Time Production’s After the Ball | Upstairs at the Gatehouse | 7 – 24 March

Presented by Time Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD
Wednesday 7th – Saturday 24th March 2018

You’ve been away almost two years. I haven’t seen you, I haven’t hardly heard from you… I’m your wife.

Ian Grant’s new play explores how our acts reverberate down the generations. Inspired by a true event in 1918 and an unresolved family memory, After the Ball is a gripping ensemble piece, spanning sixty years, about desire, personal responsibility and the devastating repercussions of human conflict.

London, 1914. As the Great War breaks out in Europe, Blanche and William meet at a dance and marry. They share a political passion for peace, but William enlists to fight in Belgium. Amidst the horrors of the battlefield, he finds love with another woman, while Blanche is left at home with their baby

Exploring love and betrayal during the war, After the Ball tears open the scars created by horror and guilt, and lays bare the lasting effect of war on the women of this family for generations to come.

Directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou (Unrivalled Landscape ★★★★ Time Out – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and produced by Time Productions (Tiny Dynamite ★★★★ The Upcoming – Old Red Lion Theatre), After the Ball was shortlisted for the Terence Rattigan Society New Play Award 2017.

Director Nadia Papachronopoulou comments, I am really passionate about presenting the female perspective and championing theatre that has strong female characters that are complicated, flawed and layered. What drew me to After the Ball is the effect war has on women. The protagonist of the play, Blanche, goes through so much pain during the First World War, yet still remains the rock of the family. I am fascinated by her strength and resilience to keep the family unit together, even when the war shatters her world

Highgate playwright Ian Grant’s previous work includes Stella Europa (Hen and Chickens Theatre) and the libretto Thomas Boleyn (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford). Grant co-founded Time Productions after a successful 40 year career in publishing.

Casting announced for Nightfall at the Bridge Theatre

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR BARNEY NORRIS’S

N I G H T F A L L

 

Laurie Sansom will direct Ophelia Lovibond (Lou), Ukweli Roach (Pete) and Sion Daniel Young (Ryan) in the world premiere of Barney Norris’s Nightfall running at the Bridge Theatre from 28 April – 3 June 2018, with press night on 8 May 2018. Final casting will be announced shortly.

On a farm outside Winchester, Ryan struggles to make a living off the land. His sister Lou has returned home after the death of their father to support Jenny, their formidable mother. Not so long ago, when a neighbour’s Labrador strayed onto the farm, their dad reached for his shotgun. Now, when Lou’s boyfriend Pete reappears, flush with money from his job at an oil refinery, Jenny fights to hold her children to the life she planned for them.

 

Ophelia Lovibond is best known on television for playing Izzy Gould in the BBC’s W1A and was last on stage in Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Her other theatre credits include The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Effect for Sheffield Theatres.  Her other television credits include Hooten & the Lady, Elementary, Inside No 9, Mr Sloane and Nathan Barley.  Her films include Tommy’s Honor, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Man Up, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Single Shot, GozoMr Popper’s Penguins, No Strings Attached, 4.3.2.1, Chatroom, London Boulevard, Nowhere Boy, Shadows in the Sun and Oliver Twist.

Ukweli Roach’s theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and Helen, both for Shakespeare’s Globe and 5, 6, 7, 8 for the Royal Court.  His television credits include Humans, Hard Sun, Blindspot, The Royals, Grantchester and Silk.  His film credits include Streetdance 3D, One Day and Venus and the Son.

 

Sion Daniel Young’s theatre credits include Killology for the Royal Court, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse for the National Theatre, Mametz and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning for the National Theatre Wales, The Welsh Boy for Theatre Royal, Bath, and Llwyth for the Sherman Theatre.  His television credits include Commoners, Hinterland, Our World War,Casualty and Gwaith Cartref. On film his credits include Another Me, Private Peaceful and Daisy Chain.

Upon graduating from university, Barney Norris founded Up In Arms Theatre Company, of which he is the co-Artistic Director. His first play Visitors ran at the Arcola Theatre before transferring to the Bush Theatre, winning him the 2014 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. His other full-length plays areEventideEcho’s End and While We’re Here. Norris is the author of a bestselling novel, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, and a book on theatre: To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill.  His second novel, Turning For Home, was published this month.

