Six to reign again at The Lowry in August

SIX to reign again at The Lowry

Hit musical returns to Salford from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 14th August 2022

The multi award-winning musical phenomenon SIX, written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, returns to The Lowry, Salford, next month.

The new touring Queens include: Chlöe Hart (Catherine of Aragon), Jennifer Caldwell (Anne Boleyn), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Jane Seymour), Jessica Niles (Anna of Cleves), Jaina Brock-Patel (Katherine Howard) and Alana M Robinson (Catherine Parr). Grace MelvilleLeesa Tulley and Natalie Pilkington (Dance Captain)will be joining the cast as Alternates, with Super Swing Harriet Caplan-Dean. The cast are backed by the show’s all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting.

SIX follows the six wives of Henry VIII as they take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

Since its early days as a student production in a 100-seat room at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the showhas fast become a global musical phenomenon. SIX currently has productions playing on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and on tour in Australia and New Zealand, with a major US tour coming soon. Meanwhile, back on home turf, the London production is now enjoying its third royal residence in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre and the UK tour continues its nationwide sold-out reign, now booking through to 2023.

Winner of the 2022 Tony Award for ‘Best Original Score’ on Broadway, the 2022 Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and the 2020 BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for ‘Best Musical’, SIX was also nominated for five Olivier awards, including ‘Best New Musical’.

Celebrating the global success of its songs with over 300 million streams and over 3 billion views on TikTok,the original studio album of SIX officially turned Gold in March 2022, marking over 100,000 sales in the UK.

Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, SIX is co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. The design team includes Emma Bailey (Set Design), Gabriella Slade (Costume Design), Tim Deiling (Lighting Design) and Paul Gatehouse (Sound Design). The score features orchestrations by Tom Curran with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton. Musical Director Jennifer Deacon and UK Musical Supervisor Katy Richardson. Casting is by Pearson Casting. SIX is produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles.

UK Cast Announced As LIZARD BOY, The New Hit Indie Rock Musical Sensation From The US, Makes Stunning UK Debut at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester And Gilded Balloon’s Patter Hoose at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

UK Cast Announced As LIZARD BOY, The New Hit Indie Rock Musical Sensation From The US, Makes Stunning UK Debut at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester And Gilded Balloon’s Patter Hoose at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Cary (William A. Williams, left) looks on as Trevor (Justin Huertas) is enchanted by Siren (Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Lizard Boy.”

The UK cast for the new indie rock musical has been announced ahead of its UK premiere at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from 14th – 27th July 2022. Equal parts comic book lore and coming-of-age love story, Lizard Boy is the thrilling original rock musical that’s been called “Ingenious” (San Francisco Chronicle), “Phenomenal” (San Jose Mercury News), “Ferocious & Funny”(Seattle Times). 

Siren (Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland, left), Trevor (Justin Huertas) and Cary (William A. Williams) battle in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Lizard Boy.”

During a bizarre childhood accident, Trevor was drenched head to toe in dragon’s blood. Growing green and scaly skin, he withdrew from the world. Tonight—twenty years later—Trevor’s first date with a cute guy transforms into adventure of mythic proportions.

The UK cast is Anthony Rickman as Trevor, Alan Cammish as Caly and Sophie Reid as Siren, who playing alternate nights alongside the original US cast of Justin Huertas, Kirsten “Kiki” DeLohr Helland and William A. Williams, the hit show will make its UK premiere at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from 14th – 27th July 2022.

Lizard Boy will then travel up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a full run at the Big Yin, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose from 5-28August 2022.

Lizard Boy author, composer and star Justin Huertas said: “Lizard Boy was conceived when the late, great Jerry Manning commissioned me to write a small, simple solo show for Seattle Rep. I had never written anything before, and Jerry made one request: play your cello. Many years later—inspired by my love of comic book superheroes, with the help of my best friends, and with Jerry’s spirit watching over us—Lizard Boy has grown into the unique, dynamic, indie-rock musical that it is today. At their core, superhero stories are about transformation, identity, and difference—so the genre was a natural fit for me as a theatremaker and as a person of colour. With Lizard Boy, I set out to create a piece that is authentic to who I am as both. I hope, with their empathy and imagination as a guide, audiences will embrace Lizard Boy and celebrate its message: what makes you different makes you powerful. “

Cary (William A. Williams, left), Siren (Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland) and Trevor (Justin Huertas) engage in an epic battle in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Lizard Boy.”

