‘One Night Only’ with Come From Away creative team, producers and international cast

‘ONE NIGHT ONLY’ TO REUNITE CAST AND CREATIVES FROM THE INTERNATIONAL HIT MUSICAL
‘COME FROM AWAY’

On Saturday 19th December at 7:30pm (GMT) SimG Productions and Musical Theatre Radio’s fourth ‘One Night Only’ Reunion event will reunite the writers and creatives from the International hit musical ‘Come From Away’, alongside actors who have appeared in productions across the globe.   

Panel guests at this unique, virtual, interactive evening will include writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein, director Christopher Ashley, musical stager Kelly Devine, musical supervisor & arranger Ian Eisendrath, producer Sue Frost, Michael Rubinoff from Sheridan College and the Canadian Music Theatre Project, and international cast members; Jonathan Andrew Hume (West End), Caesar Samayoa (Broadway), Barbara Fulton (Toronto) and Christine Toy Johnson (North American Tour)

‘One Night Only’, hosted by director/producer Simon Greiff, is not a pre-recorded concert or streaming event, but a one-time live discussion experience – focusing on the writing and creating of an original musical and what it takes to bring a new show to the stage, and cast members will give an insight into what it’s like to perform in an award winning production, and the audience will be encouraged to submit questions for the guests. The event will finish with a post show virtual stage door mix and mingle.

‘Come From Away’ is a joyous new musical that shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives. As uneasiness turned into trust and music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendships and their stories became a celebration of hope, humanity and unity. 

Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Come From Away has taken the West End by storm. Playing to nightly standing ovations at London’s Phoenix Theatre, Come From Away also celebrated sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA, in Canada and in Australia. Awarded the Tony® for Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Ashley’s production guides audiences through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, brought to life by Tony® and Grammy® nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein.

All profits from the ‘One Night Only’ series are donated to Acting For Others who provide financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. So far ‘One Night Only’ has raised over £1000.00 for this important organisation. 

‘One Night Only’ is taking the virtual theatrical experience to another level. Imagine a theatre space with tables so you and your friends can sit and talk. Fans of ‘Come From Away’ can jump from table to table meeting other lovers of musical theatre from around the world. Guests are subject to change, and if so, probably due to bad ‘WiFi connection’. 

#OneNightOnlyCFA

TICKETS: £11.50

DATE: Saturday 19th December 2020         

TIMES: 7pm (doors open) 7:30pm – 9:30pm

BOX OFFICE: https://events.com/r/en_US/tickets/one-night-only-presents-come-from-away-798549

#CHEERUPCHARLIE’S CHARLIE KRISTENSEN TO PERFORM WITH FERRIS & MILNES AT RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

#CHEERUPCHARLIE’S CHARLIE KRISTENSEN TO PERFORM WITH FERRIS & MILNES AT RIVERSIDE STUDIOS

Charlie Kristensen, the 10-year-old Anti-Bullying Ambassador behind the viral #CheerUpCharlie campaign is to perform with musical theatre comedy duo Ferris and Milnes as part of their Christmas Cracker concert. Produced by New Frame Productions, the show takes place Riverside Studios on 12 December.

Ferris and Milnes today said “Earlier this year we both had the pleasure of being interviewed by Charlie for his “Musical Chairs” YouTube programme. This inspiring young man has both helped and entertained so many; his mission to spread friendship and kindness is a blissful tonic in these troubled times. We are thrilled that Charlie will be joining us at Riverside Studios in a special guest appearance, sharing his own brand of Christmas cheer in a unique and unexpected fashion.”

Charlie Kristensen today said “I cannot believe that I’m getting to be a part of this amazing production! It’s an honour and a privilege to be included, and to work with Ferris & Milnes on such an awesome show.”

Dominic Ferris and Martin Milnes are a unique combination.

Dominic is a pianist extraordinaire; Martin has “two voices”. Together they combine comedy, music, and vocals in a dynamic cocktail of explosive West End glamour and fun! They could not possibly be planning madcap musical mayhem, merriment, and mirth for Riverside Studios … or could they…?

Expect the unexpected, plus all the Christmas favourites you know and love, in this heart-warming, foot-tapping seasonal shindig.

