Motown The Musical West End cast announced

Motown: The MusicalLunt-Fontanne TheatreCast List:Brandon Victor DixonValisia Lekae Charl BrownTimothy J. AlexNicholas ChristopherBryan Terrell ClarkRebecca E. CovingtonAriana DeBoseAndrea DoraPreston W. Dugger IIIWilkie FergusonDionne FigginsMarva HicksSasha HutchingsLauren Lim JacksonMorgan JamesJohn JellisonCrystal JoyGrasan KingsberryMarielys MolinaSydney MortonJarran MuseJesse NagerMilton Craig NealyN’KengeDominic NolfiSaycon SengblohRyan ShawJamal StoryEric Lajuan SummersEphraim SykesJulius Thomas IIIDaniel J. WattsDonald Webber, Jr.Production Credits:Charles Randolph-Wright (Direction)Patricia Wilcox (Choreography)David Korins (Scenic Design)ESosa (Costume Design)Natasha Katz (Lighting Design)Peter Hylenski (Sound Design)Daniel Brodie (Projection Design)Ethan Popp (Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations)Bryan Crook (Co-Orchestrations and Additional Arrangements)Zane Mark (Dance Arrangements)Joseph Joubert (Musical Direction)Other Credits:Music by: Songs from the Motown catalogBook by: Berry Gordy

Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) will lead the cast in the West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. London West End previews will begin on 11th February 2016, with press night on 8th March 2016, with the show currently booking to 22nd October 2016.

Casting includes Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks) and Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson). They are joined by Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Tanya Nicola Edwards, Eddie Elliot, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey. The final full casting will be announced shortly.

Cedric Neal’s (Berry Gordy) US theatre credits include After Midnight on Broadway, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess on Broadway and for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Dreamgirls for the Signature Theatre for which he won a Helen Hayes Award, The Who’s Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stagger Lee for the Dallas Theater Center. Neal has also worked at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Zach Theater and was a recurring character on the television series Friday Night Lights.

Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) is currently performing in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Her previous theatre credits include The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Ragtime for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Peter Pan for the Venue Cymru, Llandudno and Ultimate Broadway for the Shanghai Culture Square Theatre. On film, she will be seen in the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim last spring in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run, and continues to play to packed houses across America.Featuring a sixteen piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits.

Motown the Musical has music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp, co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Cook, dance arrangements by Zane Mark and music direction by Gareth Weedon. Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by Esosa, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and projections by Daniel Brodie. UK associate director is Tara Wilkinson, UK associate set designer is Andrew Edwards and UK associate lighting designer is Alistair Grant. Motown the Musical will be produced in the West End by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.

Berry Gordy is the founder of Motown, the enterprise that nurtured the careers of, amongst others, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles,​ Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, ​Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 and more​. Gordy is also a songwriter, producer, director, boxer, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, he also released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His films include Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues, which received five Academy Award nominations. He has been inducted​ into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received ​a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Award,​ the Grammy Salute To Industry Icon’s President’s Merit Award and was honored by President Barack Obama with a Salute to Motown evening at the White House. Berry Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture is chronicled in his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown.

Charles Randolph-Wright is a director, writer and producer for theatre, film, and television. His theatre directing credits include Motown the Musical on Broadway and the US tour, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined and Sophisticated Ladies at Arena Stage where he is an inaugural resident playwright, the 75th Anniversary international tour of Porgy and Bess, Love/Life at Lincoln Center with Brian Stokes Mitchell, the national tour of Guys and Dolls, They’re Playing Our Song in Brazil in Portuguese, and most recently, the world premiere of Akeelah and the Bee. Randolph-Wright wrote the plays Blue, The Night Is A Child, Cuttin’ Up, Love in Afghanistan, and co-wrote Just Between Friends – Bea Arthur on Broadway. He directed the award-winning film Preaching to the Choir, and has written screenplays for HBO, Showtime, Disney and Fox. His television credits include directing Lincoln Heights, South of Nowhere, Bebe Winans’ special America America, the “Freestyle” football commercial for Nike, and producing and writing the Showtime series Linc’s.


