THE LUDDITES’ DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD OF DEFIANCE – A MANCHESTER STORY OF REBELLION
A Royal Exchange Theatre production in association with Kandinsky
THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT: SCENES FROM THE LUDDITE REBELLION
Created by Lauren Mooney and James Yeatman Directed by James YeatmanDramturgy by Lauren Mooney
25 July – 10 August 2019
Unearthing an early 1800s story about resistance, resilience and espionage, KANDINSKY’s latest devised piece THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT: SCENES FROM THE LUDDITE REBELLION explores the ramifications of valuing machines over human life. James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney of KANDINSKY question contemporary misconceptions about the Luddite uprising and ask audiences to think again about the real cost of progress then and now. These days, to be a ‘luddite’ is a joke: to be technologically incapable, pointlessly resisting the future. But in 1812, Luddites brought the UK close to revolution. At a time when Manchester was the most modern city in the world, inventing the ways people would live and work for years to come, the Luddite rebellion was an attempt by the city’s most powerless to shape this future for themselves before it wiped them out. The production runs in The Theatre from 25 July – 10 August.
The show will be devised by The Company using original source material, including letters, handbills and newspaper articles. Improvisation and extensive ensemble work will create a playful and immediate theatrical experience, using 21st century technology to bring early 19th century Manchester to life.
Hoping to illustrate how the Luddites helped inspire the birth of Manchester’s radical political identity, dramaturg Lauren Mooney and director James Yeatman have said:
“When we began researching this show, we were looking to make a piece of theatre that could speak to modern Manchester as well as its radical past. The more we’ve learned about the Lancashire Luddites, about the real people who lived and died in this city 200 years ago, the more confident we’ve felt that this moment in history has a huge amount to say to all of us. The questions the Luddites were asking have never been answered: questions about economic and industrial progress, about who gets to define what that progress means and who it benefits. In the next fifteen years, the UK will lose ten million jobs to automation. This is a story of resistance from the beginning of the modern world as we know it, and we hope Manchester – a city with a unique political identity – will enjoy seeing itself reflected here.”
Amelda Brown, Nisa Cole, David Crellin, Reuben Johnson, Daniel Millar and Katie West star in THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT: SCENES FROM THE LUDDITE REBELLION which is on in The Theatre from 25 July -10 August.
Lauren Mooney is a writer, producer and theatre-maker. She has been part of Kandinsky since 2015. Work with the company, as both producer and co-writer, includes DOG SHOW, STILL ILL, TRAP STREET and DINOMANIA. She worked as Clean Break’s Literary Producer from 2016 to 2018, supporting emerging writers, developing new work and producing the company’s engagement work in prisons. She also co-edited their monologue collection Rebel Voices (Methuen, 2019). Lauren is a graduate of the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting course (2015) and is currently the David Higham Scholar on the Creative Writing MA at University of East Anglia.
James Yeatman returns to the Royal Exchange following his work as Dramaturg/co-adaptor with Jeff James on PERSUASION. He co-founded Kandinsky and his work with them includes TRAP STREET (Director/Writer), STILL ILL (Director/Writer), DOG SHOW (Director) and LIMEHOUSE NIGHTS (Director/Writer). Director credits include: RADIO (Soho Studio / 59e59 Theatres New York). James is an associate artist with Complicite for whom he was the co-adapter/director on THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE (Royal Court) and BEWARE OF PITY (Schaubuhne), the co-director on LIONBOY (tricycle and international) and the associate director on THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (Barbican and European Tour).
The creative team also includes Designers Naomi Kuyck-Cohen and Joshua Gadsby and Sound Designer Pete Malkin
RUNNING AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE FROM 1 – 25 AUGUST
& ON UK TOUR UNTIL 2 NOVEMBER 2019
Full casting has been announced for the eagerly awaited world premiere of Friendsical. Playing everyone’s favourite friends are Jordan Fox (Joey), Sarah Goggin (Monica), Jamie Lee-Morgan (Ross), Thomas Mitchells (Chandler), Ally Retberg (Phoebe) and Charlotte Elisabeth York (Rachel). They will be joined by Duncan Burt (Ensemble) and Rebecca Withers (Ensemble).
The hilarious parody musical, written by Miranda Larson, will embark on a extensive UK tour, opening at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham on 15 July 2019 followed by: Darlington, Derry, Newcastle, Kingston, Malvern, Blackpool, Chelmsford, Southampton and Croydon. Friendsical will also enjoy a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 25 August as part of the Assembly Festival programme in The Assembly Rooms’ Music Hall.
When Ross’ wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?
Featuring original songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me? When Were You Under Me?’, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention.
What could possibly go wrong?
Friendsical is written and directed by Miranda Larson, with designs by Anthony Lamble, lighting by Dom Jeffery, sound by Julian Butler, musical composition by Barrie Bignold, choreography by Darren Carnall, associate choreography by Michael Vinsen and is produced by Birdbrooke Entertainment ltd.
WILTSHIRE CREATIVE ANNOUNCES PACKED PROGRAMME FOR AUTUMN WINTER 2019-20 AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE AND SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE
Tickets on sale: 28 June
Barney Norris’s explosive retelling of Blood Wedding set in modern-day Wiltshire (6-22 February 2020)
Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Relatively Speaking (5-28 September) and Alan Turing drama Breaking the Code (4-26 October) will be performed in the round at Salisbury Playhouse
Best theatre from visiting companies includes Nigel Slater’s Toast and Tracie Bennett in musical Mame
Christmas offer includes pantomime Robin Hood, a new musical adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s A Tailor of Gloucester and music, comedy and murder mystery at Salisbury Arts Centre
Wiltshire Creative has announced a packed season of performances for its Autumn Winter 2019-20 programme that includes new work by local writer Barney Norris alongside comedy, dance, music and special Christmas events.
