Darlington Civic Theatre – Dickens in Darlington

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Darlington Civic Theatre has launched Dickens in Darlington, a series of events telling the story of the strong connections Charles Dickens had to Darlington and to the world of theatre, music hall and the railways. Dickens in Darlington will include performances, workshops, talks, a book club, storytelling and an exhibition in Crown Street Art Gallery at Darlington’s Crown Street Library from Saturday 1 October through to Wednesday 21 December.

The Dickens in Darlington Exhibition will run from October 1 to November 3 in the Crown Street

Gallery at Darlington’s Crown Street Library. The free exhibition will include images form the Charles Dickens Museum, a reconstruction of Dickens’ famous reading desk, footage from an early Dickens film as well as the display of an amazing dolls’ house based on Dickens’ home in Doughty Street, London, which is now the Charles Dickens Museum.

Join actor and storyteller Chris Connaughton on Saturday 8 October as he performs two spooky tales from the pen of Charles Dickens – a master of suspense. Chris will read The Signal-Man, an eerie tale of a railway worker haunted by a ghostly figure on the rail and The Trial for Murder, a ghost story with a chilling twist. The readings will take place at 2pm and 7pm in the Crown Street Art Gallery. Tickets are £5 with discounts at £2.50 with a recommended age of 8+.

On Monday 17 October at 1.30pm Margaret Watson tells the fascinating story of how she made a lifelong dream come true, by creating and owning a dolls’ house – a 1:12 scale model of 48 Doughty Street, the London home of Charles Dickens, now the Charles Dickens Museum. The dolls’ house will be on permanent display throughout the Dickens in Darlington exhibition.

For avid readers there will be a book group on Tuesday 25 October with two sessions at 1.30pm and 7pm in the Crown Street Art Gallery. Here you will be able to discuss Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The book group is intended to complement the community production of A Tale of Two Cities taking place in the Dolphin Centre in November and are open to people who have purchased a ticket for the production. Free copies of the book can be provided.

The Forum on Borough Road will be the venue for a showing of the classic Dickens tale Great Expectations on Monday 3 October at 8pm. Darlington Civic Theatre and Darlington Film Club will present a showing of the 1946 film directed by David Lean and starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson and Jean Simmons. Tickets are priced £3 and are available by emailing darlingtonfilmclub@gmail.com

The community cast production of A Tale of Two Cities will run on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November in Central Hall, the Dolphin Centre in Darlington. In partnership with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, this will be a promenade performance where the audience will follow, on foot, all of the action between the two cities of London and Paris (seating will be available for people if required). Dickens considered A Tale of Two Cities to be 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. This thrilling new adaptation by Mike Poulton will feature a community cast of 30 actors alongside a professional production team led by directing rising star, Eduard Lewis. Tickets* are £18, discounts £16, under 16s £10.

In the final run up to Christmas, what better way to spend an evening than listening to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – devised and performed by Chris Connaughton. Chris presents a thrilling, funny and imaginative re-telling of what is arguably Charles Dickens’ most popular tale, all in the atmospheric setting of St Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington on Wednesday 21 December at 7pm. Join Tiny Tim, The Ghost of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and a trio of memorable ghosts as tight-fisted miser Scrooge learns kindness and generosity and fills his heart with the true spirit of Christmas.Chris will end the evening with a seasonal episode from The Pickwick Papers, (Mr Pickwick on the ice) and maybe even some carolling to send you on your way. Tickets are £10, under 16s £5 – recommended age 8+.

To book or for further information on any of the Dickens in Darlington events contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

*Includes £1 restoration levy

West End production of STEPPING OUT starring Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson

Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and the James Grant Group

Stepping Out

  • West End production announced for Richard Harris’s award-winning comedy.  
  • Vaudeville Theatre, London with performances from 1 March 2017. Tickets now on sale from £20 via www.nimaxtheatres.com 
  • Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson star. 
  • Pre-announced UK tour from 12 October 2016 with dates in Bath, Richmond, Cambridge and Chichester.

Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson will be Stepping Out in the West End when Richard Harris’s award-winning comedy opens at London’s Vaudeville Theatre with preview performances from 1 March 2017 and opening night for press on 14 March 2017.

