Emma Hatton and Gian Marco Schiaretti to star in 2017 UK tour of Evita

BILL KENWRIGHT

BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP
PRESENTS

WEST END LEADING LADY EMMA HATTON AS EVA PERÓN 

LEADING ITALIAN ACTOR GIAN MARCO SCHIARETTI AS CHE

IN

EVITA

Lyrics by TIM RICE Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Following its smash hit run at London’s Dominion Theatre, Bill Kenwright’s production of the extraordinary musical, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, is set to thrill audiences once again across the UK, opening in Bromley on Thursday 12 January.

Taking on the iconic role of Eva Perón will be one of musical theatre’s most exciting leading ladies today, Emma Hatton. She recently finished wowing audiences in the lead role of Elphaba in the West End’s production of Wicked. Prior to this she performed the principle roles of Scaramouche and Meatloaf in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, and Donna in the West End production of Dreamboats and Petticoats.

 

In addition to her success in musical theatre, Emma continues to perform regularly as a jazz and blues singer to much critical acclaim, with previous residencies and appearances including The Savoy Hotel, and Ronnie Scott’s. Her one-woman show, Songbird, sold out at the Live at Zedel’s season for Crazy Coqs and was followed by Unforgettable at the Jazz Café for the London Jazz Festival. In 2015, Emma recorded her first EP with Anthony Strong entitled Merry Christmas, Darling which went straight to Number 1 in the iTunes Jazz charts and she is currently working with Anthony on her next EP.

Making his UK debut is leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti who will be taking on the role of Che, a character who reflects the voice of the Argentine people – linked to Eva by destiny; he brings conflict to the story of Eva’s rise to fame. Gian Marco Schiaretti most recently played the title role of Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan, in Stuttgart. Prior to this he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet across Italy.

Joining them will be Kevin Stephen-Jones, set to play Argentine President Juan Perón. He has performed extensively across the UK and Europe in over 20 different operas. His musical theatre credits include Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Love Beyond.

The cast is completed by Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, Natalie Langston, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Kate Leiper, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann and Yuval Zoref.

Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and an Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is iconic. Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this spectacular production promises once again to be the theatrical event of the year. Don’t miss the 2017 UK tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary musical Evita.

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THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE THEATRE AWARDS 2016 – 31 JANUARY 2017

Awards to take place on Tuesday 31 January 2017

Renowned industry figure Terri Paddock to produce ceremony at Prince of Wales Theatre

 
The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016 will take place on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End, hosted by Critics’ Circle Drama Section Chairman Mark Shenton, with regular guest speakerArthur Smith introducing the prestigious awards in much-loved tradition.
 
For the first time, renowned industry figure Terri Paddock has joined the team to produce the Awards, which are once again generously sponsored and presented in association with Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists; and, for the twelfth year, supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. Innovations for 2017 include the launch of a dedicated Awards website, Twitter and Facebook channels and new online voting for critics. As part of the extra emphasis on developing digital aspects of the awards, and engagement with critics and industry alike, acceptance speeches will be broadcast for the first time, streamed via Facebook Live on the day.
 
The Awards can be found online here:
Critic’s Circle Theatre Awardscriticscircletheatreawards.com
Twitter @CCTAwards / Facebook CCTAwards
 
As ever, the ceremony will provide an informal gathering of award recipients, the drama critics, theatre practitioners and the media, convivially coming together to celebrate the critics’ personal choice of the best theatre, from throughout the UK, during the last calendar year. Since the Awards’ inception in 1989 the theatre critics, consisting entirely of respected and influential working journalists, have prided themselves on offering something unique on the packed theatre awards circuit: each member of the Drama Section independently casts their vote based on personal choice, free of any discussion or industry influence, ensuring a highly democratic voting process.
 