As Chief Executive/Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland Laurie Sansom directed Rona Munro’s The James Plays which were co-presented by the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain and toured the world. Sansom was previously Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where he directed the UK premiers of Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm and Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond The Horizon and The Festival of Chaos for London 2012. He was also Alan Ayckbourn’s Associate Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

LISTINGS

 

Address:                                   Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Box Office:                               0843 208 1846 or boxoffice@bridgetheatre.co.uk (7p/minute plus standard network rate)

Tickets are priced from £15 to £65 with a limited number of premium seats available. A special allocation of £15 seats are held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26.

Access:                                    0333 320 0051 or access@bridgetheatre.co.uk

Website:                                   www.bridgetheatre.co.uk

Twitter:                                    @_bridgetheatre

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Facebook:                                facebook.com/bridgetheatrelondon

Motown the Musical to embark on major UK and Ireland Tour from October 2018

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
TO EMBARK ON MAJOR UK AND IRELAND TOUR

OPENING AT THE

BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE

ON 11 OCTOBER 2018

 

Motown the Musical will embark on a major UK and Ireland tour opening at the Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 where it will play until 3 November 2018 before visiting Leeds Grand Theatre (6 – 17 November 2018), Edinburgh Playhouse (20 November – 8 December 2018), Bristol Hippodrome (10 January – 2 February 2019), Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin (5 – 23 February 2019), Manchester Opera House (26 February – 23 March 2019) and Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff (26-March – 6 April 2019). Further dates and casting to be announced soon.

The London production of Motown the Musical continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is about to enter its third year and is currently booking until 5 January 2019.

With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry GordyCharles Randolph-Wright’s production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine and tells the story behind the classic hits.

Berry Gordy said today, “The UK has always been the gateway for Motown to the rest of the world.  While the west end production still continues to perform to great audiences, I’m thrilled that we are taking a second production of Motown the Musical to the rest of the UK.”

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.  Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.  

Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014.  The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run, and continues to play to packed houses across America.

Motown the Musical has music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp, co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Cook, dance arrangements by Zane Mark.  Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design  by Peter Hylenski, video by Daniel Brodie and Wig design by Charles LapointeMotown the Musical is produced in the UK by Kevin McCollumDoug Morris, Adam Spiegel and Berry Gordy.

Berry Gordy is the founder of Motown, the enterprise that nurtured the careers of, amongst others, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles,​ Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, ​Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 and more​. Gordy is also a songwriter, producer, director, boxer, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary.  Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, he also released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  His films include Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues, which received five Academy Award nominations. He has been inducted​ into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received ​a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Award, the Grammy Salute To Industry Icon’s President’s Merit Award and was honoured by President Barack Obama with a Salute to Motown evening at the White House. Berry Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture is chronicled in his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown.

The original Broadway cast recording of Motown the Musical is available via Motown Records, a label of UMG Recordings – www.classicmotown.com

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – UK and Ireland tour 2018/2019

11 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER 2018

BIRMINGHAM NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE

ATGTICKETS.COM/Birmingham – 0844 871 3011

ON SALE 1 FEBRUARY 2018

6 – 17 NOVEMBER 2018

LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

leedsgrandtheatre.com – 0844 848 2700

ON SALE 24 JANUARY 2018

20 NOVEMBER – 8 DECEMBER 2018

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

ATGTICKETS.COM/Edinburgh – 0844 871 3014

ON SALE 1 FEBRUARY 2018

10 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2019

BRISTOL HIPPODROME

ATGTICKETS.COM/Bristol – 0844 871 3012

ON SALE SOON

5 – 23 FEBRUARY 2019

BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE DUBLIN

bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

ON SALE SOON

26 FEBRUARY – 23 MARCH 2019

MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE

ATGTICKETS.COM/Manchester – 0844

ON SALE SOON

26 MARCH – 6 APRIL 2019

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

wmc.org.uk – 02920 63 64 64

ON SALE SOON

ANDREW HUGHES JOINS ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE AS A PRODUCER

ANDREW HUGHES JOINS ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE AS A PRODUCER

 

English Touring Theatre today announces that Andrew Hughes joins the company as a Producer, having previously been Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Young Vic Theatre.