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS    LISTINGS

Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN

Box Office: 020 8237 1010 / www.riversidestudios.co.uk

FERRIS & MILNES – CHRISTMAS CRACKER

12 December 2020

Les Miserables – The Staged Concert

SELL-OUT CHRISTMAS SEASON OF

L E S   M I S É R A B L E S  –  T H E   S T A G E D   C O N C E R T

EXTENDED AGAIN IN RESPONSE TO LATEST GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON

AUDIENCE CAPACITIES

FULL CAST AND FURTHER ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED

WWW.LESMIS.COM

Performances will begin on 5 December 2020 for Les Misérables The Staged Concert at the Sondheim Theatre.  Today it is officially announced that the run will extend to 28 February 2021.  Additional dates have been added to help accommodate Patrons who are affected by the Government’s latest directive requiring Theatres to further reduce their seating capacity to a maximum of 50%.  Extra performances have also been added to enable the public who have so far been unable to get tickets to see the show.

Public excitement for Les Misérables –The Staged Concert was exceptional and tens of thousands of people had to be turned away.  The original six-week run was announced in mid-October and within twenty-four hours was extended to 31 January 2021.  Before public booking opens for the new performances at 10am on 4 December 2020, priority booking will be given to those Patrons who need to be re-seated. 

This spectacular production has a Company of over 50 actors and musicians drawn from the alumni of several productions of Les Misérables, who will play to a now further reduced seating capacity of under 600.  Strict Covid safety measures and social distancing will be followed front of house, on stage, backstage and throughout the building.  In preparation for the opening Cameron Mackintosh has connected the Sondheim with his other theatre next door, the Gielgud, in order for the production to utilise backstage facilities and dressing rooms, doubling the backstage space to ensure the maximum safety of the performers and the staff.

The cast comprises Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Rob Houchen as Marius, Bradley Jaden as Enjolras, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier, Shan Ako as Éponine, Amara Okereke asCosette and at certain performances John Owen-Jones will again play the role of Jean Valjean.  The Company also includes Kelly Agbowu, Joseph Anthony, Harry Apps, Charlie Burn, Gerard Carey, Earl Carpenter, Richard Carson, Danny Colligan, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Josefina Gabrielle, Nic Greenshields, Jessie Hart, Holly-Anne Hull, Ebony Jonelle, Connor Jones, Jessica Joslin, Luke McCall, Frances Mayli McCann, Leo Miles, Corrine Priest, Aaron Pryce-Lewis, Jon Robyns, Grainne Renihan and Samuel Wyn-Morris.  

For the new performances the majority of the Company will be able to continue, however the four principals – Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas – will only be able to play a limited number of these dates due to previous commitments.  John Owen-Jones continues to play the role of Jean Valjean at certain performances and Shan Ako and Amara Okereke continue to play the roles of Eponine and Cosette respectively.  The acclaimed stars of the new full production of Les Misérables including Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden, Gerard Carey and Josefina Gabrielle, which opened earlier this year at the Sondheim theatre, plus the stars of the UK National Tour, Dean Chisnall and Nic Greenshields, will be leading this Company for the extension period.  Due to the current situation all cast appearances are subject to availability.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel with additional material by James Fenton and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

The critically acclaimed new production of Les Misérables which opened in January of this year is planned to re-open at the Sondheim Theatre next May once the Government has withdrawn social distancing and reached Stage 5 allowing full capacity audiences.  Booking will re-commence soon.

Rent Review

Hope Mill online – until 20 December 2020

Reviewed by Angelos Spantideas

4****

Rent being a classic musical with an amazingly diverse cast and a beautiful collection of rock songs, some of which have become anthems for musical lovers, is always a unique experience regardless of how many times one has seen it before. However, being able to enjoy Rent from the comfort of your home, while being able to sing alone to your favourite songs, is a gift for theatre lovers, that brings a sense of normality amid another lockdown.

The Jonathan Larson musical, produced by Luke Sheppard, is about the lives of a group of young New Yorkers who are struggling to make ends meet and pay rent, and express themselves through their art while they are facing the lurking HIV/AIDS crisis. The stage of the Hope Mill Theatre transforms through the night with very smart and carefully though set changes and proves once more that despite its small size can host great productions that audiences can dive into even remotely. At the same time, the dynamic cinematography of the performance ensures that no sacrifice has been made in the quality of the filming, leaving the viewer with a sense of watching the show from the front row.