Section Chairman Mark Shenton said: “More than ever, The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards offers an independent and indispensable reward to the best theatre of 2016, free of editorial interference or industry lobbying or pressures.  The awards are also finally moving into the digital age with a Facebook and Twitter presence that will also make the acceptance speeches available live and in real time to global audiences.”
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FOOTLOOSE returns for 2017 UK Tour and limited season at Peacock Theatre

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL

THE SMASH HIT PRODUCTION RETURNS IN 2017

LAUNCHING A NEW UK TOUR AT NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE ON FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2017

WITH A STRICTLY LIMITED WEST END SEASON AT THE PEACOCK THEATRE

FROM TUESDAY 12 TO SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

 

Following a smash-hit 2016 tour which saw over 160,000 people cut loose across the UK, Footloose: The Musical will burst back onto the stage in 2017 when an International Tour launches from New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday 21 April. The tour will include a strictly limited West End season at the Peacock Theatre, playing for three weeks from Tuesday 12 September 2017.  Full tour schedule attached.

 

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again, bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.

 

When the film was released in 1984, it became the highest-grossing February release in US film history.  The soundtrack album ended the year-long reign of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at number one and went on to top album charts all over the world, eventually selling in excess of 17 million copies.  Footloose was nominated for a Golden Globe, and both the title song and Let’s Hear It for the Boy received Academy Award nominations.Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in 1998 where it ran for 709 performances, with a London production following in 2006.

 

Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan will reprise their roles as Willard and Vi Moore.

 

Gareth Gates rose to fame through the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, going on to sell over 5 million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. His version of Unchained Melody sold over a million copies in the UK and is the 3rd best-selling single of the Noughties. Gareth is also the youngest ever-male solo artist to debut at number 1.  More recently Gareth has enjoyed a successful career on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 2014 Gareth appeared in the final series of Dancing on Ice, and joined boyband 5th Story as part of ITV’s second series of The Big Reunion, touring arenas with bands including Blue and Five.

Gareth will not appear in Wimbledon and Chester.

Maureen Nolan has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old, when they became one of Europe’s first girl bands, The Nolans. Best known for their smash hit single I’m in the Mood for Dancing, The Nolans enjoyed phenomenal record sales worldwide, and worked with some of the world’s most respected artists including Frank Sinatra. On stage, Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in the West End and on tour to critical acclaim. She was the fourth Nolan sister to play the role, earning them entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. Other credits include Sadie in Girl’s Behind, Jill in Mum’s the Word and Sarah in The Naked Truth.

Further casting is to be announced.

 

Footloose: The Musical has music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and is adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. It is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. It is directed by Racky Plews (American Idiot, West End) with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by Sara Perks and musical supervision by Mark Crossland. It is produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Selladoor Productions, Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Stephen McGill Productions. It is presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

 

www.footloose-musical.com

@FootlooseTour

 

2017 UK TOUR

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 April 2017

NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE

Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre | 020 8545 7900

Gareth Gates will not appear in Wimbledon

Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 May 2017

YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE

Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york | 0844 871 3024

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 May 2017

WYCOMBE SWAN THEATRE

Box Office www.wycombeswan.co.uk | 01494 512 000

Monday 15 – Saturday 20 May 2017

RICHMOND THEATRE

Box Office www.atgtickets.com/richmond | 0844 871 7651

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 May 2017

QUEEN’S THEATRE, HORNCHURCH

Box Office www.queens-theatre.co.uk | 01708 443333

Tuesday 30 May – Saturday 3 June 2017

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Box Office www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk | 01298 72190

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 June 2017

VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO

Box Office www.venuecymru.co.uk | 01492 872000

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 June 2017

COVENTRY BELGRADE THEATRE

Box Office www.belgrade.co.uk | 024 7655 3055

Monday 19 – Saturday 25 June 2017

SWANSEA GRAND THEATRE

Box Office www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre | 01792 475715

 

Monday 10 – Saturday 15 July 2017

GUILDFORD G LIVE

Box Office www.glive.co.uk | 0844 7701 797

Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 July 2017

CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY

Box Office www.churchilltheatre.co.uk | 020 3285 6000

Wednesday 26 July – Sunday 6 August 2017

KURSAAL OOSTENDE, BELGIUM

 

