The Seagull, Lyric Hammersmith – casting announcement

The Seagull
By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Simon Stephens
Directed by Sean Holmes
A Lyric Hammersmith production
Tuesday 03 October – Saturday 04 November 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces further casting for Simon Stephens’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s highly renowned play, The Seagull, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes. Adelayo Adedayo plays Nina, Michele Austin plays Pauline, Paul Higgins plays Hugo Dorn, Cherrelle Skeete plays Marcia, Nicolas Tennant plays Peter Sorin and Brian Vernel plays Konstantin, joining the previously announced Lesley Sharp who plays Irina Arkadina.

Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka.
And Art.

Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier award winning playwright Simon Stephens directed by Sean Holmes.

Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates this classic play.

Cast Includes: Adelayo Adedayo, Michele Austin, Paul Higgins, Lesley Sharp, Cherrelle Skeete, Nicolas Tennant and Brian Vernel.

Adelayo Adedayo plays Nina

Theatre credits include: Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre)

Film and TV credits include: Unlocked, Timewaster, Houdini & Doyle, Some Girls, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Skins, Gone Too Far, Sket, MI High, Meet The Bandaiis and The Bill.

Michele Austin plays Pauline

Theatre credits include: Medea and The Chain Play (Almeida); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The House That Will Not Stand and The Riots (Tricycle); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park); Six Books (Bush); Wild Child (Rough Cuts); The Lost Mariner, Been So Long and Breath, Boom (Royal Court); Generations (Young Vic); Out In The Open (Hampstead); Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint) and It’s A Great Shame (Stratford East).

Film and TV credits include: The Children Act, What We Did On Our Holidays, Another Year, The Infidel, All Or Nothing, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Second Nature, Secrets & Lies, Eastenders, The Coroner, The Casual Vacancy, Death In Paradise, Harry And Paul, Holby City, Peep Show, Silent Witness, Britannia High, Outnumbered, Never Better, Secret Life, The Bill, The Wife Of Bath, Clare In
The Community, Doctors, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Eastenders, The Bill, Babes In The Wood, Kiss Me Kate and The Perfect Blue.

Paul Higgins plays Hugo Dorn

Theatre credits include: Temple, Luise Miller, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message (Donmar); Blackbird, King Lear (Citizens); Hope, Nightsongs, American Bagpipes, The Conquest of the South Pole (Royal Court); Children of the Sun, White Guard, Paul, An Enemy of the People, The Hare Trilogy (National Theatre); Damascus (Traverse/Tricycle/Middle East); The Tempest (Tron); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland); Macbeth, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida); Measure for Measure (RSC); The Golden Ass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe).

Film and TV credits include: Line of Duty, Decline and Fall, The Thick of it, New Town, The Last Enemy, Murder, Raised By Wolves, Utopia, Low Winter Sun, Victoria & Abdul, Couple in a Hole, In The Loop, Red Road, Bedrooms and Hallways, Apostle and The Party’s Just Beginning.

Lesley Sharp plays Irina Arkadina

Theatre credits include: A Taste of Honey, Harper Regan, Mother Courage and her Children, Murmuring Judges, Uncle Vanya – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre); Ingredient X, Top Girls and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); Ghosts (Duchess); Little Voice (Vaudeville); God Of Hell, A Family Affair – Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Performance
(Donmar); Playing With Trains and Mary and Lizzie (RSC) and Summerfolk (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: Three Girls, Scott & Bailey, Capital, Starlings, The Shadow Line, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, Cranford, Poirot, Moving On, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Afterlife, Planespotting, The Survivors, Carla, Carrie’s War, Bob and Rose Slapper and Me, Inkheart, Vera Drake, Cheeky, From Hell, The Full Monty, Naked, Priest, Close My Eyes, The Rachel Papers, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, The Love Child. Clocking Off, Great Expectations, Playing The Field and Common as Muck.