The stage fills from the first minute with a cast of very talented actors who through the night maintain a high energy, entertaining atmosphere with each actor shinning in their own way as the story unfolds. The cast selection feels truly diverse and doing justice a musical that is the pinnacle of representation of the lives and experiences of minorities. The vocal quality of each actor is impeccable, giving life to every song, while the choreography creates a fluid movement of the actors through the stage that is never left empty.

A moment that should not be missed is the soulful Dom Hartley-Harris as Collins giving a chilling performance of “I‘ll Cover You” that truth transcends space and makes the viewer connect with his character and empathise with his grief on a deeper level. Lastly, the performance of Alex Thomas-Smith as Angel commanded the stage and stood out with his delicate and authentic depiction of being a gender non-conforming person.

Online until 20 December – get tickets from https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/events/rent-online

The Snow Goose – Malvern Theatres

MALVERN THEATRES YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS

The Snow Goose

BY PAUL GALLICO

DIRECTED BY NIC LLOYD

Malvern Theatres Young Company are delighted to present a new production of Paul Gallico’s touching tale, The Snow Goose, live on stage in the Festival Theatre from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th December.

Gallico’s moving classic, set against the backdrop of war, is a heartfelt exploration of friendship, sacrifice and ultimately, love.

Essex Marshes, 1940. Philip has retreated alone to an abandoned lighthouse, where he spends his time painting the stark and beautiful surrounding landscape. Then one day, Philip is unexpectedly joined by Frith, who brings with her a wounded snow goose. Initially shy of each other, Philip and Frith’s relationship develops as together they nurse the injured bird back to health.

Born in New York in 1897, Paul Gallico was a novelist, short story and sports writer. Many of his works inspired adaptations for film, TV and stage shows. His short story, The Seven Souls of Clement O’Reilly was adapted into the Oscar-winning motion picture Lili, and later staged as the musical Carnival!. Written in 1941, The Snow Goose is considered Gallico’s most critically successful work.

The first illustrated edition of The Snow Goose, originally published in 1946, is adorned with paintings and drawings by British ornithologist and conservationist Sir Peter Scott, son of Captain Scott of the Antarctic. Gallico and Scott were friends and the character of Philip Rhayader in the book is loosely based on Scott, who lived in a lighthouse on the River Nene in the 1930s. The revered special illustrated edition of 750 copies, signed by the author and illustrator, are now highly collectable.

Rhys Harris-Clarke returns to the Festival Theatre stage following his performance in Alan Bennett’s A Chip in the Sugar in October. He is joined by Daniel Davis and Jennifer Thompson-Chatburn, who also began their acting careers with Malvern Theatres Young Company. The production is directed by Nic Lloyd.

The Snow Goose will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th December 2020. Tickets are limited due to social distancing. Book online at malvern-theatres.co.uk

TRAILER RELEASE: HAMPSTEAD THEATRE RELEASES A BEHIND-THE-SCENES TRAILER FOR ‘THE DUMB WAITER’ AHEAD OF REOPENING THE VENUE ON 3 DECEMBER 2020

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE RELEASES A BEHIND-THE-SCENES TRAILER FOR THE DUMB WAITER AHEAD OF REOPENING THE VENUE ON 3 DECEMBER 2020

A behind-the-scenes trailer is released for Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiterahead of the theatre reopening on 3 December 2020.  The production will now rununtil 16 January 2021

Acclaimed stage and screen actors Alec Newman and Shane Zaza will play the roles of Ben and Gus, respectively, in this 60th anniversary production directed by Alice Hamilton, originally programmed for spring.  She is joined by designer James Perkins, with lighting design by James Whiteside and Composition and Sound Design by Giles Thomas

Harold Pinter’s iconic playThe Dumb Waiter first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 and was directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.

Alec Newman has appeared in many critically acclaimed television shows, films and stage productions over the years.  Recent TV credits include the award-winning BBC period drama Call the Midwife (2020) and psychological thriller TV series Eullenia (2020).  His credits at Hampstead Theatre include Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (2015/16), Andrew Keatley’s Alligators (2016, 2017) and Terry Johnson’s production of Uncle Vanya (2019).