Wiltshire Creative will premiere Barney Norris’ explosive new adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, retold in present-day Wiltshire, at Salisbury Playhouse in February as part of Wiltshire Creative’s 2019-20 Autumn Winter season.
Blood Wedding, a Wiltshire Creative, Up In Arms and Oxford Playhouse production, is a tragedy by Federico Garcia Lorca about the cycle of life, the progression of time, choice, deception, fate and nature. Norris’s previous plays include Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse), Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre) and The Remains of the Day (Out of Joint, national tour).
Barney Norris said: “I can’t express how fortunate I feel to be making work for Salisbury once more. This is the ninth story I’ve told in this theatre; the support Wiltshire Creative has given me over that period has shaped the stories I tell, the artist I am. Since I was a kid growing up in Salisbury, I’ve had a dream: to make a play for the main house that could then tour round the country, carrying the city’s stories far and wide for all to hear. With this play, I’m finally achieving my dream, and I’m thrilled to be championing the lives of the people of Wiltshire at a moment when the world is talking about us for reasons we’d rather hadn’t happened. This play is an attempt to insist on the epic dignity of our lives, wherever we live them: this feels like a good moment for this county to be telling that story.”
Also part of the forthcoming season are previously announced Wiltshire Creative productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s sparkling comedy Relatively Speaking and of Hugh Whitemore’s Alan Turing drama Breaking the Code – both of which will be performed in the round in a transformed auditorium at Salisbury Playhouse.
Wiltshire Creative Artistic Director Gareth Machin said: “We’re delighted to be working again with Barney Norris, following Echo’s End which ran here in 2017. We’re also really looking forward to transforming the Main House again, to present two captivating plays in the round for our audiences.”
Once again, Salisbury Playhouse will also present the best theatre from visiting companies including Nigel Slater’s memoir Toast direct from the West End, three nights of the legendary Eric and Ernie, two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett in the musical Mame and an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 1940s-set novel The Night Watch from Original Theatre (Birdsong, The Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest).
Wiltshire Creative’s Christmas offer includes celebrated pantomime with Robin Hood at Salisbury Playhouse, Guy Masterson in A Child’s Christmas in Wales and, for younger audiences, a new musical adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s A Tailor of Gloucester. Salisbury Arts Centre will celebrate Christmas with a festive murder mystery, music from The Dots featuring Helen Colby (Spite in Beauty and the Beast last year) and a special Christmas edition of Barnstormers Comedy Night.
The Autumn Winter line-up in the Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse includes David Hare’sSkylight, The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff (The Mirror Crack’d), magicians Morgan & West and Graeae with a reimagining of One Under, the story of a tube train driver who experienced a suicide first-hand.
Family theatre includes The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Same, Same But Different and You’ve Got Dragons all on offer over the October half term.
The line-up at Salisbury Arts Centre includes music from folk band Rant (nominated Folk Band of the Year), percussion duo O Duo and The Beat drummer Everett Morton with The Beat Goes Bang. Theatre at Salisbury Arts Centre includes readings from author Lemn Sissay and performances of Odyssey from Living Spit; dance comes from Anjali Dance Company and Rosie Kay; comedy features Sindhu Vee and there is a full film programme on Wednesdays at the Arts Centre.
Visual art includes ceramicist Kate Wilson reflecting on the conflict in Afghanistan, a winter exhibition from leading contemporary British craft practitioners and Cornwall-based artist Nicola Bealing with a solo exhibition which responds to the retelling of Lorca’s Blood Wedding at Salisbury Playhouse.
Ticketed events went on sale to Members on 22 June and go on general sale on Friday 28 June.
REGENT’S PARK THEATRE ANNOUNCE FULL CASTING AND EXTRA PERFORMANCES FOR TIM RICE AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S EVITA
AS REHEARSALS START, FULL CASTING IS CONFIRMED FOR EVITA
EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED DUE TO DEMAND
Regent’s Park Theatre have today confirmed full casting for their production of Tim Rice and
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.
Opening on 2 August, Evita is the fastest selling production in the theatre’s history, and two additional matinee performances have been added, due to demand, on Wednesday 21 August and Wednesday 28 August*.
Evitais produced by William Village and Timothy Sheader for Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd by special arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.
As Agustín Magaldi, Adam Pearce joins the already announced casting of Samantha Pauly (Eva Perón), Ektor Rivera (Juan Perón), Trent Saunders (Che) and Frances Mayli McCann (The Mistress).
The cast also includes: Alexander Barria, Felipe Bejarano, Alex Cardall, Russell Dickson, Lauren Drew, Hannah Fairclough, Chris Fung, Chlöe Hart, Travis Kerry, Jessica Lee, Dale Mathurin,Peter Nash, Sarah Naudi, Mireia Mambo, Marsha Songcome, Bree Smith, Monica Swayne,Oliver Tester, Amy Thornton, Jon Tsouras and Rodney Vubya. Four children alternate at each performance: Saffia Layla, Ava Masters, Chanai Owusu-Ansah and Ellicia Simondwood.
Evita premiered in the West End in 1978, and features a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh! What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Academy Award-winningYou Must Love Me, originally performed by Madonna in the motion picture.
