Full Cast Announced for BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S








LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Pixie Lott poses at a photocall for a new stage adaptation of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on January 28, 2016 in London, England.   Pic Credit: Dave Benett

The full cast has been announced for the 2016 UK and Ireland Tour and the West End limited season of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted by Richard Greenberg and directed by Nikolai Foster.


Matt Barber (Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey) will play Fred and Victor McGuire (the sit-coms Trollied and Bread) will play Joe Bell. They will be joined by Robert Calvert as Doc, Naomi Cranston as Mag, Charlie De Melo as José, Tim Frances as Rusty Pixie Lott In Breakfast At Tiffany's - PhotocallTrawler/Editor at 21, Andrew Joshi as Yunioshi, Melanie La Barrie as Mme Spanella, and Sevan Stephan as OJ Berman/Dr Goldman, with Katy Allen and Andy Watkins.


As previously announced, Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly for the UK and Ireland Tour, from 3 March to 30 April and 13 to 25 June, and at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 June to 17 September.


Pixie Lott In Breakfast At Tiffany's - PhotocallTruman Capote’s classic novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me OutThree Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors, RSC’s Don Quixote). 


Pixie Lott In Breakfast At Tiffany's - PhotocallBased on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, 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. However 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 In Breakfast At Tiffany's - PhotocallArtistic Director of Curve, Nikolai Foster said, “It’s a testament to the beauty of Capote’s imagination, the extraordinary characters he created and Greenberg’s faithful adaptation, that alongside Pixie and Matt, we have assembled such an accomplished company of actors to bring this dazzling play to life. We are thrilled to welcome the company to Curve and our audiences in Leicester and on tour in the UK. Every week of 2016 will see a Curve production on a UK stage and we are thrilled Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be part of this commitment to sharing work that has been made at Curve.” 


Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, with production design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Mic Pool and wig design by Campbell Young.


Nikolai Foster is Artistic Director at Curve. Recent productions include Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good and Shakespeare’s Richard III (all Curve), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (Curve and Nottingham Playhouse), Calamity Jane(Watermill Theatre, Newbury & UK tour) and a major new production of the Broadway musical Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK tour).


Breakfast at Tiffany’s will begin performances at the Curve, Leicester on 3 March 2016, before embarking on a UK & Ireland Tour. There will be a 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End from 30 June to 17 September 2016.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a co-production between the Curve and Colin Ingram, Peter Kane, William Sinclair and Michael Melnick & Finlay Gray. 


For more information, visit www.breakfastattiffanys.co.uk.

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Call out for Live Theatre and Northumbria University’s second joint Writer in Residence

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Call out for Live Theatre and Northumbria University’s second joint Writer in Residence

Live Theatre and Northumbria University are delighted to announce a call out for applications for their joint Writer in Residence towork across both organisations for a year from September 2016.

The writer should have substantial experience of writing for theatre and performance; a strong current knowledge of modern and contemporary theatre practices, plays and playwrights; and a track record of professional production. The residency will allow the writer to develop their own practice, and share their expertise with communities at both Live Theatre and Northumbria University.

In addition to a £20,000 fee, the successful writer will gain access to space, resources and equipment, cultural and research networks, and support from academic, creative and professional staff from both organisations.

The residency will be tailored to the skills and interests of the successful applicant. It is anticipated that the Writer in Residence will research and develop an idea for play for Live Theatre, in line with the theatre’s mission and identity, which may lead to commission with the Theatre beyond the residency.

The Writer in Residence will also engage with Literary Department at Live Theatre, contribute to the teaching of Northumbria Performing Arts (NPA) undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and to the collaborative research culture of the University.

Gez Casey, Literary Manager Live Theatre, said:

“This residency is a brilliant opportunity for a playwright to work both with a new writing theatre and also in an academic environment. In a programme specially tailored to the interests of the writer involved, it will provide the space and time to develop their own ideas and also to share their expertise with aspiring playwrights in the North East.  Live Theatre is delighted to be working once again with our partners at Northumbria University in providing the resources and support for such a flexible and unique residency.”