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 August 2017

DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE, EASTBOURNE

Box Office www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk | 01323 412 000

Monday 21 – Saturday 26 August 2017

THE TOWNGATE THEATRE, BASILDON

Box Office www.towngatetheatre.co.uk | 01268 465 465

 

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 September 2017

STORYHOUSE THEATRE, CHESTER

Box Office www.storyhouse.com | 0845 241 7868 

Gareth Gates will not appear in Chester

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 30 September 2017

THE PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON

Performances Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 4.00pm

Box Office www.peacocktheatre.com | 020 7863 8222

ON SALE FRIDAY 30 DECEMBER

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2017 VAULT Festival – A Year From Now and This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place

by Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson

Vault Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

Wednesday 8 th February – Sunday 12th February 2017

In an exhilarating first time collaboration between Pinter Commission winning Brad Birch and BAFTA-nominated Kenneth Emson, This Must Be The Place makes its London premiere at Vault following an acclaimed debut performance at Latitude Festival 2016. The production is staged by Poleroid Theatre – the company behind triple Off West End Award nominated Free Fall by Vinay Patel and the nationwide new writing platform Write It: Mic It.

Adam, a young Londoner in the midst of crisis, desperately tries for a clean break from technology, love, connectivity and the pressures of city life in an attempt to find home. A million miles away, or perhaps not so far, two friends try to start again in the big smoke as fugitives from their problems, but find they are still waiting on the margins.

Two short ballads about being alive and not… This Must Be The Place is a story about migration, missed connections and life on the edge of respectability. It’s about where we are now and whether we are really living. It is both frantic and funny, quiet and thoughtful, sometimes bleak, but never without a sense of hope.

This Must Be The Place expertly interweaves these two stories together but director Justin Audibert also leaves audiences to make their own connections between the plays and character’s stories – are they intertwined or aren’t they? The stories are brought to life by a talented ensemble of four actors using Poleroid’s trademark theatre combined with live gig.

Kenneth Emson and Brad Birch put the financial and emotional stress of young adults in the UK today in the spotlight. This Must Be The Place seeks to explore whether we can truly cope with the pressure of expectation, success, forced connectivity and an overload of information in our technological age, or if this is significantly contributing to mental instability and displacement.

Director Justin Audibert comments, Kenneth and Brad are two of the most urgent yet humane playwrights working today. Their work explores the dark undercurrents of life in the 21st century but does so from the perspective of those on the margins whose stories we rarely get to hear. They are also artists whose work challenges the boundaries of what the live experience of theatre can be.

Four outstanding performances from Mike Noble, Feliks Mathur, Molly Roberts and Hamish Rush … This Must Be The Place is a masterful look at life’s transitions and the connections that make us who we are (A Younger Theatre).

Title This Must Be The Place by Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson

Performance Dates Wednesday 8 th – Sunday 12th February 2017, 7:45pm

Running time 60 minutes

Twitter @PoleroidTheatre, @VaultFestival, #ThisMustBeThePlace

Website http://www.poleroidtheatre.co.uk/

Writers Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson

Director Justin Audibert

Producer Poleroid Theatre

Assistant Producer Corinne Salisbury

Location VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

 

A Year From Now

VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

Wednesday 25th January – Sunday 29th January 2017

14 VOICES. 5 ACTORS. ONE YEAR.

This new production from RedBellyBlack Theatre is a fascinating combination of verbatim and physical theatre, using movement and audio narrative, that asks 14 people ‘where do you see yourself a year from now?’. Children, nonagenarians, new parents and trauma survivors talk to the audience about their perspective on the passing of time.

Following a successful run at Tristan Bates Theatre, A Year From Now returns to the stage with new answers to some seemingly simple questions. What do you make time for? What has been the time of your life? Are you where you thought you’d be a year ago?