Directed by Maria Friedman, this brand new staging of the wonderfully funny and heart-warming play Stepping Out will first tour the UK from 12 October 2016 including dates at Theatre Royal Bath, Richmond Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, as previously announced. Further casting for the West End production is still to be confirmed.

Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala. Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell. There’s perfectionist Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy, bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy, eager Lynne and cheerful Rose, and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.

One of the UK’s best-loved personalities, Amanda Holden plays Vera. Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004 for her leading role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, she also starred in the U.K. premiere of Shrek The Musical as Princess Fiona. Her numerous television credits include Wild at Heart, Kiss Me Kate, The Grimleys, Big Top and This Morning. She has been a judge on the award-winning Britain’s Got Talent throughout all of its ten series.

Angela Griffin is well-known as Fiona Middleton in Coronation Street and her television credits also include Waterloo Road, Cutting It, Holby City and Inspector Lewis. She starred in One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End.

Tracy-Ann Oberman played Chrissie Watts on EastEnders, and has also worked extensively with the RSC and National Theatre. She appeared with Kenneth Branagh in Edmond, and in the West End run of Boeing-Boeing. Her television appearances also include Toast of London, Friday Night Dinner and New Tricks.

Tamzin Outhwaite is well-known for the role of Melanie Healy in EastEnders which she played for four years. Her stage credits have included West End productions of Sweet Charity, Boeing-Boeing and How The Other Half Loves.

Nicola Stephenson’s many television credits include Brookside, Holby City andEmmerdale. Her stage credits include War Horse in the West End and roles with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Best known as a three-time Olivier Award winning star of the musical stage (with seven nominations), director Maria Friedman made an astonishing directorial debut in 2012 with a hugely acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along. In 2005 she won the award for Best Debut Performer on Broadway for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.

This uplifting comedy originally premiered in the West End in 1984 starring Barbara Ferris and Marcia Warren, winning the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and enjoying extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway. Stepping Out has also been made into a musical, which became a film in 1991, starring Julie Walters, Liza Minnelli and Shelley Winters.

A prolific writer for both television and stage, Richard Harris’s credits include A Touch of Frost, Shoestring, The Darling Buds of May, The Last Detective, and Outside Edge, which won the Writer’s Guild Best Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Drama Series and the Television and Radio Industries Club Award for Best Comedy.

Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and the James Grant Group, Stepping Outis directed by Maria Friedman, designed by Robert Jones and choreographed by Tim Jackson with lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Gregory Clarke and orchestrations by Christopher Walker.

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill to star in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in the West End

Sonia Friedman Productions presents
Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill in
Edward Albee’s
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Directed by James Macdonald
Designed by Tom Pye

  • Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in Edward Albee’s landmark play
  • James Macdonald directs the first production of this dark comedy since Albee’s recent death. It will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre for 13 weeks only
  • Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 23rd September at 10am
  • Reduced price tickets for preview performances
  • Over 100 tickets for every performance priced at £15 (£10 during previews)

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Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will star in a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by James Macdonald.

Following the sad news of Albee’s passing last week and in anticipation of this revival, Michael Billington recently wrote in The Guardian “With America currently engaged in its own form of post-truth politics, now seems the perfect time to revive Albee’s enduring masterpiece about the danger of living in a world of illusions.”

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Imelda Staunton (Martha) returns to the West End after her triumphant and Olivier Award-winning performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Amongst her many other theatre credits, notable performances include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, for which she won an Olivier Award, Circle, Mirror, Transformation for the Royal Court and the role of Claire in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre. In total, Staunton has been nominated for eleven Olivier Awards, winning four. On film Staunton is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Vera Drake, for which she received the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and for the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

Conleth Hill (George) is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO television production Game of Thrones. A multi award-winning theatre actor, amongst his extensive theatre credits, recent productions include Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndham’s Theatre and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre. Hill won the Olivier Award for Best Actor forThe Producers, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and for Stones In His Pockets in the West End. He also received Tony Award nominations for his role in Stones In His Pockets on its transfer to Broadway and The Seafarer, which transferred from the National Theatre to Broadway. Hill’s film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Whatever Works, directed by Woody Allen.

