Award-winning West End Production of Life of Pi to embark on year-long tour of UK and Ireland in August 2023

MULTI OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING

WEST END PRODUCTION OF

TO EMBARK ON YEAR-LONG TOUR OF

THE UK AND IRELAND

JOURNEY BEGINS AT SHEFFIELD’S LYCEUM THEATRE IN AUGUST 2023

CHRISTMAS SEASON AT THE LOWRY IN SALFORD

EUROPEAN TOUR TO FOLLOW FROM SEPTEMBER 2024 – DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

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‘BREATH-TAKING. IT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THEATRE.

ROAR IT OUT: THIS IS A HIT’ The Times

Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, which is currently running at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End and stars an extraordinary life-size puppeteered Bengal Tiger, begins its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland at the Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre in August 2023, where it will run from 29 August to 16 September 2023. The critically acclaimed production also begins previews this week at American Repertory Theatre, and opens on Broadway next March.

The tour will then continue to Milton Keynes Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal, Southend Cliffs Pavillion, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Lowry, SalfordBristol Hippodrome, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Brighton, Birmingham Hippodrome, GrandOpera House, Belfast, Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve Leicester,  Hull New Theatre, Coventry Belgrade, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Severn Theatre Shrewsbury, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Everyman Theatre, CheltenhamGlasgow Theatre Royal, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre and finally Derngate Theatre in Northampton in July 2024.

‘IT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE IN THEATRE. A TRIUMPH.’

Sunday Times

Lolita Chakrabarti said:  ‘It is incredible to begin this tour at Sheffield Theatres, where Life of Pi began its journey, and to start the tour across the country from this great city.  It has been an extraordinary year in the West End and the success of the play has been both a privilege and a delight – from all the amazing awards to the standing ovations we get every night. It is testament to Yann Martel’s beautiful and moving story. I am so grateful for his trust and generosity in sharing it with me and allowing our amazing creative team to tell his story our way.’

Life of Pi, which is running in the West End until 15 January 2023,  first opened to critical acclaim at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield in 2019.  Future International plans for the show include its North American Premiere at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University from 4 December 2022 to 29 January 2023,  followed by its Broadway premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from 9 March 2024, with an official opening on 30 March 2024.  A European tour will follow the tour of the UK and Ireland and there are plans underway for a tour of Australia and Asia.

Life of Pi won five Olivier Awards in April 2022.  As well as Best New Play, and Best Actor for Hiran Abeysekera (the original Pi); in an historic first for the Olivier Awards – the seven performers who puppeteer the Tiger ‘Richard Parker’were collectively awarded Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The production also picked up awards for set (Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell), and lighting design (Tim Lutkin and Andrzej Goulding).

‘THE PUPPETRY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD’

Daily Mail

The production is directed by Max Webster, Set and Costume Designer is Tim Hatley, the Puppet Designers are Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, the Puppet and Movement Director is Finn Caldwell, the Video Designer is Andrzej Goulding, the Lighting Designer is Tim Lutkin, theSound Designer is Carolyn Downing, the Composer is Andrew T Mackay, Dramaturgy is by Jack Bradley, the Casting Director is Polly Jerrold, the Associate Director is Leigh Toney, the Associate Puppetry and Movement Director is Scarlet Wilderink, the Associate Set Designer is Ross Edwards, the Associate Puppet Designer is Caroline Bowman,  the Costume Supervisor is Sabrina Cuniberto and the Props Supervisor is Ryan O’Conner.   Casting for the tour is yet to be announced.  

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Award winning writer Yann Martel’s works include The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993), Self (1996), We Ate the Children Last (2004), Beatrice and Virgil (2010) – a New York Times Bestseller and a Financial Times Best Book, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister (2012) – a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada; and The High Mountains of Portugal (2016).  

‘EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION IS AMAZING.’

