TUCK SHOP WEST END – A SUMMER FESTIVAL OF BRITISH DRAG AT THE GARRICK – 27 JULY – 8 AUGUST

TUCK SHOP WEST END

A SUMMER FESTIVAL OF BRITISH DRAG – THE FIRST EVER IN THE WEST END, ANOTHER TUCKSHOP FIRST!

AT THE GARRICK THEATRE

27 JULY – 8 AUGUST 2021

FEATURING SHOWS FROM DRAG RACE FAVOURITES, THE BEST OF THE DRAG KING SCENE, GIGS FROM GALS ALOUD AND THE SPICE GALS, DIVERSE CABARET, DRAG BINGO AND MORE!

TuckShop – the UK’s only specialist production company devoted all things drag, and the team behind the 2019 sell-out hit Cinderella – the UK’s first ever all drag pantomime in the West End – and the recent critically acclaimed comedy Death Drop – the first all drag spectacular in a West End playhouse – will present TUCK SHOP WEST END, a summer festival of drag shows and performances from 27 July – 8 August, at the Garrick Theatre; the first time a West End theatre has hosted such a celebration of homegrown talent.

The season will see a season of incredible British Drag, including RuPaul’s Drag Race favourites Joe Black, and Ginny Lemon both take to the West End stage with solo shows; the five-star smash Gals Aloud featuring Cheryl Hole will play two gigs; Star of Death Drop LoUis CYfer hosts All The Kings Men, a regal night full of Drag King excellence from Oedipussi Rex, Richard Energy, Sigi MoonLight, Len Blanco and more; the Spice Gals perform with DRAG SOS star Tete BangBaga Chipz brings two nights of hilarious classic drag live with the Broads of soho – Lola Lasagne, Rose Garden, Mrs Moore and LoUis CYfer– be ready for the unexpected. Charlie Hides, from Drag Race US brings their CRAZY bingo night to the stage; Born This Way, an epic tribute to Lady Gaga plays host to viral sensation Bailey J Mills, and an incredible line up including HERR, Ophelia Love, Jason Kwan, Bones and more. Juno Birch and Liquorice Black bring their Absolutely Completely Normal cabaret to the West End for the first time ; a night of the spectacular Bitten Peach – the UK’s only gender-diverse Pan-Asian cabaret collective, and The Cocoa Butter Club showcasing an exciting roster of queer performers of colour. The festival climaxes on 8 August with Drag Me to the Musicals, a night of the best of theatre, with a fierce, fabulous and funny Drag Twist with some exciting special guests. 

Producer Chris Clegg said, “After an incredible smash hit summer with Death Drop, I’m beyond delighted that Nica Burns and the incredible Nimax team have asked Tuck Shop back to the Garrick for the West End’s first ever drag season. This festival is showcasing all kinds of drag in the biggest and best ways! I hope audiences come and experience the broad scope of what the UK drag scene has to offer in a way like never before. And be sure to book four shows – you’ll get a tucking good discount!”

Tickets for individual shows start from £17.50, with audience members who purchase four shows enjoying 25% off the total price – https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/

FULL LINE UP FOR TUCK SHOP WEST END:

Ginny Lemon – Tues 27th July – 7.30pm: A night of madness, music, mayhem, and more madness from Drag Race UK’s hilarious Ginny Lemon. Supported by Midgette Bardot and Yshee Black. 

Joe Black – Weds 28th July – 7.30pm : Joe Black is coming to the West End for a gin-soaked, hilarious musical extravaganza. 

Holly Stars: Comedy Club – Thurs 29th July – 7.30pm: Star, and writer, of Death Drop and the Amazon Prime/OUTtv’s INSPIRATIONAL, leads this hilarious comedy night! Iincredbile hilarious line up to be announced. 

