Darlington Civic Theatre – Dinosaur Zoo

Civic-Theatre-Hi-Res-Logo-1-117x300DINOSAURS DIRECT FROM THE WEST END

A fantastic collection of prehistoric creatures is set to roam the stage of Darlington Civic Theatre with Dinosaur Zoo on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September.

Direct from a hugely successful summer season in London’s West End, Dinosaur Zoo is touring the UK with its impressive cast of prehistoric creatures, and now introduces one of the most ferocious predators to ever walk the earth, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, live on stage. Offering a fantastic family experience, Dinosaur Zoo comes to Darlington Civic Theatre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September.

Dinosaur Zoo creators ‘Erth’ use ingenious puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in an interactive and imaginative live show, suitable for all the family (ages 3+). Audiences are introduced to a range of creatures from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants. During the show, intrepid audience members brave enough to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs are invited on stage to assist the Zoo Keeper – but be warned – not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem!

Fast-becoming a worldwide hit, Dinosaur Zoo has played to audiences across the globe, from Australia to Los Angeles, from New York City to Bahrain and across Europe, delighting children and parents with its perfect mix of adventurous daring, informative learning and entertaining fun. Dinosaur Zoo first roared into the UK in 2013, enjoying a hugely successful season at Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre. Now on its fifth major UK tour, Dinosaur Zoo introduces the T-REX to the regional stage for the very first time.

Australian based Erth create original live theatre at the forefront of new performance practice, inspiring audiences with their unique and dynamic vision. Since its beginnings in 1990, the company has strived to provide audiences with eye-popping visual experiences incorporating, amongst other disciplines, giant puppetry and inflatable environments.

Dinosaur Zoo is at Darlington Civic Theatre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September. Tickets are £12.50, Schools £8.50 with 1 free with every 10 booked, Danger Seats £15 (limited availability).

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk




Christopher (Chris Ashby ) and Toby the rat,Sheffield Station. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Cred Craig FlemingThere was a curious incident at Sheffield Station on Tuesday when the lead actor from the National Theatres’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time arrived on Platform 1 – with his very unusual co-star – a white rat called Toby.

The multi award-winning production makes its Sheffield debut, at the Lyceum Theatre, this week, where it will run for two weeks until Saturday 25 September.

Chris Ashby plays the central role of Christopher Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life, and his best friend is a white rat called Toby.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers.  His detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him and Toby on a dramatic and extraordinary train journey that upturns his world.

Chris Ashby shares the role of Christopher Boone with Joshua Jenkins.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Lyceum Theatre until Saturday 26 September. Tickets are priced from £14.00 – £32.00 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or by visiting sheffieldtheatres.co.uk (a transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash).

Darlington Civic Theatre – The Tommy Cooper Show

Civic-Theatre-Hi-Res-Logo-1-117x300SO FUNNY YOUR TEETH WILL ITCH

Darlington Civic Theatre will be buzzing as the zany antics of comedy genius Tommy Cooper are brought to life with The Tommy Cooper Show on Thursday 24 September.

The Tommy Cooper Show features West End star Daniel Taylor (Blood Brothers) as Tommy Cooper, in the knockout performance of the year.

The show comes with a fabulous supporting cast, and all of your favourite jokes. Between the story, the gags and the magic, and Daniel’s incredible portrayal of showbusiness legend Tommy Cooper, this promises to be a very special show.

Gareth Jones (formerly Gaz Top) stars as Miff Ferrie, Tommy’s long suffering agent and manager along with Sharon Byatt as Tommy’s wife Gwen Cooper.

This production has the blessing of Tommy’s estate, and his daughter Vicky.

“Daniel Taylor is breath-taking as Cooper” British Theatre Guide

The Tommy Cooper Show is at Darlington Civic Theatre on Thursday 24 September.

Tickets* are £14 to £18

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

*All ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy.

Richard III rock opera postponed

The premiere of Richard Rocks, a new rock opera inspired by Richard III, has been postponed.

The production was due to be staged in the Great Hall of The People’s Palace in London, opening on 7 October 2015.