Shane Zaza is known to television audiences for his roles in BBC dramas Happy Valley (2014) and Press (2018); American drama Will (2017) and Netflix’s Black Mirror (2016).  Recent theatre credits include Europe at Donmar Warehouse (2019), Dear Elizabeth at Gate Theatre (2019) and Frankenstein at Royal Exchange Theatre (2018).  The Dumb Waiter marks Zaza’s debut at Hampstead Theatre.

Harold Pinterwrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The CaretakerThe Homecoming and Betrayal. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. 

Alice is co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms and and credits with Hampstead Theatre include the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (2018) and Paradise(2019). 

ANDERSON & PETTY ANNOUNCE A CHRISTMAS WISH A VIRTUAL CONCERT IN AID OF ACTING FOR OTHERS

ANDERSON & PETTY ANNOUNCE

A CHRISTMAS WISH

A VIRTUAL CONCERT IN AID OF ACTING FOR OTHERS

PERFORMERS INCLUDE

SOPHIE ISAACS, CHARLIE KRISTENSEN (#CHEERUPCHARLIE), GLORIA ONITIRI, HARRIET THORPE AND MICHAEL XAVIER

Songwriters Anderson & Petty today announce A Christmas Wish, a virtual concert with West End stars from Everybody’s Talking About JamieSIX: The MusicalWicked and more, available to stream at select times from 17 December – 20 December 2020. The concert is hosted by Ben Stock and Hilary O’Neil and is in aid of theatrical charity Acting For Others who provide emotional and financial support to theatre workers in times of need through 14 member charities.

Sign up and buy tickets here: www.stream.theatre/home

Anderson & Petty today said, “We have been writing together for nearly ten years and in that time we have released two studio albums and an array of stand-alone singles featuring many wonderful performers from Broadway and the West End. Wish is a Christmas album and for the last few years we have hosted concerts in New York and London every season to raise money for some of our favourite charities.

This year due to COVID-19 we are not able to be together so alongside the wonderful charity Acting for Others we have created a virtual Christmas concert to be presented directly into your own homes featuring a host of stars from the stage as well as the stars of tomorrow. The concert will feature performances of songs from the our holiday album Wish, as well as Christmas musical theatre songs, Christmas Standards and comedy sketches so please join us for a night of magic and merriment and a celebration of the pure joy of performance!”

Performers include The LSMT 2020 Graduating ClassLizzie Bea (Hairspray), Matt Croke (Aladdin), Phoebe Fildes (Assassins), Scott Garnham (Billy Elliot The Musical), Alex Hammond (Pretty Woman: The Musical), Emma Hatton (Wicked/Evita), Tom Hier (Footloose), Christopher Howell (Hairspray), The Barricade BoysSophie Isaacs (SIX: The Musical), Kim Ismay (Wicked), Melissa Jacques (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Alison Jiear (Jerry Springer: The Opera), Emma Lindars (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Lucy St. Louis (Motown The Musical), One Trick PonySam Lupton (The Last Five Years), Carolyn Maitland (The Woman In White), Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera), Jessica Martin (Me and My Girl), Nathaniel Morrison (Hairspray), Nadim Naaman (The Phantom of the OperaRosa O’Reilly (Jesus Christ Superstar), Gloria Onitiri (Caroline, Or Change), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), Laura Pick (Wicked), Harriet Thorpe (Sleepless: A Musical Romance/Absolutely Fabulous), Shona White (Mamma Mia!), Helen Woolf (Wicked), Comedy Ventriloquist Max FulhamMara GhatamaDrupti VajaTilly CroftRhiya RasalingamSooz KempnerCharlie Kristensen (#CheerUpCharlie) and Michael Xavier as well as the students from his MX Masterclass; a training programme taught and run by West End and Broadway performers.

