5 Seconds of Summer to open their 2016 UK tour at Sheffield Arena



Tuesday 5th April 2016

Tickets on sale Friday 16th October at 9am

The biggest breakthrough band of 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer, have today announced that they will open their 2016 UK tour with a Sheffield Arena headline debut on Tuesday 5th April.  Tickets go on sale Friday 16th October at 9am.

‘Sounds Live Feels Live’ arena tour follows the overwhelming demand for the 2015 ‘Rock Out With Your Socks Out’ tour which took the band all over the world performing for over a million fans across three continents.

Live favourite and one of many standout tracks from the new album, the guitar-led new single ‘Hey Everybody’  is a more mature, more confident all-out rock assault to the senses – crunching guitars, high octane drumming and a belting chorus.

The band say, “We had such a blast on the Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour.   It was a big moment for us – our first ever headline arena tour, it is what you dream of.  We are going to try and make this tour even better than the last and the best live show possible for you guys.  This is such a huge thing for us to be able to come and see you all. We can’t wait to play you the new album and loads more, we love you guys and hope you are as excited as we are.”

From the start, 5SOS were united by a love of punk-rock music and a vision of bringing it into the pop stratosphere. They played their first gig together in late 2011, performing for about a dozen people at a hotel in their hometown of Sydney, Australia. Three years later, they were headlining the Forum in Los Angeles, where they played for 25,000 fans during a sold-out, two-night stand.

‘Sounds Good Feels Good’, due to be released on October 23rd sees the band collaborate again with rock veteran John Feldmann (producer, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls) who has executively produced the album. The result is an album packed with adrenaline-fuelled pop-rock hits that give a nod to their super-rock turn-of-the-millennium US Alt-Rock influences.   The band spent three months living together in a studio in LA writing and recording an album that they have poured their hearts and souls in to and are very proud of.  The new album is the follow-up to their self-titled debut album, which sold in excess of three million copies worldwide making it the biggest US debut album of the year.

The new album hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes in 50 different countries within hours of the pre-order going live and 5SOS was the No. 1 act on iTunes worldwide.  Lead single  ‘She’s Kinda Hot’, a lyrically mischievous riot of an anthem, also topped the iTunes charts in 41 countries.

The band spent the summer performing SOLD OUT headline shows across the UK, Europe, the US and Australia including three massive SOLD OUT nights at the SSE Wembley during their ‘Rock Out With Your Socks Out’ 2015 worldwide tour, playing to a legion of loyal fans and proving that 5SOS’s electric live performances continue to be the cornerstone of their remarkable success.

5SOS were one of the biggest breakthrough stories of the last two years; five multi-million selling singles, a self-titled debut album that not only topped the US Album Chart (going to #1 globally on iTunes in 76 countries) but also became the third biggest pre-order in iTunes history and the biggest US debut by an Australian artist ever.

Tickets for 5 Seconds of Summer at Sheffield Arena on Tuesday 5th April 2016 go on general sale at 9am on Friday 16th October.  Tickets booked online at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56 are priced £38.50 & £27.50 including booking fee.  Tickets booked in person at the Arena box office are priced £36.75 & £26.25 including booking fee.



A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Music & Lyrics Jason Carr
Directed by Dale Rooks & Jake Smith

18 December – 2 January
Festival Theatre, Chichester

Following a highly acclaimed production of Running Wild during Festival 2015, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre return at the end of their 30th anniversary year with a revival of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Bryony Lavery.

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge lives for money, the cold hard currency of gold, not caring how it is obtained or that it has crushed his own human spirit. In his eyes, people are worthless, family is a nuisance, employees ungrateful and all no more so than at Christmas, when the insanity of love and forgiveness is allowed to run amok. But this Christmas Eve is going to be different, as Scrooge is visited by three spirits sent to offer a vision of what was, what is and what shall be. Is there time for him to repent and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Dale Rooks, Chichester’s Youth Theatre and Education Director co-directs this production with Jake Smith. Rooks’s widely praised Youth Theatre productions include Running Wild, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Noah, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Peter Pan and Toad of Toad Hall.

Jake Smith has been a Chichester Trainee Director since 2014. Assistant Director credits include For Services Rendered, Way Upstream, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Gypsy and Miss Julie / Black Comedy. Forthcoming credits include Arthur, a new play by Ben Weatherill, which won the Theatre Royal Haymarket 2015 Pitch Your Play award.

