Underbelly raises over £32,000 from Big Brain Tumour Benefit

Underbelly’s star-studded Big Brain Tumour Benefit has raised over £32,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity

Underbelly matched the £15,000 ticket income from the packed event to double the donations to The Brain Tumour Charity along with over £2,000 in donations on the night.

Picture by Lesley Martin 16th August 2022 The Brain Tumour Charity Gig, Underbelly, McEwan Hall. © Lesley Martin 2022 e: [email protected] t: 07836745264

Comedy stars Jason Byrne (MC), John Bishop, Maisie Adam, Rhys Nicholson, Michael Akadiri, Phil Wang, Jessica Fostekew and Danny Bhoy came together on 16 August for a special charity gig at McEwan Hall to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity – the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally.

The Underbelly Big Brain Tumour Benefit 2022 has raised over £32,000 inspired by seven-year-old Alfie Bartlam, son of Underbelly Director Ed and his wife Lucinda, who died of a brain tumour in 2019.

100% of the £15,000 of ticket income goes straight to The Brain Tumour Charity. During the event, Ed Bartlam confirmed that Underbelly will match every penny of the box office income. This along with an additional £2,000 in donations, brings the final total raised to over £32,000.

Underbelly has now raised nearly £132,000 for this important cause from these benefits alone – in addition to their ongoing support of The Charity year-round. For those who’d still like to contribute to this important cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/braintumourbenefit.

Ed Bartlam, Underbelly’s co-founder said: “The Brain Tumour Charity is an incredibly important cause to support. Underbelly is proud to have raised over £32,000 and will continue to spread the word and raise as much as possible towards this under-funded and important work.

As I said to the incredible audience, the money raised will go towards a specific paediatric treatment trial in Cambridge that has the genuine potential to turn the tide for some particularly aggressive brain tumours in children.

I thank the amazing acts that performed this evening, everyone in the audience for their unflinching support and would encourage everyone to dig deep and consider making a donation via our JustGiving page.”

Gina Almond, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We are so proud of our continued partnership and loyal support from Underbelly and it is just brilliant that the Big Brain Tumour Benefit has returned this year; such a welcome return after the pandemic. Our brilliant partnerships are key to raising vital funds for research and awareness of the devastating impact of a brain tumour.

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and they reduce life expectancy by 27 years, the highest of any cancer and this must change. The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts with a goal of doubling survival rates and halving the harm that brain tumours have on quality of life – and it is only through the support from so many people like Ed, Charlie and the brilliant Underbelly team that we can strive towards those goals.

“It’s fantastic that the Big Brain Tumour Benefit has returned this year and been able to raise £32,000 for The Charity. Thank you all for your incredible support.”

Research into brain tumours is severely underfunded in the UK and yet represents the biggest cancer killer for under 40s. Around 500 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed each year but diagnosis times of childhood brain tumours are longer in the UK than in many other countries. The Brain Tumour Charity’s new Better Safe Than Tumour campaign aims to raise awareness of the common signs and symptoms in both children and adults and to support the public to get any concerning or persistent symptoms checked out by their doctor

Lawrence Batley Theatre Storytellers ThickSkin have achieved competitive grant from New Play Commission Scheme

Lawrence Batley Theatre Storytellers ThickSkin have achieved competitive grant from New Play Commission Scheme

Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Storytellers ThickSkin have been awarded grant from Writers Guild of Great Britain’s New Play Commission Scheme following competitive application process.

Image from Blood Harmony, recent co-production between Lawrence Batley Theatre and ThickSkin, photo credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Lawrence Batley Theatre and ThickSkin, have today announced that their latest new play is the recipient of illustrious New Play Commission Scheme. The new play will be written by Billie Collins and produced by bold and ambitious physical theatre company ThickSkin.

Since 2019, Lawrence Batley Theatre have worked in partnership with Manchester’s ThickSkin to explore why we tell stories, how we can reimagine this artform, and what impact those stories can have today. As one of the theatre’s partner Storytelling companies, they create completely new plays for audiences, support new talent and stage world class performances right in the centre of Huddersfield.

Becky Atkinson, Chief Executive of Lawrence Batley Theatre, said, “We are so pleased to be able to continue to work with ThickSkin as one of the theatre’s Storyteller companies. They are an innovative and exciting company with incredible creatives and a real passion for nurturing emerging talent. ThickSkin are so well deserving of this prestigious award. We look forward to welcoming them back to the theatre with this new show.”