James Macdonald is highly regarded for his work with Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane, recently directing Churchill’s play Escaped Alone at the Royal Court. Other recent work includes the award-winning production of Florian Zeller’s The Father and Roots at the Donmar Warehouse. Macdonald has previously directed Staunton in the Royal Court’s production of Circle, Mirror, Transformation by Annie Baker and in the critically-acclaimed production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre.

Edward Albee was born on March 12th 1928 and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The Death of Bessie Smith (1959), The Sandbox (1959), The American Dream (1960), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice(1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape(1974, Pulitzer Prize), Listening (1975), Counting the Ways (1975), The Lady from Dubuque(1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), Finding the Sun (1982), Marriage Play (1986-87), Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize), Fragments (1993), The Play about the Baby(1997), The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (2000, 2002 Tony Award), Occupant (2001), At Home at the Zoo: Act 1, Homelife. Act 2, The Zoo Story. (2004), and Me, Myself & I (2008). Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980.  In 1996 he received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Comedy B-movie apocalypse musical transfers to the Arts Theatre from the Edinburgh Fringe

Beach Comet presents:

APOCALYPSE CRUISE SHIP LOVE AFFAIR
October 25th – October 29th 2016, Arts Theatre

Hot on the heels of a critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run and smash-hit Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, which garnered rave reviews and an off-West End transfer, Beach Comet return to London with their new comedy B-musical Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair, complete with original songs, a live band and the end of the world.

★★★★★ “A whirlwind musical comedy” (Three Weeks) / ★★★★★ “Effortless” (Stage Review) / ★★★★★ “Genuinely original” (PlaysToSee) / ★★★★★ “A musical sensation” (RemoteGoat)

When sea-crazed Captain Bleufonde steers his cruise ship towards an apocalyptic storm to resurrect his dead lover, it seems the end is nigh for all on board. While long-suffering First Mate Fittles struggles to maintain order and the elderly clientele struggle to maintain sobriety, new Cruise Director Hanks Leeroys has to balance his on-board duties with being an incompetent libertine – and meeting Sister Evie Lowe, the most beautiful nun he’s ever seen, on a quest to meet her birth mother before doomsday falls. As passions grow and the waters get stormy, will love overcome all at the end of the world in this fast-paced musical romp?

“A feast of daft, dark comedy and brilliant songs” (Jo Brand) / “Daft as a brush and good fun” (Lyn Gardner)

Beach Comet is dedicated to creating new comedy musicals. Their first show Vampire Hospital Waiting Room played at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and 2015, with ticket allocations selling out over an hour in advance and queues out the door; they scored crowds so large they had to open standing areas and add three late night extra shows!

Nominated for 8 DarkChat Awards from Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Sid Review

Above the Arts Theatre 19 September – 8 October.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick

You don’t need to love Punk to love this play – Leon Fleming has written a superb character study of a troubled young man searching for his place in the world, and finding solace in Punk and his idol, Sid Vicious. Considering what other disenfranchised kids can turn to nowadays, there is an underlying sense of innocence in Craig’s choice and by the end of the play, you just want to give him a big hug.

Craig is in his bedroom getting ready to visit his girlfriend at her university. He lives with his mum but in his room, he is master of all. His worrying about whether a T-shirt or a shirt is appropriate to wear to university between rants about Punk and anarchy (which has much more rules than I thought it would) is a lovely touch, reminding the audience that this lad just wants to be accepted by someone – anyone.

Dario Coates is phenomenal as Craig – when he is haranguing the audience his intensity is terrifying at times. And if he spears you with his eyes, you’ll be squirming. But the intensity is also very, very funny. At times Fleming’s writing is like Punk poetry, and carries you away on a rollercoaster of emotions, all delivered breathlessly by Coates. The few moments of stillness and silence are even more powerful, and Coates body language is captivating.

The trip – obviously – doesn’t go well. Craig’s retelling of the events is poignant and funny. His discomfort and insecurity are portrayed beautifully, with scathing descriptions of students and the student pub. When one of the students gives Craig his analysis of punk – with masterful switches between characters by Coates – Craig’s reactions take the audience from laughter to gasps of horror in seconds. But Craig’s sly self-awareness soon delivers the laughs again, and as the final part of the play begins to unpick Craig’s obsession with Punk – his relationship with his mother and fanciful ideas about his unknown father – cheap laughs and over sentimentality are avoided, leaving you feeling hopeful for Craig’s future.

