THE KING AND I – to open at London Palladium in June 2018, direct from Broadway

Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment Group, GWB Entertainment, Promenade Productions, BookMyShow,

TOKYU THEATRE Orb, Tulchin/Bartner and David Lazar in association with KHAM Inc.

proudly present

The Lincoln Center Theater production of

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

Winner of Four Tony Awards

including Best Musical Revival

 

“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime”

Wall Street Journal

Starring

Tony Award Winner

KELLI O’HARA as Anna

 

Oscar and Tony Award Nominee

KEN WATANABE as The King

 

Music by RICHARD RODGERS

Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

Based Upon the Novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by MARGARET LANDON

Directed by Tony Award Winner BARTLETT SHER

 

LONDON PALLADIUM

PREVIEWS FROM 21 JUNE 2018

FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT, BOOKING UNTIL 4 AUGUST 2018

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER AT 10AM

 

The multi Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I will transfer from Broadway to London next summer following a critically acclaimed 16 month run at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and an unprecedented continuing record-breaking sold out USA tour.

Opening at the world famous London Palladium in June 2018, the show will star the two original Lincoln Center Theater lead actors: Broadway Musical Royalty Kelli OHara, who will reprise her Tony Award-winning role of Anna Leonowens, together with film star, Oscar and Tony nominee (for his role on The King and IKen Watanabe, who will star in the title role of The King of Siam.  Both will be making their West End debuts, following their acclaimed performances on Broadway.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production, hot on the heels of his work on The Lincoln Center Theater’s World Premiere of J.T. Rogers’ smash hit play Oslo, which opened on Broadway and then transferred via the National Theatre to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre in October this year to rave reviews. He, along with the celebrated creative team behind the award winning production of South Pacific, will reunite to bring this majestic production to life at the Palladium.

With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, THE KING AND I  which won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical – will open its European Premiere at the London Palladium. The production will open 21 June 2018 (Press Night on 3 July 2018) for a limited engagement, booking until 4 August 2018.

One of Rodgers & Hammersteins finest works, this masterpiece boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We DanceI Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful.   Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.

WHAT THE US PRESS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF THE KING AND I:

 

“Something wonderful indeed. Breathtaking. Exquisite. Remarkable.”

NEW YORK TIMES

 

“Five stars. Grand and glorious.”

TIME OUT NEW YORK

 

“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Too beautiful to miss! An astonishing achievement.”

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Absolutely stunning. Kelli O’Hara is ravishing. Ken Watanabe is powerfully seductive. Chalk up another triumph for Lincoln Center Theater.”

VARIETY

“Magnificent. A sweepingly romantic production. How good to be getting to know the show all over again.”

NEWSDAY

“Simply divine. You can’t overstate how stunningly beautiful, how achingly well sung this new revival is.”

NEW YORK POST

 

“This splendid revival emerges as majestic and intimate simultaneously. Grandeur and grace fill each scene and song. O’Hara and Watanabe share warm chemistry.”

DAILY NEWS

“Splendid! This just may be, in fact, the finest staging of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in my experience.”

THE WASHINGTON POST

CAST

KELLI O’HARA won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of The King & I. Kelli has also been nominated for Tony Awards for previous Broadway performances in The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work if You Can Get It and The Pajama Game. Additional Broadway credits include The Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. Off-Broadway:  Far From Heaven, King Lear, Bells Are Ringing, My Life With Albertin, Beauty and The Light in the Piazza Film/TV:  Sex and the City 2, Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Blood Brothers, Alexander Hamilton, Numb3rs and Masters of Sex. Recordings: Her recordings include Always and Wonders of the World on Ghostlight Records. Kelli has most recently completed filming the upcoming motion picture Independents directed by Greg Naughton. Kelli is currently starring in New York City Center’s concert presentation of Brigadoon and is set to star in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate in 2019.

KEN WATANABE’s Japanese theatre credits include Dialogue with HorowitzHamletShitayamannen-cho monogatariThe Lion in Winter, and The Royal Hunt of the Sun. For his work in film, Watanabe received Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for The Last Samurai.  His film credits also include InceptionLetters from Iwo JimaMemoirs of a GeishaBatman BeginsGodzillaThe Sea of TreesTransformers. He has just completed work on the upcoming films Isle of DogsBel Canto and Godzilla: King of Monsters.

