David Hunter and Joanna Woodward to star in World Premiere of The Time Traveller’s Wife: the Musical








David Hunter will star as Henry and Joanna Woodward as Clare and in the world premiere of The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical, based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Niffenegger and the New Line Cinema film screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  The new musical will premiere at Storyhouse in Chester from 30 September to 15 October 2022.  The two-week season will precede a West End transfer, to be announced at a later date.

David Hunter‘s theatre credits include: Waitress (Adelphi and UK Tour); Kinky Boots (Adelphi); Once (Phoenix); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Adelphi, UK Tour); Songs for a New World (Palladium); Tommy (Prince Edward); Seussical (Arts); The Hired Man (Leicester Curve and Colchester Mercury); Pub and Spinach (the Royal Exchange); The Mayor of Zalamea (Liverpool Everyman).  His film and TV credits include: Nativity 3Holby City and Doctors (BBC); Superstar (ITV).  David’s pop/rock band Reemer had support slots, playing alongside The Feeling, Scouting for Girls and McFly on their full UK Arena Tour.

Joanna Woodward most recently understudied and played Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre & Savoy Theatre).  Her other theatre credits include: Emily in Zombies: The Musical and Eulpha Miziam in Confessions (The Other Palace); Mary in The Life (Southwark Playhouse); understudied and played Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Margaret in Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East); understudied Beth/Meg/KT in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre); Tinker Bell in Lost Boy (Finborough Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre); Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors(Kilworth House Theatre).

Also in the cast will be Aisha Davis (UK theatre debut, with previous theatre work in Kingston, Jamaica) as Dr KendrickRoss Dawes (Dennis Dupree in the UK Tour of Rock of Agesas Henry’s Dad, Hiba Elchikhe (Pritti Pasha in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in West End and Los Angeles) as CharisseStevie Hutchinson (UK and Chinese Tour of Ghost: The Musical and UK Tour of Oliver!as Clare’s Dad, Tim Mahendran (Spring Awakening at Hope Mill Theatre) as Gomez, Sorelle Marsh (Vicky Monroe in Stand Up at the Floral Pavilion, Wirral, and Tessie in White Christmas at the Lowry Theatre) as Henry’s MumBenjamin Purkiss (Zorro in Zorro the Musical at Charing Cross Theatre and Hope Mill Theatre and   Alternate Strat in Bat Out of Hell at the London Coliseum/International Tour/Manchester Opera House) as Jason / Mark and Alwyne Taylor (won the Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award for Once in a LifetimeCompanySweet Charity and Accrington Pals at the Library Theatre and was nominated for Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award for her role as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Oldham Coliseum) as Old Clare.  The actresses playing Young Clare will be announced shortly. 

Henry and Clare’s love story is like no other and yet like all others; they meet, flirt, fight, love, marry… but all out of order.  Henry is often and uncontrollably ripped out of time, because he suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets, pulling him into his past or future, vanishing before one’s eyes, never knowing where or when he’s going next.  Except he knows he’ll always come back to Clare, at some point in time, dreaming of her time-travelling husband. 

The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical weaves a heart-breaking and soaring original musical score by multi Grammy Award-winning composers Joss Stone and Dave Stewart with one of the most beloved novels of the last 50 years.  All couples ask how to truly know one another, to trust, to commit, to build a family, to work at something bigger than ourselves.  Not all of us are time travellers.  How do you love across time?

With a book by Lauren Gunderson, original music and lyrics by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart, additional music by Nick Finlow and additional lyrics by Kait Kerrigan, the production will be directed by Bill Buckhurst and designed by Anna Fleischle, with choreography by Shelley Maxwell, lighting design by Lucy Carter, illusions by Chris Fisher, video design by Andrzej Goulding, sound design by Richard Brooker, musical supervision & arrangement by Nick Finlow and orchestrations by Bryan Crook.  Casting will be by Grindrod Burton Casting.  It will be produced by Colin Ingram for InTheatre Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Teresa Tsai and Crossroads Live, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

For further information, visit https://www.storyhouse.com/event/the-time-travellers-wife.


