally free.

Lazarus premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop from 18 November 2015 until 20 January 2016 and sold out in record time.

Reprising their roles from the original New York production are Michael C Hall, Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso. Full casting will be announced at a later date.

Produced by Robert Fox Ltd. and Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment

DIRECTOR Ivo van Hove
SCENIC AND LIGHTING DESIGN Jan Versweyveld
COSTUME DESIGN An D’Huys
VIDEO DESIGN Tal Yarden
SOUND DESIGN Original sound design Brian Ronan – UK sound design Tony Gayle
MUSIC DIRECTOR Henry Hey
CHOREOGRAPHY Annie-B Parson
HAIR AND WIG DESIGN Richard Mawbey
MUSIC FIXER Bob Knight
CASTING Jill Green

 @Lazarus_Musical /   Lazarus Musical / #LazarusMusical

What’s On At The Grand

image005 (1)WHAT’S ON AT LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

leedsgrandtheatre.com / 0844 848 2700

Twitter: @grandtheatrels1

 

***BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS***CHICAGO***THE FULL MONTY***ELAINE PAIGE***

ROCKY HORROR SHOW***MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET***GHOST***THE COMMITMENTS***

***SIXTIES GOLD***JANE MCDONALD

 

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MONDAY 22ND TO SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST

SISTER ACT

STARRING ALEXANDRA BURKE

The habits have hit the road again!

A brand new production starring Alexandra Burke and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

This feel-good musical comedy is based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.

Tickets: £22.50 – £44

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TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST TO SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

RELATIVELY SPEAKING

STARRING ROBERT POWELL AND LIZA GODDARD

Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name.

When the show opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent.

Tickets: £19.50 to £35

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SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER

JANE MACDONALD

Jane presents an exciting, emotionally charged evening of music and laughter. Featuring many of Jane’s best loved songs and hits from her incredible career, including some of her own compositions. Together with her musicians and backing singers Jane this is the ultimate feel-good show.

Tickets £37.50

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MONDAY 5th SEPTEMBER TO SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER

OPERA NORTH IN RESIDENCE

For production details visit operanorth.co.uk

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SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER

SIXTIES GOLD

The ultimate line up featuring The Searchers, Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, P.J. Proby, Wayne Fontana andGary Puckett & The Union Gap.

Tickets: £36.50

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MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER TO SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

ROCKY HORROR SHOW

This is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos and get ready for the biggest bash in Featuring all of its famous musical classics, including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Sweet Transvestite,Dammit Janet and of course, the classic floor-filler The Time Warp.

Be warned, this show has rude parts!

Tickets: £22 – £43

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MONDAY 7TH TO SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

STARRING JASON DONOVAN

On December 4, 1956, four star musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.

Million Dollar Quartet brings to life the night when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins got together for the first and only time and made rock ‘n’ roll history.

Featuring a score of rock hits performed by a stunning cast and starring Jason Donovan as Sam Phillips.

Tickets: £19.50 – £38

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MONDAY 14TH TO SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

GHOST THE MUSICAL

With a score written by multi Brit-Award winner Dave Stewart and Grammy award winning Glen Ballard, and script by the writer of the original film, Bruce Joel Rubin Ghost brings all the romance and magic of the classic story to life with stunning music and illusion.

Tickets: £20.50 to £41.50

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TUESDAY 22ND TO SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

CHICAGO

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, fights to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Starring Jessie Wallace (EastEnders) as Matron ‘Mama’, John Partridge (EastEnders, Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express ) as Billy Flynn and Dancing on Ice winner and Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon  as Roxie Hart.

Tickets: £23 to £47

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MONDAY 28TH NOVEMBER TO SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER

THE FULL MONTY

Based on his smash hit film, and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Kai Owen and a cast of fourteen. Not only has the play been getting standing ovations every night, but it was also voted best touring production by the UK Theatre Awards.