Chicago-based Samantha Pauly* makes her UK debut in the role of Eva Perón, direct from her performance in SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and as Valkyrie in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour). She appears alongside Ektor Rivera, also making his UK debut, having recently played Emilio Estefan inOn Your Feet! on Broadway and US Tour. In addition to lead roles in Rent, Hairspray and High School Musical, Ektor was selected by Jennifer López to be one of the lead singers in the US Television and Live show Q’Viva! The Chosen, which was seen by over 30 million television viewers.
* Please note that Samantha Pauly will not appear at the matinee performances on 21 & 28 August.
An original Broadway cast member of Disney’s Aladdin – where he has been performing on and off for the last 5 years – Trent Saunders returns to the UK in the role of Che following his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s American Idiot (Hammersmith Apollo). Nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Kylah in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Frances Mayli McCann plays the role of TheMistress.
Adam Pearce takes the role of Agustín Magaldi having recently appeared in the World Premiere ofLocal Hero, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and The Old Vic. He also played Max Von Meyerling in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour) and appeared in The Light Princess(National Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Adelphi/Chichester Festival), Love Never Dies and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Adelphi).
Evita is directed by Jamie Lloyd, who is joined by Soutra Gilmour (Designer), Fabian Aloise(Choreographer), Alan Williams (Musical Supervisor), Jon Clark (Lighting Designer), Nick Lidsterfor Autograph (Sound Designer), Barbara Houseman (Season Associate Director, Voice and Text) and Kate Waters (Fight Director). Casting is by Will BurtonCDG for DGA, and US casting by Tara Rubin Casting.
Following their productions of Our Town and, in a co-production with English National Opera, Hansel and Gretel, the 2019 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre also includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (28 June – 27 July). Their multi award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar plays a limited 60-performance season at the Barbican from 4 July.
THE LONDON PREMIÈRE OF MIKE BARTLETT’S NEW PLAY SNOWFLAKE
Kiln Theatre and Fictional Company present
by Mike Bartlett
10 December 2019 – 18 January 2020
Director Clare Lizzimore; Designer Jeremy Herbert;
Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun; Sound Designer Elena Peña
With the world premiere of Samuel Adamson’s Wife running at the theatre, Blues in the Night in rehearsals, Florian Zeller’s The Son due to transfer to the West End and Handbagged running in New York, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre Indhu Rubasingham today announces the London première of Mike Bartlett’s latest play Snowflake which will run at Kiln Theatre over Christmas.
Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham said today, “I am very excited to be bringing Snowflake to London and for Mike Bartlett to be re-setting it, right here in Kilburn. Mike has written a beautiful and current piece which is both a sensitive human story and response to the political uncertainty and disarray we currently find ourselves in. I can’t wait for Mike and Clare to tell this very special story here at Kiln Theatre.”
Announcing the transfer, Mike Bartlett said, “I’ve lived in just two places in my life: Kilburn and Oxford. Snowflake is a play fundamentally about home and identity, so when the chance to bring it to London came up, Kiln Theatre was the perfect place – and I’m looking forward to finding new resonances in what became my second home in London.”
Director Clare Lizzimore’s production opens on 16 December, with previews from 10 December, and runs until 18 January 2020. Casting to be announced shortly; and for a full schedule over Christmas, please see the website.
‘Because Christmas. Well… That’s when they say people come home.’
Andy’s 43. He loves nostalgic TV and pints down the Kilburn High Road. His daughter Maya is 21. She left home three years ago and hasn’t spoken to him since. This Christmas, Andy knows she’s coming back – Maya knows she’s not.
Snowflake is an epic story about generational conflict, fathers and daughters, and whether we’re living in the best or worst of times…
The critically-acclaimed festive hit by Olivier Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated Mike Bartlett, directed by Olivier Award-winner Clare Lizzimore, makes its London debut at Kiln Theatre.
Mike Bartlett is a multi-award-winning stage and screen writer. He has won three Olivier Awards for his playsCock (Royal Court Theatre – Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), King Charles III (Almeida Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre – Best New Play; also winner of Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play), Bull (Young Vic – Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). He also won the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play for Love, Love, Love, which transferred to the Royal Court Theatre. Other plays include Albion, Game (Almeida Theatre), Wild (Hampstead Theatre), 13, Earthquakes In London (National Theatre) and many others. He has previously been Writer-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre and Paines Plough. His television work has also won national acclaim, including hit BBC One series Doctor Foster, which won BAFTA, National Television, Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Other TV credits include Press (BBC), Trauma, The Town (ITV – BAFTA nominated) and the TV adaptation of King Charles III (BBC).
Clare Lizzimore is an award-winning writer and director. Snowflake is her second collaboration with playwright Mike Bartlett, following Bull (Young Vic, Sheffield Theatres & 59E59 New York), which won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in An Affiliate Theatre. She has also won a Channel 4 Theatre Directors Award (Formally the RTYDS Award) and Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Fellowship; and she was previously resident director at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and staff director at the National Theatre. Her other directing credits include One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres/Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross, On The Rocks (Hampstead Theatre), Pieces of Vincent (Arcola Theatre), Faces In The Crowd, The Mother (Royal Court Theatre), Fear and Misery, War and Peace (Royal Court Theatre/Latitude), The Most Humane Way To Kill a Lobster (Theatre503), and Tom Fool (Glasgow Citizens/Bush).