30 September – 15 October 2022


Hunter Street

Chester CH1 2AR


Box Office: 01244 409113 (option #1), £2.50 phone booking fee / https://www.storyhouse.com/event/the-time-travellers-wife

On sale to Storyhouse Members until noon 21 February, general on-sale from noon 21 February

Performances schedule:

Fri 30 September 2022         19:30

Sat 01 October 2022            19:30

Tues 04 October 2022          19:30

Wed 05 October 2022            19:30

Thus 06 October 2022          19:30

Fri 07 October 2022              19:30

Sat 08 October 2022             14:30 & 19:30

Mon 10 October 2022            19:30

Tues 11October 2022            19:30

Wed 12 October 2022            14:30 & 19:30

Thus 13 October 2022          19:30

Fri 14 October 2022              19:30

Sat 15 October 2022             14:30 & 19:30


Storyhouse Members: £44.00 / £39.50 / £29.50 / £22.50
Non-Members: £46.60 / £41.90 / £31.00 / £23.60*

*£2 booking fee for non-members

Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK Celebrates 13,000 Performances at The Fortune Theatre on 13 August 2022





ON 13 AUGUST 2022

PW Productions were delighted to celebrate 13,000 performances of Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK at The Fortune Theatre on 13 August 2022. To celebrate this milestone performance, a strictly limited number of £13 tickets are available for select performances until 27 August.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK stars Julian Forsyth as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer The Actor.

Due to the show’s enduring popularity with young people, the Producers are pleased to offer a free ticket to those aged 18 and under to see the West End production, alongside a full paying adult.

In June 2019 THE WOMAN IN BLACK celebrated its 30th Anniversary in London’s West End with a special gala performance.

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins creep.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep.

German Cornego’s Tango After Dark to play London Season at Peacock Theatre



11-22 OCTOBER 2022

World Tango Champion German Cornejo returns with his superb dance company, including his long-term dance partner and collaborator Gisela Galeassi, to perform the critically acclaimed Tango After Dark at Peacock Theatre in London’s West End from 11 to 22 October.  Accompanied by two sensational singers and seven musicians playing the great tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango, these ten world-class Argentinian dancers will keep your passion for tango burning deep into the night.

Tango After Dark is the ultimate theatrical tango experience straight from Argentina, that merges the intoxicating music of the great Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, jaw-dropping choreography, and breath-taking moves, to reveal tango in its most authentic but sophisticated form.  As Argentina’s most popular dance, world-renowned for its seductive powers, this mesmerising show combines the sensuous side of tango with the rawness and quick-fire precision of this dance, taking this passionate dancing language to the limit, to create a unique and exhilarating performance.

With multiple sold-out performances across the globe, German Cornejo’s spectacular choreography has captivated audiences worldwide for more than 10 years, through its unique mix of tradition and sophistication of tango for the 21st century.

The five couples dancing in Tango After Dark at Peacock Theatre, coming directly from Buenos Aires, will be German Cornejo & Gisela Galeassi, Mariano Balois & Micaela Spina, Ezequiel Lopez & Camila Alegre, Juan Malizia & Manuela Rossi and Nicolas Schell & Noelia Pizzo.  The two singers will be Antonela Cirillo and Jesus Hidalgo.

Choreographed by Cornejo, the individual couples in the company choreograph their own solos with Cornejo refining the steps, as is traditional in the world of Argentine tango, allowing the couples creative freedom to showcase their individual styles.  Cornejo and his dance partner, Galeassi, are World Tango Champions and are widely known for their performances with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony.

Tango After Dark is directed and choreographed by German Cornejo with assistant choreographer Gisela Galeassi, sound design by Gaston Briski and musical direction by Diego Ramos.  Tango After Dark is produced at Peacock Theatre by Sandra Castell Garcia.


11-22 October 2022

German Cornejo’s Tango After Dark   

Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street

London WC2A 2HT  

Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm                                

Tickets: from £18

Ticket Office : 020 7863 8222 / www.peacocktheatre.com 

Tracy-Ann Oberman and Matthew Kelly join Felicity Kendal in the cast of NOISES OFF 40th Anniversary tour







The full cast is announced today for the 40th Anniversary tour of Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning farce, Noises Off, which will open at Theatre Royal Bath from 22 September 2022, before heading onto Richmond, Brighton and Cambridge.