Cherrelle Skeete plays Marcia

Theatre credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); And I and Silence (Finborough) and The Lion King (Lyceum).

Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.

Nicolas Tennant plays Peter Sorin

For the Lyric: Three Kingdoms (also Tallinn/Munich),

Theatre credits include: Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo); Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, King Lear, As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC); The Alchemist and Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Tiger Country and Love Me Tonight (Hampstead); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman /Chichester); The Power Of Yes, The Blue Ball and The U.N.
Inspector (National Theatre); Roaring Trade and Piranha Heights (Soho); People At Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Tour); Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe); Members Only (Trafalgar); Dead Funny (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Cloud 9 and Teeth ‘N’ Smiles (Sheffield Theatre) and Bad Company, Sugar, Sugar and Love & Understanding (Bush).

Film and TV credits include: Peaky Blinders, The Bill, The Gift, The Fool, Nice Town, Between the Lines, Breaking The Bank, Oscar & Lucinda, Friday On My Mind, Backbeat and Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic.

Brian Vernel plays Konstantin

Theatre credits include: Barbarians (Young Vic); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); Takin’ Over the Asylum (Royal Lyceum/Citizen’s); Macbeth, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Static, Blackout (ThickSkin) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre Of Scotland/Traverse /Oran Mor).

Film and TV credits include: Dunkirk, Papillon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Winter Song, Offender, Let Us Prey, Collateral, The Tunnel, Dr Who, The Missing 2, The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and The Field of Blood.

Further casting to be announced.

Booking Information
Tickets 020 8741 6850 |
Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL
The Seagull
Tuesday 03 October – Saturday 04 November 2017
Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Also Sat 2.30pm (excluding 7 October) & Wed 1.30pm (excluding 4 & 11 October) & Thu 12 Oct at 1.30pm.
Free First Night: Tuesday 03 October. For more information:
Previews: Wednesday 04 – Monday 9 October 2017 | Press Night: Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 7pm
Preview & Mid-week Matinees: £15, £20 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40.
No booking fee.
Open Captioned Performance: Saturday 28 October 2:30pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 28 October 7:30pm

New Trailer for the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING

Directed by Luke Sheppard (In The Heights) the cast of WORKING includes Gillian Bevan (Teachers, Holby City), Dean Chisnall (Shrek, Blood Brothers), Krysten Cummings (Rent), Siubhan Harrison (Guys and Dolls), Peter Polycarpou (City of Angels, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma) and Liam Tamne (Rocky Horror, Les Miserables,The Phantom of the Opera). Completing the cast are rising stars Patrick Coulter, Nicola Espallardo, Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley and Kerri Norville, who are all making their professional debut.

WORKING is based on 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winner Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The show follows the day-to-day lives of the American workforce, who are often overlooked – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress to name a few, and has musical contributions from several composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights)

New musical to celebrate diversity and 70 years of Pakistan’s Independence

Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, Islington, London EC1R 4TN
Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th September 2017

This September will see the UK premiere of brand new Sufi musical, ISHQ, which will be performed in English at Sadler’s Wells to mark 70 years of Pakistan’s independence.

Originally penned more than 600 years ago by the immortal Sufi Saint Waris Shah, ISHQ will feature specially commissioned music and choreography from across Pakistan and the UK.  This is the love story that shook a patriarchal society, putting the empowerment of women centre stage.

ISHQ tells the tale of two lovers and their feuding families and holds the same place in Punjabi literature as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This exciting musical spectacle will feature a combination of classical and modern dance with a unique blend of poetry and fusion music.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Punjab, ISHQ is a collaboration between Pakistani and British artists which will celebrate unity, diversity and Pakistani culture within the UK.

SERENDIP’s Managing Director Huma Beg comments, SERENDIP is honoured to have been invited by the Pakistan High Commission to put together an event that will be a fitting tribute to Pakistan and its cultural legacy that has yet to be presented centre stage in the world’s greatest capital, London.