Justin commented on the Manchester performances: “It’s always been my dream to bring Lizard Boy around the world. I can’t wait to bring some Seattle magic to Manchester! I’m so excited to learn even more about this show from a brand-new audience. After so many months making art in my room, I can’t wait to share this story live in such a creative city as Manchester.”

Justin commented on the Edinburgh Fringe run: “Lizard Boy at the Edinburgh Fringe is a moment I’ve been dreaming of since we premiered this musical seven years ago in Seattle. After so many months making art in my room, I can’t wait to join the Fringe in person and share this story in a place that celebrates the arts so expansively. And on the 75th Anniversary! This is a dream come true!”

Handel’s Serse Review

Opera Holland Park – 30th June 2022

Reviewed by Fozia Munshi

4****

This historic comedic Opera set in Persia, has everything, love, jealousy, misunderstandings, laughter, and a happy ending.

The Holland Park stage is perfect in its simplicity, the Persian court bought to life by an ensemble cast of skilful dancers and acrobats, there were moments when the background comedy almost distracted from the main characters.

The Opera opens with Cecelia Halls Serse rendition of Ombra mai fu, a tribute to a tree (the above mentioned ensemble being the tree Serse is singing to), her voice filling the stage and she is riveting to watch. James Laing’s Arsamene and Timothy Nelson as his manservant Elviro soon enter the stage providing a dose of comedic buffoonery. Arsamene is engaging and a little infuriating as Serse’s brother, is his fear of his brother greater or the love he has for Romilda?

Sarah Tynana’s Romilda sings entrancingly, no wonder Serse falls in love with her voice. Her song is incredibly beautifully sung and fills the stage almost hypnotically.

Anna Cavaliero plays Atlanta (her role is merged with Princess Amastre in the original opera), she is playfully flirtatious and mischievous, causing laughter and mayhem in her wake, trying in vain to win her sisters lover from her. And Timothy Nelson takes on both the roles of Elviro Arsamene’s faithful servant, and Ariodate Romilda’s father, with great comedic effect his flower seller is amusingly buffoonish.

The Opera is condensed into two hours with an interval, the venue Holland Park is beautifully atmospheric, and watching the show as twilight falls has a rather romantic effect, wrap up warm though, this is England after all!

This version of Handel’s Serse is beautifully directed by Frederick Waxman the instruments included two (that I could see) Theorbo’s, which I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear played so beautifully. The cast of the Opera are spectacular, anyone who wants a romantic evening which ends in a smile should definitely go see this performance of Serse

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Review

Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge – until Saturday 2nd July 2022

Reviewed by Steph Lott

5*****

On an empty stage, a big red telephone is ringing. A writer of musicals answers it and is told that he has to write a brand new musical in 2 hours! He agrees but says that he needs the audience to help him do it – so the audience has to shout out suggestions of a setting, style of music and the title of the show. And then they’re off!

This is improv at its very best. It’s a glorious mix of some very skilled performers romping through a show that’s being created as they go. Every night is a premier. Our show was called “Death in Bali”, was set in a yoga retreat and featured “The Parrots of Prophesy”! If you love West End musicals you’ll enjoy this show because there are nods to some that will be very familiar to you, such as Les Mis, Phantom, Hamilton and so on.

Unfortunately I can’t give credit to any particular performer as there was no cast list, but they are all so impressive, I could mention every one of them. They all have a wild variety of acting, singing and dancing skills, whilst the musicians respond to the action on stage, as the actors adapt their movements and lyrics; all in near perfect tempo. They also enjoy dropping each other in it from time to time!