Neil Bettles,Artistic Director of ThickSkin, said, “For me it is crucial that we make space for new talent and provide a nurturing environment that allows people to thrive. We will always push for the highest quality, and I firmly believe that developing new talent means setting a high bar whilst also maintaining a supportive and collaborative working environment where people can learn and grow. We can’t wait to explore this new project with Billie.”

Billie Collins said, “I’m buzzing to be working with ThickSkin on this new commission. As an emerging writer, it’s no small thing to be given the space to experiment and take creative risks – and I can’t wait to co-create something totally new with a company whose work is consistently ambitious, bold and innovative.”

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ANNOUNCE FULL CAST FOR GLOBAL STAGE PREMIERE OF MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ANNOUNCE FULL CAST FOR GLOBAL STAGE PREMIERE OF MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

Today (Wednesday 17 August), Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) announce the full company for the global stage premiere of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro, opening at the Barbican this Autumn.

The company comprises; Haruka Abe (Yasuko/ Puppeteer), Li-Leng Au (Puppeteer), Boaz Chad (Puppeteer), Nino Furuhata (Kanta/ Puppeteer), Andrew Futaishi (Puppeteer), Zachary Hing (Puppeteer), Susan Momoko Hingley (Miss Hara/ Puppeteer), Yojiro Ichikawa (Puppeteer), Arina Ii (Puppeteer), Haruka Kuroda (Nurse Emiko/ Puppeteer), Marian Lee (Puppeteer), Matthew Leonhart (Puppeteer), Mei Mac (Mei), Aki Nakagawa (Puppeteer), Kanako Nakano (Tsukiko/ Puppeteer), Ami Okumura Jones (Satsuki), Michael Phong Le (Hiroshi/ Puppeteer), Tobi Poster-Su (Puppeteer), Si Rawlinson (Puppeteer), Dai Tabuchi (Tatsuo/ Puppeteer), Jacqueline Tate (Granny/ Puppeteer) and Shaofan Wilson (Puppeteer).

Performed on the Barbican’s iconic stage, My Neighbour Totoro will play a 15-week season from Saturday 8 October 2022 to Saturday 21 January 2023.

The celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) will be brought to the stage by its original composer Joe Hisaishi in a landmark new adaptation by the RSC (Matilda The Musical) written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer) in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.

Directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costumes by Kimie Nakano, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, and movement by You-Ri Yamanaka, the production will feature puppetry created by Basil Twist and music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score in a new orchestration by Will Stuart, performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle. Associate Director is Ailin Conant. Artwork for the stage adaptation of My Neighbour Totoro includes a hand drawn title by Toshio Suzuki, Producer for Studio Ghibli, who was involved in the planning and production of the original animated film.

This enchanting coming-of-age story explores the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, as it follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei.

In order to be closer to their mother while she recovers from an illness in a rural convalescent hospital, their father moves the family to the countryside. As the girls explore their beautiful new surroundings, Mei encounters magical creatures and the ancient protector of the forest she calls Totoro.

Although Satsuki doesn’t believe her little sister at first, they are soon both swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

The production is supported by Spanish Luxury House LOEWE, the Headline Sponsor of My Neighbour Totoro, whose connection with Studio Ghibli began in 2021 with the creation of a capsule collection inspired by the original animated film.

Dreamboats and Petticoats: Bringing on Back the Good Times Review

Darlington Hippodrome – until Saturday 20 August 2022

3***

The third instalment of the highly popular Dreamboats and Petticoats continues with the further adventures of Bobby and Laura and the rest of the gang.

Produced by the golden touch of Bill Kenwright, with a book by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, its a rather cheesy tale. But the majority of the audience who remembered the 60’s weren’t there for the story, they were there for the nostalgia and the music – played on stage by an excellent live band.

This time the story moves on with Laura (Elizabeth Carter) enjoying a professional singing career, appearing on the Mike and Bernie Winters show. But Bobby (David Luke covering for Jacob Fowler) had a case of stage fright (on stage at the Royal Variety Performance, in front of a very unimpressed Queen Mother). He is back with the Conquests, playing small gigs at the Youth Club.