From the four year-old who already knows that he is destined to be a racing car driver to the ninety-four year-old who is still driving, every story told in this show is moving, exciting, hilarious and disturbing. Follow the fears of new parents. Be blown away by the fifteen year-old who understands why bullying happens. Fall in love with the comedian who finds joy in all things, even after losing a close family member. Have your eyes opened by a young woman with a lifethreatening condition who risks everything to become a mother.

A Year From Now is about the importance and power of positivity. These raw, real-life stories encourage us to take ownership of our time and savour every minute. Five actors from various creative backgrounds guide us through these answers in a visually stunning verbatim performance.

…we have been presented with a playful and unfetishized look into the very unexceptional world we so regularly seek to leave behind… This is Alecky Blythe stripped bare, and it is all the more refreshing for it (LondonTheatre1).

A Year From Now was co-created by RedBellyBlack’s Artistic Director Kate Goodfellow (Winner of Best Female Performer, Brighton Fringe) and Director Vicki Baron.

The production is in partnership with mental health charity MIND, who are changing the national perspective on mental health. RedBellyBlack will be collecting donations and promoting the incredible work of this charity.

Title A Year From Now

Performance Dates Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th January 2017, 6.10pm

Running time 60 minutes

Twitter @Red_Belly_Black, @VaultFestival, #AYearFromNow

Trailer https://youtu.be/GcCRKmTQSpM

Kate Goodfellow Choreographer/Producer/Co-Creator

Vicki Baron Director/ Co-Creator

Peter Collington Assistant Producer

Abi Toghill Lighting Designer and Operator

Cast

Kate Goodfellow

Clementine Mills

Christopher Montague

Oscar Scott-White

Jessica Warshaw

Location VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

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The Stage Awards 2017 shortlist announced

Harry Potter producer in running for theatre awards hat-trick
The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers ltd, announce 2017 shortlist.

The world’s oldest and best theatre publication, The Stage, has announced the shortlist for its annual industry awards, celebrating success within the performing arts.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman is shortlisted for Producer of the Year sponsored by PRG XL Video, which she won in both 2015 and 2016. She is competing with Kenny Wax producer of The Play That Goes Wrong, and Fiery Angel which produced the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company West End season.

Alistair Smith, print editor of The Stage and chair of the judging panel, said: “The Stage Awards are the only theatre awards that celebrate the whole stunning spectrum of theatre, encompassing London, regional, fringe and international work. Our exceptional shortlist this year is a blend of big and small, established and new. It ranges from Sonia Friedman, the commercial impresario behind West End mega-hit Harry Potter, to the Hope Mill, a bijou fringe theatre located in a former Manchester cotton mill. It’s also exciting to introduce two new categories this year – the Sustainability Award and the Innovation Award – for which we also have a spectacular range of nominees. Together, these thrillingly diverse companies represent the very best of what theatre is today.”

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures is nominated for the International Award, sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group, alongside Graeae Theatre Company and the Big in Belgium season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Innovation Award category sponsored by Charcoalblue is a new award for 2017. The shortlist includes the New Diorama Theatre for its artist support programme, Simon McBurney’s Complicite for its use of sound on The Encounter, Les Enfants Terribles and Emma Brunjes Productions for new approaches to theatremaking.

The second new category for 2017, the Sustainability Award, sponsored by GDS, sees London Theatre Consortium compete with Tara Theatre and The Handlebards to recognise their environmental initiatives.

King’s Cross Theatre is back in the running for Theatre Building of the Year, sponsored by Audience Systems, having been previously nominated for the same category in 2016. The other nominees for the category include Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool and Tara Theatre, London.
Bristol Old Vic and Mercury Theatre, Colchester are nominated for Regional Theatre of the Year, sponsored by Evolution Productions, along with Sheffield Theatres, which won in the same category in 2013 & 2014.

London theatres competing for silverware in the London Theatre of the Year category, sponsored by Managed Networks, include Menier Chocolate Factory, the Old Vic Theatre, and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Meanwhile Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is in the running for Fringe Theatre of the Year, sponsored by encoreinsure.com, with London-based theatres Hope Theatre, and New Diorama.