I would thoroughly recommend this show and the audience, both young and old, were in stitches most of the time. Who knows what will be created on the night you go…

Casting announced for The Commitments

UK & IRELAND TOUR

2022/2023

CORONATION STREET LEGEND

NIGEL PIVARO TO STAR AS ‘DA’

It is 35 years since The Commitments first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel. The world’s hardest working and most explosive soul band are set to return in an all new stage production, kicking off a huge nine month tour opening in Bromley in September. The show will then tour across the country before culminating in Brighton in July 2023.

This major UK and Ireland tour of the smash-hit musical will star Coronation Street legend Nigel Pivaro, who appeared in the hugely popular ITV soap between 1983 – 2012 as the lovable rogue Terry Duckworth.  He will be swapping the cobbles for the stage and performing the role of ‘Da’ in this all-new production.

Nigel Pivaro says: “I am thrilled to be marking my return to the stage in this production of The Commitments. It’s an iconic story that resonates across the years, about people who though distant from the music’s origins find communion and expression in the Motown style. A musical genre which was borne out of oppression and which the characters embrace as their own. The Motown Sound is as vibrant today as it was when it first burst through in the Sixties.”

Roddy Doyle added: “I’m delighted that The Commitments are coming back in 2022 & 2023 and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how Nigel Pivaro tackles the part of Jimmy Rabbitte’s Da.”

This new tour for 2022/23 is directed by Andrew Linnie. Andrew made his West End debut in the original production in 2013, playing the role of Dean, the band’s sax player. He then went on to star in the lead role of Jimmy Rabitte in the 2016/2017 UK tour.

Joining the cast as Deco is Olivier Award nominee Ian McIntosh.Ian is no stranger to this role, having previously played Alternate Deco during the original West End run. Previous credits include Galileo in the UK tour of We Will Rock You, Sid Worley in An Officer and a Gentleman and he was Olivier nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Musical’ for his role as Barry in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. His extensive musical career has also seen him perform in Hair and Can’t Buy Me Love.

Other casting includes James Killeen as Jimmy, Stuart Reid as Joey, Ciara Mackey as Imelda, Michael Mahony as Oustpan, Ryan Kelly as Billy, Conor Litten as Dean, Guy Freeman as Derek, Stephen O’Riain as James, Ronnie Yorke as Mickah, Eve Kitchingman as Natalie, and Sarah Gardiner as Bernie. Maryann Lynch, Alice Croft, James Deegan, Callum Martin, Joshua Barton, Ed Thorpe and Colm Gleeson make up the ensemble.

In 2013 The Commitments musical opened in London’s West End to universal critical acclaim and enjoyed a record-breaking two-year residency at the Palace Theatre. After which, it hit the road for a major tour, invigorating audiences up and down the country throughout 2016 and 2017.

The rescheduled nine-month tour will see the show perform in front of fans all over the UK & Ireland, opening in Bromley in September and then playing Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Hull, York, Bradford, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Wimbledon, Truro, Plymouth, Aylesbury, Dublin, Belfast, Ipswich, Bournemouth, Dartford, Bristol, Southampton, Nottingham, Northampton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Cardiff, Llandudno, Manchester, Reading and Newcastle before culminating in Brighton in July 2023.

The Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize-winning author Roddy Doyle. Featuring an electric playlist, The Commitments showcases more than 20 soul classics performed live on stage, including Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can’t Turn You Loose and many more!

Synopsis

The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working-class music fan, who transforms an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, which becomes the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the members of his new band, which he names ‘The Commitments’.

Humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, grappling with inter-group differences as they muddle their way through early rehearsals for the band’s first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves, they combust. The backing singers are more interested in the middle-aged horn playing legend, the singer has entered Eurovision, the drummer has walked out mid-gig and the saxophone player has dangerous leanings towards a jazz career.

The Commitments is a guaranteed “fabulously-fun night” (Daily Mail) that you will simply never forget.

“The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for.