ISHQ’s Director Farooq Beg says, This musical is not just a romance but is a co-creation of Eastern and Western talent to create new sounds and moves, something that so symbolises Britain of today.

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams to reprise their roles in Mary Stuart at The Lowry

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams to reprise their roles in Mary Stuart when the show visits Salford

At The Lowry Tue 17 – Sat 21 April 2018

The Amleida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart will open in the West End before visiting three venues outside of London, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams reprising their roles.

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from Sat 13 January 2018 for a limited run. The production will then visit  The Lowry from Tue 17 – Sat 21 April 2018. One of only three venues outside of London.

Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

Robert Icke previously directed Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984 for the Almeida and The Red Barn for the National Theatre.  Mary Stuart is produced by Fiery Angel (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – Plays at the Garrick, The 39 Steps) and the Almeida (London Theatre of the year 2016 – Hamlet, Bakkhai, Richard III, American Psycho, King Charles III, Oil and Chimerica).

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. Most recent theatre credits include starring roles in Mary Stuart and Hamlet (both directed by Robert Icke, the latter currently playing in the West End) and of course Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic which played to huge critical acclaim and due to popular demand returned for a second run. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend it Like Beckham, When Did You Last See Your Father, Being Julia, Pierrepoint, Mona Lisa Smile and Diana and Departure. Recent television work includes starring roles in Williams brothers’ thriller One of Us for BBC1 and Sky Living’s supernatural thriller The Enfield Haunting, as well as playing series regulars on two series of Atlantis and The Village. Other television work includes Place of Execution, The Accused, The Hour and White Heat. Upcoming releases include feature film Let Me Go. In addition to her Olivier award, Juliet has been nominated a further four times and is four times BAFTA nominated for her film and television work. She was awarded a CBE in 1999.

Lia Williams most recently appeared in the Almeida’s productions of Mary Stuart and Oresteia (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress) as well as Harold Pinter’s Celebration. Other theatre credits include The Revengers’ Comedies in the West End (Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award, Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Performance), Old Times in the West End, Arcadia and Skylight on Broadway, at the National Theatre and in the West End (Tony and Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress), Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse and Mappa Mundi at the National Theatre, Oleanna, King Lear and My Child at the Royal Court, The Homecoming at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in the West End and on Broadway, and The Lover and The Collection at the Donmar Warehouse.  Her television credits include Strike: Silkworm, The Missing, The Crown, Secret State, Doc Martin, May 33rd (BAFTA nomination for Best Actress), The Russian Bride, Imogen’s Face, A Shot Through the Heart, Flowers of the Forest, Seaforth and Mr Wroe’s Virgins. Film includes The Foreigner, Jonathan Toomey, The King is Alive, Different for Girls, The Fifth Province, Firelight, Dirty Weekend and La Suite Blanche-Neige. As Director, her credits include The Match Box for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre and films Feathers, The Stronger (BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film), Dog Alone and the feature documentary Nanabozhung.

Robert Icke is a writer and theatre director. He is currently Associate Director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, National and International tours). As director, his productions include Hamlet (starring Andrew Scott, also West End), The Fever, Mr Burns (Almeida), The Red Barn (National Theatre), Boys, Romeo and Juliet, Decade (Headlong, where he was Associate Director until 2013). For Oresteia, Robert won Best Director in the Critics Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2015, and the Olivier Award for Best Director in 2016.

Mary Stuart is presented by Fiery Angel, ACT Productions, Almeida Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Howard Panter.

Listing info

Mary Stuart
Dates: Tue 17 – Sat 21 April 2018
Tickets on sale Fri 23 June 2017







From 17 June to 9 September 2017

Brand new West End production photography has been released of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill which began preview performances at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre on Saturday 17 June with Opening Night on Tuesday 27 June. McDonald, the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress, will be making her long awaited West End debut portraying jazz legend Billie Holiday in a performance that won her a record-setting sixth Tony Award.

This critically acclaimed production broke box office records at the Circle in the Square in New York.