Andrew began his career as Producing Assistant with Punchdrunk, originally appointed through the inaugural year of the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, and went on to work with international touring company Blind Summit, independent Producer Vicky Graham and multi-disciplinary arts organisation Siobhan Davies Dance. As an independent Producer he most recently developed and produced Ross & Rachel by Olivier nominee James Fritz, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed, award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festival, a New York transfer and two subsequent UK tours.

Andrew Hughes said, “I’m so looking forward to joining Richard, Sophie and the whole ETT team during this exciting new chapter in the company’s history. Meeting diverse audiences across the country and beyond with thrilling, bold and challenging theatre feels more important as ever in an increasingly divided and politically complex 2018 UK.”

Richard Twyman, Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre said, “We’re delighted that Andrew will be joining the team at ETT. He brings with him a breadth of experience in some of the country’s leading companies whilst also being an exciting producer in his own right. As we celebrate ETT’s 25 year commitment to touring, Andrew’s energy and expertise will be invaluable.”

ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and influential touring companies, winning the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015 & 2016. The company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and engaged in the contemporary world. At the heart of everything ETT does is the passionately held belief that everyone, wherever they are in the country, deserves to have access to the very best theatre. In 2017 ETT toured to 40 venues throughout the UK. The company’s co-production of Othello, with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, ran at Wilton’s Music Hall May 2017, Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living toured in Autumn 2017 and Conor McPherson’s The Weir continues its nationwide tour this year.

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FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR UK TOUR OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR UK TOUR OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE

 

Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Rose Theatre Kingston present

DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Adapted by David Edgar

 

Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Rose Theatre Kingston today announce the full company for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – adapted for the stage by David Edgar. Joining the previously announced Phil Daniels as Jekyll/Hyde are Rosie Abraham (Lucy/Maid/Singer), Sam Cox (Poole), Polly Frame (Katherine Urquart), Anyebe Godwin (Charles), Ben Jones (Lanyon/Carew), Robin Kingsland (Gabriel John Utterson), Grace Hogg-Robinson (Annie Loder) and Matthew Romain (Enfield/Parson).

 

Kate Saxon’s production opens on 14 February at Rose Theatre Kingston with previews from 9 February and then tours to His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen, Malvern Festival Theatre, Dartford Orchard, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Wycombe Swan, King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Bradford Alhambra, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, before completing its run at the Darlington Hippodrome from the 14 until 19 May.

 

A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

 

In a secret experiment, the upright and respectable Dr Henry Jekyll splits his personality into two, releasing the fiendish and murderous Edward Hyde.

 

As Hyde brings about mayhem, terror and death in foggy London, can Jekyll find a way to suppress his monstrous alter-ego, before it takes him over for good?

David Edgar is a Tony Award-winning playwright for stage, radio, television and film. His original plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company include DestinyPentecost (Evening Standard Best Play Award), The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Written on the Heart. His RSC adaptations include The Jail Diary of Albie SachsNicholas Nickleby (Society of West End Theatres and New York Tony Awards), and, most recently, A Christmas Carol. For the National Theatre he wrote Entertaining Strangers (starring Tim Pigott-Smith and Judi Dench), The Shape of the TableAlbert Speer and Playing with Fire. Other adaptations include Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His other recent work includes Testing the Echo for Out of Joint and If Only for the Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as translations of Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo (with Timothy West, Birmingham Rep), Brecht’s Mother Courage (Stratford Festival, Ontario) and Ibsen’s Master Builder (Chichester Festival Theatre). He has adapted many of his plays for television and radio, and wrote the screenplay for Helena Bonham Carter’s first film Lady Jane. He founded Britain’s first postgraduate playwriting course, and has served as President of the Writers’ Guild.

Rosie Abraham plays Lucy/Maid/Singer. Recent theatre credits include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK tour and Apollo Theatre), Diana of Dobson’sAnna of the Five Towns (New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent), My Kingdom is a Horse (Rose Theatre Kingston), Clothes Swap Theatre Party (Derby Playhouse), Alice in the Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet Theatre), Sally (Arcola Theatre), Dirty Laundry (Claybody Theatre) and Hansel and Gretel (Iris Theatre).