‘Living Between Lies’ / chosen from over a thousand acts for STOFF/National Theatre 2015

UNDERFOOT_TC_HRESUnderfoot Theatre’s production Living Between Lies have been chosen from over a thousand acts and artists to perform at the Stockholm Fringe Festival in collaboration with the Swedish National Theatre between the 21st-25th of October 2015. They will be performing Living Between Lies in London at the King’s Head Theatre on the 12th of October at 7pm.

Living Between Lies is a one hour comedy drama written and performed by Underfoot Theatre, directed by Florence Bell. It tells the story about four women living in London who all struggle with loneliness, isolation, self-deception and how women in particular cope with these issues – to varying degrees of success.


Underfoot Theatre is a London based company made up of four women from diverse backgrounds: two Irish, one Swedish and one first generation Polish/English. Who came together, after graduating from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, with a shared passion for devising and the creation of new work with a particular emphasis on the female voice.

Through devising technique they work to create original and bold theatre productions to entertain and challenge the audience to reflect on society and the status quo of women today.


Orla Sanders Orla completed her MA in Text & Performance at RADA in 2002. Other theatre credits this year include Marlene Dietrich in Toilet Party at the Courtyard Theatre, Lindsey in Living Between Lies at the Camden People’s Theatre and Sinead Dolan in How to make Money from Art in the Phoenix Artists Club. In film this year she has credits on nine short films and world war two feature Our Shining Sword.

Magdalena McNab is an acclaimed Swedish actress who has worked extensively in film over the last 3 years. She can currently be seen in the lead role in the multiple award winning short film When Tears Have Fallen, for which she has been nominated Best Lead Actress In A Foreign Language Film at St-Tropez International Film Festival. During 2015 she can also be seen in the British comedy ’The Five Wives and Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg’. She is currently filming a British series for ITV2.

Joanne Fitzgerald is an experienced project manager by day, and in 2013 wrote and performed the play Family Man at the International Comedy Club Dublin. She has trained for two years part-time at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin before moving to London January 2014. She is currently working on new plays for submission to the Bruntwood Prize and the Soho Theatre.

Aleks Grela trained as a ballet dancer and completed her training at Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Here she explored many different styles of dance and gained lots of experience performing. After coming back to London she decided to hang up her ballet shoes and turn to acting and went on to pursue her actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Florence Bell is a freelance film and theatre director with a background in TV and film acting. Since forming in 2012, her company Counter Productions has produced five plays and a short film. She is currently writing and directing satirical live show “The News”, which airs on You Tube his Autumn.


“We all lie. We need the lies to keep us going, because otherwise you might.. do something you regret”

Living Between Lies is the story about four woman struggling with loneliness, isolation, self-deception, loss of control and loss of identity.

Lindsey moved to London to work on her dream project. It sort of took over, it sort of became her baby… and she’s not going to let anyone or anything come between her and her baby.

Alice has the most wonderful life together with Harry – the love of her life and her future husband. He is so perfect she’s willing to sacrifice her career for him and their wonderful future together. But suddenly he’s not around much and he’s working late all the time… But everything’s wonderful, according to Alice.

Kim might have a small drug problem, she can quit whenever she wants. She meets a strange Irish woman, Laura, in a hospital who promises to write her a prescription if she divulges her secrets. But Laura tells some strange stories, suggesting that her relationship with the truth might be as strained as her relationship with her husband


Production: Living Between Lies

Company: Underfoot Theatre Company

Running time: 1hour

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Written and devised by the company

Director: Florence Bell

Artists: Magdalena McNab, Orla Sanders, Aleks Grela, Joanne Fitzgerald

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Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly in Leeds



Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 4 credit Uli WeberThe first images of Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly in the new stage production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s have been released today.  Following  12 weeks in the West End, Pixie comes to Leeds Grand Theatre in April next year – the only Yorkshire venue on the tour.