“Audra McDonald is a vocal genius! One of the greatest performances I ever hope to see.”
New York Magazine

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny PriceLady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

“Mesmerizing! Pouring her heart into her voice, Audra McDonald breathes life into Billie Holiday’s greatest songs.”
The New York Times

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill won two Tony Awards in 2014 including ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play’ for Audra McDonald, making her Broadway’s most decorated performer, winner of six Tony Awards and the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories.

1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime.  Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.   

Billie ‘Lady Day’ Holiday had what is widely considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all-time. Born Eleanora Fagan in April 1915, she rose to popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her pioneering vocal style strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists. After a turbulent personal life and struggle with addiction, she died at the untimely age of 44. In 2000, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“One of the most exquisite & haunting performances of the year!”
Entertainment Weekly


Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London


First performance: 17 June 2017

Final performance: 9 September 2017

Press Performance: 27 June 2017

For full performance schedule see website:

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45pm

Box Office
Telephone: 0844 482 5120
Prices from £19.50
Premium and exclusive club seating available

Social Media
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Audra McDonald

Shirley Valentine Review

Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Manchester – until 24 June 2017.  Reviewed by Julie Noller

Has it really been 30 years since Pauline Collins and that perm graced the silver screen alongside Tom Conti to bring the play about a bored, middle aged Liverpudlian housewife, expertly written by Willy Russell to life? This is the anniversary tour, a celebration of restless housewives everywhere.

The set design follows two scenes split between the two Acts. During Act I we see a kitchen set that includes ‘wall’ the friend Shirley quite often talks to, alongside a 1980’s wooden kitchen that quite possibly came straight out of Brookside. The smell when those chips were cooking, oh wow made my mouth water for who doesn’t love chips? Certainly not the lady I sat next to, for her stomach was protesting and mine was agreeing. I noted that my parents quite possibly had the very same Hotpoint washing machine when I was youger, much to my amusement. Act II is the Greek Island set of beach and beautiful blue sky. With a new friend for Shirley ‘rock’ cleverly placed in the same position on stage as ‘wall’ for somethings never quite change, only this time her table is on the beach, outside where she can feel freedom.

Jodie Prenger is Shirley Valentine rocking it for every middle aged women, even without that perm (lets call it a modern twist), there are no other characters on stage for this is not the film, this is about one woman. Shirley the 42 year old housewife with two children who have grown up and flown the nest, question was would I now at only a year older myself watch and understand her? Of course I would, I identified with her totally, from the worries over children to lack of confidence over an outfit, that’s me. Jodie’s scouse accent was brave, performing so close to Liverpool people would easily pick up any mistakes, any slips, but you bypass those and watch as the story unfurls itself. A strong regional accent always takes some time to become accustomed to.

Shirley Valentine not only gives us a snap shot of 1980’s kitchens but life in surburban homes, women didn’t really venture out to pubs alone, nevermind sitting at a table in a Greek Taverna alone. They prepared egg and chips and expected consequences for it not being steak – sulking husbands who talked to the fridge because he can’t talk to his wife. Designer silk gowns were a luxury that wasn’t worn, M&S was the posh underware shop. Even now if I were to buy a silk gown, I think I’d do a Shirley Valentine and wear that gown everywhere!

As a play it’s straight humour, Willy Russell, well his understanding of women is unquestionable, his writing brilliant but you don’t need to hear that so let’s gush over Jodie Prenger instead. Her delivery was brilliant, the one liners exceptional, the emotional attachment I felt to Shirley real. You want to cheer Shirley on, shout out to her on stage ‘Go on love, You can do it’. The audience clapped and cheered her famous ‘sex for breakfast, sex for dinner’ rant. Every women will understand her wobbles in life, the nurturing of Motherhood against a need to feel free, to find herself, hands up if you’ve often looked in the mirror and wondered what happened to your 30’s never mind your 20’s, or is that just me? It was fantastic to see Jodie looking like me up on stage, not a performer who follows the latest fad diet craze, releases an exercise dvd in order to stay in the public eye. But looking like a real person who has lived, believably as a 42 year old Mother, warts and all and I loved her for it. Back to the humour too many one liners to make note of, but the laughter from every member of the audience and smiling faces afterwards tells its own tale. Every Mum was chuckling over the Nativity story line, for we’ve all been the Mum to smile through embarrassment or smile to another Mum whilst their little cherub is being the life and soul of the Nativity. But more so we understand a Mother’s love.