Partly inspired by Al Pacino’s 1996 film Looking for Richard, it’s composed by Swedish pair Peter Robsahm and Maria Robsahm.

Directed by Staffan Aspegren, it was due to feature “cutting edge lighting, sound design, video and computer animation”.

According to a show representative it will now open in 2016 in a revised concert version, with a new venue due to be announced at a later date.

Richard III, the monarch who became one of Shakespeare’s greatest villains, has been the subject of renewed interest since the discovery of his skeleton in a Leicester car park in 2012.

Danny Boyle directs all-star monologues at Royal Court for charity

Danny Boyle at the 2013 WhatsOnStage Awards

Director Danny Boyle will stage a series of monologues at the Royal Court next month, dramatising the testimonies of children growing up in rural South Africa.

Titled the Children’s Monologues, they’ll be performed by an all-star cast including James McAvoy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Josh Hartnett, Christopher Eccleston, Zawe Ashton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Boyle, director of films including Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, was inspired to stage the monologues after visiting Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa.

'Special cause' - Kit Harington

He invited 15 local children to retell personal experiences in their native Sesotho language. The testimonies then provided the basis for monologues written by playwrights including David Hare, Neil LaBute, James Graham, Laura Wade, Jack Thorne, Roy Williams and Tanika Gupta.

According to press material:

While some monologues capture moments of childish joy and wonder, many stories tell of desperate circumstances: what it is like to watch their parents die because of inadequate medical treatment, discover their mother has been gang raped and burned alive, and succumb to xenophobia they once despised.

Together they provide a deeply intimate and uncompromising insight into the lives of children facing extremely difficult realities.

Boyle will “fuse live theatre, hip hop music, classical piano from James Rhodes and documentary footage” in order to create an “immersive mashup”.

The performance on 25 October 2015 will be held in aid of Boyle’s arts charity Dramatic Need.

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington said: “To be able to tell the stories of impoverished children from the other side of the world, which they themselves have penned, is a unique and important experience that I couldn’t possibly turn down.

“Dramatic Need is an incredibly special cause and will produce a night of charity and theatre which should be daring, moving and an experience not to forget.”

Glenn McCrory’s West End debut in Conor McPherson’s THE BIRDS

the-birds-leicester-squareAs Glenn McCrory steps out to make his West End Debut, Boxing world champions and major sports personalities will be ringside lending their support to their close friend. Adam Smith, (Head of Sky Boxing) Johnny Nelson (WBO cruiserweight champion), Spencer Oliver (former European Super Bantamweight Champion) Darren Barker (IBF World middleweight champion and former European, British and Commonwealth champion) and Carl Frampton (current IBF super bantamweight champion) are only a handful who have already bought their tickets and have been tweeting their support and approval of this next step in Glenn’s brilliant career.

This atmospheric post apocalyptic chiller is set in a world where society has collapsed and the birds, for reasons unknown, attack humans at every given opportunity. Three strangers with dark pasts and many secrets, find themselves thrown together trying to survive this harsh new world… Hiding in a boarded up house where danger comes from the skies above and also from within.

Directed by Adam Morley
Cast: Glenn McCrory (Nat), Emma Taylor (Diane), Alice Marshall (Julia)

Glenn McCrory

CONOR MCPHERSON (WRITER) stage plays include Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir (Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard & Critics Circle Awards), Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), The Seafarer (Tony, Laurence Olivier & Evening Standard Award nominations for Best New Play), The Veil and The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Best Play Award, Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard & Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Best Play).

ADAM MORLEY (DIRECTOR) Artistic Director of Baroque Theatre Company, associate director of the Canal Café Theatre in London. Awards include: in film and advertising twice been nominated at Cannes Lions winning in 2006; in Theatre: Editors Choice Award as Artistic Director for best new venue, Edinburgh 2008 and Best Director for Theatre & Film at the Fringe Report Awards 2012. Recent theatre credits include: Inspector Morse (UK Tour), Great Expectations (UK Tour for Bicentenary of Dickens’ birth) Dracula (Leicester Square Theatre), The Boy who was Woody Allen (Pleasance Theatre)

GLENN MCCRORY (NAT) Former IBF Cruiserweight champion of the World, Undefeated British & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion. BROADCASTING 26 years BSKYB Boxing Commentator and Analyst. Mike Tyson sparring partner. HONOURS Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland Honorary Colonel Durham ACF ACTING CREDITS Quayside, (ITV), Crocodile Shoes 11. Our Friends in the North, Space Precinct, Casualty, Press Gang (TV series) Newton Princess from Kathmandu.

