More Greatest Showman sing along screenings added!

SING-A-LONG-A PRESENT

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

TWO SCREENINGS ADDED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND

THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

SUNDAY 27 JANAURY, 2.30PM AND 7.30PM

 

Ladies and gents this is the one that you’ve waited for…

Additional screenings of Sing-a-long-a’s The Greatest Showman have been added in Glasgow due to popular demand.

It was announced that a sing along screening of the hit film would show at the King’s Theatre on Tuesday 8 January and tickets were snapped up within days of going on sale.

Today (Thursday 18 October), two extra screenings were confirmed for the King’s Theatre’s sister venue, Theatre Royal on Sunday 27 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

It is anticipated that tickets will go just as quickly so be sure to get to the box office at Theatre Royal on Hope Street as fast as you can. Tickets can also be booked over the phone and online.

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can sing-a-long as loud as you want!

The live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you “come alive”. As they show you how to use our interactive prop bags, you also get to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles. Then you can sit back and relax and sing and along to the lyrics on screen.

It couldn’t be easier or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential.

 

Even if you’ve not experienced a Sing-a-long-a before – now is the time!

Dress up in your best top hat and tails, add a beard if you fancy, and sing and dance your heart out in a night that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and music in your heart!

 

Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE 10th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE

10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF

MULTI GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING BANDSTARRING WATERLOO ROAD’S TOM MILNER AND 

X FACTOR FINALISTS LUKE FRIEND & SAM LAVERY

OPENING 17 JANUARY 2019

★★★★ – The Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph

“Go for the time of your life!” Evening Standard

Full casting has been announced for the special 10th anniversary tour of American Idiot – the ground breaking Tony award-winning rock musical with music by punk-pop and multi Grammy award-winning band Green Day. Leading the cast is: Waterloo Road’s Tom Milner as Johnny; 2013’s X Factor third place runner-up Luke Friend as St Jimmy; and 2016 X Factor finalist Sam Lavery as Whatsername.

 

The cast is completed by: Glenn Adamson (Theo); Laura Marie Benson (Lesley); Jennifer Caldwell (Swing); Joshua Dowen (Tunny); Raquel Jones (Extraordinary Girl); Daniel Law (Swing); Rory Maguire (Gerard); Shekinah McFarlane (Alysha); Siobhan O’Driscoll (Heather); Samuel Pope (Will); Alexandra Robinson (Libby); and Christian Tyler-Wood (Declan).

 

The tour opens on 17 January in Dunstable, with press night in Southampton on 24 January, before visiting Cardiff, Edinburgh, Malvern, Leicester, Blackpool, Dublin, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Reading, Bridlington, Wimbledon, Eastbourne, Glasgow, Bradford and Aberdeen.

 

Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album,American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show, which premiered in December 2009 at Berkeley Rep Theatre, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

This story of youthful disillusion and mistrust of society and government has never been more current; particularly with the modern parallels in the USA where school children have mobilised to form an impressive campaign for gun law reform.

The musical’s hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

American Idiot The Musical is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, design by Sara Perks, sound by Chris Whybrow and lighting by Tim Deiling. The production is produced by Selladoor Worldwide and presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

LISTINGS

AMERICAN IDIOT – THE MUSICAL

17 JANUARY – 01 JUNE 2019

UK TOUR

RUNNING TIME: 1hr 40min plus interval

WEBSITE: www.americanidiotthemusical.co.uk

FACEBOOK: American Idiot UK

TWITTER: @ukamericanidiot

INSTAGRAM: ukamericanidiot

RECOMMENDED AGE: Contains strong language and drug references – Ages 14+

 

TOUR VENUES

DUNSTABLE GROVE THEATRE

17 – 19 January 2019

grovetheatre.co.uk

01582 602 080

 

SOUTHAMPTON MAYFLOWER THEATRE

22 – 26 January 2019

mayflower.org.uk

02380 711 811

 

CARDIFF NEW THEATRE

29 January – 02 February 2019

newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

029 2087 8889

 

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

05 – 09 February 2019

atgtickets.com/edinburgh

0844 871 3014

 

MALVERN FESTIVAL THEATRE

12 – 16 February 2019

malvern-theatres.co.uk

01684 892 277

 

LEICESTER HAYMARKET

26 February – 02 March 2019

haytheatre.com

0116  296 1236

 

BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS  

05 – 09 March 2019

wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

01253 625 252

 

DUBLIN GAIETY THEATRE

19 – 23 March 2019

gaietytheatre.ie

0818 719388

 

SHEFFIELD LYCEUM

26 – 30 March 2019

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

0114 249 6000

 

MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE

02 – 06 April 2019

atgtickets.com/manchester

0844 871 3019

 

BIRMINGHAM NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE

09 – 13 April 2019

atgtickets.com/birmingham

0844 871 6971

 

BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL

16 – 20 April 2019

atgtickets.com/brighton

0844 871 7650

 

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

23 – 27 April 2019

atgtickets.com/miltonkeynestheatre

0844 871 7652

 

READING HEXAGON

30 April – 04 May 2019

readingarts.com

0118 960 6060

 

BRIDLINGTON SPA THEATRE

07 – 11 May 2019

bridspa.com

01262 678 258

 

WIMBLEDON NEW THEATRE

14 – 18 May 2019

atgtickets.com/wimbledon

0844 871 7646

 

EASTBOURNE CONGRESS THEATRE

21 – 25 May 2019

eastbournetheatres.co.uk

01323 412 000

 

GLASGOW KINGS THEATRE

28 May – 01 June 2019

atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 371 7648

 

BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE
11 – 15 June 2019

bradford-theatres.co.uk

0127 443 2000

 

ABERDEEN HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE

18 – 22 June 2019 

aberdeenperformingarts.com

01224 641122

 

Further dates and venues to be announced in due course.

The Rubenstein Kiss At Southwark Playhouse Spring 2019

JAMES PHILLIPS’S

AWARD-WINNING PLAY

THE RUBENSTEIN KISS

TO OPEN AT SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE

FROM 14 MARCH – 13 APRIL 2019

 

Devil You Know Theatre Company is delighted to announce the first London production since 2005 of the multi-award winning play THE RUBENSTEIN KISS by James Phillips, opening at Southwark Playhouse for a limited 4-week run from 14 March 2019, directed by Joe Harmston. 

 

James Phillips’s first staged play, The Little Fir Tree, was commissioned by and performed, under his direction, at the Sheffield Crucible in 2004. Some of his other work includes Hidden in the Sand (Trafalgar Studios), McQueen (St James Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), City Stories (St James Theatre and 59E59 Theaters, New York) and Flood, which premiered as part of Hull UK City of Culture in 2017.

 

Joe Harmston has directed over 100 productions in London‘s West End, various regional theatres including Chichester Festival Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry, as well as multiple No.1 UK and International Tours. Career highlights include his productions of The Lover and The Collection at Donmar Warehouse starring Harold Pinter. His other West End credits include, The Birthday Party, A Talent to Amuse and Wait Until Dark. Joe was nominated by the TMA as Best Director for his 2012 production of Strindberg’s The Father at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

 

James Phillips said, “I’m incredibly excited to see Joe Harmston’s new production of THE RUBENSTEIN KISS. Our current, dangerous, fraught political moment – where so many are trying again to test the limits of political idealism, where we read daily of Russian agents in this country and in the United States – seems a perfect time to revive the play.”

 

THE RUBENSTEIN KISS is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations. Phillips’s explosive and affecting drama, inspired by the haunting true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, is the study of conspiracy, betrayal, and guilt.

 

THE RUBENSTEIN KISS was originally staged in 2005 at Hampstead Theatre starring Gary Kemp and Samantha Bond, winning the John Whiting Award and the TMA Award for Best New Play.

                                                                     

THE RUBENSTEIN KISS has set design by Sean Cavanagh, sound design by Matthew Bugg and casting by Kate Plantin CDG. THE RUBENSTEIN KISS is produced by Devil You Know Theatre Company.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

14 March – 13 April 2019

 

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway

London SE1 6BD

 

Performance Times:

Monday – Friday 7.30pm

Saturday and Tuesday – 3pm and 7.30pm

 

Tickets: £22 (£18 concessions), £14 preview performance tickets available

Box Office:  020 7407 0234

Website:  southwarkplayhouse.co.uk / devilyouknowtheatre.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DevilYouKnowTheatre
Twitter: @DYKTheatre
Instagram: @DYKTheatre

Family and Deaf accessible clown and physical theatre show about gender on tour in Autumn 2018

Knock Knock

National Tour, October 24th – November 16th

Hot Coals Theatre’s magical and charming family and Deaf accessible show goes on a UK tour in Autumn 2018. Using clown and physical theatre to tell a story of love, shattering gender roles and societal expectations.