CREATIVE TEAM

BARTLETT SHER won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for his direction of the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammersteins South Pacific. He most recently directed the world premiere of J.T. Rogers’ play Oslo which opened on Broadway in July 2016 and has since transferred to London. His other theatre credits include; Fiddler On The RoofGolden Boy, Blood & Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turners Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza. His other Broadway and off-Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County, Prayer for My Enemy, The Butterfly Collection, Cymbeline, Waste, Don Juan and Pericles. He directed the operas Il Barbiere di SivigliaLes Contes d’HoffmannLe Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival and La Scala); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera); and  Two Boys (Met and ENO).  He was the Artistic Director of Seattles Intiman Theatre and was also a Resident Director of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre.

MICHAEL YEARGAN (Set Designer)

LCT: Golden Boy (Tony nom.), Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nom.), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk awards; Outer Critics Circle nom.), Edward Albee’s Seascape and The Light in the Piazza (Tony, DD awards). Broadway: The Ritz, Bad Habits, A Lesson from Aloes and The Road to Meca (Roundabout). Also credits Off-Broadway, regional theatre London, ten productions at the Metropolitan Opera and work at major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

 

CATHERINE ZUBER (Costume Designer )

LCT: The King and I (Tony Award, OCC Award), South Pacific (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Macbeth, Golden Boy (Tony nom.), Edward Albee’s Seascape (Tony nom.). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Gigi, The Royal Family (Tony Award), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Born Yesterday (Tony nom.), Doubt and The Father. TV: NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! And Peter Pan Live!

 

DONALD HOLDER (Lighting Designer)

Broadway: Fifty productions, two Tony awards (The Lion King and South Pacific) and eleven Tony nominations. Recent projects include The Cherry Orchard, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, The Father, On the Twentieth Century, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Bullets Over Broadway, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boy From Oz and many others. Television: SmashSeasons 1 and 2 (NBC- Dreamworks). Education: Yale School of Drama.

 

SCOTT LEHRER (Sound Designer)

Received the first Tony awarded to sound for the Lincoln Centre Theatre revival of South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher. Recent Broadway: The Front Page Shuffle Along, Fiddler on the Roof, Dames at Sea, The King and I, Living on Love, Honeymoon in Vegas, A Delicate Balance, Love Letters, A Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, Lucky Guy, Chaplin (Drama Desk), Death of a Salesman (Tony nom.), the revival of Chicago and over 50 City Centre Encores!. Recording projects include the Broadway cast recording of An American in Paris (Grammy nom), Loudon Wainwright III’s Grammy-winning High Wide and Handsome, Bebe Neuwirth’s Porcelain and Meredith Monk’s Mercy.

 

CHRISTOPER GATTELLI (Choreographer)

LCT: The King and I (Tony Nom.), South Pacific (Tony, OCC noms.), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Broadway: Newsies (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards for best choreography), Sunday in the Park with George, Casa Valentina, 13, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and High Fidelity. West End:Silence! The Musical, Sunday in the Park with George and Tick Tick… BOOM! Sydney Opera House: My Fair Lady with Julie Andrews. Film: Hail! Caesar. Upcoming: Warpaint, The Spongebob Musical and Frozen on Broadway.

 

TED SPERLING (Musical Supervisor)

Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Titanic (actor), Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed…, My Favourite Year, Drood, Sunday in the Park with George. Off Broadway: Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Striking 12 and See What I Wanna See (all as director); A Man of No Importance, Satan Returns, A New Brain, Floyd Collins, Romance in Hard Times (as musical director). Artistic Director of MasterVoices, Principal Conductor of Westchester Philharmonic. Creative Director, the 24 hour musicals.

 

STEPHEN RIDLEY (UK Musical Director)

As Musical Supervisor: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun and Private Lives (UK Tours).As Musical Director: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park), Guys and Dolls(Phoenix Theatre), Urinetown (Guest MD, Apollo), Crazy for You (Novello, Oliver Award for Best Musical Revival), Love Story (Duchess Theatre/Minerva Theatre Chichester), Privates on Parade (Associate MD, Noel Coward), The Music Man (Chichester), The A to Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), High Society (UK tour), The Secret Garden (WYP), Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (Birmingham Rep/WYP), The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep/WYP), Mercury Musicals 25th Anniversary Gala (Novello) andThe Wind in the Willows (Regent’s Park)Stephen recently conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra recording the music for BBC Radio 4’s Home Front. Other work includes The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), A Chorus Line and Wizard of Oz (London Palladium).