Observer

Lolita Chakrabarti OBE is an actress and an award-winning playwright. Her debut play Red Velvet opened at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to New York and then London’s West End. It earned her the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright 2012; The Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright 2013; AWA for Arts and Culture 2013 and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2012. Red Velvet is now on the Drama syllabus for A level and is studied at universities in the UK and USA. Red Velvet has had over forty productions worldwide to date.

Other writing credits include: Hymn (Almeida Theatre/Sky Arts); Life of Pi (Sheffield Theatres) for which Lolita won the award for Best New Play at the Olivier awards 2022, the UK Theatre awards 2019 and WhatsonStage awards 2019. Life of Pi has won ten other major theatre awards in all categories.;an adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (Manchester International Festival and Brisbane Festival); Stones of Venice, a VR film for New Vision Arts Festival in Hong Kong; She curated The Greatest Wealth (The Old Vic) celebrating 8 decades of the NHS which was also shown online during the pandemic; she was dramaturg on Message in a Bottle (ZooNation/Sadler’s Wells). Lolita is dramaturg on the forthcoming Sylvia at the Old Vic.

Acting credits include: Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), Vigil, Showtrial, The Casual Vacancy, Defending the Guilty (BBC); Wheel of Time (Amazon Prime); Born to Kill (Channel 4); My Mad Fat Diary (E4), Beowulf; Return to the Shieldlands (ITV); Riviera (Sky); Criminal (Netflix).

Max Webster is an Associate Director at The Donmar Warehouse.  His theatre credits include: Henry V (Donmar Warehouse); Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in Camera (Old Vic Theatre/San Diego Old Globe/Minneapolis Children’s Theatre); As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Jungle Book (Fiery Angel); Fanny and Alexander, Cover My Tracks (Old Vic Theatre); The Twits (Curve Theatre Leicester); The Winter’s Tale (The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); The Sea of Fertility and Mary Stuart (Parco Productions Tokyo); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Shostakovich’s Hamlet (City of London Sinfonia); Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air); Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Young and Foolish Heart (Royal Exchange Manchester); James and the Giant Peach, My Generation (Leeds Playhouse); Carnival Under the Rainbow and Feast Kakulu (Hilton Festival, South Africa); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Aarohan Theatre, Kathmandu). Opera credits include: La Bohème (Göteborgsoperan, Sweden); The Merry Widow (English National Opera); Owen Wingrave (British Youth Opera).

The extraordinary animals are brought to life by Puppet & Movement Director Finn Caldwell, who began his career in the original company of the National Theatre’s international phenomenon War Horse. He is the Artistic Director of his own company Gyre & Gimble, for whom work includes: co-director/puppet designer of The Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Hartlepool Monkey (UK tour) and The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End). His other work includes: director of puppetry/movement for Angels in America (National Theatre & Broadway), The Light Princess (National Theatre), War Horse (West End & Internationally) Groundhog Day (Old Vic & Broadway) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (National Theatre, West End and on tour).

Life of Pi is produced by Simon Friend in association with Playing Field and Tulchin/Bartner.

Sleeping Beauty Review

Theatre Royal Windsor – until 8th January 2023 

Reviewed by Carly Burlinge & Sarah-Jane Aged 10 

5***** 

Theatre Royal Windsor brings you this year’s panto and what a panto it was! Sleeping Beauty tells us the story that we all know and love but with a few twists thrown in, alongside with much excitement, enchantment, many laughs and just a great entertaining evening for all. 