Lucy Winskell OBE, Northumbria University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Engagement) said:

“This is a hugely exciting opportunity for an established playwright to work with Northumbria University and Live Theatre as our next Writer in Residence.  Following in the footsteps of Paddy Campbell, the successful candidate will contribute to the innovative partnership between our two organisations by engaging in a wide range of activities, from helping to shape collaborative research projects to developing new ways of teaching and learning for our students.  Our joint Writer in Residence programme is a unique and exciting role and another example of our highly successful partnership with Live Theatre.”

This is second of year of Live Theatre and Northumbria University’s three year collaborative residency programme running between 2015-2018. The first joint Writer in Residence is Paddy Campbell, writer of Live Theatre successes Wet House and Day of the Flymo, and a Northumbria University graduate. Paddy is spending the year developing new work and collaborating with students and staff at Northumbria University to enhance research and teaching.

Paddy Campbell, current joint Writer in Residence said:

“I feel greatly privileged to have been given this opportunity. Live Theatre has supported my writing from the very start and I’m thrilled to have the chance to develop new plays for the company during my residency. I moved to Newcastle fifteen years ago to study at Northumbria University and had such a good time I decided to stay. I’m hugely grateful to Northumbria for their partnership in this residency and am enjoying working with both organisations as part of the residency.”

Steve Gilroy, Director of Performing Arts Programmes, Northumbria University said:

“Our partnership with Live Theatre presents great opportunities for our students and valuable links for our own research and professional practice community. Relationships with excellent arts and cultural organisations like Live Theatre illustrate the industry focus of Performing Arts at Northumbria University Newcastle.”

Previous Writers in Residence at Live Theatre include Lee Hall whose work includes Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and Julia Darling whose plays The Last Post, Attachment and Personal Belongings were developed during her time as Writer in Residence between 2001 and 2003.

The writer in residence programme is the cornerstone of an exciting and innovative partnership between Northumbria University Newcastle and Live Theatre, that seeks to create cultural collaborations that connect with the people of the North East, enhance teaching and learning, inspire new research, and connect academic research with the world of professional theatre.

The deadline for applications for Writer in Residence is Monday 22 February 2016. For more information and how to apply, applicants are encouraged to see http://www.live.org.uk/about-us/jobs-opportunities or https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/2016/01/live-theatrenorthumbria-university-writer-in-residence-201617/

For more information about Live Theatre visit www.live.org.uk and Northumbria University www.northumbria.ac.uk.


Elton John – Announces Metro Radio Arena date



Following on from his huge summer dates around the UK in June, Elton John has now added another massive show, this time performing in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on the 3rd December, in what will be his 20th concert in the city.

Since his first performance in Newcastle in 1971 at the City Hall as a 3-piece, Elton has gone on to give solo performances in the city, as well as with a 13-piece band in 1986.

The show in December will be Elton’s first on Tyneside since 2014, and will see him performing songs from his brand new album ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’, which will arrive on the 5th February 2016, as well as his most-loved hits.

Having given over 4000 performances in a career spanning more than fifty years, Elton said:

“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family, and I am only too aware of just how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly; their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them. So these concerts will give me the chance to thank the Newcastle audiences who have been so faithful to me over these many decades.”

An unmistakable name in the history of popular music, Elton John has done it all – and then some. From being awarded multiple Grammys and BRITs, and even an Oscar and a Tony Award, Elton has proven his universal acclaim. In addition to selling more than 250 million records worldwide, through his partnership with lyricist Tim Rice Elton wrote the music for the feature film and Broadway stage production of ‘The Lion King”.

Having performed at several of the world’s most recognisable venues – including a pair of residencies at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Elton John continues to be one of this country’s biggest pop-culture exports, and as such, welcoming him to Newcastle on December 3rd will be a fantastic opportunity.

Tickets for events at the Metro Radio Arena prices: £40, £55 & £75 subject to booking fee are on sale Friday 29th January 2016 and are available from:-

  • Credit Card Booking and Information Line 0844 493 6666
  • The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Box Office (Mon – Fri: 10.00am 4.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 2.30pm)
  • Internet Site:- www.metroradioarena.co.uk / www.eventim.co.uk
  • Group Bookers should call (0191) 260 6006
  • Accessibility bookings should call (0191) 260 6066 for further details.