Intense, moving and funny – Sid is wonderfully written and superbly acted. Whether you’re a fan of the Sex Pistols or S Club 7 – you need to GO AND SEE SID.

Cats Review

Sunderland Empire – 19 to 24 September 2016

Sunderland Empire has been creatively transformed into a great big, beautiful rubbish heap for this faithfully resurrected extravaganza. Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Cats”, the poems of TS Eliot, the story is told entirely in song and dance to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber has smartly mined the natural music in Eliot’s jaunty rhythms and clever rhyme schemes, applying them to the specific characters of his cats, who live in the shadows but leap into life when the moon is high.

For those not familiar with the story it revolves around an annual Jellicle Ball, and we learn the stories behind the cats as the evening progresses.

John Napier’s spectacular set extends into the orchestra, side walls plastered with detritus from the alley where these unwanted cats live, and up to a ceiling festooned with the twinkling lights of an unreachable heaven far above their heads. David Hersey’s midnight-blue lighting scheme lends magic to the moonlit setting for Heaviside, while those curious cats’ eyes winking at us from out of the velvety darkness add to the mystery.

Marianne Benedict stole the show with her portrayal of Grizabella, the role made famous by Elaine Page. Her voice is strong, faultless and perfect for Memory. Every nuance gave emotion and portrayed real storytelling in her voice – it was a well deserved round of elongated round of applause when she had finished singing with even a few standing – such was the power of her voice

There are some standout performances from the rest of the cast, notably Kevin Stephen-Jones’ Old Deuteronomy, whose rich baritone was perfectly suited to the stately grandeur of this character. Joe Henry and Emily Langham are a delightfully nimble and well voiced Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer and Matt Krzan makes a heroic and noble Munkustrap. Equally there are some superb dance performances, most impressively from Shiv Rabheru as the sprightly Mr Mistoffelees, Lee Greenaway’s Skimbleshanks and Javier Cid as the acrobatic villain Macavity. My personal favourite, because it reminded me of my own cat, was Lucinda Shaw’s tap dancing Jennyanydots.

The show’s greatest triumphs are unquestionably to be found during the full ensemble dance routines, with choreography by Gillian Lynne that sweeps the audience up with a blazingly athletic display of leaps, twirls and an almost indecent number of hip thrusts but the real beauty of this production was that there were no passengers; every cat had his or own character and story to tell and this came through strongly. Wherever I looked there was activity and interest without any upstaging of the cat in the spotlight at the time.

A truly magical performance that you’d be mad to miss. At the Empire until Saturday 24 September and on tour around the UK

SHEFFIELD THEATRES ANNOUNCE FULL CASTING FOR IRVING BERLIN’S ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

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SHEFFIELD THEATRES ANNOUNCE FULL CASTING FOR IRVING BERLIN’S

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

01492_annie_get_your_gun_press_portraitSheffield Theatres today announce full casting for their sharp shootin’ Christmas production, Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun.  This major new revival of the classic musical takes to the stage at the Crucible Theatre from Thursday 8 December – Saturday 14 January.

Paul Foster (Tell Me On A Sunday, Sweet Charity) directs Anna-Jane Casey, recently seen at the Crucible in Flowers For Mrs Harris, as Annie Oakley and Ben Lewis (Love Me Tender, Forbidden Broadway) as Frank Butler.  Nicolas Colicos (The Bodyguard, Sister Act) plays Buffalo Bill with Mike Denman (The Bodyguard, Matilda) as Pawnee Bill and Lauren Hall (Gypsy, Singin’ in the Rain) as Winnie Tate. Matthew Malthouse returns to Sheffield Theatres (My Fair Lady) as Foster Wilson, Timothy Quinlan(Mack & Mabel, Jersey Boys) plays Charlie Davenport, Cleve September (In The Heights) plays Tommy Keeler with Maggie Service (Red Dwarf, Call The Midwife) plays Dolly Tate and  Karl Seth, last seen on the Crucible stage in Hiawatha plays Chief Sitting Bull.  Completing the ensemble are Josh Andrews, Ronan Burns, Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Omari Douglas, Rosie Fletcher, Melissa James, Jasmine Kerr, Natasha Mould, Jak Skelly, Leah West and Emma Woods (ensemble and Dance Captain).