Now in its 33rd phenomenal year in the West End, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the iconic title song.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is one of the most successful musicals in entertainment history playing to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages. It has won more than 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the only show in history to have celebrated 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic. In October 2016 the London production celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a special gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre and in October 2011 the London production celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular staging of “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall” which was screened live in cinemas all over the world and subsequently released on DVD. The musical became the longest running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On 1 January 2018 it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on 24 January the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart, and Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Based on the novel ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opera’ by Gaston Leroux, with Orchestraions by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is currently showing in London, New York, Prague and Sao Paulo, as well as on tour in the US and Asia.
This gorgeously nostalgic musical is an uplifting treat, full of romance and humour. Margaret (Renée Fleming) has returned to Italy, where she spent her honeymoon, with her daughter Clara (Dove Cameron). A chance encounter in a Florentine piazza sees Clara falling head over heels in love with Fabrizio (Rob Houchen). His family welcome Clara with open arms and are soon organising a wedding, but Margaret is keeping a secret about Clara and her childlike innocence and joy, and debates whether to tell them the truth about Clara’s childhood brain injury.
Craig Lucas’s book doesn’t really dwell on the serious issues around Clara’s emotional and intellectual acuity, instead Margaret voices her concern but keeps hoping that maybe Clara can live independently and happily with her new Italian family. The message of hope and true love banishes any shade in this piazza. This may bother some people, but this show is a lushly lit, gorgeously costumed and ultimately light-hearted romance that doesn’t pretend to be hard-hitting or realistic. Just sit back and let the story and the beautiful music wash over you.
Adam Guettel’s music is heavenly – a soaring mix of light opera and Broadway ballads, all played perfectly by the orchestra conducted by Kimberly Grigsby. Renée Fleming is magnificent as Margaret, with pristine vocals and a lovely light touch conveying Margaret’s fears and frustrations, especially during her trans-Atlantic phone calls with her husband (a fabulously gruff Malcolm Sinclair). Dove Cameron makes a delightful Clara, with impressive vocals and subtle clues to Clara’s disability before the big reveal. Rob Houchen steals the show as the sweet and wide-eyed Fabrizio with his stunning vocals. After each of his numbers, there were satisfied sighs and quiet “wows” from everyone around me – an incredible performance.
A perfect midsummer pick-me-up for hopeless romantics and music lovers.
CABARET THE AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF KANDER & EBB’S AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL DIRECTED BY RUFUS NORRIS
JOINING THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED JOHN PARTRIDGE AS EMCEE
‘THE MOST STUNNINGLY FRESH
&IMAGINATIVE REVIVAL OF A CLASSIC
MUSICAL THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN’
‘A SHOW STOPPER’
Bill Kenwright presents Rufus Norris’ multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musicalCabaret, which embarks on an extensive 2019 UK tour, opening at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from 28 August 2019.
Joining the cast in the role of Sally Bowles is Kara Lily Hayworth who recently won rave reviews across the country for her portrayal of Cilla Black in Cilla the Musical, after she was discovered by Bill Kenwright during the show’s nationwide TV auditions.
Kara says, “I owe a huge amount to Bill Kenwright! Back in 2017 when I first decided to go to the open auditions for Cilla, I had no idea how much my life would change. I had been working professionally for a long time, but this was a real turning point in my career, and I am so grateful to Bill for taking a chance on me. And now for him to trust me to take on another leading role (my absolute dream role) I feel so unbelievably lucky!”
Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs, including ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’, ‘Maybe This Time’ and ‘Cabaret’.
Directed by critically acclaimed Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres.
It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…
Starring as the enigmatic Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2018, who is well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke, and one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (AChorus Line, Chicago, and La Cage Aux Folles).
After Bromley’s Churchill Theatre, the tour will then continue onto Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Crawley, Chester, Dublin, Belfast, Leicester, Shrewsbury, Hull, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Malvern, Peterborough, Sunderland, Oxford, Wimbledon, Manchester, Leeds, Canterbury, Sheffield, Cardiff and Stoke, with further dates and venues to be announced in due course.
DATES & VENUES
Bromley Churchill Theatre churchilltheatre.co.uk
Wed 28 – Sat 31 August 020 3285 6000
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Tues 03 – Sat 07 September 01902 429 212
Nottingham Theatre Royal trch.co.uk
Tues 10 – Sat 14 September
0115 989 5555
Crawley Hawth Theatre parkwoodtheatres.co.uk
Tues 17 – Sat 21 September
01293 553 636
Chester Storyhouse storyhouse.com
Tues 24 – Sat 28 September
01244 409 113
Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Tues 01 – Sat 05 October +353 (1) 677 7999
Belfast Grand Opera House
Tues 08 – Sat 12 October 028 9024 1919
Leicester Curve curveonline.co.uk
Tues 15 – Sat 19 October 0116 242 3595
Shrewsbury Theatre Severn theatresevern.co.uk
Tuesday 22 – Sat 26 October
01743 281 281
Hull New Theatre hulltheatres.co.uk
Tues 29 October – Sat 02 November
01482 300 306
Edinburgh Festival Theatre capitaltheatres.com
Tues 05 – Sat 09 November
0131 529 6000
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre
Tues 12 – Sat 16 November
0122 464 1122
Malvern Festival Theatre malvern-theatres.co.uk
Tues 19 – Sat 23 November
01684 892 277
Peterborough New Theatre
Tues 21 – Sat 25 January
Sunderland Empire atgtickets.com/sunderland
Tues 28 January – Sat 1 February 0844 871 3022
Oxford New Theatre atgtickets.com/oxford
Tues 04 – Sat 08 February 0844 871 3020
Wimbledon New Theatre
Tues 18 – Sat 22 February 0844 871 7647
Manchester Palace Theatre
ANNOUNCE PROPOSALS FOR MAJOR LANDMARK THEATRE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT IN THE CAPITAL
AMBITIOUS REDEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE HISTORIC GRADE II LISTED ROYAL BOROUGH HALLS LAUNCHING INTO NEW THEATRE HUB BY LEADING THEATRE ORGANISATION
A WORLD CLASS PRODUCING & PRESENTING THEATRE HUB
FOR SOUTH EAST LONDON
Selladoor Worldwide (one of the UK’s leading touring theatre producers and no. 38 in The Stage 100’s 2019 list of most influential people working in the performing arts industry), are pleased to announce their proposed plans to redevelop the Borough Halls building in Greenwich into a new multi-space theatre and performing arts hub in the heart of Greenwich, named the Greenwich Festival Theatre. The new venue will be a major producing theatre and entertainment hub for South East London, offering diverse, daring and dynamic world class theatre and an artistic mission to create, curate and present a year round live performance programme of both local and national importance in the borough. The former Greenwich Borough Halls,built in 1939, will complete an ambitious and extensive redevelopment potentially as early as autumn 2019 with the aim of opening in Spring 2021.