So good, our critic almost weeps”

The Sunday Times ★★★★★

“This hugely enjoyable show touches the sublime. Wonderfully funny”

Daily Telegraph ★★★★

“Unstoppable fun. A big-hearted, big-night out”

The Times ★★★★

THE COMMITMENTS – TOUR DATES

2022

24/09/2022 – 01/10/2022              Bromley: Churchill Theatre

03/10/2022 – 08/10/2022              Portsmouth: King’s Theatre

10/10/2022 – 15/10/2022              Wolverhampton: Grand Theatre

17/10/2022 – 22/10/2022              Sheffield: Lyceum Theatre

24/10/2022 – 29/10/2022              Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes Theatre

31/10/2022 – 05/11/2022              Hull: New Theatre

07/11/2022 – 12/11/2022              York: Grand Opera House

14/11/2022 – 19/11/2022              Bradford: Alhambra Theatre

21/11/2022 – 26/11/2022              Aberdeen: His Majesty’s Theatre

28/11/2022 – 03/12/2022              Edinburgh: Playhouse

05/12/2022 – 10/12/2022              Glasgow: Theatre Royal

2023

09/01/2023 – 14/01/2023              London: New Wimbledon Theatre

16/01/2023 – 21/01/2023              Truro: Hall for Cornwall

23/01/2023 – 28/01/2023              Plymouth: Theatre Royal

30/01/2023 – 04/02/2023              Aylesbury: Waterside Theatre

06/02/2023 – 18/02/2023              Dublin: Olympia Theatre

20/02/2023 – 25/02/2023              Belfast: Grand Opera House

27/02/2023 – 04/03/2023              Ipswich: Regent Theatre

06/03/2023 – 11/03/2023              Bournemouth: Pavilion Theatre

13/03/2023 – 18/03/2023              Dartford: Orchard Theatre

20/03/2023 – 25/03/2023              Bristol: Hippodrome

27/03/2023 – 01/04/2023              Southampton: Mayflower Theatre

03/04/2023 – 08/04/2023              Nottingham: Theatre Royal

10/04/2023 – 15/04/2023              Northampton: Royal & Derngate

17/04/2023 – 22/04/2023              Liverpool: Empire

24/04/2023 – 29/04/2023              Birmingham: Hippodrome

01/05/2023 – 06/05/2023              Blackpool: Opera House

08/05/2023 – 13/05/2023              Darlington: Hippodrome

15/05/2023 – 20/05/2023              Peterborough: New Theatre

22/05/2023 – 27/05/2023              Cardiff: Wales Millennium Centre

29/05/2023 – 03/06/2023              Llandudno: Venue Cymru

05/06/2023 – 10/06/2023              Manchester: Opera House

13/06/2023 – 17/06/2023              Reading: Hexagon

26/06/2023 – 01/07/2023              Newcastle: Theatre Royal

03/07/2023 – 08/07/2023              Brighton: Theatre Royal

Tickets available from: thecommitmentsontour.co.uk

Phaedra / Minotaur – World renowned mezzo-soprano Christine Rice performs, alongside premiere of new dance piece by Kim Brandstrup

World renowned mezzo-soprano Christine Rice will perform in the intimate 120 seat venue,
Ustinov Studio in Bath

PHAEDRA
by Benjamin Britten Sung by Christine Rice

MINOTAUR
by Kim Brandstrup

Ustinov Studio, Bath
Friday 12 August – Tuesday 23 August

The second production of Deborah Warner’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio is a sensational double bill from two masters of their art. Christine Rice’s award-nominated performance of Benjamin Britten’s Phaedra is presented alongside the world premiere of a new dance piece from Olivier Award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup.

Following the success of Deborah Warner’s production at the Royal Opera House in 2020, music director Richard Hetherington and Olivier Award-nominee Christine Rice, one of the leading singers of her generation, re-imagine Britten’s intense and erotic work for the intimate space of the Ustinov Studio.