Shortlisted for School of the Year, sponsored by TodayTix, are the Urdang Academy, Musical Theatre Academy and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

An Unsung Hero award, sponsored by White Light, for which there is no shortlist will also be announced at the 2017 ceremony.

The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd, are decided by The Stage’s senior editorial team, following extensive consultation with leading figures in the theatre industry and a public nomination process.

Previous winners of The Stage Awards include: the National Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare’s Globe, Almeida Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Michael Grandage Company, National Youth Theatre, Arts Educational Schools and Sheffield Theatres.
The Stage Awards 2017 are presented in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd. Category sponsors for this year’s event include Ambassador Theatre Group, encoreinsure.com, Managed Networks, TodayTix, Audience Systems, Charcoalblue, White Light, GDS, PRG XL Video and Evolution Productions.

 

Shortlist in full

Regional Theatre of the Year
sponsored by Evolution Productions
Bristol Old Vic
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Sheffield Theatres

London Theatre of the Year
sponsored by Managed Networks
Menier Chocolate Factory
Old Vic Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Fringe Theatre of the Year
sponsored by encoreinsure.com
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Hope Theatre, London
New Diorama Theatre, London

Theatre Building of the Year
sponsored by Audience Systems
King’s Cross Theatre, London
Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool
Tara Theatre, London

Producer of the Year
sponsored by PRG XL Video
Fiery Angel
Kenny Wax Productions
Sonia Friedman Productions

School of the Year
sponsored by TodayTix
Musical Theatre Academy, London
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Urdang Academy, London

International Award
sponsored by Ambassador Theatre Group
Big in Belgium season at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Graeae Theatre Company
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Sustainability Award
sponsored by GDS
London Theatre Consortium
Tara Theatre, London
The Handlebards

Innovation Award
sponsored by Charcoalblue
Complicite
Les Enfants Terribles and Emma Brunjes Productions
New Diorama Theatre

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CARDBOARD CITIZENS ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES FOR FORUM THEATRE PRODUCTION OF CATHY

 

NEW DATES ADDED TO CARDBOARD CITIZENS TOUR OF FORUM THEATRE PRODUCTION CATHY

  • ADDITIONAL 2017 DATES ANNOUNCED FOR UK TOUR OF ALI TAYLOR’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CATHY, INSPIRED BY CATHY COME HOME AND DIRECTED BY ADRIAN JACKSON
  • OVER 2,200 AUDIENCE MEMBERS HAVE SEEN THE PRODUCTION DURING 2016, HAVING PLAYED IN HOSTELS, PRISONS AND THEATRES
  • CATHY WILL BE LIVE STREAMED FROM CAST IN DONCASTER ON 18 JANUARY

Following the success of the 2016 tour, the award-winning theatre company Cardboard Citizens has today announced additional dates for its Cathy tour, a new Forum Theatre production inspired by Cathy Come Home. Alongside well-known theatre venues, the tour will play in hostels, at Liverpool’s largest food bank in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, a number of prisons and a library in Merseyside. On 18 January the production will be live streamed from Cast, Doncaster via Cardboard Citizens’website as well as to hostels around the country.

Since the tour began in October this year, Cathy has been seen by more than 2,200 people, 170 of whom saw it in a hostel. In theatres, the hugely successful £1 ticket initiative has offered vulnerable and homeless people an accessible way to experience this powerful and emotive Forum Theatre piece; almost 20% of tickets have been sold at this price. Written by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor, Cathy is directed by Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson.

As well as an additional performance during the sold out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, the production will now visit White Rock Theatre, Hastings for a pay what you like performance, with all donations for Cardboard Citizens; Lady Chapel at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, to raise funds for Liverpool’s biggest food bank and Shelter and St. Helen’s Library, Merseyside.

Cathy will be live streamed on 18 January from Cast, Doncaster at 7.45pm by Pilot Theatre. Audiences will be able to watch at https://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/CathyLive. During the Forum section of the production, virtual audiences will be encouraged to join in a live debate on a dedicated comments board and by using #CathyLive.