Sam Cox plays Poole. His recent theatre credits include A Woman of No Importance (Vaudeville Theatre), Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Henry V, Gabriel, Julius Caesar and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Man, My Dad’s a Birdman, Macbeth, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (Young Vic), The Crucible (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic) and Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre). Television credits include New Tricks, The Commander and Fords on Water. Film credits include Waiting For You, King of Soho, Anna Karenina, Agora, Hippie Hippie Shake and Double Heartbeat.

Phil Daniels plays the title roles. For theatre his credits include King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), Antony and CleopatraThe Knight of The Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s Globe), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) and This House (National Theatre and Garrick Theatre). On television, he is perhaps best known for his role as Kevin Wicks in EastEnders. His other television work includes Zapped, Moonfleet, Doctor Who, Rocks and Chips, New Tricks, Misfits, Outlaws, Waking the Dead, The Long Firm, Time Gentlemen Please, Holding On and Sex, Chips and Rock n Roll. For film, Access All Areas, The Hatton Garden Job, This House, Vinyl, Goodbye Charlie Bright, Chicken Run, Scum and Quadrophenia.

 

Polly Frame plays Katherine Urquart. Her recent theatre credits include History of Tractors in the Ukraine (Hull Truck Theatre), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Odyssey (UK Tour), Arcadia (Tobacco Factory), Pastoral (Soho Theatre), After Miss Julie (Young Vic), The Crossing and 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Cleansed(Arcola). Television credits include Bunny Town. Film credits include Macbeth, Half Light and Duplicity.

 

Anyebe Godwin plays Charles. Recent theatre credits include Manifesto (Oval House Theatre), Namibia Não! UK (Soho Theatre), Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios/Hampstead Theatre), Serious Heroes (Old Vic New Voices) and Little Baby Jesus (Albany Theatre). For television her credits include Autopsy: The Final Hours of Notorious B.I.G and Evermoor.

Ben Jones plays Lanyon/Carew. Recent theatre credits include The Bone Room (Young Vic), The Three Musketeers (UK tour), Time of My Life (Royal and Derngate Northampton), The Pretender Agenda (Charing Cross Theatre), First Person Shooter (Birmingham Rep), Communicating Doors (UK tour),  And Then The Dark (New Wolsey Theatre) and Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre). For television his credits include I Live With ModelsDrifters, SpooksEcho Beach, Moving WallpaperLongitude and Keen Eddie.

 

Robin Kingsland plays Gabriel John Utterson. Theatre credits include The Cherry OrchardThe Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Nottingham Playhouse), Private Lives (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Romeo & Juliet (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Hamlet (Secret Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), and The Price (Liverpool Playhouse). Film credits include Chameleon.

 

Grace Hogg-Robinson plays Annie Loder. Recent theatre credits include Broken Biscuits (Live Theatre, Newcastle). Television credits include Troy: Fall of a City, The Coroner, CampingMumDiary of a SnobSuspects and the forthcoming Defending the Guilty and The Durrells. For film her credits include Edge of Tomorrow and Two For Joy.

Matthew Romain plays Enfield/Parson. Recent theatre credits include Pride & Prejudice (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal), Before The Party (Salisbury Playhouse), The Inn at LyddaKing Lear, Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe and Hamlet Globe to Globe World Tour) The Delicate Art of Keeping in Touch (Lion & Unicorn Theatre), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Privates on Parade, See How They Run, Trelawny of the ‘Wells’, My Fair Lady (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), and The Shape of Things (Arts Theatre). For television his credits include Sherlock; and for film his credits include Blue Iguana.

Kate Saxon directs. She has directed over 35 theatre productions, including the world première of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which opened in the US before transferring to the UK; the first revival of Susan Glaspell’s Chains of Dew (Orange Tree Theatre), The Real Thing (ETT/West Yorkshire Playhouse), and the US première of Nine Parts of Desire (Public Theater, New York). Having been Associate Director of Shared Experience Theatre from 2000 – 2012, Saxon is now one of a group of Artistic Associates running the company and has recently directed their tour of As You Like It. She is also Chair of Stage Directors UK. She was Voice Director on Paramount’s animated feature film, Capture The Flag, which won the Goya Award for Best Animated Film 2016. She is currently developing a new film by Samuel Evans, working title Hold Me, and is one of 15 female TV and film directors chosen as one of the inaugural BAFTA Elevate group. For television, Saxon’s work includes EastEnders. For video games, she directs Cinematics and titles include Mafia III, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture and Alien: Isolation, which between them have won 4 BAFTAs.