On the day of her wedding to Theseus, Phaedra catches sight of his young son Hippolytus. Consumed by lust and a longing that she knows cannot be requited, death will be her only escape. The scalding power of Britten’s score pushes Phaedra towards her doom in a remarkable and thrilling drama.

Ariadne, the sister of Phaedra, is the inspiration for Minotaur, a newly commissioned piece from Kim Brandstrup, renowned for his work over four decades with the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, English National Ballet and Rambert.

Often depicted as a creature of great strength and masculinity, the Minotaur is also trapped, isolated and abandoned. As the Greek heroes journey into the labyrinth to face the monster, Ariadne stands by the entrance to the maze. She wheels out the thread that will secure – hopefully – a safe return.

The cast includes Royal Ballet dancer Tommy Franzen.

2.22 A GHOST STORY ANNOUNCES 18 WEEK EXTENDED RUN CAST TBA AT THE CRITERION THEATRE

Runaway Entertainment presents

2:22 – A GHOST STORY

The hit play by Danny Robins

Directed by Matthew Dunster

@222AGhostStory #222AGhostStory 

  • SMASH HIT 2.22 – A GHOST STORY WILL EXTEND ITS RUN AT THE CRITERION THEATRE FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED FOURTH SEASON OF 18 WEEKS THROUGH TO 8 JANUARY 2023​
     
  • 2:22 A GHOST STORY WILL HAVE ITS FIRST HALLOWEEN PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2022
     
  • FOLLOWING ITS PREMIERE AT THE NOEL COWARD THEATRE LAST SUMMER, THE PRODUCTION MOVED TO THE GIELGUD IN DECEMBER 2021 WHERE IT RAN UNTIL FEBRUARY. 
     
  • CAST FOR THE EXTENDED CRITERION THEATRE RUN WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON
     
  • THE PRODUCTION IS DIRECTED BY MATTHEW DUNSTER AND WRITTEN BY AWARD-WINNING WRITER DANNY ROBINS
     
  • TICKETS FOR PERFORMANCES  FROM SEPTEMBER – JANUARY AT THE CRITERION THEATRE ARE ON  SALE NOW AT WWW.222AGHOSTSTORY.COM

Producer Runaway Entertainment is delighted to announce that the critically acclaimed, smash hit, supernatural thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story will extend its run at The Criterion Theatre when the current run ends on 4 September.  It will play a 18 week season running through to 8 January 2023. The extension means that the production will have its first Halloween performance on Monday 31 October – be afraid!

Last week the Center Theatre Group announced the US premiere of 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles where it will run from 29 October to 4 December 2022.

The production began its life last summer at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood. It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for 10 weeks from 4 December 2021. The production there, starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan and Giovanna Fletcher, completed its run on 12 February 2022. The current cast at the Criterion Theatre features Tom Felton as Sam, Mandip Gill as Jenny, Beatriz Romilly as Lauren and Sam Swainsbury as Ben. Cast details for the extended run will be announced soon. 

A great spine-tingling night out!” Evening Standard

“It’s happening again…”

Following three record-breaking seasons at the Noel Coward, Gielgud Theatre and Criterion Theatre, with a host of acclaimed star performances, this edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller will extend its run at the Criterion Theatre for 18 weeks.

2:22 is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and is directed by Matthew Dunster. Look out for the clues to unlock the mystery in this brilliantly funny and intriguing play; it’s an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts may, or may not, appear…

Danny Robins said: ‘When this play opened in the summer of 2021 I couldn’t have dreamed that we’d be where we are now – in our third West End theatre, planning our fourth season! With each run, it’s been so great to see our new casts make it their own, and I’m so delighted that this modern ghost story of mine keeps connecting with audiences. I hope it’s more than just a play, it’s an exciting, adrenaline-filled night out that will have you laughing and jumping in equal measure and then you’ll spend the rest of the night talking about it with your mates, trying to crack the mystery! Do ghosts really exist? There’s only one way to find out – get yourself down to the Criterion to see 2:22!’