Truman Capote’s classic tale, brought to life so memorably by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film, has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Odling (One Man, Two Guvnors).

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 3 credit Uli Weber (1)Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl.  Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred.  But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil.  As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.

Pixie Lott said, “I am so excited to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s … I absolutely love Holly’s style and free spirit; she has always been an icon to me and I can’t wait to bring my own personality to the role. Alongside music, I’ve always wanted to be in a play, and getting the opportunity to be in one of my all-time favourites and play this fabulous character is a dream come true.”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th April 2016


Tickets are on sale now priced from £18.50 to £37


Book online at or by calling Box Office 0844 848 2700









Dirty Dancing UK tour 2014-15 - previous cast -  cTristram KentonProducers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott today announced that a brand new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will tour the UK from August 2016. The classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, will return next summer, following two blockbuster West End runs and two hit UK tours.

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production created by an innovative new creative team; directed by Federico Bellone, Artistic Director of Milan’s Teatro Nazionale, choreographed by Gillian Bruce and with design re-imagined by top Italian set designer Roberto Cometti. The production premiered in Milan in July 2015, subsequently packing out the 15,000 seat Roman Arena in Verona, and will play a season in Rome this autumn before embarking on a major Italian tour. To mark the tenth anniversary of the original stage show, a new Australian tour was launched last year, and to date has sold a record 416,000 tickets since October 2014.


Dirty Dancing UK tour 2014-15 - previous cast (w) -  cTristram KentonAfter a series of dates in China, Belgium and Korea, the new UK production will open at the Blackpool Opera House on 11 August 2016 and will play the following venues: Orchard Theatre, Dartford (1 – 10 September), Opera House, Swansea (12 – 17 September), Aylesbury Waterside (19 – 24 September), New Theatre, Wimbledon (26 September – 1 October), Palace Theatre, Manchester (10 – 15 October), Grand Opera House, York (17 – 22 October), Carlisle Sands Centre (24 – 29 October), Northampton Derngate (31 October – 5 November), Regent Theatre, Stoke (7 – 12 November), Kings Theatre, Southsea (14 – 19 November), and Reading Hexagon (21 – 26 November), with further dates and casting to be announced.


Michael McIntyre brings his Happy & Glorious Tour to Sheffield Arena next week






“The man is quite simply top-to-toe hilarious”  ***** The Telegraph


Michael McIntyre is set to return to Sheffield next week with his hotly anticipated brand new stand-up show Happy & Glorious in 2015.

Catch Michael at Sheffield Arena on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October 2015. 

Tickets purchased online and through the ticket hotline are priced £38.50 with a limited number of premium seats priced £55 including booking fee. Tickets purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £36.75 with a limited number of premium seats at £52.50 including booking fee.

Michael’s previous tour Showtime was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world in 2012, playing to over 640,000 people including a record-breaking ten-night residency at London’s O2 Arena matching the pop-superstar Rihanna’s 2011 record. 

Michael has released three best-selling DVDs: 2008’s Live and Laughing, was the biggest selling UK debut stand-up DVD of its time, Hello Wembley, which in 2009 became the fastest-selling UK stand-up DVD of all time a record it still holds, and 2012’s Showtime, which beat its competitors to the Christmas Number One spot.

The past few years have been exceptional for Michael.  In 2013 he performed internationally; playing to sold out arenas in South Africa, Dubai, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. His show in Johannesburg was the largest ever comedy show in Africa and his Dubai shows won the Time Out Best Night Out Award.

Most recent highlights have included him making his debut as a chat show host on The Michael McIntyre’s Chat Show for BBC1. But now Michael is set to return to the stage in what promises to be his biggest and funniest tour yet.

Joining Michael on his Happy & Glorious tour will be special guest Paul Tonkinson.

Tickets are available in person at the Arena Box Office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 or online 







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Richard Eyre’s sold out Hampstead Theatre production of Mr Foote’s Other Leg will transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket from 28th October, for a limited season in London’s West End. Press night Wednesday 4th November.

