Savoy Theatre, London 

  • Critically acclaimed hit UK premiere of Dreamgirls celebrates its first birthday in the West End by announcing new cast and extending through to 2nd June 2018
  • Marisha Wallace, Moya Angelaand Karen Mav will share the role of Effie White from 20th November 2017

Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce that the UK premiere of Dreamgirls,which opened last December at the Savoy Theatre to widespread critical acclaim, will extend booking through to 2nd June 2018.

From 20th November 2017, Moya Angela will join Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav to play the iconic role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. The three power-house actresses will all share the role at different performances throughout the week. Asmeret Ghebremichael will continue to play Lorrell Robinson, with Joe Aaron Reid continuing in the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Joining them will be Broadway actress Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris.

Established star of Broadway Marisha Wallace joined the London cast of Dreamgirls earlier this year having received rave reviews in the role of Effie White in the Dallas Theater Center production. On Broadway, she has originated roles in Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!and toured the US in The Book of Mormon.

Electric vocalist Moya Angela has been a respected musical theatre actress in the US for many years, receiving great acclaim playing Effie White in the North American revival tour of Dreamgirls, touring with Disney’s The Lion King and being part of the original Broadway casts of Ghost the Musical and most recently In Transit. She wowed judges and audiences when she auditioned for the 2016 series of America’s Got Talent, reaching the quarterfinal stages.

Karen Mav has been thrilling audiences in Dreamgirls since making her professional stage debut in the production last year. She quickly made a name for herself on ITVs The X Factor, successfully making it through to the notorious Six Chair Challenge before going on to release an original Christmas single in 2015.

Producer Sonia Friedman says: “The thrill of Dreamgirls is to experience the brilliance of the human voice. Effie White is arguably the biggest sing in musical theatre history, which is why we have cast three extraordinary vocalists to play this iconic role. Audiences experience goosebumps and tingles when they hear the fantastic songs in this show, sung by the very greatest singers on this planet, and each of these three actresses put goosebumps on top of goosebumps – London theatregoers are extremely lucky and privileged to have the chance to witness their rare and awe inspiring talents”

The cast of Dreamgirls will also include Michael Afemaré, Callum Aylott, Georgia Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Ashford Campbell, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Nicole Deon, Rhiane Drummond, Ashlee Irish, Emma Louise Jones, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Samira Mighty, Jayde Nelson, Aston New, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards and Joshua Robinson.

Full information on performance schedules can be found on the official website.

The Original London Cast Recording of hit West End musical Dreamgirls is available via Sony Masterworks Broadway.

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

Swarovski is delighted to be the Set and Costume Design partner for Dreamgirls, bringing to life the incredible visions of Tim Hatley and Gregg Barnes. Over one million Swarovski crystals have been incorporated into the production, adorning 275 costumes and 3 crystal curtains.

Let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, London. With an extraordinary story and the unforgettable, spine-tingling vocals that are sending audiences wild at every single show, this spectacular musical production soars with the classic songs, ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’.

Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit.

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

Moya Angela, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Brennyn Lark and Marisha Wallace are appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.



Savoy Theatre, Strand, London WC2R 0ET
Monday to Saturday evening performances at 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm


Box Office


Website:         Dreamgirlswestend.com
Telephone:     0844 871 7687
Prices:             From £20
At every performance there will be 125 accessibly priced seats for £25 or under available in advance, including 15 £20 Front Row Lottery tickets available on the day exclusively through the TodayTix app.


Social Media

Website – Dreamgirlswestend.com
Twitter handle – @DreamgirlsLDN
Facebook page – DreamgirlsLDN
Instagram account – DreamgirlsLDN
Hashtag – #DreamgirlsLDN

Frankenstein Review

Bridewell Theatre – until 21 October.  Reviewed by Jessica Brady


Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, Sedos presents FRANKENSTEIN! Written over 100 years ago still draws in audiences with its mystery. The heart of this tale was far advanced for its time, dealing with themes such as the existence of God, acceptance, hate and what it means to love, it follows the development of a strange creature and watch its uprising and downfall as we also witness the man who thought he had made waves in science but in fact created a monster.

This play version written by Nick Dear is a wonderful adaptation and the company of Sedos have created a great performance out of it! The set was inventive and worked perfectly for this production with four projections creating a constantly changing backdrop it was easy to distinguish settings and the projections themselves were visually stunning, attention was paid to the rest of the scenery too and the details were all there to elevate the standard of this production. The lighting design was particularly impressive with the use of a fork lightning effect cascading over the audience when the show begins linking up to the machine with ‘The Creature’ attached to it as it comes to life.

We go on a journey with ‘The Creature’ [played by Jonathon Cooper] from his ‘birth’. We watch him gasp for his first breath, attempt to stand and walk and when his creator Victor Frankenstein [played by Stephen Russell] sees his formation for the first time he runs away in horror at the sight of the terrifying figure. The story continues when he is seen by various people and is shunned, beaten and cast out for his hideous physique until he finds a kind blind man who doesn’t judge him for his appearance but instead helps him. We see the development of the creature’s speech and humanity forming through the kindness of the man as he teaches him how to write, and read and it appears that the creature is good, not evil and something to be destroyed. From this kindness comes great tragedy as the man who gave the creature a voice is eager for his son and his son’s wife to meet him as he is certain they will accept the creature, but this is not the case and they treat him unkindly like the rest of the people who have come across him. From this, the creature snaps and burns the house down with the family in it. The creature, no longer the good man he set out to be, comes to the decision that he will find his creator and get him to answer for his actions and create him a female companion just like him to combat his loneliness and allow him to love and be loved as he so desires.

The story is timeless and requires a lot from its main character, Jonathon Cooper does not disappoint. He is by far the standout of the production, with his excellent physical theatre skills and wonderful characterisation of the creature being the driving force and shows incredible command and intelligence in this role. I was blown away by Jonathon and found his performance to be very powerful and truthful. Stephen Russell as Frankenstein was just the right amount of erratic and crazy to portray the role and you could feel the horror seeping from him as he interacted with the creature, a great choice for casting as they both had an interesting chemistry that worked well in this instance. Regardless of being an amateur company, the show was well performed by the cast and the audience loved it giving a standing ovation!