 

LISTINGS  INFORMATION

LONDON PALLADIUM

Previews: From 21 June 2018

Press Night: 3 July 2018 at 7pm

Tickets: £15 – £75, Premium Seating available

Box Office: 020 7087 7755

Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm

Website: KingandIMusical.co.uk

Twitter: @KingandIWestEnd

Facebook: @KingandIWestEnd

Instagram: @KingandIWestEnd

CASTING UPDATE FOR WEST END PRODUCTION OF TINA

CASTING UPDATE FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF

T I N A

OPENING AT ALDWYCH THEATRE SPRING 2018

Joining the previously announced Adrienne Warren, who plays the title role, are Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Jenny Fitzpatrick as the alternate Tina, Lorna Gayle as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina’s father Richard Bullock and Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach and Ryan O’Donnell as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies. They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina’s son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the world premiere of the new musical TINA will open at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018.  Performances will begin on 21 March 2018 with press night on 17 April 2018.  Produced by Stage EntertainmentTINA is currently booking to 16 June 2018.

Choreography is by Anthony van Laast, with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp Children’s casting will be announced in due course.

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. 

 

Adrienne Warren will make her West End stage debut as Tina.  Her most recent theatre credit was in Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination.  Her other US theatre credits include Bring It On The Musical at St. James Theater, Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, which was followed by a National Tour, and The Wiz at Encores City Center.  She has toured and recorded with the multi-platinum selling Trans Siberian Orchestra for which she received her first Platinum and Gold records.  Her television credits include the Amazon Pilot Point of HonorOrange is the New BlackBlue BloodsRoyal PainsPeople in New JerseyIrreversible andBlack Box.  In March this year, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was last on stage playing Laertes in Hamlet at the Barbican alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.  His previous theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,Edward IIAntigone and Death and the King’s Horseman for the National Theatre, The Low Road for the Royal Court, FeastJoe Turner’s Come and Gone and The Changeling for the Young Vic, Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare’s Globe and Detaining JusticeSeize the Day and Fabulation for the Tricycle Theatre.  His television credits include The Split, Wagstaffe, Class,CapitalCrackanoryWorricker TrilogyThe Last Panthers and Midsomer Murders.  Holdbrook-Smith’s film work includes Paddington 2, The Commuter, Justice League, Doctor Strange, The Double and Roadkill and the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns and Ghost Stories.

 

Madeline Appiah’s most recent theatre credits include Hamlet for the Almeida and in the West End, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Here We Go and Welcome to Thebes for the National Theatre,Hotel Cerise for Theatre Royal Stratford East, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice and Taming of the Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Off The Endz for the Royal Court and The Duchess of Malfi for the Old Vic Theatre.  Her television credits include In The Long RunKing For a Term, Partners in Crime, Gavin and Stacy, Doctors, The Bill and Holby City.

 

Jenny Fitzpatrick was last on stage in Boudica at the Globe Theatre. She has also appeared on stage in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House, A Midsummer Night’s DreamHenry IV Part I and Camelot at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Little Shop of Horrors at the Duke of York’s and Menier Chocolate Factory. She has also toured the UK inThe Blues Brothers, Soul Sister, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Our House. Her television credits include Eastenders, Silent Witness and MI High.

Lorna Gayle has appeared on stage in A Tale of Two Cities for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre,Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, Nation for the National Theatre, Rudy’s Rare Records at the Hackney Empire and Almost Nothing for the Royal Court.  Her television credits include The Rebel, Doctors, Cuckoo, Fried, Holby City, Utopia and Eastenders.   Her film credits include Carmilla, Caribbean Dream, Having You, One Day, The Dark Knight and Run Fat Boy Run.

Tom Godwin’s more recent theatre credits include City of Glass at the Lyric Hammersmith, The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, The Little Mermaid at Bristol Old Vic, To Kill a Mockingbirdat Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Bingo at the Young Vic and Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe. His television credits include Coronation StreetHolby City, Knightfall, Doctors, Eastenders, and Waking the Dead. On film he has been seen in Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Danish Girl and About Time.

Francesca Jackson’s stage credits include Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music at the Theatre Du Chatelet, Million Dollar Quartet at the Noel Coward Theatre, Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre, Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre, Rent at the Duke of York’s Theatre and All the Fun of the Fair at the Garrick Theatre.  Her television credits include Boyfriend Material and Refresh.  Jackson was a finalist in the BBC 1 showI’d Do Anything with Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Her film credits include Hiding in the Shadows andEvita.

 

Aisha Jawando is currently playing the lead role in the Hackney Empire Pantomime Cinderella. Her other theatre credits include Martha Reeves in Motown the Musical, as well as roles in Beautiful The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Fela, Legally Blonde and Soul Sister.