Joining the previously announced Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever) as Dotty Otley will be stage and screen actors Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner and Edmond) as Belinda Blair and Matthew Kelly (The DresserWaiting For Godot, as well as hosting Stars In Their Eyes and You Bet!) as Selsdon Mowbray.

The full cast will include Alexander Hanson as Lloyd Dallas, Joseph Millson as Garry Lejeune, Sasha Frost as Brooke Ashton, Pepter Lunkhuse as Poppy Norton Taylor, Jonathan Coy as Fredrick Fellows, and Hubert Burton as Tim

One of the greatest British comedies ever written, Noises Offwill be directed by Lindsay Posner (God of Carnage, Hay Fever, Stones in his Pockets)

Michael Frayn’s celebrated play serves up a riotous double bill – a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Noises Offfollows the on and off-stage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through the fictional farce, Nothing On. From the shambolic final rehearsals before opening night in Weston-super-Mare, to a disastrous matinee in Ashton-Under-Lyme seen entirely, and hilariously silently, from backstage, before we share their final, brilliantly catastrophic performance in Stockton-on-Tees.

After watching from the wings a production of his 1970 farce The Two of Us with Richard Briers and Lynn Redgrave and noting that the goings on behind the scenes were funnier than out front, Michael Frayn wrote Noises Off. The original production opened in London in 1982 before becoming a worldwide hit. A feature film was made of Noises Off in 1992.

Noises Off is written by Michael Frayn. The creative team for this 40th Anniversary production includes Lindsay Posner (Director), Simon Higlett (Designer), Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer), Greg Clarke (Sound Designer), Will Stuart (Composer), Ruth Cooper-Brown (Movement and Fight Director), George Jibson (Associate Director), Ginny Schiller (Casting Director).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


H A R R Y   P O T T E R   A N D   T H E   C U R S E D   C H I L D




Today (15 August 2022) the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions – are delighted to confirm casting for the new Company who begin performances at London’s Palace Theatre on 13 October 2022.  In addition, the original two-part multi award-winning production is now extending booking to 30 July 2023.

Sam Crane will playHarry Potter, with Frances Grey as Ginny Potter and Thomas Grant who will play their son Albus Potter. Thomas Aldridge and Michelle Gayle continue as Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and Grace Wylde will play their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. James Howard continues asDraco Malfoy and Adam Wadsworth will play his son Scorpius Malfoy. 

They are joined by Gabriel Akamo, Troy Alexander, Harry Ames, David Annen, Sue Appleby, Sabina Cameron, Phil Cheadle, Robert Curtis, Tim Dewberry, Iskandar Eaton, Lewis Edgar, Jack Gardner, Jemma Gould, Kelton Hoyland, April Hughes, Max Hutchinson, Emma Louise Jones, Tom Mackean, David Mara, Henry Maynard, Kathryn Meisle, Gigi Noel-King, Melaina Pecorini, Niamh Perry, Ruchi Rai, Ian Redford, Rosalind Steele, Tom Storey, Joshua Talbot, Susan Vidler and Wreh-asha Walton. Fletcher Bell,  Alice Langton-Farrell, Max FordeLottie Grey, Rafferty IsonAbbiegail Mills and Harry Munson, who will alternate two children’s roles, complete the 46-strong company.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage and the eight story in the Harry Potter series, has sold over 5 million tickets worldwide since its world premiere in London in July 2016 and holds a record 60 major honors, with nine Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Play and six Tony Awards including Best New Play. This summer, the international phenomenon celebrates the start of its seventh year with seven productions running worldwide in London, New York, Melbourne, San Francisco, Hamburg, Toronto, and Tokyo. 

Adventure runs in the family. When Harry Potter’s head-strong son Albus befriends the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, it sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all—with the power to change the past and future forever. Prepare for a mind-blowing race through time, spectacular spells, and an epic battle, all brought to life with the most astonishing theatrical magic ever seen on stage.