The development of Greenwich Festival Theatre is now in the final process of a public consultation with Greenwich Borough Council, before the project commences. The consultation goes live on Monday 24th June for 3 weeks, and will enable the Greenwich community to share their views on the future of the Borough Halls and show support for the scheme.
The proposed redevelopment plans for the Borough Halls will comprise of two theatre spaces, a 650-seater main stage and a 240-seater flexible studio/black box space. The plans also include extending the main stage performance footprint and seating capacity of the hall to allow larger and more ambitious musicals, plays and live performance to be presented in the building. The redevelopment will also feature a basement rehearsal suite for creative learning programmes, community use and skills development. A front extension to the building has been planned to facilitate a two-story brasserie bar for all day dining and pre-theatre meals, alongside a rooftop terrace bar for evening drinks and functions.
The plans, which have been in development for the past few years, is focused on providing the South East of London with a year round producing theatre, with it’s own artistic leadership and development teams – modelled on successful producing venues in London such as the Almeida Theatre and Lyric Theatres, to offer a stage for world class work, with ambitions to transfer productions into the West End, or into major arts centres across the UK and internationally. The ‘flagship’, artistically driven building offers the company, who have their HQ in the Borough of Greenwich, to bring the highest caliber of artists and companies into the building to co-produce and present work. The venue will be a launch pad for major national tours, pre-West End and Broadway productions, producing in-house shows, as well as presenting external work hereby bringing artists, creative technicians, stage managers, producers and additional jobs to the borough.
David Hutchinson, CEO, Selladoor Worldwide said: “Selladoor Worldwide has been operating in the borough for the past 10 years and we are therefore extremely proud to announce plans to develop the Borough Halls into our flagship London venue.
The theatre will have it’s own artistic leadership as a producing and presenting house, with a year round curated program of events to build into the exhilarating London theatre ecosystem as the perfect space for launching daring, diverse and dynamic work. The Borough Halls is brilliantly placed, as an iconic building and in the heart of the Borough, and our plans aim to build into the already exhilarating cultural capital in the Borough – building audiences, creating jobs and making Greenwich a destination for daytime and evening economies.”
Phillip Rowntree, CFO, Selladoor Worldwide said: “The Borough Halls site allows Selladoor Venues to create two complimentary spaces – a 650 seater main house for larger scale produced work, as well as a fully flexible studio for a variety of productions and artist development programmes, alongside the important community use – offering a home for a number of key local arts organisations to present work. The studio will also be home to the recently launched Selladoor Creation division of the company – which commissions work from leading artists across the world – giving Greenwich the opportunity to see the major productions of tomorrow, first.
Beyond the traditional theatre spaces, we will also have a number of bar and restaurant spaces– including a top floor jazz and cocktail bar offering evening bar and dining with a panoramic view of some of the most important cultural sites including the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and Royal Naval College. Key to our proposals for the Borough Halls is that it is a building open and accessible for all. Whether you want to come in for a coffee, a class or an evening at the theatre – it’s a destination for all and adds to the cultural capital of the Borough for both local residents and visitors to Greenwich.”
Barrie Kelly, Chief Executive, Visit Greenwich said: “This proposed investment in the Borough Halls, Greenwich by Selladoor is great news for our visitor economy. The value of tourism has grown by 31% over the last four years in Greenwich and this supports 16,000 jobs locally. We now have a huge opportunity to boost our evening economy where we still have significant capacity e.g. only 7% of our visitors currently stay overnight.This new cultural events programme will support our events strategy, which is based upon creating new cultural events across the whole Borough filling clear gaps such as off-season and evening time in maritime Greenwich.The new Greenwich Festival Theatre will attract new high spend visitors who will give a huge boost to our growing hotel sector too. And of course local people will have another fantastic venue to enjoy on their doorstep.”
James Heaton, CEO, Woolwich Creative District Trust said: “The plans to bring the wonderful Borough Halls back to life as a festival theatre are hugely exciting. With this and the Creative District contributing to the fantastic community of artistic organisations already working in Greenwich, the Borough is fast positioning itself as a landmark cultural destination.”