Matthew Dunster said: ‘On we go again! It’s such a thrill to know we get to extend our run of 2:22 at the Criterion through Christmas and into the New Year. And we finally get to do our spooky play on Halloween. What a night that will be.

When we dared to put this new play straight into the West End last summer we couldn’t have dreamed it would stir the people’s imagination in the way it has this past year. We love doing Danny’s wonderful play for our audiences, and their ongoing loyalty to the show and their joy at discovering each new cast has been so exciting for us..’

What do you believe? And do you dare discover the truth?

“THERE’S SOMETHING IN OUR HOUSE. I HEAR IT EVERY NIGHT, AT THE SAME TIME”

Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and new partner Ben. Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they’ll know.

A slick, chilling, romp of a play” The Guardian

2:22 – A Ghost Story features set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound, casting by Jessica Ronane CDG and illusions by Chris Fisher, co-direction by Isabel Marr.

2:22 – A Ghost Story is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Isobel David and Kater Gordon.

COME FROM AWAY will play final performance in West End on 7 January 2023

THE TONY AND OLIVER AWARD-WINNING ‘BEST MUSICAL

COME FROM AWAY

EXTENDS FOR THE LAST TIME IN THE WEST END AND WILL PLAY ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE AT THE PHOENIX THEATRE ON SATURDAY 7 January 2023

PHOENIX THEATRE, LONDON

London, Friday 1 July: The multi award-winning London production of global hit musical Come From Away will extend in the West End from September until the end of the year before holding its final performance at the Phoenix Theatre on Saturday 7 January 2023.

By the time the West End company take their final bow, this critically acclaimed production will have played 1048 performances in London, 47 performances in Dublin and won many major UK theatre Awards including the Olivier, Critics’ Circle and What’s On Stage Awards for ‘Best Musical’.

The current London cast of Come From Away includes Jenna Boyd (Beulah and others), James Doherty (Claude and others), Mark Dugdale (Kevin T/Garth and others), Alice Fearn (Beverley/Annette and others), Kate Graham (Diane and others), Robert Hands (Nick/Doug and others), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J/Ali and others), Gemma Knight Jones (Hannah and others), Kirsty Malpass (Bonnie and others), Harry Morrison (Oz and others), Emma Salvo (Janice and others), Lejaun Sheppard (Bob and others), with Chiara Baronti, Ricardo Castro, Stuart Hickey, Alexander McMorran, Sarah MorrisonLucy ParkJennifer Tierney and Matthew Whennell-Clark.

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 Awayshares 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.

Experience the joy, heartache and soaring music as the spirited locals and global passengers overcome their fears and a world of cultural differences to come together and forge friendships that will stay with them forever. The first female American Airlines captain, the quick-thinking town mayor, the mother of a New York firefighter and the eager local news reporter are among the many real characters caught at the start of the moment that changed the course of history, and whose stories became a true celebration of hope, humanity and unity. 

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.

The Come From Away creative team includes 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) and Tara Overfield (Associate Director and Choreographer UK).

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.

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

‘SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC’ MARY  POPPINS TAKES FINAL FLIGHT FROM THE PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE AS LAST WEST END EXTENSION ANNOUNCED TO 8 JANUARY 2023

‘SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC’

M A R Y   P O P P I N S

TAKES FINAL FLIGHT FROM THE PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE AS

LAST WEST END EXTENSION ANNOUNCED TO 8 JANUARY 2023

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh today (1 July 2022) announce the final extension for the West End run of the Olivier Award-winning Mary Poppins which will celebrate its final West End performance at the Prince Edward Theatre on 8 January 2023.  Tickets for this final extension go on general sale at 11am today.

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the original Walt Disney film, this production of Mary Poppins opened in October 2019 and played to March 2020 when it closed due to the Covid shutdown. Post pandemic the production re-opened in August 2021 with nightly standing ovations and will now play a further six-month extension into Christmas and New Year. Mary Poppins continues to spread her magic around the globe, having just opened in Tokyo earlier this year and Sydney in May where it has been received wonderfully by critics and audiences alike.