 

Natey Jones’ theatre credits include One Love: The Bob Marley Musical at Birmingham Rep, Doctor Faustus, Don Quixote and The Alchemist for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tomorrow for the White Bear Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Courtyard Theatre and Once Upon a Time in the 90’s at the Albany Theatre. His television credits include Doctors and Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

Gerard McCarthy’s stage credits include Cat for the Courtyard Theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life at theBridgehouse Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe, Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward Theatre, Saturday Night Fever at the Apollo Theatre and the UK tours of Blue/Orangeand Beautiful Thing. His television credits include Call The MidwifePuppy Love, The Fall andHollyoaks.  On film he has been seen in A Nightingale Falling.

Ryan O’Donnell was last seen playing the lead role in the touring production of Sunny Afternoonafter appearing in the West End production. His other stage credits include Quadrophenia at Plymouth Theatre Royal, Romeo and Juliet the Royal Shakespeare Company, Victor Frankenstein at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Tracy Beaker Gets Real! at Nottingham Playhouse, Shadow Mouth for Sheffield Theatres and Stand Tall at the Landor Theatre.  His film and television credits include MI High and Jesus: The Beginning.

TINA is produced by Stage EntertainmentJoop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.

 

Adrienne Warren is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

 

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LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre:                           Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF

Dates:                              initial booking period 21 March – 16 June 2018

Press Night:                       17 April 2018 at 7pm

Performances:                   Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

                                      Nb first midweek matinee 12 April 2018

Box Office:                         0845 200 7981

Website:                           www.tinathemusical.com

Facebook:                         TinaTheMusical

Twitter:                            TinaTheMusical

Instagram:                        TinaTheMusical

Manchester dates for Kindertransport play announced

MANCHESTER DATE FOR CLASSIC PLAY

KINDERTRANSPORT

Directed by Anne Simon

Designed by Marie-Luce Theis

Lighting Designer Nic Farman

Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly

 

 

Kindertransport – the deeply moving and timely modern classic – celebrates 25 years since the play was written by acclaimed playwright Diane Samuels in 2018 with an anniversary tour visiting the Opera House Manchester from 1 – 5 May 2018.

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, which saw thousands of Jewish children ferried from Austria and Germany to safety.

Set in Hamburg in 1938: nine year-old Eva is forced onto a train by her desperate mother in order to escape the threat of World War II. Arriving at Liverpool Street Station, tagged like a piece of luggage, she’s handed over to strangers.

Manchester 1980: Evelyn, a proud mum, prepares to say goodbye to daughter Faith as she leaves the family home. But what Faith finds in the attic will change her life forever…

This heart-warming play is from the producers of last year’s acclaimed revival of The CrucibleKindertransport will be directed by Anne Simon and designed by Marie-Luce Theis with lighting design by Nic Farman and sound design by Adrienne Quartly.

Don’t miss a limited chance to see the anniversary tour of this haunting play about a woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past.

Find out more at www.selladoor.co.uk / twitter @KinderTourUK

Book now at www.atgtickets.com/Manchester or by calling the Box Office on 0844 871 3018.

LISTING INFORMATION

 

KINDERTRANSPORT

Opera House, Manchester

3 Quay Street

Manchester

Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 7.30pm

Wednesday 2 May 2018 at 7.30pm

Thursday 3 May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday 4 May at 7.30pm

Saturday 5 May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets from £15.00

Box Office: 0844 871 3018* www.atgtickets.com/Manchester*

Booking/transaction fee applies

(Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge)

Extra shows announced for PETER PAN: An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure – Birmingham and London

The Worlds Biggest Pantomime Presents

PETER PAN – An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure

starring

BRADLEY WALSH & MARTIN KEMP

ARENA BIRMINGHAM & THE SSE ARENA WEMBLEY

EXTRA SHOWS ADDED FOR CHRISTMAS 2017

DUE TO OVERWHELMING POPULAR DEMAND!

Tickets on pre-sale 15 November, general sale 17 November

 

Due to huge demand for tickets, the Worlds Biggest Pantomime is delighted to announce additional shows in Birmingham and London for PETER PAN – An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure, a stunning new spectacular super-sized Christmas show. The new shows are at 11am on Saturday 23 December at the Arena Birmingham and 11am on Saturday 30 December at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

 

These extra performances are in addition to the seven existing performances at the Arena Birmingham from 20 to 24 December, and four performances at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 29 and30 December. Tickets for the new shows are available by pre-sale Wednesday 15 November and on general sale Friday 17 November.  Tickets are selling fast – book now!