Bryony Lavery’s plays for Chichester include her adaptations of The Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Snow Queen. Other credits include Treasure Island (National Theatre), Beautiful Burnout (Frantic Assembly and The National Theatre of Scotland), the award-winning play Frozen (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, National Theatre and Broadway), Stockholm (Frantic Assembly) and Kursk (Young Vic).

Music is by Jason Carr who was Associate Composer at Chichester from 2003 – 05. His Chichester credits include Stevie (also Hampstead Theatre), The Syndicate, Funny Girl and Carousel. Other theatre credits includeSunday in the Park With George, La Cage Aux Folles and A Little Night Music (all for the Menier Chocolate Factory and West End).

Design is by Simon Higlett, Associate Designer at Chichester where his most recent credits are ‘Mrs Pat’ andAn Ideal Husband. Other Chichester credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Yes, Prime Minister, (all of which transferred to the West End) and Singin’ in the Rain, (also West End, UK and international tour). Other credits include Blithe Spirit (West End and US tour),Love’s Labours Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC) and Derren Brown’s Miracle.

Costume Design is by Ryan Dawson Laight whose credits include DRUNK (Bridewell Theatre), Macbeth andHenry V (Creation Theatre), Good Morning Midnight (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Le Gateau Chocolate: Black(Menier Chocolate Factory, and tour).

Lighting Design is by James Whiteside whose Chichester credits include The Hundred and One Dalmatians,Miss Julie / Black Comedy, A Marvellous Year For Plums, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, Wallensteinand Funny Girl. Other credits include The Royale (Bush Theatre) and the West End production of Dance Till Dawn.

Sound Design is by Gregory Clarke whose Chichester credits include ‘Mrs Pat’ and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (and UK tour). Other credits include Dinner With Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory), Clarence Darrow(Old Vic), My Night With Reg (Donmar Warehouse and West End) and Medea (National Theatre).

Movement is by Lizzi Gee, whose Chichester credits include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (and UK tour),Goodnight Mister Tom (plus UK tour and West End). Other credits include The Winter’s Tale (RSC), Rocket to the Moon (National Theatre) and Vernon God Little (Young Vic).

A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Mercer and Kenwood.

A Christmas Carol is at Chichester Festival Theatre 18 December – 2 January. Performance times vary. Tickets £10 – £26, except for the Charity Performance on Friday 18 December when tickets will be £10 and £15. Childrens Saver Ticket – half price on top three prices. Tickets available online at www.cft.org.uk or from the Box Office 01243 781312.

On Tuesday 29 December at 2pm, there will be a Relaxed Performance of A Christmas Carol. Individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum, sensory and communication disorders or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment will be welcome to attend. For more information email access@cft.org.uk or call the Access Line on 01243 812927.

Special Prices for 16 – 25s
An allocation of tickets for 16 – 25 year olds priced at just £8.50 for all performances of A Christmas Carol will be on sale from 18 November. These may be booked on 01243 781312, online at cft.org.uk/850 or in person.



A Christmas Carol
18 December – 2 January
Festival Theatre, Chichester

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre returns with a revival of Bryony Lavery’s popular adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Performance times vary

£10 – £26
Charity Performance Friday 18 December: £10 and £15
16 – 25 year olds: £8.50 – on sale for all performances

Box Office
01243 781312





Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING will be holding open auditions in London for roles in the West End production which is celebrating 16 triumphant years at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Auditions for male and female singers will take place on Saturday 7th November at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, while auditions for male and female dancers will take place on Saturday 21st November at Moonshot Centre, New Cross. Morning registration is at 10am and it is advised that auditionees arrive early. The afternoon registration is at 1.30pm.

Disney’s casting team is looking for male and female singers with strong soulful or gospel style voices who also have good movement skills. Singers should be of excellent ability and be able to dance well in order to make up the ensemble. The casting team is also looking for strong dancers with a modern dance background; any acrobatic skills are keenly desired. Performers of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to attend.

Singers should be prepared to sing a contemporary pop or rock song and should bring the sheet music. There will be no backing tracks, however a pianist will be provided.  Dancers must be warmed up and ready to dance in jazz shoes or bare feet. Dancers may also be asked to sing and should therefore prepare one rock or pop song that showcases their voice and vocal range.

Attendees must be aged 18 years or older and eligible to work in the UK. All auditionees should bring a CV and photograph stapled together and be prepared to stay all day.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 16th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It also recently became the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 80 million people across six continents. Nine productions are running concurrently around the globe. In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, The Lion King can currently be seen in Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City and on tour across North America and Japan.