EMMA TAYLOR (DIANE) Credits include: Shoreditch Bitch, RichMix, London, The Fat Man’s Wife, London, Tennessee Williams, UK premiere, The Nanny/The Gossip, Soho Theatre, Dracula, Hackney Empire, The Wedding; Anton Chekhov, The Shaw Theatre & Moscow. Presenting credits include: Writer and presenter [Mobuzz TV, daily show]. Presenter [Reelkandi TV, Edinburgh Fringe] Awards: Fringe Report Award [Theatre Person of the Year].

ALICE MARSHALL (JULIA) is an award winning actress and comedian, and has recently been nominated for the BBC Radio New Comedy Award. Previous theatre includes: Boys & Girls (Tristan Bates Theatre), Alice Marshall: Vicious (Museum of Comedy) Sleeping Booty! (Leicester Square Theatre). Television includes: Very Important People (Channel 4), The Warm Up Guy (E4) and Skins (E4)

Listings Information
Leicester Square Theatre
6 Leicester Place
24 September 2015 to 17th October 2015
Tuesdays-Saturdays 7pm
Box Office: 02077342222

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Extra performance added for Side By Side By Sondheim


Due to critical acclaim and public demand, the five star 40th anniversary production of Side By Side By Sondheim will be playing an additional matinee performance at 3:30PM 19th September.

This is a short review because the show is simply amazing to experience. As a homage to Sondheim’s work – both as a composer and a librettist – “Side by Side by Sondheim” cannot be faulted. Even if you don’t know who Stephen Sondheim is – and I still haven’t got over the fact that some people don’t know him – or a not a real fan of musical theatre, “Side by Side by Sondheim” is a night of superb music delivered by five wonderful performers in a lovely intimate setting and is perfect in every way.


DOGFIGHT in CONCERT starring Jamie Muscato and Laura Jane Matthewson

dogfight280Jamie Muscato and Laura Jane Matthewson and the rest of the original London cast and band reunited for a special concert version of the acclaimed musical Dogfight.

Exactly a year after Dogfight’s acclaimed European premiere season ended at Southwark Playhouse, the original cast and creative team are to reunite for a special concert version of the musical in the main theatre at St James Theatre on Sunday 11 October, 2015.

Dogfight was showered with praise by the critics and the production was nominated Best Musical and Laura Jane Matthewman named Outstanding Emerging Talent in the Evening Standard Awards. Dogfight also received three Off West End Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Female and Best Male, and it was shortlisted Best Off West End Production in the Whatsonstage Awards.

Producer Danielle Tarento said today: “Dogfight was such a special project for everyone involved. Now we have a wonderful opportunity to reunite the Dogfight family to once more sing the magical score by Pasek and Paul and relive again the heartbreaking love story between Eddie and Rose. As the lyrics to the show’s opening song say: ‘Take me back…’”

November 21, 1963. The night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, the unassuming and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet, she rewrites the rules of the game and opens his eyes to what really matters in life.

Heading the cast in the central roles of Eddie and Rose are Jamie Muscato and Laura Jane Matthewson. The rest of the cast are: Cellen Chugg Jones; Nicholas Corre; Joshua Dowen; Ciaran Joyce; Amanda Minihan; Rebecca Trehearn; Samuel J. Weir.

Director: Matt Ryan. Choreographer: Lucie Pankhurst. Musical Director: George Dyer. Producer: Danielle Tarento

Sunday 11 October at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £15.00 – £30.00
St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA
Box Office: 0844 264 2140 www.stjamestheatre.co.uk


Darlington Civic Theatre – How Sweet It Is

Civic-Theatre-Hi-Res-Logo-1-117x300TIME TO ENJOY THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN

Motown’s greatest hits is the order of the day with How Sweet It Is at Darlington Civic Theatre on Wednesday 23 September.