Based on an original new story by J.K. RowlingJack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe and casting by Julia Horan CDG.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Tickets remain priced from £15 per part. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child partners with TodayTix for The Friday Forty,the production’s Lottery for Patrons to apply for some of the very best seats in the theatre priced at £40 (£20 per part) which will secure a seat for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances. The regular performance schedule is as follows – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – no performance; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7pm Part Two; Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6pm Part Two.

Tickets are now on sale for a further set of access performances – on Saturday 17 September 2022 performances will be interpreted in British Sign Language, on Saturday 24 September 2022 performances will be Audio Described, and on Saturday 5 November 2022 performances will be captioned. For patrons with physical access needs call 0330 333 4815 (please note, there are no general ticket sales on this number) or email CursedChildAccess@nimaxtheatres.com.

Details of all productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be found at HarryPottertheplay.com



Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce the full cast and creative teams for The Snail House and Ravenscourtwhich open this September.

The world premiere of The Snail House will feature Amanda Bright (In From the Cold, Netflix; Macbeth, Shakespeare Globe), Raphel Famotibe (Rocks, Fable Pictures; Wonder Boy, Bristol Old Vic), Vincent Franklin (Bodyguard, BBC; Mary Stuart, Almeida Theatre), Grace Hogg-Robinson (Flesh and Blood, ITV; The Ocean at the End of the Lane; National Theatre/Duke of York’s), Megan McDonnell (Normal People, BBC; The Playboy Of The Western World, Lyric Theatre), Eva Pope (Waterloo Road, BBC; Still Alice, UK Tour) and Patrick Walshe McBride (Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators, BBC; Peer Gynt, Barbican).

The Snail House, written and directed by Richard Eyre, will run from 7 September until 15 October.  Former Artistic Director of the National Theatre and, writer and regular adaptor of other people’s work for the stage, The Snail House is Eyre’s first completely original play.  He previously premiered Jennifer Dawson’s novel The Ha Ha at Hampstead Theatre Club in 1968.

Eyre is joined by designer, Tim Hatley; associate designer, Ross Edwards; lighting designer, Hugh Vanstone; lighting associate and programmer, Sam Waddington; sound designer, John Leonard; associate sound designer, Ali Taie;casting director, Ginny Schiller CDG and assistant director, Jessica Mensah.

Sir Neil Marriot, familiar from TV as a government medical advisor, is hosting his own lavish birthday party.  But, amidst the oak panelling and the champagne his family are at one another’s throats – and there’s something deeply unsettling about one of the caterers …  

Richard Eyre, Director of The Snail House, said:

“Apart from versions of existing plays in foreign languages, I haven’t written and directed a play of mine since 1968 when my adaptation of Jennifer Dawson’s novel, The Ha Ha, was on at what was then the Hampstead Theatre Club.  I am very nervous and very excited to be directing my first original play at almost the same location.”

In the theatre’s Downstairs space, Ravenscourt by Georgina Burns, directed by Hampstead Theatre’s Associate Director, Tessa Walker, will run from 23 September until 29 October.  Burns is an alumnus of Hampstead Theatre’s INSPIRE course for emerging playwrights and Ravenscourt is her first produced full-length play.  

The world premiere of Ravenscourt will feature Josef Davies (1917, Dreamworks; Hangmen, Royal Court/Wyndham’s), Jon Foster (The Salisbury Poisonings, BBC; Every Day I Make Greatness Happen; Hampstead Theatre), Andrea Hall (Honour, ITV; Shook, Southwark Playhouse) and Lizzy Watts (The Durrells, ITV; Either, Hampstead Theatre).

Walker is joined by designer, Debbie Duru; lighting designer, Matt Haskins; sound designer Anna Short; fight director Philip d’Orléans; movement director, Rebecca Wield and assistant director, Sam Edmunds.