The new comedy, set in Georgian London, written by Ian Kelly, directed by Richard Eyre, and designed by Tim Hatley, met with acclaim from both critics and the general public alike upon its opening at the Hampstead Theatre in September.

In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a celebrity in a city, and at the moment in time, when the concept of selling personality was born. He even has the ear of the king.

Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press…and a surgeon’s knife. And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage – from Benjamin Franklin to David Garrick – begin to wonder: does fame make you mad?

Simon Russell Beale stars as Samuel Foote, one of the greatest lost figures of Georgian London. Ian Kelly’s riotously funny new play, based on his award-winning biography of Foote (Theatre Book of the Year 2013), explores society’s obsession with the rise and fall of celebrity through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century.

The cast includes: Simon Russell Beale (Samuel Foote); Dervla Kirwan (Peg Woffington);Joseph Millson (David Garrick); Micah Balfour (Frank Barber); Jenny Galloway (Mrs Garner);Ian Kelly (Prince George); Forbes Masson (John Hunter); Colin Stinton (Benjamin Franklin/ Charles Macklin); Sophie Bleasdale (Miss Chudleigh) and Joshua Elliott (Hallam).

Producer Michael Codron commissioned Ian Kelly to write the stage version of Mr Foote’s Other Leg, from his book of the same name. Hampstead Theatre offered to give the play its first production.

Ian Kelly’s other biographies include Antonin Careme, Beau Brummell, Giacomo Casanova (Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2008), and Dame Vivienne Westwood. As an actor, Ian Kelly’s stage credits include The Pitmen Painters (National and Broadway) and A Busy Day (West End). TV includes Downton Abbey, Sensitive Skin and Silent Witness. Film includes Closed Circuit, Creation and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

Richard Eyre’s many West End and Broadway productions include Ghosts, Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Quartermaine’s Terms and The Pajama Game. Film credits include Iris, Notes on a Scandal and the forthcoming The Dresser.

Simon Russell Beale is acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost actors. Stage appearances include Temple (Donmar), King Lear and Timon of Athens (National Theatre) and Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre). TV includes Penny Dreadful, Henry IV Parts I & II and Spooks. Film includes My Week with Marilyn, Tarzan, Into the Woods and The Deep Blue Sea. His awards include two BAFTAs, three Olivier Awards, and Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards.

Dervla Kirwan rose to prominence with high profile roles on popular television programmesGoodnight Sweetheart and Ballykissangel, for which she won the National Television Award for Most Popular Actress in 1996. Stage credits include The Weir (Donmar), Uncle Vanya(Chichester) and Aristocrats (National). TV includes The Fuse, The Silence, Material Girl,Moving On and Doctor Who. Film includes Silent Hours, Entity and Ondine.

Joseph Millson’s stage credits include the title role in Macbeth (Globe), Rocket To The Moon(National) and originating the role of Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (West End). TV includes Peak Practice, Penny Dreadful and Holby City. Film includes The Chameleon, I Give It A Year and Casino Royale.

Mr Foote’s Other Leg is produced by Michael Codron, Anthony Pye-Jeary and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre.

Twitter: @mrfooteonstage



From 28 October
a new play by Ian Kelly
directed by Richard Eyre
designed by Tim Hatley

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT

Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees: 2.30pm
Press night Wednesday 4th November

Box office 020 7930 8800



JERSEY BOYS The Musical London





JERSEY BOYS, the smash hit musical, is extending its booking period at the Piccadilly Theatre until 23 October 2016, with tickets on sale now.

JERSEY BOYS stars Michael Watson as Frankie Valli, Edd Post as Bob Gaudio, Jon Boydon as Tommy DeVito and Gary Watson as Nick Massi. Sandy Moffat plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. Also in the cast are Simon Adkins, Nicola Brazil, Matthew Cutts, Stuart Dawes, Lucinda Gill, Thomas Goodridge, Nicky Griffiths, Matthew Hunt, Mark Isherwood, Charlotte Jeffery, Ben Jennings, Joseph Peters, Chris Stoddart, Helen Ternent, Matt Thorpe and Ben Wheeler.