The Human League, Sheffield Arena, Saturday 3rd December

 The Human League
Sheffield Arena
Saturday 3rd December 2016


Sheffield band The Human League will bring their ‘A Very British Synthesizer Group Tour’ to Sheffield Arena for their hometown gig on Saturday 3rd December.

Special guests will be Ekkoes.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 29th January and will be available online at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk, via the ticket hotline on 0114 256 5656 or in person at the Arena box office.

Tickets purchased online or by phone are priced £46.75 & £39.60 including booking fee.  Tickets purchased in person at the Arena box office are priced £44.63 & £37.80 including booking fee.

Wicked to host dedicated Autism-Friendly performance on Saturday 14th May 2016

WICKED, the West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced its first ever Autism-Friendly performance on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 1:30pm.

The production is working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families, to create a friendly and supportive environment in which to enjoy the show. The specially adapted performance is suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand in dedicated quiet and activity areas should anyone need to leave their seats.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said: “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to work with the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the Ambassador Theatre Group and the producers of this hugely successful show. More than one in one hundred people have autism in the UK, and many of those affected by this lifelong condition are acutely sensitive to everyday sights and sounds, which other people are able to filter out, such as fluorescent lighting, background music or traffic noise. Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to go to the theatre but because of sensory issues are prevented from doing so. Wicked’s production team have taken great care in adapting the show which means that for some of the audience on 14 May, this will be the very first time that they are able to experience the thrill of a live performance.

The National Autistic SocietyExecutive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We are greatly indebted to the National Autistic Society and to the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) for their support in arranging this dedicated Autism-Friendly performance. We’r­e delighted to be able to welcome fans of Wicked who wouldn’t normally be able to attend a standard performance and look forward to what promises to be an inspiring experience for us all.”

People with autism can experience sensory overload so to deal with this there will be adjustments made to the sounds and lighting. People will be able to leave the auditorium as needed and there will be chill out spaces identified around the theatre. Theatre staff, cast and crew will have been given an insight into autism so they are more aware of the needs of this audience.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.


Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy® and Academy® Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony® Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

Wicked – Autism Friendly Performance
Saturday 14 May 2016, 1:30pm (please note early start time).
Tickets: £40.00 | £35.00 | £25.00 | £15.00
Book online: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk/AutismFriendly
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Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
The theatre is 1 minute from London Victoria Mainline and Underground Stations
Box Office Opening Hours: MondaySaturday 10.00am – 7.45pm


Kenneth Cranham, Judi Dench and Denise Gough win at Critics’ Circle Awards

Winners of the Critic’s Circle Theatre Awards have been announced today at a ceremony held at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Denise Gough scooped Best Actress for her performance in People, Places and Things three years after winning Most Promising Newcomer whilst Kenneth Cranham won Best Actor for his performance in Florian Zeller’s sell-out play The Father.

The 71-year-old Cranham said of his win: “It’s great to have won the Critics’ Circle Award. The last thing I won was in 1968! The Father is coming back to the West End I’ve done it 171 times, and I will do almost another 100. My speciality is always giving it everything.”

At the ceremony Gough, who won the best actress award for her role as an addict in Duncan Macmillan’s play, said: “[People, Places and Things] has the possibility of changing people’s lives and how great that I’m getting attention for something I’m really proud of.

‘I’m under no illusion: our play is transferring because of our amazing reviews as well as word of mouth. I’m very grateful for what it means for this play.”

Gough also spoke about the need for gender equality in the arts: “Women are 50 per cent of the population but less than a third of speaking roles in films are women. That’s insane. So I’m going about trying to find ways in which we can keep the conversation going which we can inspire change. People are crying out for strong female narratives onstage.”

The actress spoke about a new campaign to talk about gender inequality in the arts. Gough was promoting the 50:50 by 2018 campaign which launches at the end of the month.

Other winners include Gurinder Chadha’s new musical Bend It Like Beckham and Judi Dench for her performance in Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale.