Lydia is a mental-health professional determined to make a difference. But as she settles into her new job at Ravenscourt she starts to realise how high the odds are stacked against real change. Maybe the cynics are right: the system is broken and nobody cares…

Tessa Walker, Director of Ravenscourt, said:

‘It is a great pleasure and privilege to be directing Georgina’s first produced full-length play, and the first piece that we have produced from our INSPIRE programme.  Ravenscourt really captured my imagination when I read the script and I can’t wait to get started in rehearsals with this wonderful team.” 

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare presents Macbeth

London International Arts Theatre Presents

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® presents:


National UK tour 23rd September – 26th November

“A great night out to get properly pucked up. It’s what Willy would have wanted.” ★★★★  – Time Out

“There is no doubt this is a hoot to watch” – Evening Standard

“Theatre for people who hate theatre” – The Sunday Times

“Creating theatre that is unique and jolly good fun”  – Younger Theatre

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works and arguably, the greatest play ever written.  It’s a dramatic epic about greed, ambition and the heights and depths of the human condition.  Now, imagine it being performed by a rotating cast, one of who is completely inebriated?   That is the very essence of Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® as they prepare to the take their unique interpretation of Macbeth on a national tour this autumn. 

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® presents: Macbeth is aside-splitting combination of a faithful adaptation of this Shakespearean classic, complete with one worse-for-wear cast member.Every night before the show, an actor is given four hours to “wet the whistle” by consuming as much alcohol as they can get their hands on.  This is classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen; with a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale lined up next.

Featuring wasted witches, boozy best friends, hammered hell-hounds, unhinged wives and enough crapulous kings to give Game of Thrones a run for its money, this is Shakespearean theatre as you’ve never experienced it before…  What could possibly go wrong?

The production will feature a rolling cast with the actors performing different parts each night.  The cast will consist of:

For Tickets visit www.shitfacedshakespeare.com

Listings Information:

Tour dates:  23rd September – 26th November 2022 

23rd September – Chesham Elgiva Theatre – buy tickets here

29th September – Yeovil Octagon Theatre – buy tickets here

1st October – Liverpool Epstein Theatre – buy tickets here

6th October – Nottingham Playhouse – buy tickets here

7th October – Isle of Wight Shanklin Theatre – buy tickets here

8th October – Twickenham The Exchange – buy tickets here

12th October – Dunstable The Grove – buy tickets here   

13th October – Southend Cliffs Pavilion – buy tickets here  

14th October – Stratford-upon-Avon Playhouse – buy tickets here  

15th October – Redhill Harlequin Theatre – buy tickets here

20th October – Portsmouth New Theatre Royal – buy tickets here  

21st October – Twickenham The Exchange – buy tickets here

22nd October – Swindon Wyvern Theatre – buy tickets here

26th October – Peterborough The Cresset – buy tickets here

27th October – Horsham The Capitol – buy tickets here

28th October – Basingstoke The Haymarket – buy tickets here

29th October – Northampton Royal & Derngate – buy tickets here 

4th November – Bath Komedia – buy tickets here  

8th November – St. Albans Arena – buy tickets here  

10th November – Middlesbrough Town Hall – buy tickets here  

12th November – Newcastle Tyne Theatre – buy tickets here

16th November –  Wimborne Tivoli Theatre – buy tickets here

18th November – Dorking Halls – buy tickets here

19th November – Taunton Brewhouse – buy tickets here

20th November – Exeter Corn Exchange – buy tickets here

24th November – Ipswich Corn Exchange – buy tickets here

25th November – Farnham The Maltings – buy tickets here

Northern Ballet brings classic fairy tale to life this autumn

The Little Mermaid 

Northern Ballet brings classic fairy tale to life

Touring nationally 22 September – 29 October  

Coming to Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Belfast Grand Opera House, Southampton Mayflower & Newcastle Theatre Royal  

Northern Ballet is bringing Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale to life this autumn as it tours The Little Mermaid to theatres across the UK.

Telling the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything she knows in the search for love, the ballet premièred to critical acclaim in 2017 and has become a favourite amongst audiences.

The Little Mermaid is choreographed and directed by the Company’s former Artistic Director David Nixon CBE whose creations include hits like CinderellaThe Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast

The ballet will immerse audiences in the mystical underwater world of Andersen’s famous fable with designs by Kimie Nakano (sets), Tim Mitchell (lighting) and David Nixon CBE (costumes). The production also features an original score by composer Sally Beamish.