Tickets: £14 to £38.50

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MONDAY 5TH TO SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER

THE COMMITMENTS

Starring Coronation Street’s Kevin Kennedy

The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.

The Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle himself and is directed by award-winning Jamie Lloyd.

Tickets: £25 – £49.50

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SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER

ELAINE PAIGE

Elaine performs ‘Stripped Back’, which will see her perform her favourite tracks, from an array of contemporary songwriters, with a small group of musicians.

Tickets:  £32.50 to £59

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MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER

BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS

Queen legend Brian May and vocal sensation Kerry Ellis present an evening of acoustic music including stripped down versions of Brian and Kerry’s personal favourite songs showcasing Kerry’s exceptional voice with Brian backing her on both guitar and vocals.

Tickets: £46

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THURSDAY 15TH DECEMBER TO SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY

NORTHERN BALLET PRESENT

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

Northern Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast brings one of the world’s most famous fairy tales to life in a kaleidoscope of colour, set to an infectious score, including music by Saint-Säens, Bizet and Debussy, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Tickets: £10 to £47.50

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OTHER SHOWS ON SALE FOR 2017:

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME***NORTHERN BALLET’S CASANOVA

***THE LORD OF THE DANCE***COUNT ARTHUR STRONG***MAMA MIA!***

***DIRTY DANCING***THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S JANE EYRE

Some Girl(s) Review

Park Theatre 14 July – 6 August.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick

Newly engaged Guy sets off on a trip across the US to revisit ex-girlfriends he feels “responsible” for. As any sane man would.

Makes you squirm just thinking about it, and Neil LaBute’s brilliantly observed script continuously ratchets up the squirm intensity to wonderful comic effect. The pauses and looks from the impressive cast are played to perfection. The women on Guy’s list are a varied bunch – high school sweetheart, wild sexual adventuress, older married woman and college sweetheart. Each meeting takes place in a hotel room in a different city – signalled by travelogue projections and stagehands dressed as maids “servicing” the room, changing furniture configurations and artwork with dance like efficiency. In a lovely touch by designer PJ McEvoy, which didn’t hit me until the final scene, the décor matches the women’s costumes.

The awkwardness of each encounter is played beautifully by the entire cast. As Sam, Elly Condron is full of hysterical, twitchy, underlying resentment that comes rushing out when Guy gives his reasons for leaving her; Roxanne Pallett makes the most of the showiest role as Tyler, but reigns it in to shine in the quieter, confessional moments of the encounter. Carolyn Backhouse is almost regal as Lindsay, the woman Guy abandoned when their affair was discovered. Their scene plays out almost as a trial, with prosecution wiping the floor with his defence and sentencing him to very sweet justice. Carley Stenson’s Bobbi is the woman that may be the love of Guy’s life. Stenson allows the fluctuating emotions and frustration to flicker subtly, making her outbursts more powerful and moving as she is the only woman who manages to see the real Guy.

Charles Dorfman as Guy is simply wonderful. He manages to make the character likeable, even when the audience is gasping at the sheer idiocy and selfishness of his words. His reactions as he carries out Lindsay’s “punishment” are fantastic – like a 12-year-old being made to clean his room. As Guy is reeling off psychobabble explanations straight from Dr Phil, but full of self-regard, Dorfman makes it clear that Guy is acting a role. His motivation remains unclear until the (shocking) end of the play – penitence, sadism, masochism? When all is revealed, there is a moment of hope, but will Guy return to type – full of empty promises for a wonderful future that he will never deliver?

Director Gary Condes continues his fine work with Buckland Theatre Company with this polished and provocative production. LaBute’s play produces gasps and laughs in equal measure, exploring the darker side of relationships with a deft hand. If you only see one play this month – make it Some Girl(s).

Cast announced for CHILDREN OF EDEN at the Union Theatre

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

The 25th Anniversary of

CHILDREN OF EDEN

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by John Caird

At the Union Theatre

From Wednesday 10th August to Saturday 10th September 2016

Full casting is announced today for Children of Eden, which returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016.