In a beautiful Kingdom filled with joy and love, Princess Aurora “Beauty” (Lauren Lane) is approaching her 18th birthday. What more to do then celebrate with her friends and family. Her father King Basil of Windsoria (Basil Brush) shows up on stage dressed as Elvis, The King of Rock and Roll, gets an instant roar of laughter from the audience with his trademark “BOOM BOOM KIDS” “BOOM BOOM BASIL” keeping the audience involved at all times. He decides to throw Beauty a party so that she can have some fun with her friend Chester the Jester (Kevin Cruise). Well, what can I say he was loud, full of excitement, smiley, cheeky and was just awesome getting the crowd involved from start to finish! Then there was Nurse Nelly (Steven Blakeley) with her many roles nurse, chef, schoolteacher the list goes on! With her outrageous, wacky and loud costumes full of colour, sparkle and some rather big shoulder areas along with many different wigs throughout the show, offering great slap stick comedy. Keeping both adults and children entertained. During Beauty’s party she gets to meet Prince Edgar of Etonia (David Luke). Could this be her true love? Yet when the celebrations begin, The Evil Carabosse (Anita Harris) shows up with her horns of darkness, to ensure her curse that she gave to beauty on her birth. Of pricking her finger on a spinning wheel for her to die only for the sparkly magnificent Fairy Sunbeam (Elizabeth Carter) to change her spell into a deep sleep, only to be awoken by a kiss from her true love. Throughout the journey Prince Edgar of Etonia who’s handsome and charming, steps up to save Beauty. Together on stage they offer a great performance with much singing and dancing to ensure fabulous entertainment. 

It was so amazing to see great participation from the audience considering what we have all been through regarding covid. Everyone was taking part and having a wonderful evening it was just fabulous to see. 

Then there was, of course, the twelve days of Christmas, Windsor style. Which was astounding to witness with bras a flying, toilet rolls taking flight, water pistols and sweet being thrown at the audience! What a giggle and immense amusement. 

Windsor you have done it again! Not only was it spectacular but I am definitely in the Christmas spirit. 

My daughters words – exciting, fabulous, entertaining and mum can we go and see it again! 

It was amazeballs which made me chuckle! 

The Girl From The North Country Review

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – until 3rd December 2022

Reviewed by Katie Brewerton   

5*****

With the music of Bob Dylan, The Girl from the North Country is set in America in 1934,  Nick Laine (Graham Kent), runs a guest house for wayward travellers and we meet a range of them during the show. Taking place around Thanksgiving we soon learn that the characters are struggling to come to terms with their past mistakes or hoping their past doesn’t catch up with them. Secrets are rife amongst the characters with more than one shocking revelation as the show progresses. 

We soon learn Nick is struggling to deal with his wife, Elizabeth’s illness resulting in him beginning an affair with Mrs. Neilsen (Maria Omakinwa), one of the guests.  Nick and Elizabeth’s son, Gene (Gregor Milne) is struggling with his own issues, being unemployed during the great depression as well as struggling with his own heartbreak and his turbulent relationship with alcohol. Their adopted daughter Marianne (Justina Kehinde) finds herself pregnant with no father around leading to her father trying to marry her off to a much older man, as the only black person in a white family she has struggled throughout her life and is trying to find a place for her and her baby to fit in and be happy.

A host of other characters appear throughout the show as guests in the Laine family’s B&B, but not all are who they say they are and dark secrets begin to be unravelled. The relationships between the guests are unique and very well done. This is a show full of twists and turns, with the beautiful music cleverly woven in.  

Written and directed by Conor McPherson this is a wonderful and heart-breaking show with the Bob Dylan’s music performed exquisitely by the cast.  Frances McNamee as Elizabeth Laine is magnificent, her voice is phenomenal, and her portrayal of Elizabeth’s mental health struggles are respectable and heart-breaking with the right amount of humorous comments added in as we realise, she still understands a lot of what is going on around her. 

This is a show that has already had successes on Broadway and in the West End and it’s clear to see why, this is definitely one to watch. 

Les Misérables Review

Leeds Grand Theatre – until Saturday 10 December 2022

5*****

My husband has never seen Les Mis before (and due to the World Cup, nearly didn’t make it this time either!), at the end I asked if he would see it again.  He replied that he had seen it once and he didn’t need to see it again.  His reply was met by a sea of incredulous faces, all disagreeing with him.  And it is that reaction that shows why it is such a well loved show, with such longevity and adoring fans and why my husband was in the minority.