★★★★ “Seductively captivating performances not only keep us totally absorbed for the duration, but effortlessly get us thinking about important social issues (…) lovely stuff” Act Drop

Two hearts, one cottage and a book with all the answers – a modern folk story for our times. Once upon a time, tucked away in a small rickety cottage deep in the heart of the forest, a woodcutter goes about his life in a world of woodland magic. When one day a stranger knocks at his door, bringing with her a most unexpected of spells…

Knock Knock has been created to be completely inclusive to both d/Deaf and hearing audiences, and is suitable for all ages (suggested 9 yrs+). The company have taken out ALL spoken and signed language, creating their own visual and universal language on stage, with every sound cue matched to a lighting or visual cue on stage. Creating a shared experience between the d/Deaf and hearing audiences.

★★★★ “This is an emotionally engaging and beautifully presented story (…) a truly beautiful piece of theatre” The Spy in the Stalls

Hot Coals Theatre was founded in 2012 by alumni of RADA’s MA Theatre Lab. As a clown company who take inspiration from Charlie Chaplin, his sensitivity and detailed work is something they try to emulate and his belief in tackling hard-hitting issues with the lightest of touch sits right at the core of their work. Their unique style, sometimes described as cartoon for the stage, enables them to tell important human stories with gentleness and warmth. Their past productions include critically acclaimed shows Storm in a Teacup and Finders Keepers.

 

Tour Dates

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Oct 24th, 2pm and 7pm

Derby Theatre, Oct 26th, 7pm

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Oct 30th, 6.30pm

Unity Theatre, Liverpool, Nov 2nd, 7.30pm

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Nov 5th, 7.30pm

Sinden Theatre, Kent, Nov 6th, 2pm

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, Nov 16th, 8.10pm

PAUL VIRIDES PRODUCTIONS AND EVELYN JAMES PRODUCTIONS PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIÈRE OF ALEX OATES’ ALL IN A ROW

PAUL VIRIDES PRODUCTIONS AND EVELYN JAMES PRODUCTIONS PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIÈRE OF ALEX OATES’

ALL IN A ROW

Paul Virides Productions and Evelyn James Productions present

The World Première of

ALL IN A ROW

By Alex Oates

Directed by Dominic Shaw; Designer: PJ McEvoy

Puppet Designer: Siân Kidd; Lighting Designer: Rachel Sampley

Southwark Playhouse

14 February – 9 March 2019

Paul Virides Productions and Evelyn James Productions today announce the world première of All in a Row renewing their collaboration with writer, Alex Oates and director, Dominic Shaw following their previous production of Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online). The production opens at Southwark Playhouse on Monday 18 February, with previews from Thursday 14 February, running until Saturday 9 March.

Laurence likes pizza.

Laurence is about to go to school.

Laurence thinks it’s okay to wee on mummy’s pillow.

Like any couple, Tamora and Martin have big hopes and dreams. But when your child is autistic, non-verbal, low-functioning and occasionally violent, ambitions can quickly become a pipe dream.

In a household brimming with love, resentment and realisations, meet Tam, Martin and Laurence’s carer Gary as they struggle to care for their beloved boy. On the night before social services finally intervenes, who is the victim here? Who was the traitor? And who do you blame when you can no longer cope?

All in a Row is a kitchen sink comedy-drama filled with heart… and French Fancies.

Alex Oates has been shortlisted for The Old Vic 12 and Papatango Prize, and long listed for the Bruntwood Prize. His other theatre credits include Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online) (VAULT Festival/Live Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Rules for Being a Man (UK tour), Pig (Hull Truck Theatre/New Diorama Theatre), Hansel (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Hull Truck Theatre), People Will See Me and Cry (Arcola Theatre), Time Warner Ignite (Old Vic Tunnels); and for television, Match Not Found and EastEnders: E20.

Dominic Shaw directs. His directing credits include Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online) (VAULT Festival/Live Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Secret Garden (Barn Theatre), A Memory For Forgetting (Arcola Theatre), Get Got (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Thirteen Days (The Other Palace). As an Associate Director his credits include Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre/UK tour) and Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre/UK and international tour). As an actor his credits include Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre).