So what would the younger generation learn from watching Shirley Valentine? That quite possibly Shirley is the original vlogger….. just without the camera. The principles are there and I do believe she would reach out to quite the extensive audience. It’s a true girls night out, enjoy the wine ladies even olives if you fancy. But don’t be lonely in life because Shirley understands and there is hope for us all to escape to our very own Greek Island yet. I’m feeling inspired so I may just take a few moments to peruse Greek holidays, or just take a glass outside to enjoy the sun in my garden.

Adam & Eve – Jack Studio Theatre

Broken Silence Theatre presents

Adam & Eve by Tim Cook

Tuesday 29 August to Saturday 2 September 2017 

What does it say about the state of our relationship. If one small thing comes along. And destroys it forever?

Newlyweds Adam & Eve are moving to the countryside, leaving the city behind for good. They’re going to buy a house, start a family and live happily ever after. But when Adam is suspended from work and accusations are made, they’re forced to question how well they really know each other.

What lurks beneath the surface? And how can their marriage survive in a post-truth society?

Adam & Eve is a startling new play about trust and the nature of accusations from award-winning Royal Court Young Writer Tim Cook.

Listings Information

Venue: Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH

Box office:

or 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only)

Dates: Tuesday 29 August to Saturday 2 September 2017

Performances at 7.45pm

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions (suitable for 14+)

Theatre website:



Rehearsal images – A Tale of Two Cities


Bringing two of Charles Dickens’s most popular stories out in the open as part of the 2017 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre,

 celebrates the greatest storyteller of London life.

Casting and completed creative teams have today been announced for A Tale of Two Cities (7 July – 5 August), a new play by Matthew Dunster adapted from the original novel, and Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over (17 July – 5 August) adapted by Anya Reiss especially for families.

I am delighted that this group of 32 talented performers are coming together to reimagine these two iconic London stories. For those of us who read them alone at home, at school or on the tube, I hope we can reclaim them anew together in the Park. For those who only know them as titles, then let us take you on a trip back to the nineteenth century blockbusters, via 2017. This is Dickens uncovered for everyone.” (Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader)

Director Timothy Sheader has assembled a company of 21 actors to re-tell Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities: Lydia Bradford, Sean Cernow, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Marième Diouf, Patrick Driver, Nabil Elouahabi, Lorna Gayle, Lewis Griffin, Nicholas Karimi, Nicholas Khan, Andrew Koji, Kevork Malikyan, Francesca Mills, Jude Owusu, Tim Samuels with Aliya Ali, Evie Buxton, Mia Dalley, Foyinsola Ighodalo, Kaitlyn Kou, and Olivea Puci sharing the children’s roles.

Developing their programme of work made especially for families, Caroline Byrne directs Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over in daytime performances alongside A Tale of Two Cities. A cast of 8 actors, Robyn Cara, Rina Fatania, Danny-Boy Hatchard, Michael Hodgson, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Shaun Mason and Angela Wynter play multiple roles, with Tia-Lana Chinapyel, Lewis Fernée and Jordan Nash alternating in the title role.


Design for both productions is by Fly Davis.

The completed creative teams also include, for A Tale of Two Cities: Liam Steel (Movement Direction), Lee Curran, who received an Olivier Award-nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar (Lighting Design) and Christopher Shutt (Sound Design). For Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over, the creative
team includes Lucy Burge (Movement Direction), Joshua Anio Grigg (Sound Design) and Joe Dieffenbacher (Physical Comedy Direction). Casting for both productions is by Polly Jerrold.