The huge juggernaut Les Misérables has finally arrived in Leeds as part of its UK tour. And it was wonderful.

Jean Valjean, Prisoner 24601, stole a loaf of bread and spent 19 years in jail, under the watchful eye of Javert.  After his release Valjean is treated with contempt when he looks for works and lodgings, moving from place to place.  After getting caught stealing a silver plate from the Bishop of Digne, he vows to become a better man when the Bishop gives him some silver candlesticks, telling the police he wasn’t stealing, it was all a gift.  

The struggle between the former convict Jean Valjean and the pursuing policeman Javert is a very real and dramatic one.  Dean Chisnell shines as the thief with a heart, Jean Valjean, with Nic Greenshields breathtaking as Javert.  If you go for nothing else, it’s worth the three hours just to hear Greenshields spine-tingling version of Stars (although Chisnells Bring Him Home was a standout moment too).  Lauren Drew as Fantine and Jenna Innes (covering for Sobhan O’Driscoll) as Eponine gave heartbreakingly powerful performances.  Drew’s version of Come to Me was high on emotion, as was Innes’ A Little Fall of Rain. And the Thénardier’s (Ian Hughes and Helen Walsh) provide the comedy moments with a sublime rendition of Master of the House.

Of course you must take your tissues with you, watching little Gavroche (Lucas Melrose Steel) die and the heartbreak of drunken Grantaire (Raymond Walsh) is palpable, along with the fall of the Barricades. 

The live band lead by Giles Deacon captures Claude-Michel Schönberg’s music and the outstanding ensemble gives life to Herbert Kretzmer’s lyrics.  At the End of the Day and Do You Hear the People Sing? are stunningly performed by the full company, filling the theatre with a superb sound.  All thanks to Mick Potter’s sound and Geoffrey Garratt’s musical staging.

The staging in this production has quick set and fluid changes and some quite brilliant use of projections based upon Victor Hugo’s original paintings. Some of these animate to extremely clever effect, especially with sewer work and a key Javert scene.Paule Constable’s lighting, Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowlands costume design and Matt Kinleys set all take their inspiration from these paintings and Finn Ross and 59 Productions should be congratulated for realising the projections.This production was breathtaking. Les Misérables is so well-known and adored everywhere that it is truly hard to make it new or different every time. But with some impressive performances, incredible lighting design and imposing but effective sets, this production makes it feel fresh, full of energy, and very much alive. As the final chorus echoes through the auditorium during the finale you’ll find yourself wanting to march on until tomorrow comes.

Hit musical COME FROM AWAY to tour the U.K. and Ireland from February 2024

WINNER OF ‘BEST NEW MUSICAL’ ACROSS THE GLOBE
COME FROM AWAY ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST EVER
TOUR OF THE U.K. AND IRELAND

AS THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION CELEBRATES
1000 PERFORMANCES IN THE WEST END

The multi award-winning musical Come From Away, which celebrated its 1000th performance in the West End last night, Monday 28th November, announces today that the production will launch its first ever tour of the U.K. and Ireland, opening in Leicester in February 2024. Further information on tour venues and dates will be announced soon, however to be first in line for tickets and details, please register interest at comefromawaylondon.co.uk

As previously announced, the London production of Come From Away, which has been seen by more than 850,000 people at the Phoenix Theatre, will end its critically acclaimed engagement on 7 January 2023.

Winner of Best New Musical across the globe, Come From Away shares 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.

Robin Hood – The Rock And Roll Panto Review

Theatr Clwyd, Yr Wyddgrug/Mold – until Saturday January 14th 2023

Reviewed by Julie Noller

5***** (oh yes it is)

It’s November theres a certain red bevage truck doing the rounds, we are all seeing which adverts aimed to evoke the biggest emotional response and linked in with those expected things is Panto; as British a tradition as Fish and Chips. These days each theatre attempts to carve a slice of festive fun and attract its own niche market. Congratulations to Theatr Clwyd with their own take, the Rock and Roll Pantos.