Chadha said: “I’m so thrilled! We went out on a limb to do [Bend It Like Beckham], we didn’t know if it was going to work, it’s not easy doing a musical, it’s really not easy doing an original musical full of Indian people so really all the odds were stacked against us.

“The film [of Bend It Like Beckham] was 15 years ago, I’m done with the film. I really wanted [the musical] to be something different so Howard Goodall was such a great safe pair of hands to work with.”

The Royal Court production of Hangmen picked up two awards, one for Best New Play and the other to Anna Fleischle for Best Designer.


Best New Play
Hangmen by Martin McDonagh (Royal Court and Wyndham’s Theatre)

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical [new or revival]
Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre)

Best Actor
Kenneth Cranham in The Father (Bath Theatre Royal Ustinov Studio and Tricycle Theatre, transferring to Wyndham’s Theatre and 2016 transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre)

Best Actress
Denise Gough in People, Places and Things (Dorfman Theatre at the National followed by 2016 transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre)

The Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance
Judi Dench in The Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre)

Best Director
Robert Icke for Oresteia (Almeida followed by transfer to Trafalgar Studios)

Best Designer
Anna Fleischle for Hangmen (Royal Court followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre)

Most Promising Playwright
James Fritz for Four minutes twelve seconds (Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios)

The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer [other than a playwright]
David Moorst in Violence and Son (Royal Court)

Kit Harington to star in Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Colin Teevan, directed by Jamie Lloyd


Kit Harington to star in Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Colin Teevan, directed by Jamie Lloyd 

  • Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) to play Faustus
  • London premiere of Colin Teevan’s version of Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece
  • From 9th April 2016 at Duke of York’s Theatre, London
  • Press previews from 21st April 2016 with Gala Night 25th April 2016

96c69a218b976a7f_orgKit Harington will return to the London stage to play the title role in an anarchic production of Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, from 9th April 2016. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, Christopher Marlowe’s masterwork, with two acts by Colin Teevan, will preview from Monday 9th April 2016, booking until Saturday 4th June.

Further casting to be announced.

Kit Harington has played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones (HBO) since 2011. On stage, he was in the original casts of War Horse (National Theatre) and Posh (Royal Court).

With Teevan’s darkly comic scenes replacing the extant middle acts (widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe), and dynamic stage illusions, the story of this 400-year-old play will be transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh perspective that chimes with our times.

Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?

a48aed61a356fab2_orgOn returning to the stage, Kit Harington said “I have been away from the theatre for six years, so the combination of Colin Teevan’s inventive version of Marlowe’s extraordinary play in the hands of the visionary director Jamie Lloyd all felt like the perfect reason to come back. Faustus’ journey is exhilarating and the idea of playing a magician – a showman – is hugely exciting.

Jamie Lloyd said “Kit Harington is one of the most dynamic young actors around and he’s eager for a new challenge. This version of this legendary play combines the very best of Marlowe’s text with thrilling work by Colin Teevan, which replaces the notorious central acts, long-suspected to be of spurious origin. I am excited to be presenting our company’s first production at the Duke of York’s, whilst The Maids with Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael runs at Trafalgar Studios.”

The production will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark, and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.

b024f23d34c14b50_orgAs with The Jamie Lloyd Company’s previous productions, all tickets for Monday performances will be £15. Some of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted at schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public each month, and will be available online or at the Duke of York’s box office.

The Jamie Lloyd Company’s 50th anniversary production of The Homecoming, starring Keith Allen, Gemma Chan, Ron Cook, Gary Kemp, John Macmillan and John Simm, is currently running at the Trafalgar Studios until 13th February. That will be followed by Jamie Lloyd’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids, with Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael, which previews from 20 February, also at the Trafalgar Studios.






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Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm (from 21st April)


Ticket prices: £15 all tickets on Mondays (from 2nd May)

(First Monday tickets on sale from 1st April)

£15, £35, £45, £59.50

Premium Seats Available

All tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month and will be available online or at the Duke of York’s box office.