Gals Aloud – Friday 30th July 7.30 / 10.30pm: Starring Cheryl Hole from Drag Race UK. The FIVE-Star smash hit comedy Gals Aloud are coming to the West End for the first time. This is the ultimate drag tribute to the best girl band of this millennium… Girls Aloud! Direct from smash hit seasons at the Underbelly Festival, Manchester, and Christmas in Leicester Square, Nadine, Cheryl, Kimberley, Nicola and Sarah are back, as you’ve never seen them before, in a show packed full of the biggest hits from their classic solo singles, hilarious TV appearances, plus the return of the one and only; Javine!

Drag Queen Bingo: with Charlie Hides – Saturday 31st July 7.30pm: A raucous, hilarious, madcap night of bingo in an actual west end theatre with Drag Race star Charlie Hides. Amazing prizes to be won, and a lot of fun to be had. 

Born this Way: A tribute to Gaga – Saturday 31st July 10.30pm: An iconic tribute to Mother Monster, with some of the best drag the UK has to offer. It’s going to be Stupid, Love. All the hits, looks, and iconic moments you’d expect from Lady Gaga, with a fierce drag twist. Featuring HERR, Ophelia Love, Bones, Jason Kwan, and Bailey Jay Mills.

All the Kings Men – Sunday 1st August – 7.30pm: LoUis CYfer pulls together the best of the best from the incredible Drag King scene, including Richard Energy, Oedipussi Rex, Dorian T. Fisk, Len Blanco, Sigi MoonLight and more. 

Baga and the Broads – Tuesday 3rd / Wednesday 4th August 7.30pm: Baga Chipz headlines this raucous, who-knows-what-could-happen night live in the West End with some of the staples of the UK Drag scene… Son of a Tutu, Mrs Moore, Lola Lasagne, LoUis CYfer, and Rose Garden. Join them for a night of classic british drag like nothing ever seen on a West End stage before. 

The Bitten Peach – Thursday 5th August – 7.30pm: The Bitten Peach is the UK’s only gender-diverse Pan-Asian cabaret collective made up of performers of Asian descent working in a variety of nightlife performance genres, including drag, burlesque, dance, comedy, music, and circus. Founded in 2019, The Bitten Peach is dedicated to increasing and diversifying Asian representation on the drag and cabaret scene. 

Juno Birch and Liquorice Black: ABSOLUTELY COMPLETELY NORMAL CABARET – Friday 6th August 7.30pm: Two absolutely completely normal humans Juno Birch and Liquorice Black grace the West End for the first time. Full of camp chaos and sparkly sexiness. Get your tickets now to witness the stunningness! yes that’s happening!

Spice Gals – Friday 6th August 10.30pm: If you wanna love my lover, you’ve gotta tuck with my friends… The Spice Girls are back as you’ve never seen them before in SPICE GALS. Spice Up Your Life as Baby, Sporty, Posh, Scary and Ginger come Right Back Atcha with this hilarious, fierce, camp drag show will have you reliving all the best moments and biggest hits of the Spice Girls. This hilarious and fierce full drag show takes you on the highs, the lows, the break ups, and the reunions! You don’t Wannabe be missing this fabulous night as they Swing, Shake, Move and Make your night!

The Cocoa Butter Club – Saturday 7th August 7.30pm / 10.30pm: A night of daring drag, designed to decolonise and moisturise your life, is coming to take the stage of The Garrick! It’s time for a thick, generous serving of the UK’s premier platform for showcasing and celebrating Performers of Colour. An award-winning affair; expect everything from Burlesque to Circus, Voguing to Vocals, and Regal AF pieces by our Kings, Queens, Otherworldly Beings. 

Remember, The Cocoa Butter Club DO.NOT.PLAY and AAAAALWAYS SLAY

They’re the Black-British led collective that promises to have us screamin’ “oooweee, smells like Cocoa Buttuh up in hurrr!” 

Drag me to the Musicals – Sunday 8th August 7.30pm: A camp ol’ knees up salute to musicals, with a fierce drag twist. Expect surprise guests from the West End! 