It has to be said I love the kitsch in your face brand of British humour panto slaps its thighs at every year and I also love a good old singsong with great tracks, the Rock and Roll Panto at times feels like a small intimate concert. Theatr Clwyd is still itself thigh deep in renovations but the main hall although dated is still cosy and welcoming.

The stage set and lighting by Adrian Gee and Johanna Town is typically Panto; bright and colourful, our actors turned musicians can be seen on its tiered levels, the green lights twinkling into the auditorium turning red for a time whilst still maintaining their Christmas brightness.

Obviously being Robin Hood we are looking at trees but not just any old trees but Flintshire Forest or Flintshireshire Forest if you listen to one certain dastardly villainous Sheriff the bootastic Ben Locke who reminded me of of Rik Mayalls Flashheart from Blackadder. His portrayal was brilliant how he played it straight with such campness is remarkable. Then there’s fairyesque Chioma Uma as Jolly Goodfellow with her flowing rhymes and matching costume befitting her ending magic speaking to the trees. The cast of merry men is bolstered by Lynwen Haf Roberts as Friar Tuck with her stinky and very loud farts delighting the younger audience and Alice McKenna as grumpy and very set in her ways Scarlett. Connor Going was a gentle yet almost shy Robin Hood taking enjoyment in winding up the Sheriff as an authority figure but of course having the total respect of all his men. Celia Cruwys-Finnigan was a feisty Maid Marion whose costume changed in a Bucks Fizz whipping the dress off firstly to pinafore then onto jeans. Celia gives Marion a sense of girl power not just living to kiss a prince (or outlaw) but to fight against her oppressor (The Sheriff) and escape her dull life of expectation. The Sheriffs men Clod (Joe Butcher who also cameos as King Gruff in a show stealing scene) and Snot (Caitlin Lavagna) are downtrodden and bullied helping to raise the boos. That leaves our 2 experts among the Panto cast Daniel Lloyd as Little John who brought such a sense of fun and laughter when on stage with Phylip Harries as Muf or Lady Myfanwy of Mold (just fabulous costumes with a surprise change which will amaze.)

We were close enough to the stage to see faces crumpling, lips curling these are my favourite moments the ad-libs the quips and one liners that make the most professional actors snort with laughter. It was great to watch an old fashioned Panto with a modern twist, fabulous music and an audience that ticked most age boxes. We laughed, we sang, we most definitely booed, some got up and danced and some of us managed to get squirted in the face with the water guns but we wiped our glasses off and laughed with the stranger sat next to us.

The humour was a bit close to the knuckle that you sometimes had to laugh harder at the quizzical faces wondering why you had laughed. There was plenty of local humour and quips including politics. My last comments are about poor Matt (or perhaps tonight it will be Bryn) who I chatted to after the show he will most definitely be buying next years tickets, sat on the front row he was the object of Mufs desires. He was also pulled up on stage and dressed with a bucket hat and draped in Welsh Flag whilst the audience sang and wished Wales a 5-0 win over England – being English too I felt his pain but he took all the jesting with the good fun intended.

Congratulations to the whole team and Theatr Clwyd on a great production we had a brilliant night which was a perfect way to begin the festive cheer.

Acting For Others announces One Night Only at The Ivy

ACTING FOR OTHERS AND THE IVY ANNOUNCES THE FIRST

ONE NIGHT ONLY FOLLOWING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

  • One Night Only returns to The Ivy on Sunday 4 December 2022 to raise essential funds for theatrical charity Acting for Others.
  • Adjoa Andoh, Jim Carter OBE, Kim Cattrall, Tamsin Grieg, Robert Lindsay, Lesley Manville CBE and Dame Arlene Phillips join a host of stars announced for One Night Only 2022.
  • Dame Maggie Smith joins Sir Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Dame Penelope Wilton on the Knights and Dames table.