ALL IN A ROW 

Listings

 

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Nearest Tube: Borough/ Elephant and Castle

14 February – 9 March 2019

 

Box Office020 7407 0234

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

 

@swkplay

Tickets:

£22 (£18 concession)

Previews: £14

Stopgap Dance Company Brings The Enormous Room To Storyhouse

Stopgap Dance Company
Present
THE ENORMOUS ROOM
The Enormous Room from Stopgap Dance Company comes to Storyhouse in Chester this Autumn as part of DaDaFest International 2018.
 
Featuring David Toole, whose achievements and skills as a disabled performer have been widely influential, plus newcomer Hannah Sampson as a father and daughter living through their own, very different experiences of grief.
 
Dave’s wife Jackie has died, but he still sees her everywhere. She is lying in his bed, sitting at the kitchen table and laughing with their daughter Sam. Dave has withdrawn into the living room unable to let his memories go, but going is all that Sam can think about….
 
The Enormous Room comes to Storyhouse in Chester on Tuesday 6 November, the performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now.
 
David Toole performs the role of Dave, adding to a distinguished career that includes a prominent solo in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and the landmark 2004 film from DV8, The Cost Of Living. David has worked with Stopgap Dance Company for over a decade.
 
Sam is played by Hannah Sampson, a young dancer with Down’s syndrome who has received over 10 years of professional training with Stopgap Dance Company. The interactions between David and Hannah demonstrate their on-stage chemistry, which has been evident since initial rehearsals and workshops of this production.
 
David and Hannah are joined by non-disabled dancers Amy Butler (the rehearsal director of Chotto Desh by Akram Khan), and Elia Lopez in the role of Jackie as Sam’s mother and Dave’s wife respectively.
 
Lucy Bennett, Stopgap’s Artistic Director and choreographer for The Enormous Room, chose to have two performers play Jackie to illustrate the subjective nature of memory.
 
Cambodian wheelchair dancer Nadenh Poan plays Chock, a Puck-like presence who orchestrates the collision between this world and the next. Christian Brinklow plays the role of Tom, who offers his friend Sam a chance to escape sadness.
 
Tickets are on sale now priced at £16.50 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee). Concessions for schools and under 26s are available.
 
What the critics say…
 
“An absorbing encounter with grief and loss” – Bachtrack
 
A wonderful exploration that comforts and
provokes long after the piece has ended” – Exeunt
 
“A work that can take dance into a new genre” – Disability Arts Online
 
Website:         www.stopgapdance.com
Facebook:       @stopgapdance
@DaDaFest
Twitter:           @stopgapdance
@DaDaFest
 
LISTING INFORMATION
 
THE ENORMOUS ROOM
Stopgap Dance Company
Tuesday 6 November 2018 at 7.30pm
 
STORYHOUSE
Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR
Tickets: £16.50 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)
Concessions available for schools and under 26s
 
HOW TO BOOK
Online:            Visit www.storyhouse.com
By Phone:       Call 01244 409 113
In person:       Visit the Ticket Kiosks at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR
 
Website:         www.storyhouse.com
Facebook:       www.facebook.com/storyhouselive/
Twitter:           @StoryhouseLive

Frankenstein Review

Sutton House – until 3 November

Reviewed by Claire Roderick

3***

Tea Break Theatre’s immersive Frankenstein at Sutton House is full of ambition but doesn’t hit the heights of its source material.

Sutton House, dimly lit after dark, is the main spook factor in this production. Writer/director Katharine Armitage’s feminist adaptation begins with a story sharing session sitting around the room on sleeping bags – a nod to the female squatters who saved Sutton House from demolition in the 1980s. There’s also a fabulous mix tape of 80s music that took me back to school discos. The audience are invited to share their stories – and sadly THAT is the scariest moment of the night. The looks of horror as people thought they had to contribute were something to behold. Luckily the cast begin to tell stories of a shared dream that gives the bare bones of how Elizabeth and Justine came to live with Victor Frankenstein before the cast lead the audience off to the Great Chamber in character.