With the huge rise in drag popularity over the last ten years, TuckShop is at the forefront of UK Drag culture, coming hot off the heels of Chris’s fifteen years’ experience in the West End as a producer, theatre manager, and marketing expert. As well as creating bespoke productions and producing nationwide tours, TuckShop also represent some of the UK’s best Drag talent, raising their profile through branding, promotion and regular bookings. With new productions in development, an ever expanding roster of headline performers and our new online store, TuckShop works tirelessly to give Drag the leg-up it deserves.

West End transfer for Ralph Fiennes’s FOUR QUARTETS by T.S. Eliot

WEST END TRANSFER ANNOUNCED

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Royal & Derngate, Northampton present

Ralph Fiennes

in the world premiere stage adaptation of

FOUR QUARTETS 

By T.S.Eliot
Directed by Ralph Fiennes

 Designer Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer Tim Lutkin
Sound Designer Christopher Shutt
Creative Producer James Dacre

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
18 November to 18 December 2021

Ralph Fiennes in T.S. Eliot’s FOUR QUARTETS. Designs by Hildegard Bechtler, Lighting by Tim Lutkin, Photography by Matt Humphrey

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Royal & Derngate, Northampton are delighted to announce that Ralph Fiennes’s world premiere stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets will transfer to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre for 36 performances only from 18 November to 18 December 2021.

This critically acclaimed production re-opened Theatre Royal Bath in May 2021, and launched Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton season as well as helping reopen theatres across the country by touring to Oxford Playhouse from 14 – 26 June Cambridge Arts Theatre 28 June – 10 July, Southampton MAST 12 – 17 July, Malvern Theatre 19 – 24 July and York Theatre Royal 26 – 31 July 2021

Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot is one of the giants of modern literature. Compelling, moving and symphonic, Four Quartets was the culminating achievement of his career as a poet, offering four interwoven meditations on the nature of time, faith, and the quest for spiritual enlightenment. Mostly written during WWII when the closure of playhouses during the Blitz interrupted Eliot’s work in theatre, the Four Quartets (Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding), contain some of the most exquisite and unforgettable reflections upon surviving periods of national crisis.

Ralph Fiennes’s distinguished stage work is matched by performances in some of the greatest films of our time. The winner of a Tony Award for playing Hamlet, he has worked extensively in theatre, where his recent credits include Antony and CleopatraRichard III and The Master Builder. His numerous film roles include a BAFTA award winning performance in Schindler’s List; The English Patient; The Grand Budapest Hotel; The Constant Gardner; Skyfall; In Bruges; The Dig and The Harry Potter series.

Four Quartets is directed by Ralph Fiennes who will be joined by a remarkable creative team including Hildegard Bechtler (Designer) who won an Olivier Award for After the Dance at the National Theatre and received nominations for Top Hat and Oresteia; Tim Lutkin (Lighting), winner of an Olivier Award for Chimerica and Christopher Shutt (Sound), winner of a Tony Award for War Horse. The Assistant Director is Eva Sampson and the Movement Director is Fin Walker.

Four Quartets is presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Royal & Derngate, Northampton as part of the venue’s 2021 Made in Northampton season.

Full company of hit musical COME FROM AWAY announced. Phoenix Theatre from 22 July.

GEMMA KNIGHT JONES AND SAM OLADEINDE JOIN THE CAST OF INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING ‘BEST MUSICAL’

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PHOENIX THEATRE, LONDON FROM 22 JULY

[Photo credit: Gemma Knight Jones and Sam Oladeinde join the cast of Come From Away. Photo by Helen Maybanks]

London, 1 July: As the multi award-winning Come From Away prepares to welcome audiences back to the Phoenix Theatre in London from 22 July, the international hit musical announces two new members of the London cast and confirms the full Come From Away UK family, on and off stage.

Gemma Knight Jones (Falsettos, Sister Act UK Tour, Hairspray UK Tour, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) will play Hannah and others, and Sam Oladeinde (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, A Christmas Carol, The Prince of Egypt) will play Bob and others.