Adrian Jackson said, “The reaction to Cathy has been overwhelming, with audiences strongly moved, angry and compassionate in equal measure. Ali Taylor’s timely and powerful play – tapping into the same zeitgeist as I, Daniel Blake and Love at the National Theatre – has now been performed to packed houses in 15 theatres and hostels across the country from Exeter to Cumbria, and afterwards each audience has offered ideas and strategies in dynamic Forum Theatre sessions.

“We are excited to be able to offer more people the chance to experience Cathy with the announcement of these new dates, offering further opportunities to empower audiences to rehearse changes they would like to see in the world we live in. We are particularly pleased to be supporting Liverpool’s biggest food bank with a fundraising performance on 11 January.”

David Morrissey, Unity Theatre patron and supporter of Cardboard Citizens, said: “Cardboard Citizens do fantastic work for excluded people, and have done for the past 25 years. I’m really pleased the Unity is able to bring the astounding show Cathy to Liverpool, which has suffered a rise in homeless people over the last few years. In addition to a suggested donation to the local foodbank, Hope+, Unity will also be collecting for Shelter, the housing and homeless charity. The charity was established 50 years ago in response to public calls for action following the release of the original TV play, Cathy Come Home. Even after 50 years Ken Loach’s story is still very relevant today so please give generously.”

First broadcast in 1966 on the BBC, Cathy Come Home depicts a young family’s slide into homelessness. The first screening of the film led to public outrage at the state of housing in Britain and became a defining cultural landmark, demonstrating the power of art to effect social and political change.

Cardboard Citizens continues its exploration of the state of housing and homelessness with Cathy, its new critically acclaimed Forum Theatre show by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor (Cotton Wool, OVERSPILL), and directed by Cardboard Citizens Artistic Director Adrian Jackson, exploring how life might be for a Cathy today. Based, like the film, on true stories, this timely reflection looks at the social and personal impact of spiralling housing costs and the challenges of the forced relocation out of London experienced by many people on council waiting lists.

Cathy was researched with the support of housing and homelessness charity Shelter and each performance ends with an interactive debate in classic Forum Theatre style.  Forum Theatre is an interactive style of theatre that empowers the audience to change the outcome and have their say on one of society’s most topical subjects today – every show is a unique experience. The audience are encouraged to suggest how different courses of action might affect the outcome narrative and, in a final section of debate, to suggest laws which might ameliorate the situations the character find themselves in. Audience members can be actively involved or simply sit back and watch -as the story is rewritten in front of them.

#Cathy
Twitter & Instagram: @CardboardCitz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cardboardcitizens
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/cardboardcitztv
www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Cardboard Citizens present
Cathy

Director: Adrian Jackson
Writer: Ali Taylor
Cast: Alex Jones, Amy Loughton, Cathy Owen, Hayley Wareham
Dramaturg: Sarah Woods
Researcher: Alison Cain
Assistant Director: Emilia Teglia
Designer:  Lucy Sierra
Lighting Designer: Mark Dymock
Sound Designer:  Matt Lewis


2017 TOUR DATES

Crucible Studio, Sheffield
10-11 January
SOLD OUT
Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
12-14 January
SOLD OUT
Box Office: 0161 833 9833

Northern Stage, Newcastle
16-17 January
Book now
Box Office: 0191 230 5151

Cast, Doncaster
18 January
Book now
Box Office: 01302 303959

mac Birmingham, Birmingham
19-20 January
Book now
Box Office: 01214463232

Bridport Arts Centre
3 February
On sale soon
Box Office: 01308 424 204

HMP Pentonville, London
23-24 January

White Rock Theatre, Hastings
25-26 January
Book now (Pay what you like performance)
Box Office: 01424 462288