After working with Justine (Katy Helps) on the theory of transplanting organs across blood groups, Victor (Jeff Scott) takes the work a step too far in his quest to reanimate the dead. The death of Victor’s mother looms large over Elizabeth (Jennifer Tyler) as well, with her bending over backwards to keep everyone in the house happy because of her guilt over causing the death. Armitage takes all the implicit facts about the two women in Mary Shelley’s novel and forces them into the play with a sledgehammer. Tyler and Helps do their best with the script, but Justine’s character is cold and strident while Elizabeth is overloaded with every cliché about women in destructive and abusive relationships you can think of. Victor is written as a pathetic, tormented genius while Henry (Chris Dobson) is basically the comic relief/expositional mouthpiece. I’ve seen female Creatures before, so that is nothing new – but Molly Small gives the Creature a less monstrous, more calculating feel in a sympathetic and measured performance (and in another wonderful 80s touch – she’s dressed like (a slightly conservative) Madonna in her Like A Virgin era).

The production involves the audience wearing coloured wristbands and following cast members holding the matching ribbons. Most of the time we are together but there are times when a small group is with each character or pair of characters. I’m not sure what was happening while we watched Victor playing video games, but I think Harry may have met the Creature, from their dialogue near the end of the play. It would have been nice to see what Small did with the Creature before she learned about humanity and to see her Creature evolve, but my group only saw her gasping her first breath (in a very low key, undramatic scene that had us reminiscing about the antiseptic aroma in the room rather than talking about the action) before seeing her again, fully coherent and meeting poor young William. The idea of moving around the house is excellent but would work better in a house with wider corridors, where some dialogue could continue as the audience move. As it is, there are stilted, awkward moments of silence as scenes begin and end, stretching what could be a promising short play into an unwieldy and snail-paced slog. The staging in the Great Chamber is problematic at times because of the need to filter the audience into the room. The big confrontation/intervention between Elizabeth, Henry and Victor, with the chairs in a row could have been fantastic, but – sitting in a row, with Victor sitting at the end, arms crossed and sulking – it was reminiscent of an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show with Joanna Lumley as guest host.

The ending is a little woolly, but again has lots of promise, with Small’s Creature’s emotional berating of Victor becoming an admonition of the audience and society in general and our complicity in ostracising the “other”.

The cast give committed performances, and with a few tweaks, the script shows promise. Tea Break Theatre have used the tricky spaces and layout of Sutton House the best they could under the circumstances, and this is an entertaining night, even if there are no real thrills and chills.

Fat Rascal announce Spring 2019 tour and new Associate Company at King’s Head Theatre

Vulvarine: A New Musical

March 2nd – July 12th, UK Tour

Fat Rascal Theatre are proud to announce the UK tour of their hit Edinburgh show Vulvarine, as well as becoming the new musical theatre Associate Company of the King’s Head Theatre, where the tour stops off in June/July 2019.

***** “funny, silly and smart (…) catch it while you can” Funny Women

Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind. Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan? Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.

***** “Fat Rascal Theatre are very quickly establishing themselves as a champion of British Comedy Musicals” DIVA Magazine

Following an outpouring of new superhero musicals with a male protagonist, Vulvarine is a tongue-in-cheek comedy with a feminist message; and after the release of superhero movies with a social and political focus such as Black Panther and Wonder Woman, Fat Rascal Theatre believe that now is the time for a new politically relevant superhero musical, combining pop culture and musical theatre with gender discussions to create a fresh, funny and relevant new show.

Winners of the Otherplace/Balkan Award, the Eddies Award, the VAULT festival ‘Festival Spirit’ Award and nominated for an Off West End Award, Fat Rascal Theatre has quickly become a home for new musical theatre, having written and produced 5 new musicals since its inception in 2016, including sell-out Edinburgh show Buzz: A New Musical. It is a company run by women, discussing social and political issues through an accessible and appealing format to engage a wider audience. They believe that theatre should aim to inspire, educate or liberate and should be available to everybody.

***** “sassy, outrageously silly, and full of heart”” Young Perspective

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre, says: “We awarded Fat Rascal the Stella Wilkie Award in 2016, hosted their production of Beauty and the Beast in 2017, brought it back this November, and now see them return for Vulvarine next year. We are delighted to build on our relationship with the company in appointing them as our Associate Company, celebrating their specialism in new musical theatre. We’re proud to be their London home, and passionate about their work, which is high quality, entertaining and also has a strong political/social message. They will join our other Associate Companies , Atticist and Charles Court Opera, as we look forward to moving into our new theatre in Islington Square. Collaboration is vital at all levels of theatre production, and we’re proud to have such a diverse range of Associates that celebrate all of the values we are passionate about.”