There were a few things that jarred with me slightly in points of which firstly the pace of the action felt a little slow at times and I felt like the tension that was needed in some of the scenes didn’t quite reach the pinnacle which was a shame as it could have been a show stopper! Secondly the music choices in scenes and scene changes were a little disjointed as some were grungy, classical and another that sounded a little like yoga music broke the through line of the story for me as I wasn’t sure what overall style they were going for. Was it contemporary?, was it a classical interpretation? Personally I would have much preferred a score that was all the same style as it became distracting when I heard them. Nevertheless I still thoroughly enjoyed the production and would recommend it particularly for this time of year with Halloween just around the corner it will certainly get you in the SPOOOOOKY mood!





Today, 17 October 2017, Adrienne Warren was announced by Tina Turner as the actor who will portray her in the world premiere of the new musical TINA.  Directed by Phyllida LloydTINA will open at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018.  Performances will begin on 21 March 2018 with press night on 17 April 2018.  Produced by Stage Entertainment, TINA is currently booking to 16 June 2018.

Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs are by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet sound by Nevin Steinberg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.  Further casting for TINA will be announced in due course.

Adrienne Warren said: “Growing up watching Tina, I knew how to shake my hips before I could tie my shoes!  I am so grateful to our creative team and producers for entrusting me with this responsibility.  I say responsibility, because I am a Tina Turner fan first. I am elated, honoured and humbled.  Meeting and working with Tina is and will always be one of the great moments of my life.  Can’t wait to see you in London!”

Tina Turner said:  “It has been my joy to introduce Adrienne today.  From the moment I met her at our last workshop I saw her exceptional talent. Playing this role will require immense physical and emotional commitment, and bravery too. We are thrilled to have found Adrienne, and I very much look forward to spending more time together and developing a special friendship I know will grow even stronger as we prepare the production for the Aldwych Theatre. We can’t wait to welcome her to the show.”


From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. 


Adrienne Warren will make her West End stage debut as Tina.  Her most recent theatre credit was in Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination.  Her other US theatre credits include Bring it On the Musical at St. James Theatre, Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, which was followed by a National Tour, and The Wiz at Encores City Center.  She has toured and recorded with the multi-platinum selling Trans Siberian Orchestra in which she received her first Platinum and Gold records.  Her television credits include the Amazon Pilot Point of HonorOrange is the New BlackBlue BloodsRoyal PainsPeople in New JerseyIrreversible, andBlack Box.  In March this year, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops.

With a career that has spanned more than half a century, the legendary rock performer Tina Turner is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.  She first rose to fame in the 1960s partnering with her then-husband Ike Turner, achieving great acclaim for their live performances and catalogue of hits.  Later, Turner enjoyed an international solo career with her 1984 albumPrivate Dancer earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards, including three Grammys.  She went on to deliver more chart-topping albums and hits, receiving a further eight Grammy Awards and reportedly selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. The revered singer was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and has often been voted as one of the most successful female Rock ‘n’ Roll artists of all time.


Katori Hall is a writer and performer from Memphis, Tennessee.  In 2016, her play Children of Killers was performed as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival.  Her play The Mountaintop, premiering at Theatre503 in 2009, received a transfer to Trafalgar Studios and became the winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, and following the West End run the play opened on Broadway in October 2011 starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Hall’s other writing includes the award-winning Hurt Village currently in development for a feature film, Hoodoo LoveRemembranceSaturday Night/Sunday MorningWHADDABLOODCLOT!!!Our Lady of KibehoPussy Valley and The Blood Quilt.  Earlier this month Hall was named Artistic Director of the Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis. 

Phyllida Lloyd returns to the West End where she has previously directed the world premiere of MAMMA MIA!, currently still running in London after 18 years.  Her production subsequently opened on Broadway and worldwide becoming a global phenomenon before she directed a film version for Universal Pictures.  More recently she has directed a Shakespeare Trilogy for the Donmar at King’s Cross – Henry IVJulius Caesar and The Tempest, all of which were also seen in New York where she has previously directed Taming of the Shrew at the Public Theatre andJosephine and I at Joe’s Pub at The Public, a transfer from The Bush.  Previously for the Donmar Warehouse she directed Mary Stuart which transferred to the Apollo Theatre and then Broadway,The Threepenny Opera and Boston Marriage.  She directed Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteriaand Wild East all for the Royal Court, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Fiona Shaw at the Old Vic Tunnels, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Epidaurus, The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Duchess of Malfi all for the National Theatre,Artists and Admirers and The Virtuoso for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her other film credits include The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep in the role of Margaret Thatcher, and Gloriana.  Lloyd has directed many productions for the Royal Opera House and English National Opera and as well as winning multiple awards for her work, in 2012 she was awarded a CBE.

TINA is produced by Stage EntertainmentJoop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.


Adrienne Warren is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.



Theatre:                           Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF

Dates:                              initial booking period 21 March – 16 June 2018

Press Night:                       17 April 2018 at 7pm

Performances:                   Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

                                      Nb first midweek matinee 12 April 2018

Box Office:                         0845 200 7981

Website:                           www.tinathemusical.com

Facebook:                         TinaTheMusical

Twitter:                            TinaTheMusical

Instagram:                        TinaTheMusical

What Once Was Ours: Barnsley teens contribute to Brexit play

Zest Theatre and Half Moon presents

What Once Was Ours

A part-verbatim, part-scripted immersive show about young people’s attitudes to Brexit taken from interviews with over 200 young people from two Remain and two Leave areas of Britain

Touring 5th October to 24th November

Highlighting the opinions of those too young to vote in the referendum, two of the UK’s leading companies creating work for young people have collaborated on a show based on interviews from over 200 teenagers from four areas of Britain: two that voted Leave and two that voted Remain. What Once Was Ours has been made in reaction to the extreme polarity of opinions and the readiness to attack those with alternate ones, and is aimed at increasing understanding and conversation between those of differing views. The show focuses on a half-brother and sister from very different backgrounds and the struggling relationship when one asks for help.

Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, different opportunities. Except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad. What happens when Callum suddenly turns up in desperate need of help? Beautiful imagery, striking original music and immersive design combine to create this powerful new production for young people, which asks why we’ve become so fearful of anyone who is different from us.

Between November 2016 and January 2017, Zest Theatre held extensive workshops in Barnsley, Newcastle/Gateshead, the company’s home county Lincolnshire, and in Tower Hamlets where the Half Moon is located. In each area the company talked to and listened to young people from across the divide to find out their feelings on Brexit, Britishness, politics and society. What Once Was Ours was created based on these conversations, and verbatim quotes from the workshops are used throughout the show.

Barnsley voted by 68% to leave the EU, and Boston, Lincolnshire voted to leave by 76%, the strongest leave vote in the country. Tower Hamlets voted to remain in the EU by 68%, and Newcastle by 51%. Zest Theatre also visited Gateshead, across the river from Newcastle, where the vote was 57% leave.

Toby Ealden, Artistic Director of Zest Theatre and director of What Once Was Ours, said, “The impetus for this new production came the day of the EU referendum result. When the result came in, we spent the day hearing so many of the towns we tour to portrayed in the media as somehow less intelligent, racist and small minded. This portrayal didn’t do these communities justice.

Chris Elwell, Director of the Half Moon and dramaturg of What Once Was Ours said, “We’re excited to be working with Zest Theatre on this exciting new piece of writing for young people that, importantly, has been driven by the voices, words and attitudes of young people across the UK to Brexit. While their views might not have been united, we hope that What Once Was Ours will allow audiences to witness a whole range of different opinions that will allow them to come together and start a more open dialogue.”

Lincoln based Zest Theatre, established in 2007 by Toby Ealden, creates theatre for, by and with young people. They aim to make theatre accessible through dynamic productions and participation projects inspired by the needs, lives and imaginations of those aged under 25. Zest’s previous productions include immersive house party Gatecrash, which toured in 2014 and again in 2016, and Thrive about Post Traumatic Growth, which toured from 2016 to 2017. Director Toby Ealden has been making theatre for young audiences for over ten years including youth theatres, school tours and national touring. His past work includes working as the youth theatre director for Nacro, the national crime reduction charity. During his time there, Nacro toured with young people across the country, including to the National Theatre.

Half Moon is the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. It is a local organisation with a national remit, committed to supporting artists and young people at every stage of their creative development. Working from their base in East London, Half Moon specialises in new writing and artform development, acting as a gateway organisation that provides pathways for progression and experimentation. Half Moon’s wide-ranging programme reaches 50,000 people annually and engages those who are often excluded from arts activity. Half Moon’s activity includes a season of professional plays for young audiences, national touring productions and an extensive creative learning programme, including seven youth theatres.

Half Moon is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and receives regular funding from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Half Moon’s digital archive is available at www.stagesofhalfmoon.org.uk.

@zesttheatre | @halfmoontheatre | #whatonce | zesttheatre.com | halfmoon.org.uk

Suitable for ages 12+

Company Information

Director Toby Ealden                                        Creative Producer Fiona Moon

Devised by Zest Theatre and Half Moon            Writing Collaborator/Dramaturg Chris Elwell

Designer Verity Quinn                                       Lighting Designer Phil Clarke

Sound Designer Guy Connelly                         

R&D Creatives Jenny Daniels, Laura Hopwood and Luke Vernon


Pippa Beckwith and Jaz Hutchins

Tour dates

5 – 11 Oct                     Half Moon Theatre, London

43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND

Thurs 4.30pm & 7pm, Fri 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Mon 10.30am & 1.30pm, Tues 1.30pm & 7pm, Weds 10.30am & 1.30pm | £7

www.halfmoon.org.uk | 020 7709 8900


13 Oct                          Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE

7.30pm | £13, (£9 concs)                                      

www.pegasustheatre.org.uk | 01865 812150


14 Oct                          Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival,

Pavilion Dance South West

Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

6pm | £12 (£10 concs)

www.pdsw.org.uk | 01202 203630


16 Oct                          Durham Johnston School (school’s performance)


17 Oct                          Hartlepool Town Hall

Raby Rd, Hartlepool TS24 8AH

                                    2pm & 7pm | £8 (£5 U25s)

                                    www.destinationhartlepool.com | 01429 890000


18 Oct                          Sunderland Stages at Sunderland College

University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Rd, Sunderland SR1 3SD
            7.30pm | £8.50 (£6 concs)        

                                    www.artscentrewashington.co.uk | 0191 561 3455


19 Oct                          The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

                                    Spiceball Park, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 5QE

                                    7pm | £12 (£10 concs)

                                    www.themillartscentre.co.uk | 01295 279002


27 Oct                          Juice Festival

Northern Stage, Newcastle

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RH

                                    6.30pm | £10 (£8 U21s)

                                    www.northernstage.co.uk | 0191 230 5151


30 Oct                          Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, London

The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, London SE18 6ES

                                    Times and prices TBC

www.glypt.co.uk | 020 8854 1316


31 Oct                          artsdepot, London

                                    5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 OGA

                                    Times and prices TBC

                                    020 8369 5454 | www.artsdepot.co.uk


1 Nov                           Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London

                                    Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

                                    2pm & 7pm | £10 – £8

                                    www.stratford-circus.com | 0844 357 2625


2 Nov                           Farnham Maltings, Surrey

                                    Bridge Sq, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

                                    7pm | £12 (£10 concs)

                                    farnhammaltings.com | 01252 745444


3 Nov                           Quarry Theatre, Bedford

St Luke’s Peter’s, 26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN

                                    7.30pm | £12.50 (£10.50)