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jnr had a dream, and with a loan of $800 he started Motown records in Detroit. In the 60’s the production and songwriting talents of Holland, Dozier and Holland dominated the Detriot sound, the sound of young America, and they both penned and produced numerous hits for The Four Tops, and many more artists of the day. The hits continued throughout the 60’s, into the 70’s, the 80’s, and even the 90’s as Motown became a genre of music all of its own, and had people dancing ‘All Night Long’ all over the world.

On Wednesday 23 September, that’s exactly what’s in store at Darlington Civic Theatre – ‘Motown’s

Greatest Hits – How Sweet It Is’ – will have you dancing to the classic’s of Motown Legends The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, The Isley Brothers, The Jackson’s, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Starr and many more.

This Show is an evening crammed full of all your Motown favourite’s, – ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, ‘Walk Away

Renee’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, ‘Going Loco in Acapulco’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’, ‘Papa Was A

Rolling Stone’, and ‘Get Ready’, to name but a few from the ‘Tops and Temps’, PLUS, ‘I heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Sir Duke’, ‘The Tracks Of My Tears’, ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ and ‘I Want You Back’ etc., etc….

Motown’s Greatest Hits – How Sweet It Is is 100% live, with five superb vocalists backed and supported by their own fabulous musicians – The Peter Brent Orchestra, a fantastic powerhouse band.

Motown’s Greatest Hits – How Sweet It Is comes to Darlington Civic Theatre on Wednesday 23 September.

Tickets* are £20 and £22.

*All ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy.

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

Playground, Old Red Lion Theatre, October/November 2015

Clockschool Theatre presents:

13 October – 17 November 2015, 7.30pm (Tues-Sat)

Peter Hamilton’s Playground is a gruesomely comic follow-up to his hit play Bridlington, and reunites him with acclaimed director/designer and Old Red Lion legend Ken McClymont (Mugs Arrows, No Picnic, Beak Street) in a story of things falling apart beneath the swing-set.

***** “emotionally flooring… spectacularly funny… beautifully ordered chaos… a surprising and revelatory piece of new writing” (London Theatre 1)

“There isn’t going to be no revolution. I’ve told you: you can’t change the world.”

Playground is about a fragmented, broken society. It’s about the lost, the damaged and the disappointed. About rattling about in the nightmarish modern world. It takes the form of a murder mystery. It takes place in a park. Someone’s been decapitating children with a fret-saw. Someone’s been reading Enid Blyton. Something has gone badly wrong.

***** “surrealistic, powerful and extraordinarily beautiful play” (Remotegoat)

Two detectives struggle to solve a spate of child murders in Victoria Park, East London. Small bodies found beheaded with a Famous Five novel lying open on top of them. Suspects are readily available: previous and current patients at Bow Road Psychiatric Unit; Danny, a night cleaner at Canary Wharf; Stuart, a rough-sleeper from Walthamstow; private school drop-out-turned-Communist Tamsin; or frayed and failed Carolyn who teeters on the brink of another suicide attempt. Then there’s Bella, the proprietor of canal-side Drop-In Cafe, who just happens to go about with a ferocious looking knife in her shoulder-bag.

**** “an affectionate and often darkly humorous tale of mental illness” (The Upcoming)


Title: Playground
Playwright: Peter Hamilton
Director and Designer:Ken McClymont
Company: Clockschool Theatre
Performance Dates: October 13th 2015 – November 7th 2015, Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, 3pm Saturday matinees, 2pm Sunday matinees (No evening performance Saturday, October 31st)
Running Time: 2 hrs (with interval)
Venue: Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
Ticket Price:£15 (£12 concessions, £1 – £1.50 booking fee), previews and matinees £10
Box Office: Ticketweb (ticketweb.co.uk)
Links: Website (oldredliontheatre.co.uk)