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Listings

 

Rose Theatre Kingston

 

Friday 9 – Saturday 17 February

Press Night: Thursday 14 February

Box office: 020 8174 0090

www.rosetheatrekingston.org

 

His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen

Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 February

Box Office: 01224 641122

www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

 

Malvern Festival Theatre

Tuesday 27 February – Saturday 3 March

Box Office: 01684 892277

www.malverntheatres.co.uk

Dartford Orchard Theatre

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 March

Box Office: 01322 220000

www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

Nottingham Theatre Royal

Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 March

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

Grand Theatre Blackpool

Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 March
Box Office: 01253 290190

www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

 

Wycombe Swan

Tuesday 3 April – 7 April

Box Office:  01494 512000

www.wycombeswan.co.uk

King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Tuesday 10 – 14 April

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

www.edtheatres.com

Bradford Alhambra

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April

Box Office: 01274 432000

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

 

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 May

Box Office: 01902 429 212

www.grandtheatre.co.uk

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 May

Box office: 01223 503 333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

Darlington Hippodrome

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 May

Box Office: 01325 405405

www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

Cinderella Will Be Steps Above The Rest As Lee Latchford Evans Announced For St Helens Theatre Royal Easter Panto

CINDERELLA WILL BE STEPS ABOVE THE REST

LEE LATCHFORD-EVANS ANNOUNCED AS PRINCE CHARMING IN ST HELENS THEATRE ROYAL EASTER PANTO

Boot-scoot on down to St Helens Theatre Royal this Easter as Regal Entertainments are egg-static to announce that Steps pop-group member Lee Latchford-Evans will play the role of Prince Charming in their panto, Cinderella.

Guaranteed to be Steps above the rest, the show will be on stage from Saturday 24th March – Sunday 15th April, and tickets are on sale now.

Best known as one fifth of pop-phenomenon StepsLee has and still is achieving incredible success with the Brit award-winning band, selling in excess of 20 million records worldwide with famous hits such as StompIt’s the Way You Make Me Feel, 5,6,7,8 and recent iTunes Number 1 single Scared Of The Dark. The band recently released their fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor last April which also hit Number 1 on the UK iTunes chart and has since gone Gold.  Steps recently completed their Party on the Dancefloor UK tour selling out 22 arenas across the UK and Ireland.

No stranger to panto, Lee has starred in Snow WhiteJack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast among others.

The star has also appeared on the St Helens Theatre Royal stage as love lothario Bob, in Regal Entertainments’ 2015 production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too! Other stage productions include Bill Kenwright’s All Creatures Great and Small, and the West End production of Grease the Musical.

Lee said: “I’m really excited to be back performing at St Helens Theatre Royal. I received such a warm welcome from audiences when I was there in 2015 in Rita, Sue and Bob Too! This time I’m playing Prince Charming, I absolutely love pantomime it’s a great fun way to give the audience some escapism and the atmosphere is always incredible. 

“What makes it that little bit more special, being from Ellesmere Port, it’s like performing to a home-town crowd. I cannot wait! I’ll be seeing you at Easter, St Helens!”

Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager added: “I am delighted to announce Lee Latchford-Evans is playing the role of Prince Charming in our magical Easter panto this year. We can’t wait to hear his fantastic voice, and see some of those classic dance moves he’s been showing off on tour this last year!”

The rest of the show’s STEP-tacular all-star cast will be announced in the coming weeks, so Lee will soon know who will be playing his Dancing Queen at the Grand Ball.

Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her 2 ugly step-sisters, but that will all change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives.

With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed in to the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight?

Enchanted pumpkins, glass slippers, a sparkling fairy-tale carriage and lots of fun to entertain the whole family, be sure to book tickets early. It would be a tragedy to miss it.