They join the current London cast Jenna Boyd (Beulah and others), James Doherty (Claude and others), Mary Doherty (Bonnie and others), Mark Dugdale (Kevin T/Garth and others), Alice Fearn (Beverley/Annette and others), Kate Graham (Diane and others), Alasdair Harvey (Nick/Doug and others), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J/Ali and others), Harry Morrison (Oz and others), and Emma Salvo (Janice and others) with Chiara Baronti, Ricardo Castro, Stuart Hickey, Sorelle Marsh, Alexander McMorran, Micha Richardson, Jennifer Tierney and Matthew Whennell-Clark.

The UK production team forCome From Away includes Claire Sibley (Company Manager), Diane Norburn (Stage Manager on the Book), Alexandra Legg (Assistant Stage Manager), Sophie Macfadyen (Assistant Stage Manager), Joey Pocket (Assistant Stage Manager), Alice Jenkins (Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager), Andy Yiannaki (Sound No. 1), Rebecca Page (Sound No. 2), Olivia McColl (Sound No. 3), Oliver Burridge (Sound No. 3 Maternity Cover), Thomas King (Automation), Rose Connelly (Head of Wardrobe), Lucy Edgeworth (Wardrobe Assistant), Derek Johnston (Dresser), Rochelle Porter (Head of Wigs), Milly Roberts-Smith (Head of Wigs Maternity Cover), Jasmine Roy (Wigs Assistant), Josh Attwood (LX Show Chief), Alex Wintle (Deputy Show LX), Suzie Harrison (Follow Spot Operator), Jemma Newton (Follow Spot Operator), Anthony Pearson (Technical Swing), Playful Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals (General Management), Luke Shires Marketing (Marketing Directors), Natalie McCormack (Ticketing and Sales Management), AKA (Artwork Design and Advertising), Mediacom (Digital Media), Matthew Murphy (Production Photographer), Story House PR (Press Representative), Shine Creative Solutions (Partnerships and Promotions), Chris Luscombe (Health and Safety Consultant), Sophie Lane (Physiotherapist), Ross Williams (General Manager of the Phoenix Theatre), Chris Ioannou (Assistant General Manager of the Phoenix Theatre), Vivienne Litherland (Phoenix Theatre Administrator), Mark Poisson (Phoenix Theatre Sales and Ticketing Manager), Charlotte Bezant (Phoenix Theatre Deputy Sales and Ticketing Manager), Alice Mowatt and Harry Cutts (Phoenix Theatre Box Office Assistants), Gary Swain (Phoenix Theatre Master Carpenter), Rebecca Wide (Phoenix Theatre Deputy Master Carpenter), Gary Hamilton (Phoenix Theatre Chief Electrician), Tamsyn Ross (Phoenix Theatre Deputy Chief Electrician), Kayleigh Aston, Lauren Donnelly and Emma Harper (Phoenix Theatre Customer Experience Supervisors), Simon Moore (Phoenix Theatre Cellar Person), Kellie Barker and Rebecca Zamani (Phoenix Theatre Stage Door Keepers).

The Come From Away Creative team include Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Book, Music and Lyrics), Christopher Ashley (Director), Kelly Devine (Musical Staging), Ian Eisendrath (Music Supervision and Arrangements), Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Design), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Gareth Owen (Sound Design), David Brian Brown (Hair Design), August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations), Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG (Casting), Joel Goldes (Dialect Coach), Michael Rubinoff (Creative Consultant), Bob Hallett (Newfoundland Music Consultant),  Shirley Fishman (Dramaturg), Tara Overfield Wilkinson (Associate Director and Choreographer UK), Kirsty Malpass (Assistant Director and Choreographer UK), Richard J. Hinds (Associate Choreographer US), Jenna Carino (Associate Scenic Designer), Devario Simmons (Associate Costume Designer), Ryan O’Gara (Associate Lighting Designer US), Warren Letton (Associate Lighting Designer and Programmer UK), Russell Godwin (Associate Sound Designer), Matt Towell (Production Manager), Chris Marcus and Jonathan Hall (Props Supervisor), Sabrina Cuniberto (Costume Supervisor), and Betty Marini (Hair and Wigs Supervisor).