JERSEY BOYS opened in London in 2008 and has been seen by nearly 23 million people worldwide. Now celebrating its eighth year in London, it is firmly established as one of the West End’s longest-running and most popular shows. A second UK production of JERSEY BOYS is currently breaking box office records on its first ever tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

JERSEY BOYS is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30. The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’SherryWalk Like A ManDecember, 1963 (Oh What a Night)Big Girls Don’t CryMy Eyes Adored YouLet’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)Bye Bye BabyCan’t Take My Eyes Off YouWorking My Way Back to YouFallen AngelRag Doll and Who Loves You.

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, JERSEY BOYS is the winner of 57 major awards worldwideJERSEY BOYS played its 4,000th performance on Broadway on 2 July 2015 and is now the 12th longest running show in Broadway history.  As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End, and on tour in the UK and Ireland, JERSEY BOYS can be seen in Las Vegas and across the United States on its US National Tour.

JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The London production is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by 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 projection design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose. 

JERSEY BOYS is produced in London by the Dodgers, with Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner, and a small clutch of UK colleagues.


Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street

London W1D 7DY

Performances:  Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7.30pm, Tuesday & Saturday matinees at 3.00pm, Sundays at 5.00pm


Monday 21 December             No Performance

Tuesday 22 December            3.00pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 December       7.30pm

Thursday 24 December           3.00pm

Friday 25 December                No performance

Saturday 26 December            7.30pm

Sunday 27 December                          5.00pm

Monday 28 December             3.00pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 December            3.00pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 30 December       3.00pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 31 December           7.30pm

Friday 1 January                      No Performance

Saturday 2 January                  3.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 3 January                    5.00pm

Current booking period to 23 October 2016

Tickets from £24.50

Box Office:  0844 871 7630





Casting and sponsor announced for RADAR 2015 at the Bush Theatre

8e6d899a03ca2518_orgCasting and sponsor announced for RADAR 2015
Bush Theatre’s Festival of New Writing
11-26 November 2015


  • Tim Crouch, Paul Hunter and Hattie Morahan, to appear in Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
  • RADAR Connect sponsored by Nick Hern Books

Tim Crouch, Paul Hunter and Hattie Morahan will each appear in acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s one-person show Blank as part of RADAR, the Bush Theatre’s annual festival of new writing. The show’s UK premiere will feature a different performer reading a sealed script every night. Paul Hunter will appear on 19th November, Tim Crouch on 20th November, and Hattie Morahan on 21st November.

radar2015-artworkandtitlenostrap (Custom).jpgThe Bush Theatre also announced today that RADAR Connect – a series of free theatre practice workshops for postgraduate students – will be sponsored by leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books, who publish some of the UK’s most exciting new drama, including many original plays produced at the Bush, together with a wide range of authoritative theatre books written by well-known theatre practitioners. Nick Hern Books also publish Arinze Kene and Steve Waters, both of whom are presenting work in this year’s festival.

RADAR is a festival presenting the Bush’s annual snapshot of the very best of contemporary new writing, from London to the rest of the UK and beyond. Embracing a wide range of voices, styles and experiences, the aim of RADAR is to champion a new generation of artists, to present them to a wider audience, to offer a testing ground for new work, and to begin and nurture long-term relationships between the Bush and emerging artists.

Each night of the festival two shows will be presented in a double bill under one ticket. As in previous years, RADAR CONNECT will run alongside the festival – a series of free practical workshops for postgraduate students, led by a cohort of professionals working in the industry.

RADAR 2015 will see the Bush embrace new artists such as Racheal Ofori and Ben Duke, as well as welcoming returning writers and companies such as Steve Waters, Nassim Soleimanpour and Antler.