Images and footage of the production are available upon request.

Open auditions will also be held in Birmingham (31st October) and Manchester (1st November). For more information about the auditions and the show please visit www.thelionkingauditions.co.uk.

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue
Saturday 7th November 2015

Moonshot Centre
New Cross
Angus Street
SE14 6LU
Saturday 21st November 2015


IN THE HEIGHTS extends at King’s Cross Theatre





The cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan PerssonTony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights, which is now in previews ahead of an official opening on Tuesday 13 October, has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre. Initially booking for a limited 4 week season, the production will now run until Sunday 3 January 2016. In The Heights returns to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014.

Jade Ewen (Vanessa), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Daniela) and Sarah Naudi (Carla) in In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan PerssonFirst production images are also released of the cast, which features David Bedella (The Rocky Horror Show) as Kevin, Josie Benson (Sweeney Todd) as Camila, Vas Constanti (Flashdance) as Piragua Guy, Jade Ewen (Sugababes) as Vanessa, Lily Frazer (Cats) as Nina, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (A Chorus Line) as Daniela, Sam Mackay (Wonder.land) as Usnavi, Antoine Murray-Straughan (Cats) as Graffiti Pete, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou (Mother Courage and Her Children) as Abuela, Joe Aaron Reid (Ghost, Broadway) as Benny and Cleve September (professional debut) as Sonny. The cast also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento, Spin andPhilippa Stefani.

Sam Mackay as Usnavi and the cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan PerssonIn The Heights is an uplifting and exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping story and unforgettable Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a ground-breaking contemporary musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.

In The Heights opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008 where it was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won the 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of In the Heights. He also originated the lead role of Usnavi for which he received a Tony-Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Lin-Manuel is currently starring in the title role in his newest musical Hamilton, which had its world premiere at The Public Theater in January 2015 before transferring to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in July 2015. The production has so far received a record-breaking 10 Lortel Awards, 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical and the 2015 OBIE Award for Best New American Play.

In The Heights is directed by Luke Sheppard whose recent credits include Oliver! (Watermill Theatre), Adrian Mole (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Beck Theatre), Mort (Rose Theatre), Bed And Sofa (Finborough Theatre) and Jet Set Go! (Jermyn Street Theatre). Luke is also Associate Director of Matilda in the West End and on Broadway.

It is choreographed by Drew McOnie, who won the 2015 Off West End Award for Best Choreography for his work on In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse. Recent credits include Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Oklahoma! (UK Tour), Chicago (Curve Theatre, Leicester) and Drunk (Bridewell Theatre). Drew is also the Artistic Director of The McOnie Company and an Associate Artist at The Old Vic, for which he is currently creating a new dance-thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde.


Tickets start at £19.50, with a selection of best seats available for Under 25s at a special rate of £15 at every performance.

In The Heights is conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda with Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It is directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering (Made In Dagenham, From Here To Eternity), set design by takis (Chicago, Curve Theatre), costume design by Gabriella Slade (Alice in Wonderland, Oxford Playhouse), lighting design by Howard Hudson (Adrian Mole, Titanic) and sound design by Gareth Owen. Casting is by Will Burton. It is produced in London by Tristan Baker andCharlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment Ltd and Paul Taylor Mills Ltd.


King’s Cross Theatre is a brand new purpose built theatre at King’s Cross Station. The venue is currently home to The Railway Children which has just extended its run until 3rd January 2015 and will continue to play in rep with In The Heights. King’s Cross Theatre will also be opening a late night bar to coincide with the run of In The Heights, opening an hour before every performance until late, with live music and DJs after certain performances. 

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Saturday 3 October 2015 – Sunday 3 January 2016


Good’s Way, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4UR

Press Night: Tuesday 13 October, 7.00pm

Performances: Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 8.00pm, Friday 3.00pm (until 30 October), Tuesday 3.00pm (from 3 November), Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 6.00pm (except Sun 11 October at 2.30pm)

Tickets: From £19.50 (with a guaranteed selection of £15 tickets per performance for U25)

Box Office: 0844 871 7604 | www.intheheightslondon.com



Park Theatre presents




Casting has been announced for RAPUNZEL, Park Theatre’s third Christmas show, with book, music and lyrics by Jez Bond and Mark Cameron, directed by Jez Bond from 3 December – 2 January 2016, with a press night on Monday 7 December.