The Come From Away band includes Alan Berry (Musical Director/UK Musical Supervisor), Matt Bashford (Whistles/Irish Flute/Uillean Pipes), Aoife Mairead Ní Bhriain (Fiddle), Oli Briant (Electric/Acoustic Guitar), Justin Quinn (Acoustic Guitars/Mandolins/Bouzouki), Joey Grant (Electric and Acoustic Bass),  Ray Fean (Bodhrán/Percussion), Ian Whitehead (Drums/Percussion), Huw Evans (Associate Musical Director), Andrew Barrett for Lionella Music, LLC (Electronic Music Design), Phij Adams (Associate Keyboard Programmer), Ryan Driscoll (Music Preparation), and David Gallagher (Orchestral Management).

Come From Away is produced in the UK by Junkyard Dog Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals. The European premiere of Come From Away was co-produced with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre.

Winner of every major Best Musical award when it opened in the West End in March 2019, Come From Away tells the remarkable and inspiring true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Twenty years ago on 11 September 2001, the world stopped. On 12 September and in the years following, their stories of kindness, generosity and love have moved us all.

The international hit musical has celebrated sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, in Canada, throughout Australia, and on a 60-city North American Tour.

Tickets for Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre are available via comefromawaylondon.co.uk.

WILTSHIRE CREATIVE ANNOUNCES SNOW WHITE AND THE HAPPY EVER AFTER BEAUTY SALON THIS CHRISTMAS

WILTSHIRE CREATIVE ANNOUNCES

SNOW WHITE AND THE HAPPY EVER AFTER BEAUTY SALON

THIS CHRISTMAS

Salisbury Playhouse, part of Wiltshire Creative, today anounces Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon by Mike Akers as their festive family show opening on 8 December, with previews from 3 December, and running until 31 December. Directed by Gareth Machin, with music by Tayo Akinbode, lyrics by Mike Akers, and additional songs by Christopher Peake,the production enables Wiltshire Creative to share Christmas cheer with audiences this year following a revised performance plan; and 2022 will see the return of the full scale pantomime Cinderella.

Artistic Director Gareth Machin said todayMike Akers has created a wonderful Christmas present for all the family. Working with our brilliant pantomime creative team, I know we’ll be able to bring the show to life with laughter, colour and joy. I can’t wait to share this magical production with our audience!

Executive Director Sebastian Warrack says, Christmas is an incredibly important time for Wiltshire Creative and we know that Snow White will bring sparkle and fun, as we look forward to a bright New Year.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HAPPY EVER AFTER BEAUTY SALON

Written by Mike Akers

Music by Tayo Akinbode, Lyrics by Mike Akers, with additional songs by Christopher Peake.

3 December – 31 December 2021

Director Gareth Machin; Designer James Button; Musical Director Christopher Peake; Choreographer Nicky Griffiths; Lighting Designer Nic Farman; Sound Designer Michael Scott;

Casting Director Gabrielle Dawes CDG


In a magical 1950s fairytale wonderland, young apprentice Snow is working hard in her Aunt Trish’s Beauty Salon. She curls the tails of the three little pigs, sharpens the teeth of the Big Bad Wolf, and perfectly sets Prince Charming’s quiff.

But, suddenly stumbling upon Aunt Trish’s magic mirror puts Snow’s life in peril.

Will she be able to survive as she heads underground and attempts to carve her own path to a happily ever after?

With toe-tapping live music, dazzling design, puppetry and laugh out loud entertainment, the show will delight the whole family this Christmas.

LISTINGS

SNOW WHITE AND THE HAPPY EVER AFTER BEAUTY SALON

Salisbury Playhouse, Wiltshire Creative

Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA

https://bit.ly/SWNEWS21

Ticket Sales: 01722 320333

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By email ticketsales@wiltshirecreative.co.uk 

To arrange group or access bookings please phone 01722 320 333 Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 12pm.

Thank you for your patience as we are operating with a reduced box office team.