Tim Crouch was an actor for many years before starting to write – and he still performs in much of his work.  His plays include My ArmENGLAND (a play for galleries), the OBIE award winning An Oak TreeThe Author, Adler & Gibb and (with Andy Smith) what happens to the hope at the end of the evening. Tim tours his work nationally and internationally. He also writes for younger audiences. A series of plays inspired by Shakespeare’s lesser characters includes I, Malvolio.  For the RSC, Tim has directed The Taming of the ShrewKing Lear and I, Cinna (the poet) – all for young audiences. Tim is published by Oberon Books.

Paul Hunter will soon be filming This Beautiful Fantastic. He has just finished filming the feature film The Jungle Book. He also stars in the feature films Pan, directed by Joe Wright;Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and Alice Through The Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin. He could recently be seen in Marvellous for BBC. Theatre credits include Tartuffefor Birmingham Rep; The Fantasticks for the Duchess; Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Troilus & Cressida all for the Globe and Rapunzel for Kneehigh. TV credits include Wizards Vs Aliens for BBC; regular Dr Cooper on Trinity for Roughcut and Mitchell And Kenyon for the BBC. Film credits include Maleficent; Snow White And The Huntsman; Pirates Of The Caribbean and One Day. Paul is a founder member and artistic director of award-winning theatre company Told By An Idiot.

Hattie Morahan’s work in theatre include The Changeling (Sam Wanamaker playhouse); A Doll’s House (Young Vic / West End / BAM – Evening Standard Award, Critics Circle Award); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida); The Real Thing (Old Vic); The Seagull, Three More Sleepless Nights, Time and the Conways, …some trace of her, Iphigenia at Aulis and Power (National Theatre); The Family Reunion (Donmar); The City (Royal Court); See How they Run; Arsenic and Old Lace (West End). Her work outside London includes Plenty at the Sheffield Crucible, directed by Thea Sharrock; Twelfth Night (WYP); and for the RSC, Night of the Soul, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Hamlet, Love in a Wood, and Huis Clos.

On screen, her work includes Beauty and the Beast; Ballot Monkeys; Mr Holmes; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Outcast; Arthur and George; Outnumbered; Summer in February; Eternal Law; Money; Lewis; Bodies; Marple; The Peacock Spring; The Bank Job; The Golden CompassSense and Sensibility.





RADAR 2015
11 – 26 November 2015
Bush Theatre, London

All shows presented in double bills, starting at 7.30pm

Wed 11 Nov
Misty by Arinze Kene
Dirty Little Secrets aka The Blues Show by Jumoké Fashola

Thu 12 Nov
No More Worries by Simon Mole
Misty by Arinze Kene

Fri 13 Nov
This Is How We Die by Christopher Brett BaileyNo More Worries by Simon Mole

Sat 14 Nov
This Is How We Die by Christopher Brett Bailey
No More Worries by Simon Mole

Mon 16 Nov
Portrait by Racheal Ofori/Fuel
Labels by Worklight Theatre

Tue 17 Nov
Portrait by Racheal Ofori/Fuel
If I Were Me by Antler

Wed 18 Nov
Portrait by Racheal Ofori/Fuel
If I Were Me by Antler

Thu 19 Nov
Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
If I Were Me by Antler

Fri 20 Nov
Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
Paradise Lost by Ben Duke/Lost Dog

Sat 21 Nov
Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
Paradise Lost by Ben Duke/Lost Dog

Mon 23 Nov
In A Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters
Solo by Curious Directive

Tue 24 Nov
The Ground Is On Fire by Nasim Aghili
In A Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters

Wed 25 Nov
The Ground Is On Fire by Nasim Aghili
In A Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters

Thu 26 Nov
The Ground Is On Fire by Nasim Aghili
Pheasant Plucker by Lily Bevan

Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Box Office: 020 8743 5050 /

Early bird tickets £10
Standard tickets £15

RADAR Off Script £4 per debate and discounts available for multiple bookings



Actor Alex Giannini dies ahead of Plymouth Theatre Royal show

_85891057_alex-gianniniActor Alex Giannini, who appeared in the film Legend about twin gangsters the Krays, has died ahead of a theatre performance in Plymouth.