Sharp shootin’, smart talkin’ Annie Oakley is a force to be reckoned with. But when she’s pitched against the charming, fiercely competitive Frank Butler, has she finally met her match?

Aimed straight at the heart, Irving Berlin’s sensational musical from the Golden Age of Broadway includes such classics as There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do and I Got The Sun In The Morning, as well as whip-cracking choreography from Sheffield favourite, Alistair David.

Tickets for Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun are on sale now and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk and are priced from £20.00 (concessions available).  A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).

Gary Barlow/Tim Firth New Musical Comedy in the West End

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TO OPEN AT THE PHOENIX THEATRE IN LONDON’S WEST END
PERFORMANCES FROM 28 JANUARY 2017
BOX OFFICE OPENS TODAY
WITH NO PREMIUM SEATS, NO BOOKING FEES
and we even have reduced price previews!
 
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, THE GIRLS, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, will open in London’s West End at the Phoenix Theatre, with performances from 28 January 2017.  Tickets are on sale from 12.00noon today, Friday 16 September 2016.  The West End premiere follows sold-out runs at the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford late 2015/early 2016.  In the West End, the producers have made a commitment to there being no ‘premium-rated’ seats, no booking fees and reduced price previews. 
 
The ‘Girls’ will be played by Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris and Joanna Riding as Annie.  Also in the cast will be Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Denis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (tea), Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire and Jane Lambert, Rebecca Lewis, Victoria Blackburn and Frazer Hadfield, and introducing Josh Benson as Tommo, Ben Hunter as Danny and Chloe May Jackson as Jenny.
 
Debbie Chazen played Ethel Kingsley in Mike Leigh’s film Topsy-Turvy and her many television credits include the lead roles of Annie in Smoking Room and Kelly-Su Crabtree in Psychoville.  Sophie-Louise Dann’s West End credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Made in Dagenham, Lend me a Tenor, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, and Forbidden Broadway.  Michele Dotrice is perhaps best known for her role as Betty opposite Michael Crawford in the BBC’s highly successful series, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.  Her most recent West End stage appearances include Nell Gwynn, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, The Importance of Being Earnest and When We Are Married.  Claire Machin’s credits include My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes and Memphis.  Claire Moore originated the role of Ellen in Miss Saigon.  Her other credits include Christine inThe Phantom of the Opera, Fantine and Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and the National Theatre’s award-winning London Road.  Joanna Riding won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical twice for her roles as Julie in Carousel at the National Theatre and as Eliza Doolitle in My Fair Lady
 
THE GIRLS is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised over £4million for Bloodwise.  This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary. 
 
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the north of England and have been friends for 25 years.  With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner.  Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.
 
For Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s personal thoughts on the musical, please watch this video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2vm9p40ud5f3phm/The%20Girls%20-%20Longer%20Edit.mp4?dl=0.
 
THE GIRLS will be directed by Tim Firth, with musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle, with casting by Sarah Bird, and associate producer is U-Live.
 
THE GIRLS will be produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organization.
 
Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will receive monies from this production.
 
 
 
Website               www.thegirlsmusical.com
Twitter                 @thegirlsmusical
#TheGirls
Facebook            www.facebook.com/TheGirlsMusical

 

 
LISTINGS INFORMATION
 
Phoenix Theatre
110 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0JP
 
Box Office:  0844 871 7629
 
Ticket Prices: 
Previews: £25 / £35 / £45 / £55
After 24 February: £29.50 / £49.50 / £59.50 / £69.50
Group Rates: 6+ from £29.50
 
Performances:  Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinee at 2:30pm
 
Running Time: 2½ hours including interval
 

Secret theatre returns to East London

Secret Studio Lab presents:

CODE 2021: AUTUMN SECRET THEATRE PROJECT
September 2nd – October 20th 2016, Secret Location (1 min from Bethnal Green Tube Station)
Secret Studio Lab returns after sold out immersive productions of SE7EN in Hong Kong and a secret Tarantino Adaptation this summer in London, both adapted and directed by Richard Crawford.