Theatrical charity Acting for Others and The Ivy announces the return of One Night Only at The Ivy on London Theatreland’s West Street, on Sunday 4 December 2022.

The evening sees stars of the stage and screen swap their costumes for aprons, scripts for menus and award trophies for cocktail shakers to serve diners for a one-off sitting at The Ivy, a restaurant renowned for its unfaltering service. Leading the waiting staff this year and trying their hand at taking over the bar, waiting tables, hosting and welcoming guests, will be a cast including Geraldine AlexanderAdjoa Andoh, Annette BadlandJoanna BobbinSamantha Bond, Harriet CairnsBessie CarterJim Carter OBEKim CattrallNeil DudgeonBen Forster, Tamsin GriegGinny HolderTom Hopper, Celia ImrieCassidy Janson, Robert Lindsay, Lesley Manville CBEJessica Madsen, Bill PatersonArlene Phillips DBE, Golda RosheuvelHugh SachsSamantha Spiro, Polly Walker and Tom Read Wilson.

Over £88,000 was raised at the last One Night Only before the Covid-19 pandemic for the theatrical charity Acting for Others, which provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities.

This year will see one exclusive sitting at the internationally renowned restaurant, with guests arriving for pre-dinner drinks from 7.00pm followed by an exclusive three-course dinner, with aperitif and wine. After dinner, auctioneer Louise Simpson from Phillips Auctioneers will be joined by actor Samantha Bond to announce and sell to the highest bidder a selection of highly covetable prizes, including the chance to win a meal prepared exclusively for 10 guests in your own home by The Ivy’s chefs, lunch or dinner for four every month for a year at a Caprice holdings restaurant, dinner at J Sheekey before going on to see Mother Goose starring Sir Ian McKellen at the Duke of York’s Theatre followed by champagne on stage with the cast, a day on the set of Midsomer Murders with Samantha Bond including a walk on role, and two tickets for “I Remember It Well” – The Christmas Edition at the Gielgud Theatrefollowed by meet and greet with Judi Dench and Gyles Brandreth.

Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, Co-Chairman of Acting for Others, says“After a two-year intermission we are thrilled to be returning to hosting One Night Only at The Ivy restaurant, welcoming a fantastic cast of well-known faces from stage and screen. Thank you to all of our cast of waiters, bar staff and hosts as well as to all the guests for booking for another sold out evening in aid of Acting for Others. The support and generosity of all our supporters is invaluable in enabling us to continue to support all theatre workers in times of need, whether financial or emotional, through our network of 14 member charities.”

Director of The Ivy, Nicolas Garcia, adds, “After the last few years when both our industries suffered at the hand of the pandemic, I am glad to see we are back together again for another night of fun and generosity!”

For those who are unable to attend One Night Only but still wish to support Acting for Others, an online auction will be open from 21 November with many prizes, including a cocktail masterclass at The Ivy Club with a celebrity guest, Highgrove Gardens Champagne exclusive tour for two, Discovering the Northern Lights four-night stay in Reykjavik for two, three-day super yacht stay for eleven and a Mike Tyson signed boxing glove. Details of the auction can be found at https://app.givefundraising.co.uk/one-night-only-2022