                                    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk | 01234 362337


6 Nov                           Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

                                    1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF

                                    £9 | 7pm

                                    watersideartscentre.co.uk | 0161 912 5616


7 Nov                           Burnley Youth Theatre

                                      Queens Park Road, Burnley, Lancashire BB10 3LB                                 

6pm & 8pm | £8 – £4

                                    www.burnleyartscentre.org | 01282 458655


8 Nov                           The Civic, Barnsley

                                    Hanson St, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2HZ

                                    7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs, £8 student)

                                    www.barnsleycivic.co.uk | 01226 327000


9 Nov                           Riverhead Theatre, Louth

                                    Victoria Road, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0BX

                                    7.30pm | £10

                                    www.louthplaygoers.com | 01507 600350


10 Nov                         The Garage, Norwich

                                    14 Chapel Field N, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1NY

                                    7.30pm | £15 (£8.50 concs)

                                    www.thegarage.org.uk | 01603 598646


13 Nov                         Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Saint Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ

                                    7.30pm | £5

                                    guildhallartscentre.com | 01476 406158


14 Nov                         Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire

                                    27 Saint Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DL

                                    7.30pm | £5

                                    stamfordartscentre.com | 01780 763203

15 Nov                         South Holland Centre, Spalding

23 Market Pl, Spalding PE11 1SS

1pm & 7pm | £10 (£7.50 concs)

www.southhollandcentre.co.uk | 01775 764777


16 Nov                         Terry O’Toole Theatre, Lincoln

Moor La, Lincoln LN6 9AX

7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs, £7.50 U16s)

Terryotooletheatre.org.uk | 01522 883311


17 Nov                         Cast, Doncaster

                                    Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

                                    7.45pm | £10.50 (£9 concs)

                                    www.castindoncaster.com‎ | 01302 303 959


20 & 21 Nov                  The Egg, Bath

                                    36 Monmouth St, Bath BA1 2AN

                                    Mon 1pm & 5pm, Tues 1pm & 7pm | £7.50

                                    www.theatreroyal.org.uk | 01225 448844


22 Nov                         Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton

                                    Duke St, Burton upon Trent DE14 1EB

                                    7pm | £8 (£5 concs)

                                    Brewhouse.co.uk | 01283 508100


23 Nov                         The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

                                    The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS

8pm | £13.75

                                    www.marlowetheatre.com | 01227 787 787


24 Nov                         Cornerstone Arts Centre, Oxford

                                    25 Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NE

                                    7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs)

                                    www.cornerstone-arts.org | 01235 515144

Casting Update – Whither Would You Go? Fundraiser

www.whitherwouldyougo.com / #whitherwouldyougo / @WhitherWould


On October 22nd at the Harold Pinter Theatre, a host of stars will gather to perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays in response to modern-day refugee video stories.  The evening will bedirected by Jamie Lloyd.  All profits go to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The burgeoning cast includes such luminaries as Roger Allam, Kevin Bishop, Zoe Boyle, Bertie Carvel, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Celia Imrie, Eleanor Matsuura, Wunmi Mosaku, James Norton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Williams & many more will join together to create a one-night-only, never-to-be-repeated gala event in support of the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world. The evening includes a special guest performance by actor Jay Abdo, himself a refugee of his native Syria.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘refugee’ speech from ‘The Book of Sir Thomas More’, written as a plea for tolerance during the London riots of May 1517 (500 years ago this year), ‘Whither Would You Go?’ pairs scenes from Shakespeare, read by stars of stage and screen with genuine refugee stories from around the world.

Jamie Lloyd says ‘Whither Would You Go? uses the words of William Shakespeare to highlight our shared humanity.  When we focus on what we all have in common, we can start a conversation.  With more than 65m forcibly displaced people in the world – the highest levels ever recorded – we should be talking and we should be acting.’

Stephen Fry, who participated in the inaugural event in LA said ‘Shakespeare has always been a friend to the marginalised. Who better to champion the needs of refugees worldwide?’

Olivia Williams, LA event alumni & London cast member said ‘Contributing to Whither Would You Go? is the answer to the question, ‘what can I do to help?’

‘Whither Would You Go’ is the creation of Ella Smith & Emma West, both actors & producers who wanted to harness the power of storytelling to bring tangible help to refugees.  Their inaugural production took place in Los Angeles in March and sold out. Further productions are now planned for New York & Sydney.

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.  An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Often the first on the ground to help those forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution, UNHCR is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.  All profits from ‘Whither Would You Go?’ go directly to UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.

Best known for his work with his eponymous theatre company (The Jamie Lloyd Company) for Trafalgar Transformed at the Trafalgar Studios, Jamie Lloyd has been credited with drawing new people to the theatre and introducing plays to a wholly diverse audience.  He is a proponent for affordable theatre for young and diverse audiences and has been credited with ‘redefining West End theatre’ (Nick Curtis, Evening Standard – ‘Jamie Lloyd: The Playmaker‘).  He has an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for ‘The Pride’ at the Royal Court – and has been nominated a further four times.  His production of ‘Passion’ during his associate directorship at the Donmar Warehouse won an Evening Standard award for Best Musical.  He has also worked at the National Theatre, the Old Vic and in the West End.

A refugee of his native Syria, actor Jay Abdo’s career was cut short in 2011.  During a trip to Beirut where he spoke to a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Abdo spoke out against the Assad government and how they were “responsible for killings within their borders”. After returning to Syria, Abdo began to receive threats and was intimidated and criticized for his lack of patriotism. As a result, he moved to the United States in October 2011 to escape persecution. He joined his wife in Minnesota, where she was studying as a Humphrey fellow at the Fulbright Program and the couple later moved to Los Angeles so he could start acting again. After working several odd jobs, including delivering pizzas for Domino’s Pizza and driving an Uber, he finally began to land major roles again, including QUEEN OF THE DESERT with Nicole Kidman, A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING with Tom Hanks & most recently 1ST BORN with Val Kilmer & William Baldwin.