David Nixon CBE, Director, Choreographer and Costume Designer said: 

 ‘The Little Mermaid is an enchanting and relevant story. The fantastical underwater world of the mermaids evokes beautiful imagery that lends itself so well to ballet.  

It has become one of our most beloved productions and I’m delighted Northern Ballet is bringing it back to the stage this autumn.’

In addition to The Little Mermaid, Northern Ballet will be touring Made in Leeds: Three Short BalletsUgly Duckling, and The Nutcracker to theatres across the UK this autumn. To find out more and book visit www.northernballet.com. 

ATG New Wimbledon Theatre Casting Announcement for 2022 Christmas Panto Snow White





New Wimbledon Theatre have today [Friday 12 August] announced the first of the cast for their magical Christmas pantomime, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

With an all-star cast including X Factor semi-finalist, Loose Woman, actress and television personality Brenda Edwards; singer, TV actor and musical theatre star Lee Mead; legendary panto Dame and TV presenter Matthew Kelly and TikTok sensation Hannah Lowther Wimbledon audiences are in for a panto treat this Christmas.

Joining the cast as The Spirit of Pantomime will be Brenda Edwards. Brenda’s professional career started when she was the last woman standing in the 2005 season of The X Factor. Since The X Factor Brenda has gone on to take the musical theatre world by storm, playing roles in Chicago, We Will Rock You, Carousel and Hairspray. Brenda has also been a popular face on TV as a regular on ITV’s daytime panel show Loose Women and BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Best-known for winning the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead won the title role in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to rave reviews. Since then, Lee has had lead roles in Wicked and Legally Blonde in the West End, released several solo albums and toured extensively. From 2014 to 2016 Lee starred as Ben “Lofty” Chiltern in Casualty, which saw him nominated for various national Best Newcomer television awards, a role he reprised on the popular BBC spin-off series, Holby City. In 2021 Lee celebrated 20 years of his career at The London Palladium, before embarking on a UK tour of his fifth album. 2022 sees Lee play Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will see Lee swap the medical gowns for something more regal in the role of The Prince.

Matthew Kelly will play Snow White’s Nurse and is best known for being a presenter on ITV’s Stars in their Eyes, since then Matthew has gone on to become a star of stage and screen and starred in many pantomimes across the country. Matthew’s previous television work includes ITV’s award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Casualty and Heartbeat. His theatre credits include the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar – a role he created at the Liverpool Everyman, Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen and Roger Rees and Lennie in Of Mice and Men at the Savoy Theatre for which his performance won him an Olivier Award for Best Actor. Matthew has recently played Sir in the UK tour of The Dresser opposite Julian Clary.

Musical Theatre sensation Hannah Lowther will play the title role of Snow White. Hannah’s viral musical theatre parody videos took social media by storm, becoming a TikTok-hit in the first lockdown. Hannah recently appeared in Heathers the Musical (The Other Palace) and won three West End Wilma Awards for her performance, she has also appeared in Millennials (The Other Palace) and Kinky Boots–The Musical in Concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is produced by Crossroads Pantomimes, the World’s biggest pantomime producer whose Chief Executive Michael Harrison said: “Today we’re proud to have announced the first of the all-star cast to appear in our New Wimbledon Theatre pantomime. As well as assembling a sensational cast, we’re already working on creating a Christmas treat packed with spectacular special effects and comedy for the whole family to enjoy.”

Nick Parr, Theatre Director at New Wimbledon Theatre said: “I can’t wait for audiences to return to panto in Wimbledon, the highlight of our year. With such a talented selection of performers and more to be announced – Brenda, Lee, Matthew, and Hannah really do ensure there is something for everyone this Christmas.”

With more star casting to be announced, you’ll want to book your tickets early, or you won’t be able to look yourself in the mirror!