“Code 2021” is a world stage premiere, and the team at Secret Studio Lab are very excited to bring new material to their London audience.
Written and directed by Richard Crawford, “Code 2021” is set in the not too distant future, where the criminally accused are judged by a live studio jury audience in front of TV audiences at home on Trial TV. The audience get to investigate the crime scene and ultimately decide the accused’s fate after seeing the defence and prosecutions witnesses in the stand. The accused, Mike Lewis, is the 2021 Middle Weight Boxing Champion of the World and he stands accused of his girlfriend, Olympic show jumper Alice Duvall’s, murder. Will you find justice for an innocent man, or will you send a guilty man to his fate? The live jury audience will decide, guilty or not guilty.

The show is set in a secret film studio in east London. The audience, on buying the ticket, get the secret address and instructions on their evening as a jury.
The company, formerly known as Secret Theatre, was started by Artistic Director Richard Crawford in New York in 2007. Previous productions include a sell-out production of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in a disused factory in New York, Diary of a Sociopath in a Theatre Asylum in Holly-wood and, recently in London, Reservoir Dogs, Hamlet, Richard Crawford’s original Freakazoid and most recently SE7EN DEADLY SINS, which sold out before it even opened.

David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s musical Lazarus announces full London cast

FULL LONDON CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
The New York Theatre Workshop production of

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DIRECTION Ivo van Hove
INSPIRED BY THE NOVEL The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis

Ahead of its hugely anticipated European premiere in a brand new 900-seater venue atKings Cross Theatre, London, full casting for David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus is announced today.

Gabrielle Brooks, Sydnie Christmas, Richard Hansell, Amy Lennox, Maimuna Memon,Jamie Muscato, Tom Parsons and Julie Yammanee will be joining previously announced cast members Michael C Hall, Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso, who are reprising their roles from the original New York Theatre Workshop production.

Lazarus broke box office records when it played a strictly limited, sold out run in New York from 18 November 2015 to 20 January 2016. Tickets for the London production are on sale now, with preview performances beginning on Tuesday 25 October and an official opening night on Tuesday 8 November. Lazarus is booking until Sunday 22 January 2017.

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. Michael C Hall stars as Newton, the character famously portrayed by David Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.

Directed by Ivo van Hove, Lazarus includes songs from Bowie’s iconic catalogue as well as brand new music written for the stage. The Lazarus Cast Album will be released on 21 October on RCA / ISO Records and features performances by the original NYTW company as well as three of Bowie’s final studio recordings.

Michael C Hall plays Newton. Prior to appearing in Lazarus at New York Theatre Workshop, Michael portrayed the title character in the Broadway production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch and starred in Will Eno’s Broadway production of The Realistic Jones(Drama League Award nomination) directed by Sam Gold and co-starring Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei. Michael made his Broadway debut in 1999 as the Master of Ceremonies in Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret and portrayed Billy Flynn in 2002 in the revival of Chicago. Off-Broadway, his credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company’sMr. Marmalade, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Timon Of Athens, and Henry V at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, The English Teachers for MCC, the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Corpus Christi, Romeo And Juliet at Center Stage, R Shoman at Williamstown and Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum. Michael’s television credits includeDexter (SAG, Golden Globe awards; five Emmy nominations) and Six Feet Under (two SAG ensemble awards, Emmy nomination). On film, Hall co-starred in Jim Mickle’s Cold in July and John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. He will next be seen in Antonio Campos’ Christine(which premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival) with Rebecca Hall. Michael is currently shooting Peter Landesmans Felt, a political thriller about Watergate, told from the vantage point of Deep Throat. Hall plays White House Counsel John Dean.