Cinderella runs from Saturday 24th March – Sunday 15th April and tickets are on sale now!

For more information, please visit: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com

Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/St-Helens-Theatre-Royal

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LISTING DETAILS

Regal Entertainments Ltd Present: Cinderella

Dates: Sat 24 Mar – Sun 15 Apr

Times: Various

Tickets: From £13*

*All prices are inclusive of a £1 per seat transaction fee. On-line bookings are subject to an additional 50p per seat on-line processing fee.

THEATRE ROYAL BOOKING DETAILS

 

Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon–Sat 10am–5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000 or log on to: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com.

Alula Cyr tour with their all-female circus performance Hyena in Spring 2018

Alula Cyr: Hyena
UK Tour: Thursday 1st March – Tuesday 24th April 2018

Marrying precision and poignancy, Alula Cyr’s debut production celebrates female strength with awe-inspiring acrobatics and synchronised displays of sisterhood. Hyena is an exciting whirlwind of women, wheels, circus, dance and song. Here, the world’s first all-female Cyr wheel trio unveil inventive and previously untried forms of expression using the Cyr.

Hyena is a unique and profound experience that illuminates the thrill of physical ritual. Fiona, Jess and Lil trained in gymnastics, dance and music before studying together at the National Centre for Circus Arts from where they graduated in 2015 with a combined mission to bring more femalecentric circus to the UK.

Including never-before-seen set pieces such as the ‘Cyr Ball’ – a ball created with all the wheels to form a sphere in and around which the trio perform – Hyena is the boisterous and playful culmination of three years’ research into pioneering new ways of working with one of circus’s fastest evolving disciplines.

Co-creator Lil Rice explains, Hyena is a show about womanhood – it’s about beauty, power and the thin line we walk between being a human and a wild animal. We wanted to make a show that would inspire everyone, particularly women and girls, to find their voices and stand together.

The title Hyena references the matriarchal social system of brown spotted hyenas, which offered the company a reference point for the fierce and complex friendships formed between women that are explored in the show. Patterns of conflict and resolution draw from the trio’s own tribal solidarity.

Hyena screams girl power at the top of its lungs and, coincidentally, represents and embodies the essence of womanhood. A strong show that empowers and inspires (Miro Magazine).

Throughout the tour, Alula will be running workshops in partnership with each of the venues, aimed at inspiring young females to create socially aware work.

Hyena is supported by Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, The National Centre for Circus Arts and SeaChange Arts and Produced by Alula Cyr.

Tour Dates
1st March Circomedia, Bristol, 7.30pm
St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

3rd March Deda, Derby, 7.30pm
Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU

4th March Brighton TOM, Brighton, 7pm
The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS

7th March Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 7.30pm
Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1BN

9th March Newbury Corn Exchange, Newbury, 7.45pm
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD

21st March Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 7.30pm
Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS

23rd March Junction Goole, Goole, 7pm
Paradise Place, Goole, East Riding Yorkshire, DN14 5DL

24th March Barnsley Civic, Barnsley, 7.30pm
The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ

12th & 13th April The Albany, Deptford, 7.30pm, as part of Circusfest
Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG

24th April Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatre, Malvern, 7.45pm
Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB

MALY DRAMA THEATRE OF ST. PETERSBURG MAKE A RARE RETURN TO LONDON WITH A LIMITED SEASON OF LIFE AND FATE AND UNCLE VANYA

RETURNING TO LONDON FOR A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LIMITED SEASON
THE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED
MALY DRAMA THEATE OF ST.PETERSBURG PRESENT
The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg – described by Peter Brook as ‘the finest ensemble theatre in Europe’ – returns to London this spring for a strictly limited engagement for the first time in over a decade. They will present the UK première of Vasily Grossman’s epic novel, Life and Fate, and reprise their celebrated production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at London’sTheatre Royal Haymarket. Press nights will be held for Life and Fate on Tuesday May 8th andWednesday 9th and on Tuesday May 15th for Uncle Vanya. Both productions will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.
 