Tom Stickland, Theatres Adviser at the Theatres Trust said: “The current state of Greenwich Borough Halls is a great concern for Theatres Trust and Selladoor have here presented a vision for a lively producing hub that will rejuvenate the space and be a great benefit to audiences within Greenwich and beyond. We look forward to working with them to ensure that the plans are complementary to the area’s cultural offer and make the best use of this historic venue.”
The Greenwich Borough Hall is a grade II-listed art deco building located on Royal Hill in the heart of Greenwich. The building is located close to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site, which comprises The National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory, The Queen’s House and The Cutty Sark. The site is located in The West Greenwich Conservation Area.
The Greenwich Borough Hall is part of a Town Hall complex built close to Greenwich town centre, which was completed in 1939 with designs by Culpin & Son. The building is in the modernist style and the design heavily influenced by W.M. Dudok’s Hilversum Town Hall of 1928-30. It has a solid external massing with fine brick detailing that combines a consistent modern design with a careful use of traditional building materials. The two halls are mostly original with lots of the internal fabric still intact. The original town hall element of the building, now known as Meridian House, which includes the prominent viewing tower and the council chamber, was separately sold by the Council in the 1970s and is now in private ownership and used as offices.
The Borough Halls were last leased to Greenwich Dance Agency (GDA) up until May 2018. Since then the venue has remained empty up until now.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY TO RETURN TO THE WEST END FOR EIGHT WEEKS ONLY
Written and Directed by Conor McPherson Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan Gielgud Theatre Previews from 10 December
The critically-acclaimed hit Girl from the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, is to play at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End for a limited season from 10 December 2019 to 1 February 2020. Girl from the North Country opens in the West End following a run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, opening 28 September 2019, and prior to the Broadway production opening in March 2020 at The Belasco Theatre.
‘An instant classic’The Times ***** ‘Piercingly beautiful’ The Independent***** ‘Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan’s songs’The Observer ***** ‘A Ravishing Production! Bob Dylan’s songs have never sounded so heartbreakingly personal and universal. As close as mortals come to heaven on earth’New York Times
The full cast for Girl from the North Country at the Gielgud Theatre includes Daniel Bailey (Ensemble), Colin Bates (Gene Laine), Katie Brayben (Elizabeth Laine), Anna Jane Casey (Mrs Burke), Nicholle Cherrie (Ensemble), David Ganly (Mr Burke), Simon Gordon (Ensemble), Steffan Harri (Elias Burke), David Haydn (Ensemble), Rachel John (Mrs Neilsen), Sidney Kean (Mr Perry), Finbar Lynch (Reverend Marlowe), Donald Sage Mackay (Nick Laine), Gloria Obianyo (Marianne), Ferdy Roberts (Dr Walker), Wendy Somerville (Ensemble), Gemma Sutton (Katherine Draper), Shaq Taylor (Joe Scott) and Alan Vicary (Ensemble).
Girl from the North Country opened at The Old Vic in July 2017 to huge critical acclaim and playing to sold out audiences. It transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in December 2017 and won the 2018 Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical as well as being nominated in the Best New Musical, Outstanding Achievement in Music and Best Actor in a Musical categories. The production went on to have a sold out run at the Public Theater, New York in Girl from the North Country opens at the Gielgud Theatre following a run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, from 28 September to 24 November 2019. The Broadway production will open on 5 March 2020, with previews from 7 February, at The Belasco Theatre. Casting for the Broadway production is to be announced.
A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls—and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty.
Reimagining the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love.
Girl from the North Country features scenic and costume design by Rae Smith; orchestrations, arrangements, and music supervision by Simon Hale, with additional arrangements by Simon Hale and Conor McPherson, lighting design by Mark Henderson; sound design by Simon Baker; movement direction by Lucy Hind and casting by Jessica Ronane CDG.
Girl from the North Country is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK, David Mirvish and The Old Vic
Daniel Bailey (Ensemble). Theatre includes: Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican Centre); Wizard of Oz (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); King (Hackney Empire); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Hair (The Vaults); Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre); Wheel of Misfortune (The Old Red Lion Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); South Pacific (UK tour); Blues Brothers (Erasmus Theatre) and Hair (Bronowski Productions).
Colin Bates (Gene Laine). Theatre includes: Billy Elliot the Musical (West End); The Effect (OffBroadway); Oliver! (UK Tour); A Picture of Dorian Gray (A Noise Within) and Switzerland (Geffen Playhouse). Film and TV includes: The Good Shepherd, Naked Normandy, La Prière, Pachamama, Nice Talking to You, Dating My Mother, T11 Incomplete, Sneaky Pete, The Show, Children’s Hospital, One Life to Live and Ghost Recon Wildlands 2.
Katie Brayben (Elizabeth Laine). Theatre includes: Honour (The Park Theatre); A Walk on The Moon (The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco); The Spoils (Trafalgar Studios); My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre); Beautiful -The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre, Winner of Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award 2015); King Charles III (Almeida and Wyndham’s Theatres); American Psycho (Almeida Theatre); Joking Apart (Nottingham and Salisbury Playhouse); Ragtime The Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); 13 (National Theatre); John and Jen (Landor); Friday 4pm (Arcola Theatre); Company (Southwark Playhouse); Is Everyone OK? (nabakov and NuWrite); Counted? (UK Tour); The Great British Country Fete (Bush); Skin Tight (Riverside Studios); Mamma Mia! (Ten year anniversary cast and International Tour and West End); Return To The Forbidden Planet (UK Tour) and Some Girls are Bigger Than Others (Lyric Hammersmith, Dublin Theatre Festival). Her film and television credits Self Help – A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life, Luther, The Alienist, Doctor Who, King Charles III and Vera.