Michael Esper plays Valentine. Michael’s previous stage work on Broadway includes Sting’s musical The Last Ship, American Idiot, The Lyons and A Man For All Seasonsopposite Frank Langella. Winner of the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male, Michael has also appeared in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures (The Guthrie and Public Theaters), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Druid Theatre Company and Dublin Theatre Festival), Bif Bill (Lincoln Center Theatre) and Tales From Red Vienna (Manhattan Theater Club). Michael’s recent feature film work includes Brad Furman’s Runner, Runner, Frances Ha, and The Drop. Additional film credits include the Andrew Jarecki feature, All Good Things, A Beautiful Mind, and Loggerheads, which competed at the Sundance Film Festival. Lazarus will be Michael’s London stage debut.

Sophia Anne Caruso plays Girl. Sophia recently made her Broadway debut in Joe Mantello’s Blackbird opposite Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. Previous stage credits include Runaways (New York City Center), The Nether (MCC Theater, New York) and Little Dancer (Kennedy Center, Washington DC). For her performance in Lazarus at New York Theatre Workshop, Sophia received a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. Her screenwork includes the films 37 and Jack Of The Red Hearts, and on television The Sound Of Music Live and Smash.

Amy Lennox plays Elly. Amy most recently starred as Lauren in the London production ofKinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. Other stage work includes Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre and UK Tour), 9 To 5 (UK Tour), The Sound Of Music (London Palladium), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Decade (Headlong),Tracks (Arcola Theatre), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep) The Last Five Years (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (Royal & Derngate/Assembly Rooms). Amy’s film credits include Never Let Me Go alongside Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield, Wrong Turn 5 and The Cab Ride. 

Gabrielle Brooks plays Teenage Girl. Gabrielle’s previous work on stage includes The Book Of Mormon (Prince of Wales), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang(London Palladium), Redsnapper (Belgrade Theatre), Hairspray (Cork Opera House and UK Tour), Our House 10th Anniversary Concert (Savoy), Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych) and The Stranger’s Case (Liverpool Everyman). In addition to her work on stage, Gabrielle has also appeared in workshops for Love Me Tender, Perfect Pitch, Big Fish and Becoming Nancy. Gabrielle has appeared on television in The Royal Variety Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, Grange Hill, Coming Down The Mountain and her film credits include Notes On A Scandal.

Sydnie Christmas plays Teenage Girl. Sydnie is a recent graduate from D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre. Her previous credits include the feature film Kick Ass 2 and short film Can You Keep A Secret.

Richard Hansell plays Zach. Richard recently worked with Ivo van Hove in the Young Vic production of A View From The Bridge, in which he appeared both in the West End and on Broadway. Other stage work includes Jamie Lloyd’s Macbeth opposite James McAvoy (Trafalgar Studios), Tonight At 8.30 (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Madness Of King George (Apollo Theatre), Troilus And Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Sam Mendes’ productions of As You Like It and The Tempest for The Bridge Project (Old Vic/BAM). Richard’s screen credits include roles in Downton Abbey, The Royal, Spooks, And Then There Were None and Shine.

Maimuna Memon plays Teenage Girl. Maimuna recently graduated from The Oxford School of Drama. She made her professional debut in Into The Woods at The Manchester Royal Exchange in December 2015 and recently performed in The Buskers Opera at London’s Park Theatre.  

Jamie Muscato plays Ben. Jamie most recently played Joe in Bend it Like Beckham(Phoenix Theatre). Other stage credits include The Light Princess (National Theatre), Rock Of Ages (Duchess Theatre), Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera). Screen work includes Les Miserables (Working Title), Cilla (ITV) and My Parents Are Aliens (ITV).

Tom Parsons plays Michael. Tom’s recent theatre work includes Guy in Once (Princess Theatre, Melbourne, The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Charlotte Theatre, Seoul), Peter inJesus Christ Superstar (Arena World Tour, including the UK and Australia), Monkee Business at the Manchester Opera House, Avenue Q  (Noel Coward, Wyndham’s and Gielgud Theatres) and Mamma Mia at (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Julie Yammanee plays Maemi. Julie’s previous theatre credits include Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (UK Tour), Here Lies Love (National Theatre), Avenue Q (UK Tour), The World Goes Round (Yellow Glass Theatre), Aladdin (The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury) and Peter Pan (Towngate Theatre). In addition to her performances on stage, Julie has also appeared on screen in The Sleepover Club, Streetsmartz, Angriest Video Store Clerk andThe Potato House.