Acting for Otherscan be supported by donating at www.justgiving.com/ctcafo

LISTINGS 

  A CHRISTMAS WISH

A Christmas Wish

Thursday 17 December: 19:30

Friday 18 December: 19:30

Saturday 19 December: 14:30 and 19:30

Sunday 20 December: 14:30 and 19:30

Tickets: £10

www.stream.theatre/home

Magic Mike Live Returns to London April 2021

CHANNING TATUM’S

MAGIC MIKE LIVE IN LONDON

TO REOPEN WITH NEW NUMBERS

ON FRIDAY 16 APRIL 2021

AT THE HIPPODROME CASINO  

COMPLIMENTARY PROSECCO FOR PERFORMANCES UP TO & INCLUDING 27 JUNE 2021

IF BOOKED BY 31 DECEMBER 2020

Channing Tatum and his co-producers are delighted to announce that Magic Mike Live will be returning to its London home on Friday 16 April 2021.  For anyone booking by 31 December 2020, they will receive complimentary Prosecco during the show for the booking period up to and including 27 June 2021. Patrons will experience a revamped production featuring new songs and new dance sequences. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 4 December.

“For the last eight months, the team behind Magic Mike Live has been enthusiastically planning the show’s return to the London stage,” said Executive Producer Vincent Marini. “We have been working to develop a show that prioritises the safety of our employees and guests but also manages to be as fun, electric and unexpected as ever. While it has been a creative challenge to make changes to the show we all love so much, we believe that the finished product, which we are first launching in Sydney next month, will bring a great deal of joy to London at a time when it is sorely needed. We’re going to make the show’s return to the Hippodrome – after 13 long months away – absolutely epic.”

As part of Magic Mike Live’s return to the London stage, the show is announcing a new “Too Good To Be True” ticketing policy, which gives patrons unprecedented booking flexibility. “We wanted our guests to know that they can book with confidence knowing they will never lose the value of their ticket,” continued Marini. “If they cannot attend the show for any reason, even on the day of the performance, all they need to do is contact us and we’ll rebook them or give them a refund… no questions asked.”

Magic Mike’s close partnership with the Hippodrome Casino also allows the show to offer something unique in the London market: complimentary Prosecco included with every ticket purchase for the first 10 weeks of the run if booked by 31 December 2020. “From the moment we opened Magic Mike Live at the Hippodrome, the UK has embraced the show in a way that even we never imagined,” said Simon Thomas, Chief Executive of the Hippodrome Casino. “The teams at the Hippodrome and Magic Mike Live came up with this Prosecco offer and special ticket price as a way to say thank you to our guests and to reignite the energy and magic that Magic Mike Live brings to London’s West End.”

From 16 April 2021, all tickets will be priced at £79.00 and £96.00 and include complimentary Prosecco during the show for the first 10 weeks only if booked by 31 December 2020. Patrons are encouraged to book early to get the best seats. New VIP packages are also available at the time of booking that allow guests to extend their stay and take advantage of everything the Hippodrome Casino has to offer.  

Conceived and co-directed by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live, which has already wowed over 200,000 people in London alone and almost 750,000 worldwide, is a large-scale, live production show based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, which opened at The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square in November 2018. 

From the bespoke entrance off Cranbourn Street, to the specially curated lounge and bar experience, to the cast of world-class performers, Magic Mike Live is a complete evening of unparalleled entertainment for guests aged 18 and up.  Audience members enter Magic Mike’s mythical club and marvel as a group of extraordinary artists from around the world perform a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular in front of, behind, and above them.  Sexy dance routines intertwined with one-of-a-kind acts, are presented by a diverse cast of performers from around the world.

Magic Mike Live in London is co-directed by Channing Tatum and Alison Faulk, with Luke Broadlick as associate director, and choreography by Alison Faulk, Teresa Espinosa and Luke Broadlick.The Executive Producer is Vincent Marini with General Management by David Ian Productions. The production designer is Rachel O’Toole, with scenic design by Rob Bissinger and Anita LaScala (Arda Studio), costume design by Marina Toybina, lighting design by Philip Gladwell and video design by Luke Halls.  Musical supervisor is Jack Rayner, with sound design by Nick Kourtides.  Dreya Weber is aerial choreographer & aerial apparatus designer. 

Magic Mike Live has become an international sensation since opening in Las Vegas in April 2017.  In addition to breaking box office records and performing to sold-out audiences in Las Vegas and London, the show premiered in Berlin in 2020 and the Australia national tour will open in Sydney on 17 December 2020.