Anna-Jane Casey (Mrs Burke). Theatre includes: Calendar Girls (UK Tour); Billy Elliot (West End, UK and International Tour); Stepping Out (West End); Annie Get Your Gun, Flowers For Mrs Harris, Sweet Charity, Piaf (Sheffield Theatres); Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival theatre and UK Tour); Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre, London); Sunday in the Park with George, Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory); Hobson’s Choice, Mack and Mabel (Watermill, Newbury). Film and TV includes: Family Guy, Coronation Street, The Royal, Doctors, EastEnders, The Bill, Heartbeat, Holby City and Beyond the Sea.
Nicholle Cherrie (Ensemble). Theatre includes: Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe); Leave Taking (The Bush Theatre); Mamma Mia (Cyprus) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Open Air Theatre). Television Includes: Doctors. David Ganly (Mr Burke). Theatre includes: Girl from the North Country (Noel Coward Theatre); On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival); Once (Olympia Theatre Dublin); Lonesome West (Tron Theatre); The Plough & the Stars (Abbey Theatre Dublin and Irish & US Tour); Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre); Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre, The Royal Court, Sydney Festival and Lyceum, Broadway); Of Mice and Men (The Watermill); The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic) for which David received an OFFIE nomination for Best Actor; Chicago (Cambridge Theatre London); The Weir (Gate Theatre); Translations (National Theatre) and The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre). Film and TV includes: Citizen Charlie, Sunset Song, Body of Lies, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak and Space Truckers.
Simon Gordon (Ensemble). Theatre includes: Bat Out Of Hell The Musical (Dominion Theatre, London Coliseum, International Tour); Moulin Rouge!, Julius Caesar, Parade, Alba Nuadh (RADA). Film and TV includes: Scrambled Eggs, Superstar, Roby and The Gates of Nargara and Milk.
Steffan Harri (Elias Burke). Theatre includes: Shrek in Shrek The Musical (UK & Ireland Tour); Les Misérables (Queens Theatre); Monty Python’s Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre); Hollti (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and Children Of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre). Television includes: Rownd a Rownd.
David Haydn (Ensemble). Theatre includes: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Wedding Singer (Summer Rep Theatre); Gaslight (Ed Mirvish Theatre); Stones in His Pockets (Popular Productions); The Irish Curse (Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals); Jamie the Saxt (Finborough Theatre); Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre); The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre); The Burnt Part Boys (Park 90); I Dreamed a Dream (UK Tour); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); Fame (UK Tour) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour).
Rachel John (Mrs Neilsen). Theatre includes: Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre); The Color Purple (Concert – Cadogan Hall); The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre and Toronto); Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre); RENT (UK Tour); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre and UK Tour); Sister Act (London Palladium); The Legend of the Lion King (Disneyland Paris) and The Lion King (Asian Tour and Lyceum Theatre).
Sidney Kean (Mr Perry). Theatre includes: Berberian Sound Studio (Donmar Warehouse), Toby Belch is Unwell a One man show (London, Prague, Bristol & Edinburgh, Fetch Theatre), Fever Chart (Trafalgar Studios, Theatre Royal York), Legal Fictions (Savoy Theatre), Public Interest (New Diorama) Henry1V Part 1(NTC), The Odd Couple (MK Productions). TV work includes: Coronation Street, Silent Witness, The Fear, The Long Firm, Frost, Doc Martin, Poirot, 2Point4 Children, The Bill, EastEnders, Brookside, Lovejoy, Grange Hill, Casualty, Blakes 7, Robin Hood, Raphael The Mortal God, Warship, King Oedipus (Play for Today), Dixon of Dock Green. Film includes: Hatton Garden The Heist, The Village in The Woods, Orthodox, Lifeforce, Queen of Hearts, Revelation Hanuman, Lucas & Albert, Subverted, Gli Zii. Radio includes King Street and King Street Revisited (BBC), The Government Inspector (BBC) Travels With My Aunt (BBC) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (BBC) and 30 episodes of the highly acclaimed, amusing and comical Mission Improbable as Agent X The Master of Disguise (BBC World Service).
Finbar Lynch (Reverend Marlowe). Theatre includes: Girl from the North Country (Noel Coward Theatre); The Lady from the Sea (Donmar Warehouse); Richard III (Almeida Theatre); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Hothouse, Antony and Cleopatra, Not About Nightingales, King Lear (National Theatre); Antigone (Barbican Centre / World Tour); The Silence of the Sea (Trafalgar Studios); Desire Under The Elms, The Big Fellah (Lyric Hammersmith); The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne / Paris / New York); The Duchess of Malfi; Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic); Faith Healer (Bristol Old Vic); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Chichester Festival Theatre / Liverpool Everyman); The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre / Leicester Curve); Portrait of a Lady; A Doll’s House (Bath Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston); Three Sisters on Hope Street (Hampstead Theatre / Liverpool Everyman); Ghosts (Gate Theatre); The Tempest, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, The Alchemist, The Virtuoso, Amphibians, A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC). Film and TV includes: Treadstone, The Mallorca Files, The Devils, The Feed, Foyle’s War, DCI Banks, Breathless, The Musketeers, Game of Thrones, Silk, Inspector George Gently, Richard II, Proof, Dalziel and Pascoe, Waking the Dead, Red Cap, Atilla the Hun, Second Sight, Mind Game, Holby City, Small World, Between the Lines, Glenroe, Adventures of a Mathematician, The World We Knew, Black 47, Property of the State, Suffragette, Child 44, Departure, The Numbers Station, Matilde, To Kill a King, Lost Batallion, King Lear, Scold’s Bridle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Schooner and Rawhead Rex.