Olivier-nominated Rolan Bell, most recently seen in the West End in Memphis, We Will Rock You and The Harder They Come, will play ‘King Gerard’; Mark Cameron will play ‘The Great Gazombees’, Aretha Ayeh will play ‘Rapunzel / Queen’, Alex Hope will play ‘Dobson / Prince Corbyn’, and Avita Jay will play ‘Dr Chuff’.

The King and Queen of Püss Püss are looking forward to the birth of their first child when disaster strikes: the Queen falls ill and only a powerful herb, known as Rapunzel, can save the mother and child. The noble Baron Teth offers to locate the herb, but the witch who grows it has her price… Darkness falls across the land as the child is snatched away.

Eighteen years on, Prince Corbyn rides through the forest, he hears singing from an isolated tower. Perhaps all is not what it seems…

Following previous Park Christmas shows Sleeping Beauty in 2013, Jack and the Beanstalk in 2014, Rapunzel will be the third instalment in the ‘Chronicles of Waa’.

Jez Bond explains, “with each fairy tale set in the mythical land of Waa, we have created a world all of our very own, complete with a unique language gestures and greetings – it even has its own flora and fauna! Costumes and settings all add to create this land, which borrows more from Tolkien, Pratchett or Tim Burton than to a traditional English pantomime. We’ve also dispensed with pop songs so common across UK theatres during Christmas, and instead each year present an original musical theatre score.”

Praise for Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty

***** “Park Theatre has raised the stakes with its production of Jack and the Beanstalk”


**** “The Princess Bride with a dash of Disney. The eminently hummable original music and lyrics are a hit!” TIME OUT

“A Charming musial that could entertain audiences all year round” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

Jez Bond graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary, under which he trained at Watford Palace Theatre. Jez is Artistic Director of Park Theatre – which he founded.

Credits for Park Theatre; Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (both of which he co-wrote), Adult Supervision and Hurling Rubble at the Sun. Freelance credits include; The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson, Oxford), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). As a dramaturge he has worked with writers at Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Court and Young Vic.

Mark CameronMark Cameron’s acting credits include; TV: Regular characters in Coronation Street; Steel River Blues; Emmerdale; Doctors plus guest roles in Law and Order; Waterloo Road; Casualty; Holby City; Eastenders; The Roman Mysteries; Vincent; Mayo; The Royal; The Bill; Fifty Five Degrees North; Extreme Endurance and Brookside. Film: Credits include: Scar Tissue; The Boss (2012 Reed Festival short film winner); The Damned United; Casanova’s Love Letters; Tomo (Sundance Film Festival Winner) and The Other Side. Theatre: Mathematics of the Heart (Theatre 503 and winner of Brighton Fringe festival – Best Play); Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); The Game of Love and Chance (National Tour); The Breakfast Soldiers (Contact Theatre, Manchester); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park); Romeo and Juliet (Cannizaro Park). Mark works extensively as a voice over artist for TV and Radio.

As a writer Mark has worked with Jez Bond a number of times before, co-writing Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk (Park Theatre) as well as over a hundred sketches for TooBigToPlay (also with Mark Gillis). He is currently working on a number of sitcoms and comedy-dramas for television.

Rolan BellRolan Bell’s theatre credits include: Memphis (West End); We Will Rock You (West End and 40th Anniversary International Arena tour); Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Fela!, and Liberation Day (National Theatre); 1936 (Arcola); The Harder They Come – nominated for Best Newcomer, What’s On Stage Award (Playhouse, Theatre Royal, Stratford East and Barbican); An African Cargo and An Evening of Soul Food (Greenwich Theatre); Carmen Jones (Royal Festival Hall); The Lion King (Disneyland, Paris); Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk (Cambridge Arts Theatre). Television credits include: Doctors, series regular in Eastenders and WPC 56 (BBC).

Aretha AyehAretha Ayeh’s theatre credits include: Love Me Tender (No.1 UK Tour); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Dick Whittington and his Cat (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith); Pendragon (Rose Theatre Kingston); Red Hunter (Youth Music Theatres UK); and Orvin-Champion of Champions (National Youth Musical Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Warner Bros. David Yates); The Quiet Ones (Hammer Films); Russell T Davies’s Cucumber (Channel 4).