Performances begin at New Wimbledon Theatre on Saturday 3rd December 2022 and continue until Saturday 31 December, Tickets from £13 and are on sale now: here




Musical set to tour England and Wales for the first time this Autumn

Leicester’s Curve theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome have announced the cast of their co-production of acclaimed musical The Color Purple, which is set to tour England and Wales for the first time this autumn thanks to support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Funding.

Leading the company as the downtrodden but full-hearted heroine Celie is Me’sha Bryan, whose previous roles have included Romantics Anonymous (Bristol Old Vic), Caroline, or Change (The Playhouse Theatre) and The Lion King (UK tour). The role of glamorous singer Shug Avery will be played by Bree Smith (The Wiz, Hope Mill Theatre), Aaliyah Zhané (The Comedy of Errors, Mercury Theatre) joins as Celie’s sister Nettie, Harpo will be played by Ahmed Hamad (The Addams Family, UK Tour and The Boy in the Dress, RSC) and Squeak will be portrayed by Jimand Allotey, who makes her professional stage debut in the production.

The tour sees several cast members from Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome’s original award-winning production return, including Ako Mitchell as Mister, Anelisa Lamola as Sofia, KM Drew Boateng as Pa, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah as Darlene and Karen Mavundukure as Doris and Alternate Celie.

The cast also includes Kyle BirchKayla CarterJoshua ClemetsonEsme LaudatDeeArna McLeanMonifa JamesNathaniel MorrisonAlex Okoampa and Neil Patterson.

The Color Purple will once again be directed by Tinuke Craig, with Lakesha Arie-Angelo as Revival Director. Also resuming their roles on the production team are Musical Supervisor Alex Parker, Orchestrator Martin Higgins, Choreographer Mark Smith, Designer Alex Lowde and Video Designer Joshua Pharo, Sound Designer Tom Marshall and Casting Director Kay Magson CDG, with Ian Oakley as Musical Director, Ricardo Pardo as Associate Designer and Gail Parmel and Iona Waite as Associate Choreographers also joining.

Speaking about the announcement, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

“We are delighted to announce our exceptional The Color Purple company, assembled by the brilliant Tinuke Craig. The Color Purple is very close to our hearts, and we cannot wait to welcome back familiar faces and new colleagues to take this award-winning Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome production on tour. We know this extraordinary team will create something truly special for audiences across England and Wales this Autumn.  

“Our thanks once again to our friends at Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Arts Council England, whose support has made the tour of this production possible.” 

Chris Sudworth, Director of Artistic Programme at Birmingham Hippodrome said:

“We are delighted that our very special co-production of The Color Purple will open the musical’s first ever UK tour on the Hippodrome’s main stage, after such a fantastic response from our audiences in 2019. We are committed to making high quality work in the Midlands and delighted the show will be seen so widely thanks to the support of our partner venues and Arts Council England. We can’t wait to welcome this wonderful company to the Hippodrome for rehearsals next week.”

The tour will open at Birmingham Hippodrome 13 to 17 September, the musical will then visit Theatre Royal Plymouth (27 September to 1 October), Royal & Derngate Northampton (4 to 8 October), The Lowry in Salford (11 to 15 October), Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff (18 to 22 October), Mayflower Theatre Southampton (25 to 29 October), finishing its run at Norwich Theatre Royal (1 to 5 November). Listings and ticket information can be found below.

Originally staged in 2019, Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome’s production of The Color Purple received an incredible response from critics and audiences alike, winning the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production. During lockdown in Spring 2021, Curve – in association with Birmingham Hippodrome – reunited the company to share a special digital production of the show which was streamed by over 20,000 people* in the UK and Ireland.

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Marsha NormanAllee WillisBrenda Russell and Stephen Bray, The Color Purple tells the powerful and life-affirming story of courageous heroine Celie. Abused and oppressed throughout her youth, Celie embarks on a journey through joy, despair, anguish and hope, discovering her own unique voice thanks to the incredible women in her life. From an unbreakable bond with her sister Nettie, to friendship with fiercely independent Sofia and a life-changing affair with glamorous singer Shug Avery, Celie learns to love herself.

With a profoundly evocative score by Grammy award-winners Brenda RussellAllee Willis and Stephen Bray and drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.