 

PETER PAN – An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure stars Bradley Walsh as Mr Smee, Martin Kemp as Captain Hook and Matt Knight as Peter Pan.

 

Bradley said: “I’m so excited to be appearing in PETER PAN. It really is an extraordinary production, the like of which has never been seen before!  It has a life-size galleon, a 25 foot crocodile, plus a cast of over 100!  It’s a big, bold arena extravaganza and a festive treat with something for everyone.

 

J.M. Barries original story and characters will be brought to life in PETER PAN – An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure, by a cast of over 100 performers, including a thrilling team of BMX riders, stuntmen and trapeze artists, along with a seven metre long animatronic crocodile! 

 

This amazing new show will be performed across three arena stages on a stunning movie-style Neverland set.  The Jolly Roger Galleon will sail around the arena in front of a 10,000-gallon water wall.  From any position in the audience, you are close to the action, with a giant 60 feet-wide LED screen, computer graphic imagery and a live close-up TV-relay ensuring never a moment is missed.

 

PETER PAN – An Awfully BIG Arena Adventure is directed by Jon Conway, designed by Wellington Scenic, with lighting design by Jamie Corbidge and sound design by Dave Shepherd, and is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity & Samuel French Ltd.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Arena Birmingham performances:

20 December 7pm

21 December 11am & 7pm

22 December 7pm

23 December 11am, 3pm & 7pm

24 December 1pm

 

The SSE Arena Wembley performances:

29 December 3pm & 7pm

30 December 11am, 3pm & 7pm

 

Tickets from £25.00

 

Website:  www.worldsbiggestpanto.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/biggestpanto

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Biggest_Panto

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour – Darcey Bussell, Susan Calman and Jonnie Peacock confirmed.

DARCEY BUSSELL, SUSAN CALMAN

& JONNIE PEACOCK

TO JOIN THE STRICTLY LIVE TOUR

STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE TOUR

19 JANUARY – 11 FEBRUARY 2018

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

 

Strictly Come Dancing fans will be thrilled to learn that TV judge Darcey Bussell, comedian Susan Calman and Double Paralympic Champion Jonnie Peacock will all be taking to the road from January next year for the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour.

 

The 2018 live shows will mark the first time that Darcey has appeared as a judge on the tour and she will join fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. 

 

Comedian Susan Calman has wowed fans of the TV series every Saturday night with her dancing, including her Quickstep to ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.  Jonnie Peacock, the first Paralympian to take to the floor in Strictly history, has blown viewers away with his impressive Jive and Paso Doble.

 

The tour will also see the welcome return of reigning Strictly Champion Ore Oduba as host. More celebrities and professional dancers from the hugely popular 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One TV will be donning their dancing shoes as they take to the floor for the highly anticipated tour.  Further names will be announced in the coming weeks.

Darcey Bussell said: “I had great experiences touring around the UK as a professional dancer…quite a few years ago now! I am really excited to be able to tour again, this time with the wonderful Strictly company. I can’t wait to meet the fantastic audiences that make Strictly the phenomenon we know and love. See you soon!”

 

Susan Calman said: “This is an absolute dream come true, I can’t wait to continue my Strictly adventure and visit these legendary arenas across the country.  Roll on January!”

 

Jonnie Peacock said: “It’s been an honour to be the first Paralympian on Strictly.  I’m excited to take to the road and meet the fans who have supported me during the TV shows and of course, to keeeeeep dancing!”

 

The tour will open at the Arena Birmingham on 19 January 2018.  It will then visit some of the biggest entertainment venues across the UK, including a return to Belfast at the SSE Arena, following huge public demand.   Other venues the tour will visit include Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, First Direct Arena Leeds, Manchester Arena, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and The SSE Arena Wembley.  The tour culminates at The O2 Arena in London on 11 February.

  

What the critics said about Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour:

  

“An irresistible feast of colour and style built solidly on familiar pleasures.

Revel Horwood’s production is slick”

DAILY TELEGRAPH ★★★★

January 2017

“Get a ticket and you will never be the same, it’s a life changer”

SUNDAY EXPRESS  ★★★★★

January 2017

“It’s a 10!”