The 2017 Open Air Theatre season opens with On The Town, (19 May – 01 Jul) directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. The cast includes Danny Mac, Fred Haig, Samuel Edwards, Siena Kelly, Lizzy Connolly, Miriam-Teak Lee, Naoko Mori, Mark Heenehan, Rodney Earl Clarke and Maggie Steed. Following A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over, the 2016 sellout production of Jesus Christ Superstar returns (11 Aug – 23 Sep), directed by Timothy Sheader. The production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, and features Declan Bennett (as Jesus), Evening Standard Award-winner Tyrone Huntley (as Judas), David Thaxton (as Pilate) and Peter Caulfield (as Herod).

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was voted London Theatre of the Year in the Stage Awards 2017, and recently announced a collaboration with English National Opera for their 2018 season, with Timothy Sheader directing Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (22 – 30 Jun 2018).

Brand new production of ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ by Agatha Christie to open on the South Bank this Autumn

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions present
Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie





Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions today announce a major new production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution to open on London’s South Bank this October in a unique court room setting inside County Hall.  Lucy Bailey (Comus, The Graduate, Titus Andronicus) will direct this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal, with the audience thrillingly placed in the thick of the action in a spectacular location. This will be the first major London production of a play written by Agatha Christie to open since the 1960s.

Witness for the Prosecution will run from 6 October – 11 March with Press Night on 23 October.  The production will be designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Chris Daveyand sound design by Mic Pool.

All tickets during the preview period (6 October – 23 October) will have £10 off.  For the main run, there will be 100 tickets available for every performance at £25 or under.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony?  Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

Witness for the Prosecution was one of Agatha Christie’s favourites of all her works.  In her autobiography, she said: ‘One night at the theatre stands out in my memory especially; the first night of Witness for the Prosecution. I can safely say that that was the only first night I have enjoyed…. It was one of my plays that I like best myself.’

The new production has been developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family. Christie’s Great Grandson and Executive Chair of Agatha Christie Ltd, James Prichard said “It is really exciting to see this innovative approach to one of my great grandmother’s best plays. The amazing setting of County Hall will help raise the production to great heights, and with Lucy Bailey directing it will be a must see theatre event. This show will help demonstrate that Christie’s works are as relevant today as they have ever been, and 21st century London is in for a treat.”

Witness for the Prosecution is part of an exciting new wave of adaptations of Christie’s work on stage and screen that are giving audiences a fresh perspective on her canon. It follows the highly acclaimed BBC One adaptation of the short story which aired last Christmas and starred Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough and Kim Cattrall, as well as the BBC’s And Then There Were Nonewhich starred Aidan Turner, Charles Dance and Sam Neill. The BBC has commissioned seven new adaptations with the first of these, Ordeal By Innocence going into production this summer. InNovember, 20th Century Fox’s feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express will be released, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The all-star cast also includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Sergei Polunin and Lucy Boynton.



Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions present
Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Lucy Bailey
Designed by William Dudley
Lighting Design by Chris Davey
Sound Design by Mic Pool

London County Hall
The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
6 October 2017 – 11 March 2018
Press Night 23 October, 7pm
Box Office: 0844 815 7141


Until 22 October: Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday and Saturday, 2.30pm

25 October – 11 March: Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 3pm

See website for performances 24 December – 9 January

Band A £52.50
Band B £39.50
Band C £25
Band D £10
Premium £75
VIP £95

No booking fees if booked via the official website

Preview Pricing is £10 off all prices above (excluding Band D) up to and including Wednesday 18th October

100 tickets at £25 or under are available for each performance

Our exclusive VIP Jury Ticket will place you in the heart of the courtroom action, with access to a private bar area. Jurors will receive a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks (soft drink, beer or house wine) to be redeemed pre-show or at the interval.