Kevin Bishop can currently be seen in the lead role of Fletcher in the BBC’s remake of PORRIDGE and will next be seen on stage in LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN alongside Jennifer Saunders. Kevin is a stalwart of the contemporary British TV comedy scene. He is best known for STAR STORIES, his own series THE KEVIN BISHOP SHOW and most recently THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW.  Other recent credits include on stage in ONCE IN A LIFETIME at the Young Vic alongside Harry Enfield and as Nigel Farage in the BBC 2 mockumentary NIGEL FARAGE GETS HIS LIFE BACK.

Zoe Boyle’s TV credits include: DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCY, GREYS ANATOMY, FRONTIER, FORT JAMES for Netflix & the BBC’s WITLESS.  Her theatre credits include: KING LEAR & THE SEAGULL for the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by Trevor Nunn, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION for the Old Vic, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF as Maggie & PRESENT LAUGHTER.  She is the recipient of a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble for her work in DOWNTON ABBEY.

Bertie Carvel is currently starring as Rupert Murdoch in INK at the Duke Of York’s Theatre in the West End, and on screen as Simon in the BBC’s hit drama DOCTOR FOSTER. Previously he starred in JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL, COALITION, BABYLON and as Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA, THE MUSICAL in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the West End and on Broadway (Olivier award for Best Actor in a Musical).

Over the past decade Lee Evans has received rave reviews for his West-End theatre roles including; Samuel Beckett’s ENDGAME alongside the legendary Michael Gambon, Mel Brooks’ musical THE PRODUCERS with Nathan Lane plus Harold Pinter’s THE DUMB WAITER, with Jason Isaacs – for which he received the London Theatregoers’ Choice Award – and Clive Exton’s BARKING IN ESSEX.

Lee has won many accolades in the comedy world including  ‘Special Contribution To Comedy’ Award at The British Comedy Awards 2011, the highly coveted ‘Perrier Award’ and the Time OutAward for Comedy. He has experienced huge success as an international film star with major starring roles in FREEZE FRAME THE MEDALLION, THE MARTINS, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, MOUSE HUNT, THE FIFTH ELEMENT and FUNNY BONES.  He has also starred in several television series and television films; DOCTOR WHO, THE DINNER PARTY and THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY.

Currently treading the boards of London’s West End in Jeremy Herrin-directed ‘Labour of Love’ for the Michael Grandage Company, Martin Freeman was most recently seen reprising his role of ‘Dr. John Watson’ in the much anticipated fourth series of SHERLOCK on both BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US. Martin is currently filming Ryan Coogler’s sci-fi drama BLACK PANTHER, alongside Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o. Martin takes on the role of ‘Everett K. Ross’ in a story concerning the story of new ruler ‘T’Challa’ defending his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the kingdom of Wakanda. The film will be released in February 2018.


Prior to this, Martin was seen in Crackle’s new drama STARTUP, alongside Adam Brody and Edi Gathegi. The series TX’d in September 2016 and ran for 10 episodes. Martin will also be seen in the big screen adaptation of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s GHOST STORIES. The thriller also stars George MacKay and Andy Nyman and is due to be released later this year. 2017 will also see Martin in the feature film adaptation of award nominated short CARGO. The post-apocalyptic thriller also stars Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius and Susie Porter.


Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s theatre credits include: DEATH & THE KING’S HORSEMAN, ANTIGONE, EDWARD II & Guildenstern in ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (NT 50th Anniversary show) for the National Theatre; A RESPECTABLE WEDDING, JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE, THE CHANGELING & FEAST for the Young Vic; THE LOW ROAD for the Royal Court and HAMLET for the Barbican.

Celia Imrie’s many film credits include: HIGHLANDER, Kenneth Branagh’s FRANKENSTEIN, the BRIDGET JONES trilogy, John Madden’s BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, CALENDAR GIRLS & Woody Allen’s YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER.  Her varied TV credits include: BERGERAC, THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY, DINNER LADIES, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS & BETTER THINGS as well as arguably her most iconic role in VICTORIA WOOD AS SEEN ON TV, where she shone in the now-infamous ACORN ANTIQUES sketches.  In 2005 ACORN ANTIQUES became a West End musical directed by Trevor Nunn and Celia’s performance as Miss Babs won her the Olivier Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’.  Last year she was honoured with the Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award by the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase.

Eleanor Matsuura was recently seen in the hugely successful film spin-off WONDER WOMAN and will reprise her role in the next film in the series JUSTICE LEAGUE.  She is currently working on the 3rd series of INTO THE BADLANDS for AMC/Amazon where she will return as Baron Chau.  She can be seen in the forthcoming feature film JULIET NAKED directed by Jesse Peretz as well as the new series of SHETLAND for BBC.  She recently starred in the unique live-streamed one-take Woody Harrelson film – LOST IN LONDON, in which she played his wife Laura.  She also appeared in the last series of internationally renowned BBC drama SHERLOCK – opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, as DI Hopkins.

Last year, she could be seen as Hippolyta in the BBC’s new adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM opposite Maxine Peake and her extensive work in theatre includes: Virgilia in CORIOLANUS for the RSC; DANTON’S DEATH at The National Theatre and THE CHANGELING at The Young Vic Theatre. She starred in the multi-award-winning hit play ENRON directed by Rupert Gould at The Royal Court theatre and in the West End. Following a hugely successful run in the UK and New York she also reprised the lead role in Mike Bartlett’s Olivier-award-winning new play BULL at the Young Vic Theatre.

Wunmi Mosaku’s theatre credits include: Jeremy Herrin’s THE VERTICAL HOUR, Debbie Tucker Green’s TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION & Vicki Featherstone’s CYPRESS AVENUE for The Royal Court; MR. BURNS for The Almeida & TIGER COUNTRY for Hampstead Theatre. ROUGH CROSSINGS for Headlong Theatre Company.