Magic Mike Live is produced in London by Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Greg Jacobs, Peter Kiernan, Steven Soderbergh, Nick Wechsler and United Talent Agency in association with Warner Bros., Vincent Marini, The Hippodrome Casino, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, TSG Entertainment & Ashley DeSimone, Richard Winkler and The Creative House.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Magic Mike Live

The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino

Cranbourn Street

Leicester Square

London WC2H 7JH

Website:  www.magicmikelondon.co.uk   

Twitter:  @MagicMikeLDN

Facebook:  @MagicMikeLDN

Instagram:  @MagicMikeLiveLDN

Box Office:  Box.office@hippodromecasino.com/ 0207 769 8888

Ticket Prices:  £79 & £96, with free Prosecco with every ticket*

Current Booking Period:  16 April – 19 December 2021

*The Prosecco offer is for the booking period 16 April to 27 June 2021 if booked by 31 December 2020 and includes up to one bottle per person. The Hippodrome reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who appears intoxicated.

Running Time: approximately 90 minutes (no interval)

Performances: Wednesday & Thursday 7pm, Friday 7pm & 10pm, Saturday 4pm, 7pm & 10pm, Sunday at 7pm

Covid Safety:  Channing and the entire creative team have developed a plan to make sure the show is not only more fun than it’s ever been, but also safe for the cast, crew and the audience.  To ensure they are able to provide a comfortable and safe experience for everyone, there are a few things they need ticket holders to do and know ahead of their visit. Please visit the website for more information: www.magicmikelondon.co.ukMagic Mike Live guests must be at least 18 years to attend – appropriate photo ID will be requested on arrival at the venue – begambleaware.org

Playground Theatre announces December shows including Su Pollard panto

The Playground Theatre announces new and live digital shows for December

https://theplaygroundtheatre.london

The Playground Theatre is to re-open next week with a programme of music, theatre and a pantomime starring national treasure Su Pollard. The West London venue initially re-opened in September but was forced to close again in November owing to changes in Government guidance.  Lift Off Live, a celebratory evening of live theatre and music accompanied by cocktails, will launch the programme on 3rd December. 

Music is at the fore of the programme: Acello and piano recital with Sebastian Comberti and Maggie Cole (6th Dec), live musical comedy from Bowjangles with Excalibow (10&11 Decand an evening of Portuguese Fado music, Noite de Fados (12 Dec).

Completing the live season, two Christmas-themed events, one for families and a second for adults as part of the Playground’s annual RebelFestive event (19 &20 Dec). A Radio Panto version of Mother Goose (script in hand but full of action) on both afternoons will star Su Pollard and Jessica Martin. Moulin Scrooge follows in the evening and will be a joyful night of dance, music and comedy for grown-ups. It is rumoured that Santa Claus may appear at the two-day event. 

New writing in the digital sphere will be available, with six showcases of short works taking place throughout December as KickItDown productions presents KickItDown’s Digital Sharing (2-21Dec).Streamed Zoom pieces and audio dramas will fill the evenings, all of which were created in lockdown by established and emerging artists. The digital programme will be offered on a ‘Pay What You Can’ basis. 

The Playground Theatre is an off-West End theatre dedicated to nurturing new talent and staging an international programme of shows. Led by co-Artistic Directors Peter Tate and Anthony Biggs, this unique space is in a former bus depot located on Latimer Road W10. Its name is intended as an invitation to theatre makers and performers to come and play, and to encourage bold experimentation with new works for the stage. Since it opened, The Playground Theatre has cultivated relationships with international companies and practitioners. To date, this has seen the venue work with leading creatives from Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Japan and beyond. 

The Playground Theatre has taken various steps to ensure the health and safety of those visiting the space. Hygiene is maintained to an extremely high standard with frequent antibacterial surface cleaning, plus regular commercial grade fogging. To comply with Covid-19 Social Distancing guidelines, tickets to events are only available in seating clusters. All patrons are asked to bring and wear a mask in the theatre or purchase one from the box office. If anyone attending a performance displays signs of being unwell or receives a temperature test that indicates they may be affected by Covid19 the venue reserves the right to refuse admission in the interests of the health and safety of all patrons in the theatre. 