Cameron Mackintosh said “When the new revised production of Mary Poppins opened at the end of 2019 with a tremendous cast headed by Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp and Petula Clark, the response was even more ecstatic than the original. We had always planned to run two years until the physical production was required elsewhere but covid managed to stretch our timetable into 2023 allowing everyone to enjoy an additional supercalifragilistic last Christmas jolly holiday season. Mary Poppins has remained a timeless and timely, uplifting and joyous theatrical experience – but Mary never says goodbye, only au revoir… till we meet again.”

Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said “Over its 18 years on stage, each new production of Mary Poppins has managed to speak to us in new, resonant ways – and never more than in this jewel of a production under Richard Eyre’s loving oversight.  As they continue playing in productions around the world, Mary, Bert and the entire Banks family have still much to share – as Mary herself says, ‘with a good deal of love’.”

The stage production originally opened in the West End in December 2004, running for over 1,250 performances. During this time, the production won two Olivier Awards and an Evening Standard Award. Subsequently the Tony Award®-winning Broadway production ran for over six years. Mary Poppins was also the winner of Best Musical Revival at the 2020 Whatsonstage Awards and Best Set Design and Best Theatre Choreographer awards at the 2020 Olivier Awards.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins, brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the original beloved Walt Disney film, continues to be a smash hit around the world since its opening in London 18 years ago.

The original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman include the classic songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. New songs and additional music are by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Book is by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes and this production is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher. This production of Mary Poppins has orchestrations by William David Brohn with dance and vocal arrangements by George Stiles. Sound design is by Paul Gatehouse and lighting is by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz. Co-choreography is by Stephen Mear. The reimagined set and costume designs are by Bob Crowley. Co-direction and choreography is by Matthew Bourne and direction by Richard Eyre.

BRAND-NEW THEMED POP-UP BAR OPENS IN COVENT GARDEN ALONGSIDE IRIS THEATRE’S SUMMER SEASON

BRAND-NEW THEMED POP-UP BAR OPENS IN

COVENT GARDEN ALONGSIDE

IRIS THEATRE’S SUMMER SEASON

Iris Theatre today announces the opening of a brand-new pop-up, garden café and bar to accompany their 2022 Summer programme at the Actors’ Church. Aptly named The Bard, this pop-up will compliment Iris’ season’s headliner A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Bard will be open Tuesday-Saturday until 9pm, and on Sundays until 6pm, and will run until September.

Open to everyone, this brand-new bar sits comfortably in the heart of Covent Garden, with access directly from Covent Garden Piazza. Customers can relax away from the hustle and bustle of Central London, surrounded by stunning 17th Century architecture. You can treat yourself to a selection of A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed cocktails such as Puck’s Playful Pimm’s, Demetrius’ Daiquiri or even Oberon’s Very Old-Fashioned, or you can take your pick from Prosecco, wine, beer, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

The Bard will also play host to a range of live performances over the summer – you can sit down with a drink and enjoy poetry readings, acoustic music, comedy, and more. A relaxing space to experience a great selection of pieces from Iris Theatre’s brilliant summer line-up.

Producer of Iris Theatre, Rob Ellis said today: “We’re very excited to open The Bard to members of the public. It’s a real hidden gem – it couldn’t be easier to get to, just off the Piazza in Covent Garden, and it couldn’t be more peaceful when you arrive. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a pre-theatre glass of Prosecco, or an after-work beer with friends, The Bard is a perfect place to visit. And if you’re coming to see our prom themed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, make sure you pick up one of our special cocktails, to really get into the party spirit. Plus, we have Pimm’s on tap – what more could you want during Summer?”

You can book tickets to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream here – https://iristheatre.com/event/a-midsummer-nights-dream-3

IRIS THEATRE 

LISTINGS

THE BARD

Actors’ Church, Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

St Pauls Covent Garden

Actors’ Church, Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED

Box Office: https://iristheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows 29 June – 13 August

Tickets: £22.50

Concessions: £17:50