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New children’s casting announced for the RSC’s production of Matilda The Musical



Royal Shakespeare Company production of Matilda The Musical - Emily-May Stephenson, Clara Read, Zaris-Angel Hator, Evie Hone (l-Now in its fifth year in London’s West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning production of Matilda The Musical has announced that Zaris-Angel Hator, Clara Read and Emily-May Stephenson are to join Evie Hone in the title role from 15 March 2016.

As part of the celebrations for the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth this year, Matilda The Musicalwill feature in Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival (10 – ­21 February) on 18 February when the entirety of Roald Dahl’s novel Matilda will be read aloud by members of the public and special invited guests, including Lisa Davina Phillip as Mrs Phelps. To mark the uniqueDahl in a Day event, a member of the cast of Matilda The Musical will also perform a song from the show in the Clore Ballroom.

The production’s Olivier and Tony award-winning set designer, Rob Howell has created a unique installation which will be suspended in Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom throughout the festival. The ‘Crunchem Catchem Spellem’ installation will consist of a giant satchel with brightly coloured lettered tiles exploding from within.

Exclusive backstage photography of Matilda The Musical along with Rob Howell’s costume sketches and set model box will also be featured as part of the major new theatre exhibitionCurtain Up! at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The exhibition marks forty years of the Olivier Awards and celebrates the shared theatrical heritage between London and New York. Curtain Up! will open on 9 February to the public before transferring to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Autumn 2016.

Having swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards,Matilda The Musical has gone on to take Broadway by storm, winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role. The New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, opened in March 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, Matilda The Musical has now received 56 awards in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, New York and Australia and has been seen by more than four million people worldwide. In 2015 the London and Broadway productions were joined by the North American and Australian tours. After opening to rave reviews and a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical, the Australian production recently announced it will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from 13 March 2016 for a strictly limited season.

The young performers who will be joining the London company in the three teams who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall are as follows:Nael Ameen, Henry Austin, Owen Bagnall, Oliver Crouch, Ellie-Rose Eames, Taha Elamin,Twinkle Jaiswal, Thea Lamb, Oliver Llewelyn Williams, Maxim Samartsev, Josh Shadbolt,Harrison Wilding, Ynez Williams, Maisy-May Woods-Smeeth and Dora Yolland.

Leo Ayres, Fifi Bloomsbury-Khier, Tilly Cook, Bronte Cosgrave, Ellie Dadd, Carla Dixon,Sophia Keaveney, Joe Sheridan, Jacob Smith and Jamie Wilding will continue in the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the pupils at Crunchem Hall.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound bySimon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Listings Information

Cambridge Theatre,EarlhamStreet,WC2H 9HU
Booking until 18 December 2016
Tuesdays 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30pm
Sundays 3pm
Box Office: Cambridge Theatre 0844 412 4652 / RSC Ticket Hotline 0844 800 1110
To book online visit: www.matildathemusical.com


Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster

Set and costume design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Joshua Carr and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.


Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions have revealed that Matthew Dunster’s production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmenhas recouped in under six weeks. The news comes as the production is announced the winner of the Critic’s Circle ‘Best New Play’ and ‘Best Design’ Awards today. Following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Matthew Dunster’s production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmentransferred to the West End for a strictly limited season in December and must end on 5 March.

Matthew Byam Shaw, Producer for Playful Productions, said, “No-one expected a play about public lynchings to go wild at the box office over Christmas, but Hangmen is so entertaining and unique, the public has decided that this is the new play to see.”

Lucy Davies, Exec Producer at the Royal Court said, “We programmed this play at the Royal Court in May, opened it to sold out houses in September, it transferred by Christmas, and has recouped by January. This has been a textbook example of how incredibly fruitful, confident and nimble the collaboration between subsidised theatres, commercial producers and theatre owners can be. It has been a very happy project, and we are delighted that audiences have embraced its brilliance, and its extraordinary craft.”

After a decade-long absence from the London stage, McDonagh returned to the Royal Court Theatre with Hangmen in September 2015 to critical and public acclaim. The full West End cast includes: Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Tony Hirst, John Hodgkinson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Andy Nyman, Craig Parkinson, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers, Mark Roseand Simon Rouse.