Companies interested in developing work at The Playground should email  info@theplaygroundtheatre.london 

@PlaygroundW10 | https://theplaygroundtheatre.london 

LISTINGS 

Live Shows 

Up to 20 December 2020 

The Playground Theatre, Latimer Road, London W10 6RQ 

7.30pm and 2.30pm matinees 

2 seats – £30 | 4 seats – £60 | 5 seats – £75 

https://theplaygroundtheatre.london

Lift Off Live                                                                                                                 3 December, 7.30pm
A punchy evening to celebrate the lifting of Lockdown2 and the return of live theatre. Come and enjoy a lift off cocktail and enjoy some surprise theatre followed by amazing music performed by Carlo Rossi and the Organic Jam. A night that will lift your spirits. 

Recital for Cello and Piano with Sebastian Comberti and Maggie Cole                           6 December, 5pm
Sebastian and Maggie have been close friends and colleagues for many years. They are delighted to bring this programme of sonatas and variations to the Playground in a welcome return to playing live in an unusual and intimate space. As the year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations draws to a close, their programme will feature his music alongside works by David Popper and Anton Diabelli, two composers who write with poignance and virtuosity for cello and piano.  

Bowjangles: Excalibow                                                                                       10 – 11 December 7.30pm  

Award winning musical comedy team Bowjangles presents its most magical show so far. A theatrical, musical journey through myths, folklore, legends and a portal in a cello case in the quest to find the most priceless relic of all, a magical violin bow known as Excalibow. Expect tales of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and characters of pure fantasy in this action-packed show, all presented in Bowjangles’ own inimitable and unique style – full of comedy, energy, and almost every musical genre you can imagine.  Suitable for all ages. May contain traces of ABBA. 

Noite de Fados/Fado Night                                                                              12 December from 5.30pm
Join us for a pre-Christmas night of live Fado music and dining inside the theatre. With celebrated singer Cristina Miguel accompanied by musicians Ze Pedro and Antonio Alves. 

The event is being staged by a new cultural organisation Alma Lusitana and will raise funds for the creation of an Amateur Lusophone Theatre Group. The project seeks to nurture authors writing in the Portuguese language among the descendants or immigrants from Lusophone countries and to promote the cultural and artistic heritage of those countries. 

RebelFestive                                                                                                   19-20 December
A two-day Christmas themed festival at the Playground Theatre. Featuring a community-led performance, a family-friendly panto and an evening of cabaret. 

RebelFestive: One Community presents a seasonal selection of shorts                       19th December, 1pm 

Stories and poems written and performed by service users from St Charles Hospital, Mental Health Unit, as part of the Playground’s on-going Well Written out-reach programme. 

RebelFestive: Mother Goose                                                               19-20 December, 3.30pm
Miss Sixpence presents Mother Goose by Philip Meeks, starring Su Pollard and Jessica Martin.
It’s 1954 and in the faded North Kensington parish of Tipple by the Thames the church hall has been condemned following a riot at the annual Christmas jumble sale. Now, church stalwart, Miss Olive Sixpence has nowhere to perform her legendary Boxing Day pantomime. Arch-rival, the thrice widowed Gladioli Moon, offers up her back parlour and a war time wireless set. Alongside Miss Sixpence’s strange nephew Neville, a timid neighbour Mr Paltry, a broken vicar and Mrs Moon, Miss Sixpence presents Radio Panto Mother Goose.  

RebelFestive: Moulin Scrouge (Over 18s) presented by The People Pile & Friends       19-20 December, 7.30pm  

A story about a time, a story about a place, and above all things; a story about a tight arse! It’s time to rejuvenate, reinvent and revitalise Christmas. Delve into Santa’s Sack, and meet St. Knickerless themself; reminisce about fabulous festive fables from the famous ‘Fur Tree’. So, wrap up and roll around with the rambunctious rabble of the Moulin Scrouge. 

Digital Programme 

KickItDown’s Digital Sharing                                                   2, 5, 12, 16, 19, 21 December, 7.30pm   

In March 2020 KickItdown put a callout up on The BBC Writersroom. After receiving 700 submissions in total 18 final pieces were selected. KickItDown is excited to announce that it will be sharing these 18 stories with the world throughout December. Six evenings of streamed Zoom pieces and audio dramas, all created in lockdown by established and emerging artists. Tickets offered on a ‘Pay What You Can’ basis. Book through the Playground’s What’s On.