 

Title Vulvarine: A New Musical

Producer Laura Elmes for Fat Rascal Theatre

Dates & Venues Theatre Severn, March 2nd

Theatre Deli, March 7th – 9th

Attenborough Arts Centre, March 10th

VAULT Festival, March 13th – 17th

The Civic, Stourport, March 19th

Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, March 20th – 23rd

Wardrobe Bristol, March 27th – 30th

Brewery Arts Centre, April 3rd

Komedia Brighton, May 27th – 29th

King’s Head Theatre, June 11th – July 6th

Cast Doncaster, July 10th

The Lowry Salford, July 11th – 12th

ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE AND PAPATANGO ANNOUNCE UK TOUR OF THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR

ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE AND PAPATANGO ANNOUNCE

UK TOUR OF THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR

 

English Touring Theatre and Papatango present

The Funeral Director
By Iman Qureshi 


UK tour: 7 – 30 March 2019

Director: Hannah Hauer-King; Designer: Amy Jane Cook; Lighting Designer: Jack Weir

Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim

 English Touring Theatre and Papatango today announce the UK tour of Iman Qureshi’s The Funeral Director,an exploration of a gay Muslim woman coming to terms with her identity. Winner of Papatango’s 10th annual New Writing Prize from 1,384 entries, the production directed by Hannah Hauer-King will embark on a UK tour to Traverse TheatreNottingham PlayhouseThe North Wall and HOME Manchester in Spring 2019.

This follows Papatango’s world première run at Southwark Playhouse opening on 2 November, with previews from 31 October, running until 24 November.

 “I just thought it would be a secret I’d have to die with. And now – I think it’ll be what kills me.”

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future.

Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of Ayesha’s community and faith, has profound consequences.

Forced to confront a secret she has hidden even from herself, Ayesha must decide who she is – no matter the cost.

The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st-century Britain.

Richard Twyman, Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre, said today, “Iman Qureshi is an exciting and distinctive new voice in theatre today and I am delighted that her beautiful play will be shared with audiences across the UK. This production will tour to studio theatres and continues our commitment to championing extraordinary new writing and examining contemporary English identity.”

George Turvey, Artistic Director of Papatango, added, “Papatango are thrilled to be able to bring Iman’s important and utterly compelling play to audiences across the UK following our world premiere in London this autumn. The Funeral Director shines a light on communities and issues that seldom if ever reach our stages. That was why it won Papatango’s 10th New Writing Prize. As the UK’s biggest playwriting award in terms of annual entries, with writers submitting from every region, it has long been our ambition to share the winning play as widely as possible. We are delighted that we realise this ambition with this exceptional story.”

Iman Qureshi will make her full-length debut with The Funeral Director. She has had short plays or limited runs commissioned or produced by Tamasha, Kalí Theatre, Purple Moon Drama and the BBC. As a member of Tamasha Playwrights and Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab her short play His and Hers was produced as part of Tamasha’s New Muslim Voices. Iman has also written for the Guardian, Independent, Time Out and the Huffington Post, been writer in residence at various schools, and been shortlisted for the Muslim Writer’s Award in 2011. She was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award in 2017.

Hannah Hauer-King directs. She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of all-female theatre company Damsel Productions. Hauer-King started her London directing career acting as Resident AD at Soho Theatre in 2014. She now works as a freelance theatre director alongside directing for Damsel Productions, and as a theatre, comedy and cabaret programmer for Fane Productions. Recent productions include Fabric (Soho Theatre), The Swell (Hightide Festival), Grotty and Breathe (Bunker Theatre), Fury and Brute (Soho Theatre), Clay (Pleasance Theatre), Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre), Witt ‘n Camp (Assembly Studios, Edinburgh Fringe) andHypernormal (Vaults Festival). Associate/Assistant work includes Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Radiant Vermin (Soho Theatre) and Daytona (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

 

The Funeral Director

Listings

Southwark Playhouse

31 October – 24 November 2019

Box Office: 020 7407 0234 / www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

 