Under the artistic directorship of Lev Dodin – one of the most celebrated theatre practitioners working today – the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg has become one of the greatest theatres in the world. During his 35 year tenure many of Dodin’s shows have won international awards including state prizes of Russian and the USSR, Golden Mask Awards and a Lawrence Olivier Award (becoming the first international company to do so for Stars in the Morning Sky, 1989). In 2000 he received the European Theatre Award.
 
LIFE AND FATE (UK première)
 
7.00pm May 8th & 9th (Press Nights), 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
2.30pm May 20th
“Big, frightening, merciless yet incredibly touching, tortured and beautiful …
a requiem of a performance.”
Kommersant, Moscow
 
“Beautiful, terrifying and resoundingly contemporary”
Financial Times on the Paris Premiere
 
It’s early 1943. Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia are in a bitter struggle for their very survival.
 
Adapted for the stage for the very first time from Vasily Grossman’s celebrated novel, banned because of the parallels it drew between Nazism and Soviet Communism, Life and Fate is a sweeping panorama of Soviet Society, an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single Jewish family, the Shtrum’s.
 
From Nazi concentration camps to the Gulags of Siberia and the Soviet nuclear programme, as the battle of Stalingrad looms large the characters must work out their destinies in a world torn by ideological tyranny and war.
 
This critically acclaimed production, winner of the Golden Mask for best play, has toured around the world since its première in 2007, shining a light on the heart of 20th century darkness.
 
On presenting a draft prior to publication, Grossman’s magnum opus, Life and Fate, was seized by the KGB. The former Red Army newspaper war correspondent, (championed by his fellow soldiers for the honesty of his writing) was told by the Communist Party’s chief ideologist Mikhail Suslov that the novel would be unpublishable for at least 200 years. Its astonishing act of wartime truth-telling and the parallels it drew between the Soviet Union and the Third Reich were deemed unacceptably anti-Soviet. Grossman became in effect a persona non grata.
 
The KGB raided Grossman’s flat and seized manuscripts, notes and even the ribbon from the typewriter on which the text had been written. Unbeknownst to authorities, Grossman had smuggled two copies to acquaintances in the literary world. He died in poverty, forgotten and ignored in 1964, but his masterpiece would live on. Microfilmed and smuggled to the West, it was first published in 1980 to critical acclaim. France’s Le Monde hailed it ‘the greatest Russian novel of the 20th Century.’ Military historian Antony Beevor described it as the War and Peace of the Stalinist era.
 
Lev Dodin discovered the novel in 1985 whilst guest directing in Helsinki. He says: “I still remember vividly that I ‘gulped down’ the novel in two nights and that I was in absolute shock. I didn’t even think before reading it was possible to write about our life in such a way.”  Before its world premièrein Paris in spring 2007 the company spent three years rehearsing the piece, researching the period in great detail, visiting Auschwitz, and eventually premiering the piece in Norilsk, a city in the very heart of Gulag territory.
 
Dodin continues: “Grossman’s Life and Fate is in fact a simple family story, and it presents us with a vast panorama of the events and problems of the 20th and 21st centuries. In our everyday lives we still encounter the modern guises of fascism, communism, nationalism, totalitarianism, extremism, cruelty and lack of freedom. In spite of everything, people still continue to live, love and hope.
 
Suffering has no nationality – I think this is why Grossman’s novel is becoming so popular – again – in Europe and across the world.”
 
UNCLE VANYA
7.00pm May 15TH (Press Night), 16th and 17th
“A masterful production… one of the best evenings of London theatre this year”
Evening Standard
 
“A beautiful production that has the stillness and luminosity of a great painting”
The Guardian
 
Vanya, together with his niece Sonya, has sacrificed his life managing the estate of Professor Serebryakov, his former brother-in-law and Sonya’s father. But when the Professor returns from the city with his glamorous young wife Yelena, tensions spiral as their world is thrown upside down.
 
Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams and thwarted and eternal love returns to London in
Lev Dodin’s definitive interpretation of this classic play.
 
Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg’s Royal Theatre, Haymarket season is presented by
Oliver King and Ekaterina Kashyntseva for Belka Productions
with the support of Roman Abramovich, Sir Leonard Blavatnik , Yuri Shefler & Alexander Machkevitch.
 