Casting announced for Guys & Dolls at Bridge Theatre

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NICHOLAS HYTNER’S

IMMERSIVE PRODUCTION OF

G U Y S   &   D O L L S

AT THE BRIDGE THEATRE FROM MARCH 2023

Making their Bridge Theatre debuts will be Daniel Mays (Nathan Detroit), Andrew Richardson (Sky Masterson), Celinde Schoenmaker (Sarah Brown), Marisha Wallace (Miss Adelaide) and Cedric Neal (Nicely-Nicely Johnson). Also appearing are Cornelius Clarke (Lieutenant Brannigan), Cameron Johnson (Big Jule), Anthony O’Donnell (Arvide Abernathy), Mark Oxtoby (Benny Southstreet), Adam Pearce (Harry the Horse), Ryan Pidgen (Rusty Charlie) and Katy Secombe (General Cartwright). Completing the cast are Simon Anthony, Lydia Bannister, Kathryn Barnes, Callum Bell, Cindy Belliot, Petrelle Dias, Ike Fallon, Leslie Garcia BowmanGeorge Ioannides, Robbie McMillan, Perry O’Dea, Charlotte Scott, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Isabel Snaas, Sasha Wareham and Dale White in the ensemble.

This immersive production will now run from 3 March 2023. Tickets are initially on sale through to 2 September 2023.

Nicholas Hytner will direct this first musical to be presented at The Bridge – a musical fable of Broadway based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows – with set by Bunny Christie, choreography by Arlene Phillips, costumes by Deborah Andrews and Bunny Christie,associate direction and choreography by James Cousins, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti, musical direction by Tom Brady, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen and casting by Charlotte Sutton.

Join us for Guys & Dolls as The Bridge transforms for one of the greatest musicals of all time. It has more hit songs, more laughs and more romance than any show ever written. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets transport you to the streets of Manhattan and the bars of Havana in the unlikeliest of love stories. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you raved with us in the forest. In Julius Caesar, you ran wild with us as the mob. Now, join us on Broadway for the biggest party yet. 

London Theatre Company Bridge Theatre

LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR THE BRIDGE THEATRE

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Captioned Performance – Tuesday 6 June 2023, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance – Saturday 10 June 2023, 2.30pm

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Disney’s The Lion King UK & Ireland Tour welcome new cast members including Kyle Richardson as ‘Simba’

DISNEY’S THE LION KING UK & IRELAND TOUR WELCOMES NEW CAST MEMBERS INCLUDING KYLE RICHARDSON AS ‘SIMBA’

The UK and Ireland Tour of Disney’s The Lion King will welcome 12 new members to its cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers this winter. The award winning landmark musical is currently playing a season at Manchester Palace until 11 March, where over 300,000 people will experience the show during the only North West dates.

The newcomers join a talented international company from 17 countries around the world. 

Kyle Richardson will be stepping into the role of Simba. From St Kitts in the Caribbean, Kyle has previously performed in the show as part of the ensemble in Madrid and is in the current UK & Ireland production. 

THE LION KINGalso welcomes Alex Bloomer as Ed and Candida Mosoma as Shenzi and current ensemble cast member Jorell Coiffic-Kamall will be taking on the roleof Banzai. The ensemble cast will be joined by Tanisha-Mae Brown, Asmara Cammock, Zodwa Mrasi, Felipe Flores, Reece McKenzie, Aphiwe Nyezi, Peace Nzirawa and Ebby Sama. The new cast will join the production from Sunday 11 December.

The newly announced cast members join principals Matthew Forbes as Zazu, Jean-Luc Guizonne as Mufasa, Richard Hurst as Scar, Nokwanda Khuzwayo as Nala, Alan McHale as Timon, Thandazile Soni as Rafiki and Carl Sanderson as Pumbaa.

The UK & Ireland tour cast also includes: Khanyisani Beato, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Asmara Cammock, Bethany Chan, Tau-En Chien, Elisa Chou, Tevin Daniel, Lwandolwethu Dennis Bam, Tim Driesen, Felipe Flores, Oraine Frater, Adebunmi Gabriel, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Gavin Hart, Caleaf Henson, Dillan Hope Suttle, Olivia Jones, Melvin Le Blanc, Reece Mackenzie, Zanele Mazibuko, Zodwa Mrasi, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Aphiwe Nyezi, Peace Runyararo Nzirawa, Ebby Sama, Cristiane Santos De Jesus,  Francesca Thompson, Vuyelwa Laura Tshona, Ricardo Walker, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto.