Avita JayAvita Jay’s theatre credits include: Spare (New Diorama Theatre), Toad (Southwark Playhouse), Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World (Southwark Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Tour), Londonee (Rich Mix), Secret Cinema’s Brazil, Unsung (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Tragicomedy of Mac-Beth (National Tour), Warde Street (Park Theatre), Pioneer (National Tour), Peer Gynt (Crossrail Place) and The Man Who Found His Freedom (The Space Theatre). TV and Film credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), L8R (BBC2), Generation Z (Matador Pictures) the Bollywood feature London, Paris, New York and Twenty8K (Formosa Films). Avita also regularly narrates audiobooks and is a reader for InterAct Stroke Support.

Alex HopeAlex Hope’s theatre credits include: History Boys (National Tour); First Episode (Jermyn Street Threatre); The Witness and Riot Squat (Thrive Theatre). Alex recently filmed Outlander for Left Bank Pictures.


Box office: 02078706876



Performances: 3 December – 2 January 2016

Tuesday – Saturday NB performance times vary, check website for details

Previews: 3, 4, 5 December

Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk 020 7870 6876

Prices: Adults £20/25, concs £23 / £18

£15 Tuesdays Residents with N. London postcode or Under 25s

Family tickets (any four family members) £90 / £70

Schools £8.50 – School groups bookable via the box office by phone

Pay What You Can The second Tuesday and any matinee. Bookable from one hour before the performance, in person at the box office. One ticket per person. Subject to availability.

Disney on Ice Review

Radio Metro Arena, Newcastle – Tuesday 5th Oct 2015.  Reviewed by Rebecca, age 9 years

There were lots of children dressed up as their favourite Disney character, they were playing with dolls and light up toys that they had brought and everyone was very excited listening to the Disney music. When the introducer started to talk about when the show was going to start there was a buzz going round the arena, then Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Donald came on the ice and everybody cheered.

They introduced Toy Story, the green soldiers came out first and did a really cool dance, there were loads of them but they kept in time, marching on the ice without anyone falling over. The costumes were amazing; Lotso, Ham, Rex and Slinky were gigantic characters. Ken and Barbie did a great dance with lots of lifts, Kens hair was plastic like it was painted his head. Lots of cardboard children came running through the nursery and started pulling Mr and Mrs Potato Heads eyes and nose. Woody and Jess were there too, they all did lots of the songs to tell the story it was really good.

The next story was Ariel; it wasn’t as long as Toy Story.  Children from the audience had a chance to take part as they got in a boat that was pulled along the ice by two fish. The costumes were very colourful and exciting and it was hard to find a particular one to look at as they were all amazing. A massive Ursula came on to steal Ariel’s voice, she was quite scary, and a great affect was the scroll used to get Ariel’s voice, it came down on a wire from the ceiling! Actual real bubbles appeared from the ceiling as well, it was like really being under the sea.

Then it was half time, plenty of things to buy from the stalls and get extra candy floss or popcorn. Soon everyone was back buzzing for the next part of the show.

Mickey and Minnie welcomed us back again with the clever idea of driving a car on the ice as if they were going on holiday, however they broke down and as if by magic Mater appeared! Then what I thought was really good was that Sally and Lightning McQueen came on and there was lots of sparklers and fake fireworks which really gave realistic car noises. There was a scene with lots of cars dancing on the ice but this went on for quite a long time, the tricks were good but I found this scene a bit boring after a while. This time there were traffic lights in the ceiling!

Next it was everyone’s favourite…FROZEN…again great effects, realistic market carts, a water fountain, castle backdrop, drapes, rising staircase, snow falling down, snowflakes light up the ice. They even managed to make everything look like it turned to ice with a thin curtain coming down over the castle and blue lighting. The highlight of the costumes were Elsa and Anna’s light up cloaks, it was like the cloaks reacted with the emotions of the story e.g. when Anna got turned to ice her cloak turned blue. Olaf was very cute, sadly no Sven the reindeer which I think was a shame.

Overall it was a fantastic show, the special effects were awesome, the characters were very realistic and I can’t wait for the next Disney on Ice show!!

LIFT announces 2016 festival line-up

LIFT have announced the first seven shows in their 2016 festival which runs from 2 June to 2 July.

Billed as London’s largest international performance festival, productions will take place at the Barbican, the Royal Court Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

LIFT’s artistic director Mark Ball commented: “Many of these shows reflect, remember and celebrate old and new worlds, bringing people from different countries together and creating new communities on stage which tell us about the richness of the world, the joy of connection and the power of belonging.”