 

The cast features Natasha O’Brien (A Christmas Carol, Rose Theatre) as Eve / Mama, Stephen Barry(The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre) as Adam / Noah, Joey Dexter (This was the World and I Was King, Brockley Jack Theatre) as Father, Samantha Giffard (Little Shop of Horrors, Aberystwyth Arts Centre) as Aysha, Guy Woolf (The Tempest, Waterloo East) as Cain / Japeth, Nikita Johal (Princess Caraboo, Finborough Theatre) as Yonah, Susie Chaytow (She Loves Me, Landor Theatre) as Aphra,Daniel Miles (Grease, Silja Line Cruises) as Abel / Ham, Kris Marc-Joseph (See Rock City and Other Destinations, Union Theatre) as Seth/ Shem, Verity Burgess (Evita, West End) as Storyteller andGabriel Mokake (Dreamgirls, West End) as Snake.

Inspired by the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden tells the timeless story of what it means to be a parent. From the moment you bring a child into the world everything changes; you learn to protect, cherish, and love unconditionally. But as they grow you have to learn one more thing; to one day let them go. Featuring one of the most beautiful scores in contemporary musical theatre from the composer of Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, Children of Eden is a heartfelt and humorous musical about the unique family bond.

 

Children of Eden has Music and Lyrics by acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz, who is perhaps best known for his mega-hit musical Wicked which continues to play on Broadway and in the West End. A big screen adaptation of Wicked is also in development. Stephen has contributed lyrics to films includingPocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre and Enchanted, and his other stage musicals include Godspell andPippin. Schwartz was recently given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

 

Children of Eden has a Book by John Caird, who with Trevor Nunn adapted and directed Les Misérables. His recent directorial credits include McQueen at the Haymarket Theatre, Tosca in Chicago and Houston, La Boheme in San Francisco and his own musical Daddy Long Legs off-Broadway. His work for the RSC included over 20 productions of classic and new plays including a co-production with Trevor Nunn of Nicholas Nickleby for which he received a Tony and Olivier Award.

Children of Eden is directed by Christian Durham, whose productions include Spend Spend Spend(Union Theatre), Just So (Bridewell Theatre), Debbie Does Dallas (Edinburgh Festival, E4 Udderbelly) and Taboo (UK Tour, Best Musical – MEN Awards). It is choreographed by Lucie Pankhurst whose recent work includes The Stripper (St James Theatre), The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse), The Busker’s Opera (Park Theatre), Shock Treatment (Kings Head Theatre) and Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse). Design is by Kingsley Hall (Once Upon A Mattress, Patience, The Baker’s Wife – Union Theatre), Lighting Design by Nic Farman (The Stripper – St James Theatre, The Toxic Avenger -Southwark Playhouse) and Musical Direction by Inga Davis-Rutter (Spend, Spend, Spend and Love Story – Union Theatre).

Children of Eden has Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and Book by John Caird, based on a concept by Charles Lisanby. It is produced by Union Productions and performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

www: www.uniontheatre.biz

Twitter: @TheUnionTheatre

Facebook: /TheUnionTheatre

VIDEO RELEASE: AMBER RILEY PERFORMS ‘I AM CHANGING’ FROM DREAMGIRLS

DREAMGIRLS
Savoy Theatre, London
Performances from 19 November
Dreamgirlswestend.com

  • Amber Riley performs ‘I Am Changing’ as she prepares to star in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre from this Autumn.
  • Director and Choreographer Casey Nicholaw meets Amber Riley and discusses the role of soulful singer, Effie White

 

 

An exclusive new video has been released in advance of the long-awaited UK premiere ofDreamgirls which will have preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November and Opening Night on Wednesday 14 December 2016.