Gloria Obianyo (Marianne Laine). Theatre includes: Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); The Wild Party (The Other Palace); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse) and Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic). Film and TV includes High Life, Dune and Good Omens.
Ferdy Roberts (Dr Walker). Theatre includes: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters, Water (Lyric Hammersmith); Twelfth Night (Tricycle Theatre); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre); Silence (RSC); Faster (London /New York); Fatherland (Royal Exchange); Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre); Open Court, If You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep (Royal Court); Wallenstein, The Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter (Bristol Old Vic); Girl in a Goldfish Bowl (Sheffield Crucible); Frankenstein (Derby Playhouse); Another Country (West End) and The Changeling, Beautiful Thing, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Salisbury Playhouse). Film and TV includes: Dark Angel, Foyles War, Whistleblower, The Bill, Goldplated, Your Mother Should Know, Holby City, Doctors, A Touch Of Frost, What You Will, Mr Nice, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Honest.
Donald Sage Mackay (Nick Laine). Theatre includes: True West (Vaudeville Theatre); Angry Alan (Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Soho Theatre, Aspen Fringe); White Guy on the Bus (Finborough Theatre); Moon for the Misbegotten (Lyric, Belfast); Linda (MTC); Fred’s Diner and The Other Place (Magic), Our Town (ATL), stop. reset. (Signature), Blood & Gifts and His Girl Friday (La Jolla Playhouse); Game’s Afoot (Cleveland Play House) and Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe). Film and TV includes: Deep State, Treadstone, Looming Tower, Modern Family, Mad Men, Frasier, Masters of Sex, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Good Wife, House, West Wing, NCIS, Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, Weeds, The Shield, Star Trek Enterprise, According to Jim, ER, Scrubs, The Practice, Providence and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Wendy Somerville (Ensemble). Theatre includes: Local Hero (Royal Lyceum Theatre); School of Rock (Gillian Lynne Theatre); The 306: Day (National Theatre of Scotland); Cinderella (London Palladium); Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre & UK and Ireland Tour); Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) and Writer’s Cramp (Saint-Saëns Festival). Television includes: Classical Brit Awards 2011, Royal Variety Performance and 25th Anniversary Concert 2010 – Les Misérables, Billy Elliott the Musical – Live, Royal Variety Performance 2007 – Hairspray. Recordings include Sweeney Todd London cast recording, Scrapbook and Michael Ball Past and Present
Gemma Sutton (Katherine Draper). Theatre includes: Follies (National Theatre); Sweet Charity (Watermill Theatre); The Rink (Southwark Playhouse) Winner of Offie for Female performance in a Musical; A Christmas Carol the Musical (LMTO); Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); The Go Between (Apollo Theatre); Gypsy (Savoy Theatre); Sound of Music (Cairo), Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre); Carousel (Arcola Theatre); Blues in the Night (Hackney Empire); Chicago (Leicester Curve Theatre); Drunk (Leicester Curve Theatre and The Bridewell Theatre, London); Hairspray (UK Tour); Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre); Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre); Dames at Sea (Union Theatre); The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre); Oklahoma! (UK tour), Gone with the Wind, Imagine This (New London Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Lady Be Good and The Boy Friend (Regent’s Park Open Air); Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Crimes of the Heart (Union Theatre). Film and TV includes: West Side Stories, Doctors, Cilla. Recordings include: Gypsy London Cast Recording, Imagine This Original London Cast Recording.
Shaq Taylor (Joe Scott). Theatre includes: Hadestown (National Theatre); Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse); Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre). He was runner-Up in the Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year 2017 (Noel Coward Theatre). Film includes: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Alan Vicary (Ensemble). Theatre includes: Moll Flanders (Mercury Theatre); Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre); A Damsel In Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Crucible (The Old Vic); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre, BAM New); Goodnight Mister Tom (Phoenix Theatre, UK tour); The Sound Of Music (Manama, Bahrain, London Palladium); The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep); The Fantasticks (Duchess Theatre); The Power Of Yes (National Theatre); Carousel (Savoy Theatre); Gone With The Wind (New London Theatre); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); Les Miserables (Palace Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (Victoria Palace Theatre); The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, UK Tour); The Duchess Of Malfi (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Brigadoon (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre). Film and TV includes: London Road, Para Handy, Taggart, Timewatch. Recordings include: Cast albums of Brigadoon, Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music and the Original West End Cast recording of Kinky Boots.
Conor McPherson is an acclaimed writer and director. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct. Stage plays include Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics Circle Awards); Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City (Tony Award nominated);The Seafarer (Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominated); The Veil, and The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier, Evening Standard and Lucille Lortel Award nominated). Adaptations include Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest, and August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death. Screen credits include the screenplay for the BBC series Paula, broadcast earlier this year.
Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and ground-breaking artists. Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941; self-taught on piano, guitar and harmonica, he travelled to New York City in 1961, quickly establishing himself as an explosive performer in the Greenwich Village music scene. More than half a century later, Dylan continues to perform almost 100 concerts each year. He has released more than 50 albums and written over 600 songs. He’s sold more than 125 million records and is the holder of 11 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered more than 6000 times by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Adele. He is also an accomplished visual artist and author, and in 2016 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.