At the Barbican

• Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare will run 1 to 6 March. To celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Forced Entrainment which will condense and perform all of Shakespeare’s plays on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects.

• Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe present Phaedra(s) which will run 9 to 18 June. Directed by Poland’s Krzysztof Warlikowski, Phaedra(s) stars French film actress Isabelle Huppert. This new production is based on Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love and incorporates extracts from J M Coetzee’s novel Elizabeth Costello as well as new material from Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad.

• Blitz Theatre Group’s Late Night will run from the 15 to 18 June. Billed as “emotive and poetic, with a quiet stillness”, the show focuses on the past and the future and of a Europe in ruins.

At the Royal Court Theatre

• Leading Argentinian writer, director and actress Lola Arias returns to LIFT following her 2014 premiere of The Year I Was Born. Her new show, The Islands explores the fallout from the Falklands. From June 2016, exact dates to be announced.

• Constanza Macras presents Open for Everything. Berlin’s DorkyPark and Roma musicians and performers contemplate Europe’s last nomadic tribe. June 2016 – exact dates to be announced.

The Migration Commissions is a series of newly commissioned works by international and UK artists, created in response to the refugee and migrant crisis and performed in unlikely spaces journeying around the Royal Court Theatre building. June 2016 – exact dates to be announced

At Sadler’s Wells

• Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel bring En avant, marche! from 16 to 17 June. The show takes inspiration from local music groups from communities across Europe. At every venue, the four actors and seven musicians will be joined by a local brass band or marching band on stage.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show stars reunite

The cast of the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show have reunited over in America for an interview with US talk show Today.

Tim Curry (Dr Frank N Furter), Susan Sarandon (Janet) , Barry Bostwick (Brad), Meat Loaf (Eddie) and Patricia Quinn (Magenta) came together for the first time in 25 years. See below for the interview in full.

“I’ve had to do the Time Warp on numerous occasions,” Sarandon explained and added that filming was not without its difficulties. “I got pneumonia and we were in a house, they hadn’t put the roof back on and it was leaking and open and it was winter.”

Curry’s original idea for the oddball Dr Frank N Furter was rather different to how it came to be on screen. “Originally I played him as a German,” he explained. “Then one day I was on a London bus and heard a woman say ‘Do you have a house in town?’ and I thought ‘that’s it, he should sound like the Queen’. It changed everything”.

The film was a flop when it was first released, but has since become one of the most successful and loved cult movies ever.

The Rocky Horror Show musical first opened in 1973 at the Royal Court in London and was recently revived by original writer Richard O’Brien for a UK tour. O’Brien starred as The Narrator in the recent London run of the production.

Breakin’ Convention 2016 International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre

BREAKIN’ CONVENTION ’16 International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre – Sadler’s Wells & National Tour, April to June 2016.

Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back, with performances from UK and international companies and crews.

Now in its 13th year, this tremendously popular Sadler’s Wells Production is once more hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D. Following the annual festival at Sadler’s Wells over the May bank holiday, Breakin’ Convention will then tour to eight venues across the UK during May until Wednesday 1 June 2016.

Breakin’ Convention has established itself as one of the major highlights on the British dance calendar and is one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip hop culture.

The main London festival on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May sees Sadler’s Wells’ foyer transformed with live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists and live aerosol art. The participatory activities take place pre-show and during the interval.

For the fourth year running Breakin’ Convention takes it back to the roots of hip hop on bank holiday Monday 2nd May with Park Jam, an outdoor party suitable for all the family in Spa Fields Park.

The tour line-up includes three international acts who were highlights of last year’s festival including France’s Antoinette Gomis, who presents Images, an atmospheric solo inspired by the music of Nina Simone and Civil Rights. Antoinette’s signature style originates from her background as a founder member of the all-female Zamounda crew from Paris. Spain’s award-winning Iron Skulls crew present the surreal Sinestesia – A dynamic work where these skilled dancers morph into post-apocalyptic survivors. World Champion bboy crew The Ruggeds from the Netherlands will perform the high octane Adrenalin on the National Tour.

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D is the founder and Artistic Director of Jonzi D Projects and Breakin’ Convention. A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip hop and has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Jonzi D is a graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School and a former Associate Artist at The Place. He has toured his own work internationally and is regularly invited to judge international dance competitions.