Tour Dates

Traverse Theatre 

7 – 9 March 2019

Box Office: 0131 228 1404 / www.traverse.co.uk

Nottingham Playhouse 

14 – 16 March 2019

Box Office: 0115 941 9419 / www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

The North Wall 

21 March 2019

Box Office: 01865 319450 / www.thenorthwall.com

HOME Manchester 

27 – 30 March 2019

Box Office: 0161 200 1500 / www.homemcr.org

SWITZERLAND, starring Phyllis Logan, transfers to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre from 10 November

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions present
SWITZERLAND
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Lucy Bailey

  • WEST END PRODUCTION ANNOUNCED STARRING PHYLLIS LOGAN AS PATRICIA HIGHSMITH
  • AMBASSADORS THEATRE, LONDON FROM 10 NOVEMBER TO 5 JANUARY
  • AWARD-WINNING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER BY JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH AND DIRECTED BY LUCY BAILEY
  • THE SECOND WEST END TRANSFER TO BE CONFIRMED FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JONATHAN CHURCH’S 2018 SUMMER SEASON AT THEATRE ROYAL BATH

A West End production has been announced for Switzerland starring Phyllis Logan as renowned author Patricia Highsmith with Calum Finlay as Edward Ridgeway. The award-winning psychological thriller is written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Lucy Bailey and will run at the Ambassadors Theatre in London from Saturday 10 November 2018 until Saturday 5 January 2019.

This critically-acclaimed production ran at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio earlier this year and marks the second production from Jonathan Church’s 2018 summer season to confirm a West End transfer.

Switzerland paints a portrait of one of the great writers of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith, famed for writing The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train and The Price of Salt. The play originally premiered in Australia in 2015 where it won Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards.

1995, the Swiss Alps. Patricia Highsmith, the queen of the thriller, now ageing and ailing, hides away in her study, surrounded by her collection of books and antique weaponry, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. A polished young man turns up, sent by her New York publisher to persuade the great writer to pen one final instalment of her best-selling series featuring the master manipulator, Tom Ripley. But as day breaks over the mountains, it becomes clear that the charming stranger is set on a far more sinister mission.

Phyllis Logan (Patricia Highsmith) is well-known for her role as Mrs Hughes in ITV’s Downton Abbey and as Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy. Her extensive television credits include Girlfriends, The Good Karma Hospital, Bones, Wallander, Silent Witness and Vera. Her film appearances include Secrets & Lies and Another Time Another Place for which she won the BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Film and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress. Her theatre credits include Richard III (Crucible Theatre), The Case of David Anderson Q.C. (Traverse Theatre) and Marvin’s Room (Hampstead Theatre).

Calum Finlay (Edward Ridgeway) recently appeared on stage in Mary Stuart and Hamlet (Almeida / West End). He has performed regularly with the RSC in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, The Mouse and His Child and Jubilee. Other theatre credits include The Ghost Train (Told By An Idiot / Manchester Royal Echange), Dunsinane (RSC / National Theatre Scotland / international tour) and Tartuffe (Birmingham REP).

Lucy Bailey was co-founder and co-artistic director of The Print Room (2009 – 2012) in Notting Hill Gate. Recent productions include Love From a Stranger (UK Tour), Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie (London County Hall), The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse),Comus (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and Kenny Morgan (Arcola Theatre). Opera/music theatre credits include Gudrun Fier Sang (Copenhagen Dry Dock), Jenufa (English National Opera) andPasolini’s Teorema (Maggio Musicale Florence/ Munich Biennale/ Queen Elizabeth Hall).

Joanna Murray-Smith’s work features the plays HonourRidge’s Love, Scenes from a Marriage, The Female of the Species, The Gift, Day One, a Hotel, Evening, True Minds, Fury, Switzerlandand Three Little Words as well as novels including Truce, Judgement Rock and Sunnyside. Among others, she won the 2004 Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Bombshells and co-winner New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards (Play Award) in 2012 for The Gift.

LISTINGS

Switzerland
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Lucy Bailey

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street

London WC2H 9ND

Saturday 10 November 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019
Press Night: Monday 19 November 2018

Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm
Thursday at 3pm & Saturday at 4pm
See website for full Christmas schedule

Ticket Prices from £19.50

www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk

Box Office: 020 7395 5405