Her film credits include: OUR LOVED BOY (Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award Winner), STOLEN & DON’T TAKE MY BABY (Bafta Award Winner) for the BBC, Stephen Frears’s PHILOMENA, FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE & MACBETH.  Wunmi’s TV credits include: SILENT WITNESS VIII, MOSES JONES, BLACKOUT & Stephen Poliakoff’s DANCING ON THE EDGE for the BBC; FATHERS & SONS, SCOTT & BAILEY & VERA II for ITV and BLACK MIRROR: PLAYTEST for Netflix.

After graduating from Cambridge University, James Norton immediately went on to study at RADA. He is a bright star in the British acting landscape which was confirmed when he was selected by Screen International to be one of their highly prestigious ‘Stars of Tomorrow’.

James can currently be seen in FLATLINERS, the reboot of the hit 1990 sci-fi horror. He stars alongside Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev as the character of would-be doctor ‘Jamie’. The story follows a group of medical students who conduct near-death experiments in order to explore the afterlife. James has recently completed work on the AMC/BBC One crime drama MCMAFIA, which is anticipated to release in 2018. Written by Hossein Amini and directed by James Watkins, the story follows Alex Godmanthe, English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca.

James is also set to star alongside Imogen Poots in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of BELLEVILLE, penned by Amy Herzog. Directed by Michael Longhurst, the pair play American expatriates whose marriage violently unravels when they move to Paris. Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby round out the production, which runs from December 7th to February 3rd.

Jack Whitehall is an award-winning comedian, writer and actor.  As a successful and much sought-after stand up, actor, writer and presenter, Jack has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting and successful comedy talents, a status cemented by his People’s Choice Award for the King of Comedy at the 2012, 2013 & 2014 British Comedy Awards.

2017 saw Jack film a new adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel DECLINE AND FALL for BBC2 alongside David Suchet and Eva Longoria. This autumn sees Jack co-star in a new travel series with his father, Jack Whitehall: TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER which airs on Netflix and his arena tour, JACK WHITEHALL AT LARGE will also air as a Netflix Special later this year. In addition, Jack has co-written a new series for Sky 1 – BOUNTY HUNTERS is a comedy drama and sees Jack co-starring alongside Rosie Perez and Robert Lindsey – which will air this autumn.

Olivia Williams studied English at Cambridge University before training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include: For the National Theatre; Mosquitoes, Waste, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II. For the RSC; Peer Gynt, The Wives’ Excuse, The Broken Heart, Wallenstein, Misha’s Party.  For the West End: In a Forest Dark and Deep. Her TV credits include; Counterpart, The Halcyon, Manhattan, Salting the Battlefield, Playhouse Presents, Case Sensitive, City Hall, Dollhouse, Miss Austen Regrets, Krakatoa, Agatha Christie, Jason and the Argonauts, Friends, Emma, Van Der Valk, Ruth Rendell.

Olivia’s film credits include; Victoria and Abdul, Man Up, Altar, Maps to the Stars, Sabotage, Last Days on Mars, Seventh Son, Hyde Park on Hudson, Anna Karenina, Now is Good, Hanna, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Ghost Writer (ALFS award Supporting Actress, NSFC award Supporting Actress), An Education, Flashbacks of a Fool, There for Me, X-Men 3, Tara Road, Valiant, To Kill a King, The Heart of Me (British Independent Film Award, Best Actress), Below, Man from Elysian Fields, Lucky Break, Born Romantic, The Body, Dead Babies, Four Dogs Playing Poker, Sixth Sense, Rushmore, The Postman, Gaston’s War, Wesley, A Brand from the Burning.

Whither Would You Go?
Sunday 22 October 7:30pm
Harold Pinter Theatre Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN
Tickets £50-200
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A Judgement in Stone Review

Grand Opera House York – until Saturday 21st October.  Reviewed by Michelle Richardson


The Classic Thriller Company presents its adaptation of one of Ruth Rendell’s early thrillers, the classic A Judgement in Stone. The story revolves around the murder of a family of four, slain with their own guns.

The show starts after the fact and we are treated to flashbacks, all played out using the one set, whilst trying to ascertain who slaughtered the Coverdales with the guidance of two dectectives, Det Supt Vetch, sent up from London and Det Sgt Challoner. They are really just a tool to take us through the flashbacks. Chris Ellison as Vetch is very reminiscent of his character in The Bill, Frank Burnside, but not so gritty.

The cast were a bit hit and miss with Robert Duncan and Rosie Thomson giving credible and somewhat energetic performances of the Coverdales, along with Pamela Dwyer as the daughter, and Ben Nealon as Challoner, being the best of the bunch.

Sophie Ward as Eunice Parchman was just not convincing enough, for a start she just looked too young and for another her wig was dreadful. We are then introduced to Joan Smith, played by Deborah Grant. Things definitely liven up but her character is just so over the top that her performance was just too unbelievable. How anyone can believe that any relationship would exit between the meek and dowdy housekeeper and this prostitute, turned post mistress is beyond me and never really explored.

The climax, which proved to be not much of a climax, supposedly a brutal and shocking scene, with gunshots, shouting and the opera, was so ridiculous several members of the audience just giggled.

I’m sure that there was a lot of promise in this play but it just fell flat. Maybe the direction should have emphasised the tension and got rid of the pointless humour as I’m not sure if it was trying to be a serious thriller, or a farce with the occasional uncomfortably moment.




Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company announces the adult casting for the first five venues of the Matilda The Musical 2018/19 UK and Ireland TourCraige Els will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, having played her in the West End for three years between 2014 and 2017. He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey and Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood as well as former West End cast-mate Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve (5 – 24 March) and will then tour to the Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (4 – 28 April), Sunderland Empire (8 May – 2 June), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 June – 30 June), Birmingham Hippodrome (3 July – 8 September), Manchester Palace (18 September – 24 November) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4 December – 12 January 2019). Further dates and venues are to be announced in due course. The West End production will continue to play at the Cambridge Theatre, where it is currently booking until 27 May 2018.