HMP Thameside, London
31 January
Tickets will not be on sale

Warwick Arts Centre
6-7 February
Book now
Box Office: 02476 524524

Theatre Royal Wakefield
8 February
Book now
Box Office: 01924 211311

The Civic, Barnsley
9 February
Book now
Box Office: 01226 327000

St Helen’s Library, Merseyside
10 February
Book now
Box Office 01744 676954

Lady Chapel, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
11 February
This is a free event. There is a suggested donation to the local food bank, Hope+.
Reserve a ticket now
Box Office 0151 709 4988

 

 

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DIRTY DANCING – JOHNNY AND BABY CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS ON THE ICE

DIRTY DANCING  CELEBRATES A FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS WEST END SEASON WHILST LOOKING AHEAD TO  INTERNATIONAL DATES & A NINE MONTH UK TOUR IN 2017

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Lewis Griffiths (‘Johnny’) and Katie Hartland (‘Baby’) celebrated the London season of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage by performing the iconic lift on the ice (for the very first time) at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, in front of the sparkling 9 foot Swarowski Christmas Tree centrepiece.

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 European creative team. The 3rd UK tour has taken over £8million pounds since it hit the road in Blackpool in August, and is currently wowing audiences in the West End – playing at the Phoenix Theatre until 31 December 2016. The tour will then play international dates in Bremen and Cannes, before mambo-ing back on the road, visiting multiple cities in the UK and Ireland until the autumn.

Tour dates and tickets at:

www.dirtydancingontour.com

#dirtydancing

@ddonstage

www.nhmskating.com

@NHM_IceRink

#NHMIceRink

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FULL CASTING FOR LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – WITH NEW IMAGES RELEASED

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

FIRST EVER UK TOUR OF

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

STARRING JOHN PARTRIDGE, ADRIAN ZMED

AND MARTI WEBB

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Bill Kenwright presents the highly anticipated first ever UK tour of the Tony and Olivier award winning LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, which opens at New Oxford Theatre on Thursday 5th January.

la-cage-aux-folles-john-partridge-as-%27zaza%27-cmatt-martinJOHN PARTRIDGE will play the iconic role of ‘Albin’, who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub. Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West End productions of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago. He is also well known for playing the loveable Christian Clarke in BBC’s EastEnders and as a judge on TV’s Over The Rainbow.

la-cage-aux-folles-adrian-zmed-as-%27georges%27-cmatt-martinADRIAN ZMED will play ‘Georges’, partner of Albin and owner of the nightclub. Zmed co-starred with William Shatner as ‘Officer Vince Romano’ in the 80’s hit TV show T.J. Hooker, which ran for 90 episodes over 5 years, and for playing ‘Johnny Nogerelli’ in the cult classic film Grease 2. Adrian then went on to star alongside big screen legend Tom Hanks in comedy Bachelor Party. This will be his first stage appearance in the UK although he is no stranger to Broadway musicals having previously led the casts of Grease, no fewer than 3 times, Falsettos and Blood Brothers.

One of the West End’s most revered leading ladies’, TV star and recording artist MARTI WEBB will play ‘Jacqueline’, friend to ‘Albin’ and ‘Georges’, and owner of the restaurant ‘Chez Jacqueline’. Webb has played leading roles in numerous West End and touring musicals including Evita, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Blood Brothers, Oliver, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, and Half-a-Sixpence. She received huge critical acclaim for her unforgettable performance in Tell Me on a Sunday, which was written specifically for her by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black. She has recorded nine solo albums and had many hit singles, including Always There, the theme from the hit BBC series ‘Howard’s Way’ and the smash hit Take That Look off Your Face.

Dougie Carter will appear alongside them as ‘Jean-Michele’, Samson Ajewole as ‘Jacob’, Su Douglas as ‘Marie/Madame Renaud’, Alexandra Robinson as ‘Anne’, Paul F Monaghan as ‘Dindon / Renaud’, and Jon De Ville as ‘Francis’. Joining them on stage as Les Cagelles will be Jordan Livesey, Matthew Ives, Louie-George Daniels, Liam Paul Jennings, Micah Holmes and Richard Leavey. Completing the cast are Luke Byrne, Jane Quinn, and Rachel Cumino.

 

Written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, and based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, La Cage Aux Folles follows the story of Georges, the manager of a Saint Tropez nightclub, and his partner, Albin, a drag artiste and the club’s star attraction. They live an idyllic existence in the south of France but behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change when Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life. Drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle. Will Albin be able to play the role of his life to ensure that Jean-Michel can marry his love?

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is a multi-award winning musical. The original Broadway production became an instant smash hit when it opened in 1983. It received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The success of the musical spawned a London Palladium production and several international runs. The 2004 Broadway revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival, and the 2008 London revival garnered the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

Setting out on its first ever UK tour, this brand new production is produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award Winning Bill Deamer, designed by Gary McCann, with Wigs and Make-up Design by Richard Mawbey, Lighting by Ben Cracknell and Sound by Dan Samson (the team responsible for the sumptuous current hit, The Sound of Music), and musical direction by Mark Crossland. This lavishly funny tale of unconditional love and family values, will leave you feeling the need to celebrate that life’s not worth a damn ‘till you can say I am what I am.’

This show-stopping score includes The Best of Times, Song on the Sand and the iconic I Am What I Am, which has been recorded by musical legends Gloria Gaynor, Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett.

The production tours the UK from 5th January 2017, opening at the New Theatre Oxford.

Dates currently on sale at www.kenwright.com. Further casting and dates to be announced.

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Revival of Chris Chibnall’s Worst Wedding Ever – cast for 2017 tour announced

 

REVIVAL OF WORST WEDDING EVER – SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE’S HUGELY SUCCESSFUL FIRST EVER ORIGINAL DRAMA COMMISSION.

FULL CASTING FOR 2017 TOUR ANNOUNCED.

 

Worst Wedding Ever

A Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production

By Chris Chibnall

Salisbury Playhouse – Thursday 2 to Saturday 25 February

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – Wednesday 1 to Saturday 11 March

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – Wednesday 15 March to Saturday 1 April

 

Hit comedy Worst Wedding Ever sold out its premiere run in Salisbury in 2014, enjoying great audience and critical response. It returns in spring 2017 in a new co-producing partnership between Salisbury PlayhouseNew Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. The first play commissioned by Salisbury Playhouse’s Original Drama programme, it is written by Chris Chibnall – acclaimed for creating the hit TV series Broadchurch and recently appointed Executive Producer of Doctor Who.  Directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gareth Machin, the show runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from 2 to 25 February 2017 before playing at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (1 to 11 March) and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (15 March to 1 April).

Worst Wedding Ever is a comedy drama set in West Dorset about a mother who, after her daughter’s original wedding plans begin to crumble, enlists the whole family to help make the day one she’ll never forget.  With a marquee in the back garden, the pub band, the help of the local vicar and two almost fully functioning portable toilets, surely the day will pass without a hitch?

The cast is led by Julia Hills (Calendar Girls, Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and national tour; 2point4 Children) as Liz, the bride’s mother. She will be joined by Elizabeth Cadwallader, Ben Callon, Derek Frood, Lloyd Gorman, Kieran Hill, Elisabeth Hopper, Nav Sidhu and Chris Talman.

Chris Chibnall is a stage and television writer who created ITV’s Broadchurch, series 3 of which is currently in production. From 2018 he will be Head Writer and Executive Producer of BBC TV’s Doctor Who. His stage work includes Gaffer! and Kiss Me Like You Mean It, which was shortlisted for a Meyer-Whitworth Award, and his television work includes the BBC drama The Great Train Robbery.

Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse, says “It was fantastic to work with south west writer Chris Chibnall in creating this comedy through Original Drama and now to be working with partners to bring it to a wider audience.  It is a play full of laughter but also imbued with real heart and is a fantastic night at the theatre. ”

The production is designed by James Button with musical supervision by Kate Edgar, lighting by Peter Hunter and sound by Mark Noble

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