DAILY MIRROR

January 2017

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY ★★★★

January 2017

 

 

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR 2018

19–21 January                        Arena Birmingham                            www.arenabham.co.uk

(Friday 19th at 7.30pm, Saturday 20th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 21st at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

23-24 January             Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena        www.metroradioarena.co.uk

(Tuesday 23rd at 7.30pm, Wednesday 24th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

25-26 January             Leeds: First Direct Arena                   www.firstdirectarena.com

(Thursday 25th at 7.30pm, Friday 26th at 7.30pm

27-28 January             Manchester Arena                             www.manchester-arena.com

(Saturday 27th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 28th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

30-31 January             Belfast: SSE Arena                             www.ssearenabelfast.com

(Tuesday 30th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 31st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

2-4 February               Glasgow: SSE Hydro                          www.thessehydro.com

(Friday 2nd at 7.30pm, Saturday 3rd at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 4th at 1.30pm)

6-7 February               Nottingham: Motorpoint Arena   motorpointarenanottingham.com

(Tuesday 6th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 7th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

8-9 February               London: SSE Arena Wembley                       www.ssearena.co.uk

(Thursday 8th at 7.30pm, Friday 9th at 7.30pm)

10-11 February           London: The O2 Arena                      www.theo2.co.uk

(Saturday 10th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 11th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

Tickets: £35 – £65 (bands venue dependent)

The O2 prices are £36 – £66 (Inclusive of a £1 per ticket venue facility fee)

All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee

 

 

To book tickets please contact the venue or call 0844 875 8758

For online bookings visit www.ticketzone.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

For more information visit: www.strictlycomedancinglive.com

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CASTING AND ADDITIONAL DATES ANNOUNCED FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT WINDSOR CASTLE

A Christmas Carol at Windsor Castle

Casting is today announced for Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at Windsor Castle. Due to popular demand additional performances have been added for the sell-out runwhich will be staged in the Castle’s magnificent State Apartments. Tickets for the new performances are now on sale.

Presented by theatre company Watch Your Head, the family-friendly evening performances of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol will take place in the Castle’s two largest rooms, where the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret performed Christmas pantomimes during the Second World War.

The full cast will include John Kay Steel as Jacob Marley, Edward Halsted as Ebenezer Scrooge, Eleanor Brown as Belle, Charlie Ward as Tiny Tim, Oliver Hamilton as Fred, Michelle Hodgson as Mrs Cratchit, Molly Hanson as Belinda and Marlon Moore as Bob Cratchit.

Tailor-made for Windsor Castle and using Dickens’s own words from his public readings of the classic tale, the production will feature live music and immersive elements, transporting the audience into a Victorian Christmas.  Visitors will accompany Ebenezer Scrooge from the Castle gates to the Waterloo Chamber, where Jacob Marley awaits to conjure his haunting dreams of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.  The cast of actors and musicians performing all around will transform the colossal space into Dickensian London, before the audience follows Scrooge into St George’s Hall to celebrate his new-found festive spirit beneath the Castle’s spectacular Christmas tree.

Monarchs have been celebrating Christmas at Windsor Castle since the 12th century, but it was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who introduced many of the Christmas traditions that we know today.  Prince Albert is credited with popularising the German tradition of Christmas trees while enjoying the festive season at the Castle, and the Queen and Prince Albert were often seen ice skating and enjoying winter sleigh rides in the Castle grounds.

It was during this period that Dickens first published A Christmas Carol in 1843, and it has remained a festive classic ever since.  The work can be seen in miniature in the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, built in the early 1920s as a perfect replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence and housed ever since at Windsor Castle.

Their third collaboration with Royal Collection Trust, Watch Your Head’s latest production follows their recently staged immersive performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Castle’s Moat Garden.

A Christmas Carol is directed by Sasha McMurray with an original score by Joseph Reuben, costume design by Annina Pfuel, choreography by Edwin Ray and puppetry design by Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood.

Updated Listings information

A Christmas Carol Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

Dates 16 December – 4 January

Press performance 20 December

Performance schedule 16–17, 20–23, 27–30 December, 3–4 January
Entry from 18:00, performance starts 19:00. Performance lasts 90 minutes including a 20-minute interval

Ticket prices  Adults: £30.00; Children (Under 17s): £25.00; Family (2 adults, 3 children): £110.00

Book online www.royalcollection.org.uk/christmascarol

Book by phone +44 (0)303 123 7340

Website www.watch-your-head.co.uk | www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle

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Peter Kay Announces Return To Stand-up With First Live Tour in Eight Years

PETER KAY

ANNOUNCES RETURN TO STAND-UP WITH FIRST LIVE TOUR IN EIGHT YEARS

One of Britain’s best loved comedians, the multi award winning actor, writer, director, author and producer Peter Kay, is finally returning to his most successful hobby, stand-up.