Jonzi D devised and directed TAG… Just Writing My Name in 2006, IVAN in 2006 and Markus the Sadist, a rap theatre piece in 2009. All pieces successfully toured the UK to critical acclaim. He has also devised, choreographed and featured in various hip hop inspired fashion shows.

Earlier this year Jonzi D performed The Letter at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and also featured on TedEX Warwick and spoke at the European Commission forum on creativity and diversity.

Full Breakin’ Convention line-up to be announced Spring 2016. Check www.breakinconvention.com for updates.
Tickets on sale Monday 9th November 2015
A Sadler’s Wells Production

Breakin’ Convention ’16
International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre
Sadler’s Wells, London, EC1R
Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May 2016
Performances: Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May at 6pm (pre-show activities from 4pm)

Breakin’ Convention National Tour dates
Saturday 7 May CAST, Doncaster
Tuesday 10 May Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 14 May Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 May Nottingham Theatre Royal
Saturday 21 May Blackpool Grand, Blackpool
Tuesday 24 May Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
Wednesday 1 June Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth

Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell

Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell are to star in the European première of acclaimed musical Grey Gardens, winner of 3 Tony Awards & nominated for a further 7, along with 12 Drama Desk Awards on Broadway, from the team behind Titanic and Grand Hotel.

Based on an iconic 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie, tells the spectacular rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale.

Starting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’.

Grey GardensGrey Gardens, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind Grand Hotel, Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel, is to open for a 6-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Saturday 2 January, 2016. Press night is on Thursday 7 January at 7.30pm.

Further cast to be announced.

Sheila Hancock (Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale)
Sheila’s extensive career spans theatre, radio, television and film, and she is also now enjoying a career as a features presenter and as a writer includingThe Two of Us which won the British Book Award for Author of the Year, and her debut novel Miss Carter’s War. Her recent theatre roles in London include Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Olivier Award, Clarence Derwent Award), Mother Superior in Sister Act the Musical (Olivier nomination); Emmie Packer in Barking in Essex and ‘Mum’ in The Anniversary (a role played by Bette Davis while Sheila played the daughter-in-law, in the film version); Maitre Suzanne Blum in The Last Duchess (Hampstead), and Meg in The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith). She was in the original London productions of Annie and Sweeney Todd (Olivier nomination), and Rose in Gypsy at West Yorkshire Playhouse (TMA Best Actress Award). In New York, as Kath in Entertaining Mr Sloane (Tony nomination).

Jenna Russell (Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale)
Jenna won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Sunday in the Park With George. She made her Broadway debut in the show and was nominated for the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and the Drama League for Distinguished Performance Award. She won the 2008 Theatre World Award for Broadway Debut Performance. Previously she was nominated for the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award for Guys and Dolls. Her other extensive West End roles include Urinetown, Di, Viv and Rose, Martin Guerre, Follies and Les Miserables.

Thom Southerland (Director)
Thom was longlisted Best Newcomer in the 2011 Evening Standard Awards for Parade. He was named Best Director at the 2011 The Offies – Off West End Theatre Awards – for Me And Juliet at the Finborough. He directed Grand Hotel, Titanic, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel and Parade (Southwark Playhouse); Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour (Finborough) The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre), Daisy Pulls It Off, Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam! (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); the European première of I Sing!, Divorce Me, Darling!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game and sold-out all-male adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union); Noël and Gertie (Cockpit); the European première of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor); and the European première of State Fair (Finborough & transfer to Trafalgar Studios). His latest production is The Smallest Show on Earth (Mercury Theatre, Colchester & tour) .

Danielle Tarento (Producer and Casting Director)
Danielle was named Best Producer at the 2012 Off West End Awards and won Best Off West End Production at the 2014 Whatsonstage Awards and Best Musical Production at the 2014 Off West End Awards for Titanic at Southwark Playhouse. She has also produced Pure Imagination: The Songs of Leslie Bricusse (St James Theatre), Grand Hotel, Dogfight, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Parade, Company and Three Sisters at Southwark Playhouse; Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Burlesque, Drowning on Dry Land (Jermyn Street); Noël and Gertie (Cockpit). She is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory and co-produced all in-house shows 2004 – 2006, including Sunday In The Park With George, which received a West End transfer and 5 Olivier Awards.

Danielle Tarento presents the European Premiére of GREY GARDENS
Book by Doug Wright
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie

Based on the film Grey Gardens by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Mayer and Susan Froemke
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED

Southwark Playhouse
The Large
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
Box Office: 020 7407 0234
Saturday 2nd January – Saturday 6th February