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?  

Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

The transfer of Hangmen is produced by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.


Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Until Saturday 5 March 2016

Final performance: Saturday 5 March

Performance times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm (except Wednesday 3 March at 7pm)
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval

Tickets from £19.50

Book online: www.hangmentheplay.com
Phone: 0844 482 51204
Groups: 0844 482 51004
Schools: 0844 482 5165
Access: 0844 482 5137

Book online www.royalcourttheatre.com
Phone: 020 7565 5000
Or in person at the box office (Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS)

No booking fees when booked directly with the theatre, www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk,www.hangmentheplay.com and via the Royal Court Box Office.

A limited number of £19.50 Day Seats will be released in person at Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office from 10am for that day’s performances.





9TH – 12TH JUNE 2016 

The FRAME Film Festival, presented by BalletBoyz in association with IMZ International Music and Media Centre’s dancescreen competition, is looking for final submissions for this year’s London event which could be eligible to win cash awards. With four competitive categories and nine awards, pre-selection panels and juries will be considering originality, communication and direction. With the closing date of 31 January fast approaching, filmmakers are being encouraged to submit work for consideration.  All short-listed films will be published in the dancescreen catalogue.

The esteemed judging panel, announced today, includes Jan Younghusband (Head of Commissioning, Music & Events TV, BBC), Dieter Schneider (Commissioning Editor Theater & Music, ZDF/ Arte)Alistair Spalding (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London), and Pegah Farahmand (Editor Random Acts, Channel4).

FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival will take place 9th- 12th June this year offering an opportunity for creative talent in the arts, dance and film worlds to share experience, show work, learn from other artists and enjoy the best that dance and dance film offers. For this first edition, FRAME team up with the bi-annual dance film competition, dancescreen. Cutting edge new films will feature alongside established favourites with a programme from dancescreen and FRAME, created to appeal to film, tv and media industries, dance enthusiasts and those who enjoy watching dance.

Alongside the screening programmes FRAME will provide Industry panel discussions, workshops and seminars that share experience of established professionals alongside exciting newcomers. FRAME Film Festival’s Artistic directors are Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (BalletBoyz) alongside Joe Bateman as Festival Director.  Full programme details will be announced in May.

The competitive categories are
A. Live performance relay and camera re-work
Multi-camera relay/capture of a live dance performance and adaptation of an existing choreography for broadcast or theatrical release
B. Animation
Choreography and direction of animated sequences and content
C. Screen choreography
Choreographic work specifically created for the screen, including experimental films, music videos and narrative fiction, C1) up to 5 minutes C2) up to 15 minutes C3) over 15 minutes
D. Documentary
Subject material must predominantly feature an artist, a choreographer, a dance company, the choreographic process, dance history or other dance related subjects.

The awards are

dancescreen Award for Best Film (Prize: £1,000) The Award will be presented by a jury panel of international film, video and dance experts for the best overall film from all entries

dancescreen Award for Best Student Film (Prize £500) A student competition will run parallel to these categories with an award for Best Student Film from all entries. Proof of full-time enrolment in an accredited university or college is required during the submission process.

FRAME Muybridge Award for Technical Innovation (The Muybridge Award) (Prize: £1,000)As above, work from all categories will be in contention to win this award.

dancescreen 2016 Category Winners In each category a much-appreciated distinction is given to the winning film in each of the 4 listed categories.  The winners of the 2016 Awards will be announced on 12 June 2016 at the FRAME Festival closing night Award ceremony.

Any work that is submitted for dancescreen’s competitive selection will also feature in the buyer’s catalogue for 2016.  All content submitted for consideration for the dancescreen 2016 awards will be included.

Full information on how to enter the competition can be found here:  www.dancescreen.com






Kingston Upon Thames

9 June
Festival Gala opening at the Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

10 June
Dance industry panels, workshops and discussions

11 June
Film screenings, outdoor events in Kingston market place, family and children’s shows and events

12 June
Awards Gala at the Rose Theatre Kingston Upon Thames: screenings, announcement of competitions winners plus a special live performance from BalletBoyz.