His death meant Friday’s showing of Mack and Mabel at the Theatre Royal was cancelled.

His agent tweeted: “The talented and much loved actor @GianniniAlex died suddenly of natural causes yesterday.”

Actress Anna Marie Cseh said on Twitter it was a “real pleasure and privilege” to work with him.

Giannini, 52, also appeared in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Miss Monday, and featured in TV shows such as The Bill and Dalziel and Pascoe.

Agents Felix de Wolfe added: “An incredible life force has left the building.”

Stephanie Sirr, chief executive of Nottingham Playhouse tweeted: “Shocking, terrible news. A lovely man with incredible zest for life. A great performer.”

The performance on Friday evening was cancelled about an hour before the curtain was due to rise.

David Bloom, of the Chichester Festival Theatre production company, said: “There has been a company bereavement and so the performance tonight has had to be cancelled.”

All remaining performances would go ahead as scheduled, the theatre said.

The theatre wrote on Facebook: “Thank you to everyone who was affected by last night’s cancellation, for your patience and understanding.”

Theatregoer Debbie Lumsden said on the same Facebook page: “Very sad news which was handled with great sensitivity by all the staff at the Theatre Royal last night.”


Fairy Powered Productions send condolences to his family and friends

5 Guys Chillin’ Review

King’s Head Theatre Pub – 1st – 24th October. Reviewed by Claire Roderick

Peter Darney has amalgamated and recombined over 50 hours of anonymous interviews to create a fantastic piece of verbatim drama. With the programme including a glossary of terms for the uninitiated, we are introduced to the gay Chill-Out scene.

J (Damien Hughes) is the host of the party, and welcomes 4 men into his home. They immediately get comfortable, changing into shorts (for easy access), snorting drugs and chatting about their preferences and experiences.

The characters are well written and just about manage to avoid stereotypes. J is funny and relaxed, M (Tom Holloway) has a melancholy side, R (Elliot Hadley) and B (Michael Matrovski – nonchalantly displaying his backside all night) are a couple – R is hyperactively camp and Northern, and B is older, more composed and occasionally menacing. PJ (Shri Patel) is an Asian man who appears out of his depth at first.

In between the drug taking (whilst bemoaning the fact that nobody climaxes because of all the drugs), dancing and simulated sex acts, the characters share hysterical anecdotes about their previous parties and misadventures with drugs. The etiquette of sex parties is debated, and wonderful examples of what happens when rules aren’t followed are shared with glee. There are a few wince inducing stories, but they are told with such openness and honesty that you end up laughing along with the actors.

The tone gradually darkens as the party goes on. J and B’s nonchalant attitudes to their HIV status crumble as they tell of the nights on which they were infected. Both actors effortlessly allow the veneer of bravado to be stripped away revealing heartbreaking regret and vulnerability. The relationship between R and B becomes increasingly questionable as R reveals his past – Elliot Hadley’s almost childlike honesty and helplessness as he speaks is a revelation after his earlier frenetic performance. PJ’s experiences as a gay Pakistani going along with an arranged marriage are portrayed matter of factly and with a sense of acceptance and loss by Patel. Tom Holloway conveys the deep dissatisfaction and emptiness of M’s life expertly. The man needs a hug.

The actors work together brilliantly and the superb writing makes the audience feel as if we are voyeurs at the flat. This conceit is cleverly continued as the audience leaves the theatre. There is no curtain call, instead the actors remain in character and silently (apart from a few grunts and groans) continue with the party.

Yes, there is nudity, sex, drugs and strong language, but this isn’t a glorified peep show. Observations about gay men seeing sex as a pastime, the ridiculous reality of sex parties, and R’s confession that he prefers to cuddle in bed and watch a DVD, are just some of the things that combine to make 5 Guys Chillin’ a funny, revealing, brutally honest and ultimately sad drama. This is a party you should not miss.