For more information visit Maly2018.com. Follow us on Twitter #Maly2018
 
 
VENUE                                                              Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
BOOKING INFORMATION         (T) +44 (0) 207 930 8800 |(W) www.trh.co.uk
 
LIFE AND FATE
Tue 8th May – 7.00pm
Wed 9th May – 7.00pm
Fri 11th May – 7.00pm
Sat 12th May – 7.00pm
Fri 18th May – 7.00pm
Sat 19th May – 7.00pm
Sun 20th May – 2.30pm
 
UNCLE VANYA
Tue 15th May – 7.00pm
Wed 16th May – 7.00pm
Thur 17th May – 7.00pm

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy comes to VAULT Festival

February 28th – March 4th, VAULT Festival

Coming to London after a barnstorming, critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Wound Up Theatre’s Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy, now has its London debut at VAULT Festival this Spring, exploring the strange new reality of youth in modern day Britain and examining social alienation, radicalisation, disenfranchisement and the rock band Queen.

bold and thought-provoking” The Guardian

Dean joined the army, Danny joined the Islamic State. Bismillah! is their time together as captive and guard. Set in 2015 in a basement in Northern Iraq, Bismillah! uses humour and compassion to approach an incredibly vital discussion around the experiences of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain.

This hilarious and heartbreaking production examines the impact of racial, social, economic and religious politics on youth in society. It’s a show which tackles huge contemporary issues: from rising social tensions and the fall out of interventionist foreign policies to working in Weatherspoons and the ever-rising price of a standard meal deal.

★★★★★“brilliantly acted and superbly written(…) side-splitting and touching” Broadway Baby

Bismillah! stormed the Fringe during its critically acclaimed run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival. It was listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and was endorsed by Nihal Arthanayake on the BBC Asian Network. Since its Fringe run, the show has been in development with Sevan Greene at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East. VAULT Festival marks the show’s London theatrical debut.

Wound Up Theatre, joined by award-Winning producer Sofi Berenger and director Jonny Kelly, produce award winning theatre-maker Matthew Greenhough’s script. Wound Up produce social and politically aware theatre, which discusses seismic issues, through comedy – facilitating discussions and challenging ideas. The company’s first play, Delusions of Adequacy, explored youth unemployment, and #VILE: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star, exploring the impact of celebrity culture and social media on mental health in working class Northern Communities.

Scandal behind the filming of Network revealed in Mad As Hell at Jermyn Street Theatre

Mad As Hell
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST
Wednesday 7th February – Saturday 24th February

Documenting the scandalous relationship between Peter Finch and Eletha Barrett in Hollywood, Cassie McFarlane’s Mad As Hell will continue Jermyn Street Theatre’s Spring Scandal Season. A battle between race and prejudice and the courage of love, Mad As Hell will reveal for the first time how the backdrop to Finch’s iconic performance was as fiery as the role he played.

This explosive play will star Stephen Hogan (Redwater, BBC; Transformers, The Last Knight, Paramount; Peer Gynt, National Theatre), Vanessa Donovan (forthcoming films include I Love London and The Marker) and Alexandra Mardell (Mine, The Courtyard theatre; Vera, ITV).

Inspired by her mother’s retelling of the story of Finch and Barrett and the Jamaican reaction to Finch’s relationship with a local woman of the ‘wrong class’, Cassie McFarlane has researched and revisited Jamaica for Mad As Hell. Recipient of the Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer for her role in the pioneering Black British film Burning an Illusion, McFarlane found a lack of roles for Black British actors at the time led her to instead write and produce short films for the BFI, Channel 4, and ZDF in Germany, and to direct plays at theatres including Soho Theatre.

A bar in Jamaica. The early 1960s. When womanising, hell-raising film star Peter Finch meets Eletha Barrett, a charismatic island girl, they both get more than they bargained for. As Finch begins his Oscar- winning performance in Network, racial and class tensions threaten to upstage the on screen narrative.

Writer and director Cassie McFarlane comments, Like many Jamaicans, I have known the story of Peter and Eletha since childhood. I think it will speak to many people about Hollywood, about prejudice, and about mixed-race relationships. I am excited to be bringing their amazing story to life in Mad As Hell, and to direct its world premiere in the middle of the West End.