The tour is currently in Manchester until 11 March before seasons in Sunderland, Bristol and Birmingham

The story of THE LION KING roars into life using spectacular masks, puppets and costumes to tell the story of Simba’s epic adventures, as he struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.

Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of THE LION KING opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions in nine different languages have been created since then (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese). THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. 

The previous tour of THE LION KING broke attendance records across the nation, including at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Since the UK premiere in 1999, THE LION KING London has entertained more than 18 million theatregoers and is the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. 

The stunning artistry of the production is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated feature films of all time. 

Julie Taymor, one of the world’s most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to THE LION KING, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. The Lion King was the first musical Taymor directed in the commercial theatre and she made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for Best Director of a Musical.   

The Broadway show’s full creative team, which won five Tony Awards® for its work on THE LION KING, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets. 

Scenic design is by British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay. 

The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers.  As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina. 

Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award®-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland. 

Jersey Boys Announces Extension – at London’s Trafalgar Theatre – Now Booking Until October 2023

TONY AND OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

EXTENDS ITS RUN AT TRAFALGAR THEATRE

NOW BOOKING UNTIL 1ST OCTOBER 2023

“Too good to be true” New York Post

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM WWW.JERSEYBOYSLONDON.COM

The smash-hit Tony and Olivier award-winning musical Jersey Boys is delighted to announce that its run at London’s Trafalgar Theatre has been extended, and is now booking until 1st October 2023. This musical extravaganza goes behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the multi award-winning, true-life phenomenon, Jersey Boys.

They were just four guys from New Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

The show is packed with the hits of The Four Seasons, 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. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s too good to be true.

Luke Suri stars as Frankie Valli, Adam Bailey as Bob Gaudio, Karl James Wilson as Nick Massi and Benjamin Yates as Tommy De Vito. The cast also includes: Joey Cornish as Joe Pesci, Kevin Fullinick as Barry Belson, Matthew Goodgame as Gyp De Carlo, Gracie Lai as Lorraine, Carolyn Maitland as Mary Delgado, Rosie Needham as Francine, Tom Oliver as Norm Waxman/Hank Majewski and Joseph Peters as Bob Crewe. The cast is completed by Elliot Allinson, Jack Campbell, Huon Mackley, Bonnie Page, Danny Knott and Andy Smith.

Howard Panter, producer for Trafalgar Entertainment Productions, said: “I am delighted to announce that booking has been extended for the Olivier and Tony award-winning Jersey Boys. Having reopened the multi-million-pound refurbished Trafalgar Theatre last year, it is magnificent to see that audiences can’t get enough of this smash-hit musical, featuring a miriad of toe-tapping, legendary songs, performed by our incredibly talented and vibrant cast.”

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. Recipient of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 65 major awards and has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. The musical opened to rave reviews at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Theatre in July 2021.

Jersey Boys originally opened on Broadway on 6 November 2005 and ran for more than 11 years. It was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history. It ran in London’s West End from 2008 to 2017 – nine amazing years – and, at the time, was the sixth longest musical running in the West End.

Jersey Boys is now on its third UK & Ireland tour running until April 2023, having previously played two record-breaking tours from 2014-2016 and from 2017-2019.

Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre is staged by the original Broadway creative team, led by the Tony Award-winning team of director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose. Casting Director is Jill Green CDG.

Jersey Boys is produced in London by the Dodgers and Trafalgar Theatre Productions, with BB Investments, Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link and Eilene Davidson Productions.

Listings Information:

Website: www.jerseyboysmusical.co.uk

Twitter & Instagram: @JerseyBoysUK

Facebook: @JerseyBoysLondon

Trafalgar Theatre, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

Performance Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm

Thursday & Saturday 2:30pm

Sunday 4:00pm

Tickets from £25