Twitter: @WitnessPlayLDN

Facebook: /WitnessPlayLDN

Royal Ballet Dancer Nathalie Harrison Joins Cast of VOICES OF THE AMAZON






Sisters Grimm are delighted that Nathalie Harrison, First Artist at The Royal Ballet will join the cast of VOICES OF THE AMAZON, with kind permission from Kevin O’Hare, Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet. VOICES OF THE AMAZON is receiving its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells from 4 to 8 July, following sell-out run at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow.  The show is directed by Pietra Mello-Pittman, choreographed by Helen Pickett and composed by Ella Spira in collaboration with Brazilian songwriters Danny Nascimento, Dito Martins and Julien Davis and world‐renowned percussionists Olodum. VOICES OF THE AMAZON is narrated by Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons.


Nathalie has recently returned to The Royal Ballet playing the role of Hermia in Frederick Ashton’sThe Dream, following the birth of her first child. Having trained at The Royal Ballet School, Nathalie joined the Company in 2003 and was promoted to First Artist in 2009. She has created several roles for the Company, including ones in Sensorium and Diana and Actaeon (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), and, in 2013, completed a course in Ballet Education Practice at the Royal Opera House. Her repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Dulcinea (Don Quixote) and Bathilde (Giselle). Nathalie also appeared in Nicholas Hytner’s 2012 production of Timon of Athens at the National Theatre and provided dance demonstrations for Darcey Bussell’s Ballerina Heroines on BBC2.


Darcey Bussell CBE said of VOICES OF THE AMAZON, “Sisters Grimm have fused different dance genres, with a captivating cast from Brazil and London, to create a new show called Voices of the Amazon at Sadler’s Wells. Choreographer Helen Pickett’s foundations are in classical ballet but here she brings together musical theatre, breakdancing, capoeira and live songs, which is truly exciting. The show makes us all think about the importance of accepting differences and protecting our natural world. I highly recommend it.”


Nathalie joins the previously announced Michelle Buckley, Liam Burke, Charles Damasio, Stefanos Dimoulas, Kay Elizabeth, Rachel Maybank, Fernanda Muniz, Hicaro Nicolai, Kauê Ribeiro and Leilane Teles, as well as musicians Rob Barron – (Musical Director, Piano & Synths), Adam Kovacs (Percussion 1), Matthew West (Percussion 2), Tina Jacobs (Viola) and Lucy Skinner (Cello).


After the run at Sadler’s Wells, VOICES OF THE AMAZON will be part of the line-up for Latitude festival 2017, before the company travels to Singapore to perform at Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands from 28 to 30 July.


Set amidst the Brazilian rainforest, VOICES OF THE AMAZON follows the story of Beleza; a water spirit from the Amazon, whose search to cure her dying sister takes her on a life-changing journey deep into the rainforest.


VOICES OF THE AMAZON features a sensational musical score, containing sounds recorded from the Amazon Rainforest, with music and songs performed in English and Portuguese. Combined with Helen Pickett’s fusion of ballet, contemporary and capoeira, the show aims to highlight the damaging effects of deforestation, the loss of natural medicines and plants, and promises an exhilarating live experience, embracing the true spirit of Brazil.


VOICES OF THE AMAZON has lighting design by Ben Cracknell, stage and costume design by Temple Clark and sound design by Adrian Rhodes. WWF, EDEN and Alexander Van Tulleken (CBBC’s Operation Ouch, Channel 4’s How to Lose Weight Well) will provide scientific consultation.


VOICES OF THE AMAZON is produced by Sisters Grimm, the creators of the Grammy® Award-nominated show INALA.




Twitter: @amazon_voices

Instagram: @voicesoftheamazon


Running time: 100 mins (including interval)


4 – 8 July 2017


Sadler’s Wells

Rosebery Ave,

London EC1R 4TN


Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 2.30pm


Tickets: £12 – £38

Box Office:  020 7863 8000