His last tour in 2010, which still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, played to over 1.2 million people. So why a return to stand-up now?

Peter says: ‘I really miss it. I know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these past few years working on Car Share but I miss doing stand-up. As terrifying as it is, when it works there’s nothing more fun and exciting. Plus, a lot has happened in the last eight years, with Trump, Twitter and my Nan getting her front bush trimmed at the age of 96. I can’t wait to get back up on stage’

Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Sunday 19th November and are available online or from the booking hotline number. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply. There will be no Box Office counter sales on Sunday 19th November. Tickets are limited to persons 15 years old or over. Tickets are limited to 8 per person.

2018

Saturday 21 April: Birmingham Genting Arena

Sunday 22 April: Birmingham Genting Arena

Monday 14 May: Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Tuesday 15 May: Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Monday 4 June: Manchester Arena

Tuesday 5 June: Manchester Arena

Wednesday 6 June: Manchester Arena

Saturday 9 June: Manchester Arena

Thursday 13 September: London The O2

Friday 14 September: London The O2

Saturday 15 September: London The O2

Thursday 20 September: London The O2

Tuesday 2 October: Leeds First Direct Arena

Wednesday 3 October: Leeds First Direct Arena

2019

Sunday 13 January: Belfast SSE Arena

Monday 14 January: Belfast SSE Arena

Wednesday 23 January: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Thursday 24 January: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Friday 1 February: Dublin 3 Arena

Saturday 2 February: Dublin 3 Arena

Monday 11 February: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

Tuesday 12 February: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

Monday 4 March: Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

Tuesday 5 March: Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

Monday 18 March: Liverpool Echo Arena

Tuesday 19 March: Liverpool Echo Arena

Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.peterkay.co.uk to buy tickets.

2018 Show Listings

NEW SHOWS FOR 2018

JERSEY BOYS
UK & Ireland Tour
From 16 December 2017 to 30 March 2019.
JERSEY BOYS is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. Starring Michael Watson as Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey as Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi, the show is packed with hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You. JERSEY BOYS is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide including Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical.
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
www.jerseyboysuktour.com

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN
Trafalgar Studios 2
10 January to 3 February 2018
The West End transfer of the King’s Head Theatre’s production of Tommy Murphy’s coming-of-age dark comedy, which tells the story of Shane, a timid 16 year-old who has fled his rural hometown for the glitz and glamour of Sydney’s King’s Cross, in order to escape his troubled past and attempt to establish an urban family. Directed by the King’s Head Theatre’s Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, STRANGERS IN BETWEEN looks at the importance of friendship and the highs and lows of growing up gay in modern Australia. The cast includes Roly Botha as Shane, Dan Hunter as Will and Stephen Connery-Brown as Peter.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios

ALL OR NOTHING – THE MOD MUSICAL
Arts Theatre
6 February to 11 March 2018
Based on the story of the Small Faces, ALL OR NOTHING is written and directed by the award-winning actress Carol Harrison. It follows the story of four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and, above all, talent. They became the Small Faces and were rocketed into the big time, only to discover the path to success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and, ultimately, tragedy. Starring Carol Harrison as Kay Marriott and Chris Simmons as the older Steve Marriott.
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
www.allornothingmusical.com

ART
UK & Ireland Tour
From 14 February to 9 June 2018
UK & Ireland Tour of the Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza’s Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy ART, translated by Christopher Hampton. Starring Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson as Serge, Marc and Ivan respectively. Based on the original production by Matthew Warchus, ART will be directed by Ellie Jones, with design by Mark Thompson.
Duration:  100 minutes (no interval)
arttheplay.com

SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM
UK Tour
From 21 February to 28 July 2018
Joe Pasquale stars as the lovable but accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first ever stage production of the classic 1970s TV comedy, SOME MOTHER DO ‘AVE ‘EM. Also starring Sarah Earnshaw (Nativity – The Musical, Travels With My Aunt, Spamalot and Wicked) as his long-suffering wife Betty and Susie Blake (ITV’s Coronation Street and BBC1’s Mrs Brown’s Boys) as his disapproving mother-in-law, Mrs Fisher. Based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen, the stage adaptation is written and directed by Guy Unsworth, with design by Simon Higlett.
www.somemothersdoaveem.com

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
UK Tour
From 24 February to 28 April
Starring Gwen Taylor  as Lady Bracknell and Susan Penhaligon as Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde’s greatly admired and much loved comedy, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, which follows Jack Worthing’s endeavours to marry Algernon’s cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen. But first he must convince the fearsome Lady Bracknell of his respectability. Directed by The Original Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Alastair Whatley.
www.originaltheatre.com

BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Empire Cinema Haymarket, London from 2 March to 2 September 2018 (preceded by a two-date tour from 2 to 24 February 2018)
Kneehigh’s award-winning production of Noël Coward’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, returns to London’s West End, following short runs at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Lowry, Salford. Switching between live action and film, Brief Encounterstars Jim Sturgeon as Alec and Isabel Pollen as Laura in one of the most haunting and heart-breaking love stories ever told.
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)
www.briefencounterwestend.com

MONOGAMY
UK Tour from 2 to 26 May 2018
Park Theatre, London from 6 June to 7 July 2018
The world premiere of Torben Betts’s new play MONOGAMY, starring Olivier Award-winning actress, Janie Dee (Follies, Carousel, Comic Potential) as Caroline Mortimer, the nation’s favourite TV cook, who has it all. But beneath the immaculate furnishings and studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras, Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out? Directed by the Original Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Alastair Whatley.
www.originaltheatre.com

THE RINK
Southwark Playhouse
25 May to 23 June 2018
The first London revival in 20 years of THE RINK by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), the creators of musicals such as Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and The Scottsboro Boys, and a book by Tony Award-winning Terence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class). THE RINK is the story of Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern seaboard, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother. Directed by Adam Lenson and choreographed by Fabian Aloise.
southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

CURRENT SHOWS

THE BAND
UK Tour
Currently touring until 14 July 2018, further dates to be added
The new British musical by Tim Firth with the music of Take That, starring Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn, Emily Joyce and Jayne McKenna, along with AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon, collectively known as Five To Five, winners of BBC’s Let It Shine, and Faye Christall, Katy Clayton, Rachelle Diedericks, Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Martin Miller and Andy Williams. THE BAND is a musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
www.thebandmusical.com

MAMMA MIA!
Novello Theatre
Current booking period: 20 October 2018
From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. In 2017 the show celebrated its 18th London Birthday. The current cast stars Sara Poyzer as Donna Sheridan, Kate Graham as Tanya, Jacqueline Braun as Rosie and Georgina Castle as Sophie Sheridan.
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
http://www.mamma-mia.com/

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Review

York Theatre Royal – until Saturday 18th November.  Reviewed by Michelle Richardson

3***

Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre brings Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too to York Theatre Royal. Having seen this iconic film several times many years ago I was looking forward to this stage adaptation and seeing their take on such a gritty but well-loved story.

The play follows two fifteen-year-old school girls Rita (Taj Atwal, a former York College student) and Sue (Gemma Dobson), being seduced and falling for a slimy, older married man, Bob (James Atherton), after they babysit for him and his wife Michelle (Samatha Robinson).

The opening scene is quite a shocker and shows their first sexual encounter. On the drive home Bob decides to show the two girls the moors where he then parks and asks them if they know what a Durex is and how to put one on. This leads to an awkward threesome with the girls taking it in turns in the cramped confinements of his car. We are “treated” to Bob’s naked jiggling bottom and such talk as about whether to take trousers off, or just one leg out. This becomes a regular occurrence and while illegal because of their age, the girls are more than willing. This was certainly an eye opener and a bit uncomfortable at times. The way it was played out with the great reactions from whichever girl is not currently participating, you couldn’t help but laugh. The frequent casual underage sex is treated casually and if anyone feels abused or traumatised, it is from the limitations of their situation with YTS and little prospects.

Once the news of their shenanigans gets out, it is Rita and Sue who get all blame, labelled as sluts whilst Bob claims it’s his wife’s fault because she doesn’t want him enough and has driven him to go elsewhere. This results in a foul-mouthed exchange in the street involving the whole cast, including Sue’s parents (Sally Bankes and David Walker). Rita and Sue do not deserve the injustice of it all whilst Bob seems to come out of it scot free, his actions excused.

Atwal and Dobson, in her stage debut, bring an innocence to their roles, which highlights their characters age and immaturity. Atherton play his chauvinistic role well and at times is almost like a naughty little boy doing things he knows are wrong but can’t help himself.

The staging was simple but effective, with two tower blocks on either side with a view of Bradford and the moors in the middle. Reclining car seats are wheeled on and off the stage by the lip synching actors as and when needed, along to an 80’s soundtrack, thankfully just my kind of music.

At only 80 minutes, with no interval, it is a short and at times shocking play, but funny at the same time. Once you get over the nudity and foul language, there is a lot, it is a tale that resonates strongly today.