With help from Laura’s manager Larry (Mark Wynter) and a promise by Laura to do a summer season in Torquay, the Conquests get to do a season in Butlins in Bognor.

Norman (Joseph Lukehurst) and Sue (Lauren Anderson-Oakley), Ray (Joe Sterling covering for David Luke) and Donna (Samara Clarke) and the rest of the band (Sheridan Lloyd, Rob Gathercole, Alan Howell and Benji Lord) all help the tale along. With help from saxophone players (Chloe Edwards-Wood and Lauren Chinery) and Mike Lloyd on trumpet. They manage to play 35+ songs, which the audience clearly love.

With plenty more songs left from the 60’s, after all the CD sets these shows are based on spawned 30 CD’s so far, there are plenty more adventures for Bobby and Laura and the audience to enjoy. And if the audiences in Darlington are anything to go by, they clearly can’t wait for the story to continue

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE – COLLABRO ANNOUNCES A FAREWELL TOUR

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE – COLLABRO ANNOUNCES A FAREWELL TOUR.  

The nation’s favourite Britain’s Got Talent winners, Collabro will hit the road this December to celebrate eight successful years!

Following eight triumphant years, Collabro, the world’s most popular musical theatre vocal group, have announced their farewell tour. Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave invite their fans across the country to come along and celebrate with them this winter. 

Collabro – The Farewell Tour will open on Tuesday 29th November 2022 at Sheffield City Hall before heading to Carlisle, Plymouth, Newcastle, Manchester, Blackpool, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Bath.

Collabro – The Farewell Tour will close on Friday 16th December 2022 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

We are so incredibly grateful to have been allowed to do what we love for eight years, and the fans are to thank for that. Their constant support and love have meant that we have travelled the world singing, and we can’t thank them enough. We are really excited to travel around the UK in December with a spectacular show, which we feel is the most fitting way to say goodbye” – Collabro

Collabro’s international fame has grown since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. Collabro have gone from strength to strength, with two million record sales, six top-selling albums, five sell-out UK tours, and headline slots at the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall.

The previously announced ‘Christmas is Here’ tour has been renamed ‘The Farewell Tour,’ and audiences can expect to hear stunning renditions of a variety of Collabro musical theatre classics, covers, and Christmas songs.

From ‘Stars’ to ‘Lighthouse,’ Collabro – The Farewell Tour will showcase their pitch-perfect harmonies and serve as a poignant reminder of the joy of bringing everyone back together for the Christmas season before the quartet embarks on new adventures and discovers what happens next.

Collabro – The Farewell Tour will follow Collabro’s new seventh studio album Be Still My Soul that will be released 7th October 2022. Be Still My Soul is the perfect easy listening album for any listener, blending Collabro’s distinct vocals in original and timeless arrangements.

Collabro – The Farewell Tour will be the ultimate night for all Collabro fans, and the ideal way to say “goodbye” to one of the world’s most beloved musical theatre vocal groups. Collabro – The Farewell Tour it is a final celebration not to be missed.

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

DAVID HUNTER & JOANNA WOODWARD TO STAR IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE: THE MUSICAL

WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY JOSS STONE & DAVE STEWART

& BOOK BY LAUREN GUNDERSON

AT STORYHOUSE, CHESTER

FROM 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 FOR TWO-WEEK SEASON

AHEAD OF WEST END TRANSFER

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.

LISTINGS

30 September – 15 October 2022

Storyhouse

Hunter Street

Chester CH1 2AR

storyhouse.com

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

Tickets:

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

SUSAN HILL’S

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

CELEBRATES 13,000 PERFORMANCES

AT THE FORTUNE THEATRE

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

GERMAN CORNEJOS TANGO AFTER DARK

RETURNS TO LONDONS 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.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

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

TRACY-ANN OBERMAN AND MATTHEW KELLY

JOIN FELICITY KENDAL

AS THE FULL CAST IS ANNOUNCED FOR
THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF


NOISES OFF

MICHAEL FRAYN’S BELOVED COMEDY IS DIRECTED BY LINDSAY POSNER

FROM 22 SEPTEMBER 2022

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

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEW WEST END COMPANY OF

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

PARTS ONE AND TWO

AS BOOKING EXTENDS TO JULY 2023

WWW.HARRYPOTTERTHEPLAY.COM

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 [email protected]

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