Maria Friedman & Adrian Der Gregorian Launch Doorstep Productions

MARIA FRIEDMAN & ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN LAUNCH

DOORSTEP PRODUCTIONS

BRINGING A SLICE OF THE WEST END TO PEOPLE’S DOORSTEPS

Doorstep Productions has been founded by actors Maria Friedman and Adrian Der Gregorian.  Nothing can equal the experience of a live performance, so, while most theatres remain closed, Doorstep Productions will bring a slice of the West End to the people.  With the official support of the West End community, including Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, Nica Burns and Sonia Friedman, Maria and Adrian have put together a group of West End and Broadway performers (actors, singers, dancers and musicians), who will perform on people’s doorsteps, drives and gardens, throughout the British Isles, and will perform in the costumes and characters from people’s favourite moments from their favourite shows.

Doorstep Productions allows you to give the gift of a West End performance on the street where that someone special lives. Lots of great musical ideas are available via the website, DoorstepProductions.com.  Performances will be designed for you with the help of the company’s expert creative team.  Book two to six performers, though, as it’s tailored for you, the world is your oyster!  With every booking, Doorstep Productions will give a donation to various acting charities.  In addition, for the upcoming festive season, there is the opportunity to gather together or share with your neighbours an exquisite Dickensian close harmony carol singing experience.  Doorstep Productions will provide candles, lanterns and song sheets, so you can join in and sing together the “Christmas Carol Edition”. 

Maria Friedman explains, “Doorstep Productions started as an idea to go and spread some joy at Christmas. We were to be dressed head to toe in beautiful, Dickensian costumes, holding lanterns and singing carols outside hospice windows, care home gardens and some other socially isolated folk. Everything would be Covid safe. It then suddenly struck me, ‘Why not do what we do best, but on the street where you live…?’ Everything seems to be ‘deliverable’ these days, so why not the West End?

We can make such a difference to the isolated, the lonely, the grandmother separated from her daughter and grandchildren – we can bring people closer together, or celebrate a wedding or anniversary. Before lockdown, your family may have had to wait a year to see their favourite show. Well now you don’t have to miss it. We can bring the best bits to you, and you don’t even have to face the tubes and crowds. We can now bring it to your doorstep.

Maria continues, “I felt as though it was so important to get members of my profession up, out and doing what they do best: touching people’s hearts, singing at the top of their voices, dancing, entertaining and making people feel loved and alive, reminding them that they are worthwhile and along the way help them pay a few bills.

Suppliers who have provided their services for free include Nica Burns, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, Cameron Mackintosh, musical director Fiz Shapur, costume designer Jonathan Lipman, costumiers Angels, wig makers Campbell Young Associates, Richard Mawbey, Lizzie Frankel for Propworks, Dean St Studios, Dewynters and Bob King Creative.

The winner of four Olivier Awards and nine nominations, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards, and many other theatre accolades both from the West End and Broadway, Maria Friedman is undoubtedly one of our most successful leading Musical Theatre ladies. Her many West End credits include PassionRagtimeMerrily We Roll Along, Blues in the Night, Chicago, The Witches of EastwickThe Woman in White, and, most recently, she played Golde in the Olivier Award-winning Trevor Nunn production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre.  Maria won over a whole new audience when she joined the cast of long-running soap EastEnders, playing Elaine Peacock.  Maria appeared alongside Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin at the memorial service for the late Marvin Hamlisch at the Juilliard School, New York.  In 2013, Maria made her directorial debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along.  After a series of 5-star reviews, the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and a sell-out extended run, it transferred to the West End and played Boston.  In 2014, it won the Olivier for Best Musical Revival.  Maria is also performance director on an upcoming PlayStation 5 Game.

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Adrian Der Gregorian made his professional and West End debut in Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.  Following this, Adrian appeared in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, The Woman in White.  Other theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime (Young Vic), the world premiere of Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre) and the multi award-winning production of La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre).  He most recently appeared in Jamie Lloyd’s Olivier Award-winning production of Cyrano De Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre. 

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter:  @DoorstepProds

Website:  DoorstepProductions.com

Please note:  The performers (all socially distanced), will remain 3m from the doorstep.