The full adult cast includes Joe Atkinson, Peter Bindloss, Oliver Bingham, Emily Bull, Matthew Caputo, Samara Casteallo, Craige Els, Matt Gillett, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Sam Lathwood, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Charlie Martin, Anu Ogunmefun, Carly Thoms, Rebecca Thornhill, Sebastien Torkia, Taylor Walker, Adam Vaughan and Dawn Williams. The children’s cast will be announced in due course.

Craige Els (Miss Trunchbull) has previously appeared on stage in Timon of Athens, Antigone andThe Cherry Orchard (National Theatre) and on screen in Ripper StreetThe Bletchley Circle and Call The Midwife. Further theatre credits include Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Mamma Mia! (Novello), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers(Sadler’s Wells), Never Forget (West End and tour) and Spamalot (West End). Craige has also appeared on the big screen in films such as The Imitation Game, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Simon Connelly’s Hamlet.

Carly Thoms (Miss Honey) most recently starred as Natella/Ludvica in The Caucasian Chalk Circle(Greenwich Theatre). Other stage roles include LV in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (The Union Theatre), Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi), the title role in Cinderella (Hackney Empire and De Montfort Hall), Lucy in Ushers (The Charing Cross Theatre) and Liesl in The Sound of Music UK Tour.

Rebecca Thornhill (Mrs Wormwood) is an Olivier Award-nominated actress with an illustrious musical theatre background. Rebecca’s previous stage credits include lead roles in From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward and USA tour), Chicago (Adelphi), Ragtime(Piccadilly), Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales and UK tour), South Pacific (UK tour), Beauty and the Beast (Dominion) and Les Misérables (Palace and Denmark). In addition to her credits in the West End, Rebecca has appeared at the National Theatre in Singin’ in the Rain (for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award) and played Gertie in Trevor Nunn’s production of Oklahoma!opposite Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman.

Sebastien Torkia (Mr Wormwood) has a wide range of theatre credits which include the original West End casts of La Cage Aux FollesGuys and DollsSaturday Night Fever, Martin Guerre andGrease. Other roles include Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal Exchange, Manchester), Ed in The Lion King (Lyceum), A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octogan),Women Beware Women (National Theatre), Eddie Ryan in Funny Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), Greg Gardner in A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible), Maugrim/Giant Rumblebuffin in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Steve in Singin’ in the Rain (national tour), and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Japan.

The production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical which will engage young people in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. With a travelling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps and whole school takeovers, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners. Further details can be found at http://uk.matildathemusical.com/tour/.

Matilda The Musical is the longest running production at the Cambridge Theatre and will enter its seventh year in London’s West End on 25 October 2017.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by more than 7 million people worldwide. Having swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway, Matilda The Musical has now played in over 60 cities and has played more than 5500 performances worldwide.

After winning a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, the Australian and New Zealand tour has now played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. In July 2016,Matilda The Musical broke further records by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. The Australian and New Zealand production concludes its tour on 22 October, where it is playing at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.

Matilda The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.


Leicester Curve
Monday 5 – Saturday 24 March 2018
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Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 28 April 2018
Box Office: +353 (1) 677 7999

Sunderland Empire Theatre
Tuesday 8 May – Saturday 2 June 2018
Box Office: 0844 871 3022*

Milton Keynes Theatre 
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 30 June 2018
Box Office: 0844 871 7652*

Birmingham Hippodrome 
Tuesday 3 July – Saturday 8 September 2018
Box Office: 0844 338 5000**

Manchester Palace Theatre
Tuesday 18 September – Saturday 24 November 2018
Box Office: 0844 871 3019*

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru
Tuesday 4 December 2018 – Saturday 12 January 2019
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Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
Booking until 27 May 2018
Tuesdays 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30pm
Sundays 3pm

Box Office: Cambridge Theatre 020 7087 7745 / RSC Ticket Hotline 01789 403493
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STOMP to Close in London on 7 January 2018





The Olivier Award-winning and global phenomenon STOMP will end its 15-year run in London’s West End on 7 January 2018, following a box office record-breaking 10-year run at London’s Ambassadors Theatre.  However, as the creators of STOMP, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, state, this is not the end of STOMP in London:

We want to emphasise that we don’t consider this the end of STOMP here; we actually feel it’s going to be good for the show to take a break, reconfigure, reinvent and return at some point in the future in a different London venue, where we can present the show in a way that is more in keeping with its original ethos.

In 2018, the show will continue to tour throughout the globe, with dates already confirmed for
Paris, Beirut, Prague, Lisbon and Milan, as well as a Dutch tour, a German tour, an Indian tour, an Italian tour, an Australian and New Zealand tour and a French tour.  In addition, negotiations are underway for extended seasons in China, South America and Turkey. 

STOMP was first performed in 1991 in Edinburgh.  The show played Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 1994 and won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, before opening in New York in February of the same year.  The European company was created in 1997 and began the show’s London run at the Vaudeville Theatre on 25 September 2002, transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre on 27 September 2007.  On Monday 25 September 2017, STOMP celebrated the show’s 15th Birthday in London’s West End.

One of Britain’s greatest exports, STOMP has toured the globe for 26 years, playing to more than 12 million people in 53 countries across 6 continents. There are currently four STOMP companies performing worldwide, including New York, where the show has been running for over 23 years, London, now in its 16th year, a world tour and a North American tour.

STOMP is presented in London by Yes/No Productions and Glynis Henderson Productions Limited.