American actress and singer Amber Riley is joined in the video feature by Dreamgirls Director and Choreographer Casey Nicholaw, as they discuss the joys and challenges of performing the role of ‘Effie White’ before Ms Riley sings ‘I Am Changing’ from the musical’s iconic score.

Ms Riley will be joined in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre by Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson and Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones, making up the soulful singing trio ‘The Dreams’. Nicholas Bailey will play Marty, Adam J. Bernard will play Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley will play C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid will play Curtis Taylor Jr, with Ruth Brown and Karen Mavalternating the role of Effie White at performances when Amber Riley is not scheduled to perform.

The cast of Dreamgirls will also include Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

Full information on performance schedules and further casting will be updated on the official website Dreamgirlswestend.com

Dreamgirls will be Directed and Choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!), with Set Design byTim Hatley, Costume Design by Gregg Barnes, Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone, Sound Design by Richard Brooker and Hair Design by Josh Marquette. The Musical Supervisor will be Nick Finlow, the Orchestrator will be Harold Wheeler, with Additional Material by Willie Reale.

Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous, and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’ .

With Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen and Music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards®. The original cast recording won two Grammy awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance for Jennifer Holliday’s ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.’ In 2006 it was adapted into an Oscar winning motion picture starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.

Amber Riley and Liisi LaFontaine are appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

DIRTY DANCING – NEW REHEARSAL IMAGES RELEASED

ALL NEW DIRTY DANCING REHEARSAL SHOTS – SEXIER THAN EVER –

AHEAD OF THE NEW TOUR STARTING IN BLACKPOOL ON 11 AUGUST

 

download (53) Producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott are delighted to announce that due to overwhelming demand for tickets around the country, even more dates have now been added to the UK and Ireland tour of the brand new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Many performances have already sold out, and since originally going on sale in October 2015, over 150,000 tickets have been snapped up, with over £5million taken.

 

The classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, returns to the UK this summer, following two blockbuster West End runs, two hit UK tours, and various sensational international productions.

 

download (54)Lewis Griffiths will star as ‘Johnny Castle’, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture. Lewis has had a prolific career in musical theatre, most recently starring as ‘Nick Massi’ on the UK tour of Jersey Boys. Other roles in UK tours include Ghostand Legally Blonde, and West End credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rent and Whistle Down the Wind.

 

Katie Hartland will make her professional musical theatre debut carrying the watermelons as she takes on the role of ‘Baby Houseman’, having graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015.

Carlie Milner will star as ‘Penny Johnson’. Carlie is part of the Dirty Dancing family; starting as a member of the ensemble in 2014, she covered and subsequently took over the role of ‘Penny’ in 2015.

 

download (55)Joining Lewis, Katie and Carlie will be Julian Harries as ‘Jake Houseman’, Simone Craddock as ‘Marjorie Houseman’, Roger Martin ‘as Max Kellerman’, Jo Servi as ‘Tito Suarez’, Lizzie Ottley as ‘Lisa Houseman’, Michael Kent as ‘Billy Kostecki’, Greg Fossard as ‘Neil Kellerman’, Tony Stansfield as ‘Mr Schumacher’, and Daniela Pobega as ‘Elizabeth’, and Camilla Rowland as ‘Vivian’. Also joining the company are Gabby Antrobus, Imogen Brooke, Simon Campbell, Robert Colvin, Katie Eccles, Beth Highsted, Samuel John Humphreys, Megan Louch, Ashley Rumble, Callum Sterling, Austin Wilks and Karl James Wilson.

 

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking show has been reconceived in an all new production created by an innovative new creative team; directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce and with design re-imagined by top Italian set designer Roberto Comotti. The production premiered in Milan in July 2015, subsequently packing out the 15,000 seat Roman Arena in Verona, and then played a season in Rome.

www.dirtydancingontour.com

Licensed To Ill returns this autumn for a UK tour and London run

The Corner Shop Events presents

Licensed To Ill

  • STORY OF THE BEASTIE BOYS RETURNS THIS AUTUMN FOR A UK TOUR AND LONDON RUN
  • LICENSED TO ILL WILL PLAY IN BRISTOL AND MANCHESTER BEFORE A CHRISTMAS ENGAGEMENT AT SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
  • TICKETS FOR ALL THREE VENUES ON SALE NOW

The Corner Shop Events today announces that sell-out Beastie Boys show Licensed To Illwill tour the UK in October before a Christmas run in London. The production, which won over Beastie Boys fans and cynics alike during an extended run at Camden People’s Theatre last year, will play at The Dancehouse, Manchester, The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, and finally Southwark Playhouse.

Licensed To Ill is a brash, big-hearted new show about hip-hop’s most notorious pranksters. Join Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock as they go from teenage punks in 80s New York,via their discovery by legendary producer Rick Rubin, to international rapping legends and bona fide members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fresh from a packed performance at Latitude Festival, this loud, crazy hip-hop history tour will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure.

Featuring hits from ‘Intergalactic’ to ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’,Licensed To Ill is an eclectic theatre-gig mash-up which incorporates three MCs, one DJ, and a whole lot of noise.

Praise for the show includes:

Licensed To Ill is whatchu want” – NME

“theatre doesn’t get much more fun than this” ★★★★ – Time Out London

“explosive energy and such raw positivity the room practically shakes with it…an irresistible tribute to the masters of rap-rock” ★★★★★ – The Stage

Licensed To Ill is created and conceived by Adam El Hagar and Simon Maeder, who perform in the show alongside Daniel Foxsmith and Tope Mikun. The show is presented by The Corner Shop Events.

El Hagar and Maeder said today: “Licensed To Ill is the culmination of three years of hard work, rhyming, goofing, mixing and love. The idea came while we were flyering in the streets of London, and started rapping to passers-by in Beastie style. We had so much fun working together in that way that we wondered if the energy could translate to a whole show. And so, after some research and a few calls to the Beastie Boys’ management, the idea was born! The Beastie Boys didn’t just make incredible music; their life stories were hilarious and inspiring too. Licensed To Ill, therefore, is a fun, crazy, and heartfelt show about three unlikely hip-hop legends and their huge impact on the genre.”

 

LISTINGS:

The Corner Shop Events presents
LICENSED TO ILL
Website: licensedtoillshow.com
Twitter: @LicensedTo_Show
Facebook: /licensedtoillshow

The Dancehouse, Manchester
1 October 2016
8pm
Box Office: 0161 237 9753
thedancehouse.co.uk

The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
5 – 7 October 2016
8pm
Box Office: 0117 902 0344
thewardrobetheatre.com

Southwark Playhouse
30 November – 24 December 2016
8pm, with 3:30pm matinee on Saturdays
Box Office: 020 7407 0234
southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

JB PRIESTLEY’S THE ROUNDABOUT AT PARK THEATRE – CASTING ANNOUNCED

THE ROUNDABOUT

THE FIRST MAJOR REVIVAL IN EIGHTY YEARS

OF A REDISCOVERED COMEDY BY JB PRIESTLEY

DIRECTED BY HUGH ROSS

 

CAST INCLUDES BRIAN PROTHEROE, RICHENDA CAREY,

BENIDORM’S HUGH SACHS, AND HEARTBEAT’S STEVEN BLAKELEY

 

WITH BESSIE CARTER MAKING HER PROFESSIONAL DEBUT

 

“Communism’s all right for a gentleman like yourself, but you’ll get over it.”

 

The first major revival in eighty years of The Roundabout, a recently rediscovered comedy by one of Britain’s most prolific playwrights JB Priestley – beloved for such classics as An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. The Roundabout, directed by Hugh Ross, will play at Park Theatre from 24 August to 24 September, with a press night on 25 August.

The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is a charming old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both unexpectedly arrive; and his butler has a big win at the races.

Steven Blakeley will star as ‘Comrade Staggles’, Lisa Bowerman as ‘Lady Kettlewell’, Bessie Carter as ‘Pamela Kettlewell’, Richenda Carey as ‘Lady Knightsbridge, Charlie Field as ‘Farrington Gurney’, Derek Hutchinson as ‘Parsons’, Annie Jackson as ‘Alice’, Ed Pinker as ‘Alec Grenside’, Brian Protheroe as ‘Lord Kettlewell’, Hugh Sachs as ‘Churton Saunders’ and Carol Starks as ‘Hilda Lancicourt’.

Hugh Ross said, “The Roundabout is a funny, touching, highly perceptive look at an England in the 1930s, when it seemed, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing.

 

My father, Gordon Ross, was a polymath: doctor, homeopath, painter, poet and playwright; he had a vast library of books. About 18 months ago, looking through some of them, I came upon a collection of essays, short stories and plays, which included The Roundabout, which I’d never heard of. I read it, enjoyed it hugely, and was bewildered as to its disappearance from the repertoire. It is a fine comedy, unlike most of Priestley’s other work, and also strangely topical. I also found out that the play was written for Peggy Ashcroft, who was Priestley’s mistress at the time. She played wonderful part of Pamela, and I’m delighted that Bessie Carter will be making her professional debut in the role on her graduation from Guildhall.”

Twitter @roundaboutplay

A TALE OF TWO CITIES – TO TOUR THE UK THIS AUTUMN

TOURING CONSORTIUM THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

THE TOURING CONSORTIUM THEATRE COMPANY AND ROYAL & DERNGATE NORTHAMPTON PRODUCTION

 

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

·        ADAPTED BY MIKE POULTON

·        WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY OSCAR-WINNING COMPOSER RACHEL PORTMAN

·        DIRECTED BY JAMES DACRE

·        TOURING THE UK THIS AUTUMN

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darknesss… It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair – we had everything before us! We had nothing before us!”

 

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate Northampton present Charles Dickens’ literary masterpiece A TALE OF TWO CITIES, opening at Royal & Derngate on Saturday 10 September 2016, with a national press night on Wednesday 14 September, and touring the UK until November.

 

Dickens considered his novel, A Tale Of Two Cities the best story he had ever written.   Interweaving one family’s intensely personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution, it is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst horrific violence and world changing events.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES was first produced in Northampton in 2014, to great critical and public acclaim, and was director James Dacre’s inaugural production at the theatre. Adapted by Mike Poulton (Fortune’s Fool, Old Vic and Broadway, Wolf Hall RSC, West End & Broadway), and with an original score by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Beloved), and UK Theatre Award nominated design by Mike Britton, with lighting design by Paul Keogan, sound design by Adrienne Quartly, movement direction by Struan Leslie, and fight direction by Terry King. Casting to be announced.

 

James Dacre said, “Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities in 1859 as a meditation on politics and power, the individual versus the system and the private versus the public. Mike Poulton, Rachel Portman and I first mounted this adaptation in the aftermath of the Arab Spring to cast a light on the protests, fanaticism and political unrest that were spreading across the world at that time.

 

Our decision along with Jenny King, Producer of The Touring Consortium, to revisit the production during this year of elections, referendums and revolutions across the world is motivated by a shared belief that great historical dramas can play an important role in contemporary political conversations by emotionally engaging audiences in human stories, countering the disaffection that seems to dominate so much of today’s political debate. Theatre and music can be imbued with a passion that a novel cannot capture and Royal & Derngate and Touring Consortium’s A Tale of Two Cities aims to focus on the humanity of Dickens’ novel in a way that gives the historical events an immediacy and urgent relevance for today’s audiences.”  

 

A TALE OF TWO CITIES will play at Oxford, Richmond, Bradford, Blackpool, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Nottingham. The professional company will perform alongside a chorus of twelve actors drawn from the local community, to capture the turbulence, anarchy and romance of London and Paris during the tumultuous years of the French revolution.