Ambassadors Theatre

West Street

London WC2H 9ND

Box Office: 020 7395 5405

Tickets from £26 (subject to £2.50 transaction fee)

Performances: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 6pm, with matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

Extra Performances at 3pm & 8pm on Wednesday 18 & 25 October 2017

Christmas/New Year booking period:

Mon    Dec    18    2017   8:00 PM

Wed   Dec    20    2017   3:00 PM

Wed   Dec    20    2017   8:00 PM

Thu    Dec    21    2017   3:00 PM

Thu    Dec    21    2017   8:00 PM

Fri      Dec    22    2017   8:00 PM

Sat     Dec    23    2017   3:00 PM

Sat     Dec    23    2017   8:00 PM

Sun    Dec    24    2017   1:00 PM

Wed   Dec    27    2017   3:00 PM

Wed   Dec    27    2017   8:00 PM

Thu    Dec    28    2017   3:00 PM

Thu    Dec    28    2017   8:00 PM

Fri      Dec    29    2017   8:00 PM

Sat     Dec    30    2017   3:00 PM

Sat     Dec    30    2017   8:00 PM

Sun    Dec    31    2017   3:00 PM

Sun    Dec    31    2017   6:00 PM

Mon    Jan     1      2018   8:00 PM

Running Time: 100 minutes with no interval

Booking Period: to 7 January 2018




THE DAMNED UNITED stage adaptation of David Peace’s novel transfers to London

The Damned United – stage adaptation of David Peace’s novel tours to The Pleasance, London


Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Unity Theatre Liverpool presents


Written by Anders Lustgarten; Adapted from the novel by David Peace; Directed by Rod Dixon


13 – 18 November 2017, The Pleasance, Islington.

Press performance: Tuesday 14 November, 7.30pm.


The stage adaptation of THE DAMNED UNITED is transferring to London for a run at The Pleasance Islington from 13-18 November as part of its first UK tour. Award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (Lampedusa/The Seven Acts of Mercy) has adapted David Peace’s novel for Red Ladder Theatre Company, which takes the play to the London venue following its success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 


Combining fiction, fact and hearsay, David Peace’s compelling best-seller is an account of Brian Clough‘s disastrous 44-day period as manager of Leeds United. In a stripped-back staging directed by Red Ladder’s artistic director Rod Dixon, a company of three-  Luke Dickson (Brian Clough), David Chafer (Peter Taylor) and Jamie Smelt (Sam Longson/Syd Owen/Jack Kirkland et al) – take audiences up-close to the sweat, fury and power-struggles from pitch-side and inside the flawed but brilliant mind of ‘Old Big ‘ed’.

The story of a troubled genius slamming-up against his limits, THE DAMNED UNITED brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.


The rights for THE DAMNED UNITED were donated by David Peace to Red Ladder Theatre Company for £3.68 – a penny for each page in the novel – in 2014, as a show of support for the Leeds-based radical theatre company when it received a 100% cut to Arts Council Funding. In 2016, Red Ladder presented the world premiere of The Damned United as a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse, which played to full capacity houses during a five-week sell-out run. The Damned United has been freshly re-approached by Red Ladder Theatre Company for 2017-2018, as a small-scale production to tour into non-traditional arts spaces, including football grounds, in addition to theatres.


Rod Dixon, artistic director of Red Ladder, says We’re thrilled to be bringing The Damned United to London after a very successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where we welcomed fans of sports and theatre alike to our staging of David Peace’s ingenious novel. As a story The Damned United has it all –passion, power struggles, tragedy and a classic anti-hero in Clough – which lends itself brilliantly to  theatre. Anders captures the grit, poetry and darkness of David’s writing and by charting the fall of Brian Clough and exposing what made ‘Old Big ‘ed’ tick, audiences are given a fascinating insight into the troubled but brilliant mind of a flawed genius –who remains one of the most controversial figures in sporting history.”


Playwright Anders Lustgarten says “The Damned United is a brilliantly theatrical book, full of looming shadows, incantatory prose and dramatic conflicts and betrayals. The trick with adapting such fantastic source material is to let it breathe and do its thing, rather than reshape it. I think we’ve done that very successfully, and had a great time in the bargain.”


Author David Peace says, “Football itself, at every level, is drama, theatre and spectacle played out before a living, breathing and usually very partisan audience; this is what Anders, Rod and everybody involved brought to the story which neither the book nor the film could do.”



Performances: 13-17 November 2017, 7.30pm, £13, £11 concs.

Press night: Tue 14 November, 7.30pm.

Book Tickets: Tel: 0207 609 1800. www.pleasance.co.uk

Venue details: Pleasance, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London, N7 9EF.


Red Ladder Theatre Company: RedLadder.co.uk; @redladdertheatr #thedamnedunited2017

Phoenix Soars On Tour


York – Buxton – Bridlington – Malvern – Barnsley


Internationally acclaimed, Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre begins its Autumn Tour next week.

The dance company’s Mixed Programme starts in York on October 25th and goes on to Buxton, Bridlington, Malvern and Barnsley taking a range of bold performances with it.

Sharon Watson, Artistic Director at Phoenix Dance Theatre, and currently Yorkshire Woman of the Year, says:  “I have worked with people from all over the world for this mixed piece and the result is three diverse, emotional and sassy dances in one thought-provoking performance.”

Beast is an unsettling and unforgettable piece by Leeds-based choreographer Douglas Thorpe. It explores the dark reaches of the mind, focussing on the concept of choice and consequences that follow wrong decisions.

Created by award-winning company dancer and choreographer, Sandrine Monin and composer Roberto Rusconi, Calyx is a new piece which was inspired by and based on the book of poems The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire, Calyx explores the themes of beauty, desire and decadence.

The Calyx is the outermost part of a flower – the bud,” explains Sandrine. “It envelopes the flower, protecting it, and when it blooms it provides support for the rest of its life.  I find it a fascinating and beautiful thing and have used the dancers to translate this.”

And with a live microphone at its heart, Aletta Collins’ Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe sees five dancers blend movement and voices to create a uniquely witty piece of dance.

The work is set to a score by composers Street Furniture Music, a Soho-based production company who specialise in in music and sound design for Film, TV, Games and Theatre; the dancers’ voices are transformed into the beats and accents of a pulsing soundtrack.

Phoenix Dance Theatre: Mixed Programme is at:


York Theatre Royal on Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th October

Buxton Opera House Tuesday 31st October

Bridlington Spa Tuesday 7th November

Malvern Theatres 14th November

Barnsley Civic 17th November


For more information visit www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk