A Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production of



Rehearsal images for Alan Bennett’s hit comedy Single Spies are released today.  The production embarks on a UK tour from 4 February opening at Chichester Festival Theatre before touring to Birmingham, Richmond, Canterbury, Newcastle, Oxford, Cheltenham, Bath, Leeds, Salisbury and Sheffield.

Following the success of The King’s Speech, Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre collaborate once again on this award-winning comedy masterpiece, Single Spies.

Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh directs Nicholas Farrell (as Guy Burgess), Belinda Lang (Coral Browne and Her Majesty the Queen) and David Robb (Anthony Blunt) in an extensive UK tour opening in February 2016.

Bennett’s award-winning espionage double bill is a pointedly satirical snapshot of two members of the infamous ‘Cambridge Five’, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, both recruited as spies by the Soviet Union during World War II.

In 1950s Moscow, Coral Browne receives an invitation to lunch with shunned Soviet spy, Guy Burgess, with the sole instruction to ‘bring a tape measure’.  An Englishman Abroad is a wry and touching play which chronicles the pair’s fleeting friendship and Burgess’ attempts to cling to his way of life as a Soviet citizen.

A Question of Attribution gives us a glimpse into Anthony Blunt’s life of espionage within the very walls of Buckingham Palace.  Following his double-life as an art historian to royalty and a Soviet spy, this witty tale of forgery and deceit culminates in a sharp and candid interrogation from Her Majesty the Queen herself.

Single Spies premiered at the National Theatre in 1988, opening to critical acclaim and receiving an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 1990.


Chichester Festival Theatre
4-13 February
Oaklands Parks, Chichester, PO19 6AP
01243 781312
Online bookings:

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
17- 27 February
Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2EP
0121 236 4455
Online bookings:

Richmond Theatre
1-5 March
The Green, Surrey, TW9 1QJ
0844 871 7651
Online bookings:

The Marlowe Theatre
8- 12 March
The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS
01227 787787
Online bookings:

Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne
15-19 March
100 Grey Street, NE1 6BR
08448 11 21 21
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Oxford Playhouse
21-26 March
Beaumont Street, OX1 2LW
01865 305305
Online bookings:

The Everyman Theatre
29 March – 02 April
Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ
01242 572573
Online bookings:

Theatre Royal Bath
04 – 09 April
Sawclose, BA1 1ET
01225 448844
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Leeds Grand Theatre
12 – 16 April
46 New Briggate, LS1, 6NZ
0844 848 2700
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Salisbury Playhouse
18- 23 April
Malthouse Lane, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA
01722 320 117
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Sheffield Theatres
26-30 April
55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA
0114 249 6000
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Thursday 4 7.30pm FAIRPORT CONVENTION The return of the legendary of Folk Rockers

Friday 5 7.30pm DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE Poet; Movie Star; Rock Star; Presenter; Comedian; Social and Cultural Commentator

Saturday 6 7.30pm LEE NELSON: Suited & Booted Comedian Lee Nelson at his absolute best… live and unleashed!

Friday 12 7.30pm NO SUCH THING AS A FISH The QI Elves present the first live tour of their hit podcast

Thursday 18 8pm RICHARD HERRING: Happy Now!? Richard returns in his twelfth solo stand-up show

Friday 19 7.30pm HOWARD JONES SOLO An intimate evening of songs and stories from the 80s synth-pop pioneer

Saturday 20 2pm SING-A-LONG-A FROZEN (PG) A full screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along

8pm SING-A-LONG-A DIRTY DANCING (15) A screening of the1987 classic film with on-screen lyrics

Saturday 27 7.30pm TONY LAW: FRILLEMORPHESIS Brand new stand-up art show from the multi award-winning comedian


Wednesday 2 7.30pm PARTON SINGS PARTON Stella Parton shares both her and Dolly’s lives through Music, Song and Laughter

Friday 4 8pm ANDREW NEWTON: The Hypnotist LIVE! World-famous hypnotist

Saturday 5 7.30pm DEBRA STEPHENSON: Night of One Hundred Voices An evening of comedy, music and impressions

Sunday 6 7.30pm THE FUREYS All the hits plus selections from their new album The Times They Are A Changing

Monday 7 7.30pm THE PUPPINI SISTERS: The Highlife Tour The hugely popular vocal trio perform old favourites and new album cuts

Wednesday 9 7.30pm THEA GILMORE plus special guests Acclaimed singer-songwriter tours following her 15th album release

Friday 11 7pm THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Saturday 12 12 Noon & 4.30pm THE GOOD OLD DAYS Variety spectacular starring Anita Harris – for full line-up see

Sunday 13 8pm RUSSEL KANE: Right Man, Wrong Age A new show about growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny

Wednesday 16 7.30pm HALFWAY TO PARADISE: The Billy Fury Story The story of one of Britain’s best loved rockers with the original Tornadoes

Thursday 17 7.30pm Paul Carrol’s MUSIC HALL TAVERN The “girls” return for another evening of laughter, song and dance

Friday 18 7pm THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Saturday 19 12 Noon & 4.30pm THE GOOD OLD DAYS Variety spectacular starring Billy Pearce – for full line-up see

Sunday 20 7.30pm JOE LONGTHORNE in Concert A rescheduled date from Sept 2015 + support from Chris Berry

Monday 21 6pm & 9pm CIRCUS OF HORRORS: Welcome To The CarnEvil Tickets from £26* Circus of Horrors’ terrifying new show set in Victorian London

Thursday 24 7.30pm LAURIE BRIGGS: Ladies of Song Tickets from £18.50* A heartfelt homage to the iconic female vocalists from jazz & popular music

Friday 25 7.30pm EDDI READER Tickets from £24.10* Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter and vocalist with Fairground Attraction

Thursday 31 7.30pm THE STORY OF GUITAR HEROES Phil Walker and his band take you on a multimedia journey through rock


Wednesday 6 2.30pm WE’LL MEET AGAIN Nostalgic wartime revue show featuring the Martyn St James Band + guests

Thursday 7 7.30pm JUDIE TZUKE Acclaimed singer songwriter famed for Stay With Me Till Dawn

Friday 8 8pm PAUL ZERDIN: Spongefinger America’s Got Talent winner 2015, Paul Zerdin returns to the UK

Sunday 10 7.30pm JOE LYCETT: That’s The Way A-ha A-ha The self-proclaimed ‘absolute lad’ is back with an all new stand-up show

Tuesday 12 7.30pm G4 : Back For Good Tour 2016 Jonathan Ansell and friends reunited – VIP Meet & Greet tickets available

Friday 15 8pm MARK STEEL: Who Do I Think I Am? Mark’s surprising and enthralling life story told with aplomb

Mon 18 & Tue 19 7.30pm NEW DAWN FADES Acclaimed play about Joy Division and Manchester

Wednesday 20 8pm KEITH BARRY: Brain Hacker The star of ITV’s You’re Back In The Room – rearranged from October 2015

Thursday 21 8pm KATHERINE RYAN: Kathbum A rapid return following the sell-out show in January

Saturday 23 7.30pm GERRY MARSDEN: Gerry Cross The Mersey The legendary 60s superstar chats about his career and sings the hits

Saturday 30 7.30pm MARK WATSON: I’m Not Here Multi-award-winning comedy star returns with new show


Wednesday 4 7.30pm THE RUBETTES featuring Alan Williams Original members of the 70s Glam stars relive memories and play the hits

Thursday 5 7pm Greg Foot: CAUTION Safety Goggles Required! An evening of curious questions & explosive answers from TV’s top scientist

Wednesday 11 8pm JULIAN CLARY: The Joy of Mincing Julian’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian

Saturday 14 7.30pm SONS OF PITCHES + Special Guests Acclaimed vocal group & winners of BBC2’s The Naked Choir 2015

Friday 20 7.30pm DAVID HAMILTON’S Rock’n’Roll Back The Years Show The legendary broadcaster is joined by live performers to recreate hits from the 50s & 60s

Monday 23 7.30pm GYLES BRANDRETH: Word Power! An uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words

Thursday 26 7.30pm ROMESH RANGANATHAN: Irrational Examining issues close to his heart and explaining why everybody else is wrong


Saturday 4 7.30pm An Audience With IAN WAITE & NATALIE LOWE The Strictly Come Dancing favourites deliver a night you will remember forever

Friday 10 7.30pm ROGER McGOUGH / LiTTLe MACHINe A unique double bill of poetry and music

Saturday 11 7.30pm SARA PASCOE Acclaimed comedian Sara Pascoe in a show about empathy and its limitations


Saturday 2 6pm THE KEN DODD HAPPINESS SHOW The legendary Liverpudlian entertainer returns


Saturday 17 7.30pm AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD: Lets Go Backwards Together Sunday 18 7.30pm The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-based braveheart returns

OCTOBER Thursday 6 7.30pm LEE MEAD – Some Enchanted Evening Lee performs classics from 1930s & 1940s musicals lifted from his new album

Saturday 15 7.30pm VONDA SHEPARD Singer-songwriter who shot to fame through live performances on Ally McBeal

Buckland Theatre Co. Launches With Strindberg’s Miss Julie


Buckland Theatre Co. presents
By August Strindberg, translated by Michael Meyer


Buckland Theatre Co.
today announces its launch as a full-scale producing company with a powerful new version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Miss Julie will open at Camden’sEtcetera Theatre this February, taking over the space entirely for the duration of its four-week run. Directed by Gary Condés, with Set and Costume design by Carla Goodman and Lighting and Sound design by Joe Price, the production will feature Laura Greenwood as Miss Julie, Charlie Dorfman as Jean and Danielle Henry as Kristin. Tickets are on sale now.

‘Tonight we are ordinary people trying to be happy.’

On Midsummer’s Eve, wishes are meant to come true. But, as Miss Julie becomes ever more deeply entangled with her father’s valet, dreams turn to disappointment – with tragic consequences. Strindberg’s masterly study of class, desire, and the ties that bind us caused a scandal when it was first performed, and remains searingly relevant today.

Buckland Theatre Co. was founded by Charlie Dorfman in the spirit of collaboration and exploration, providing opportunities for creative investigation in a supportive environment. It has run weekly readings since April 2015, covering great works from Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, August Wilson and more. Miss Julie is the company’s debut production in a season of classic and modern texts to be announced later this year.

Charlie Dorfman is an actor and producer who has successfully straddled the worlds of film and theatre, recently appearing in feature film The Show written and directed by James Alexandrou, and Present written and directed by Joe Ballerini. Through Buckland Productions he has associate produced and developed features such as The King’s Speech, Shame, and Tracks.

Laura Greenwood first came to attention as the teenage lead in 2009 thriller Pinprick, and has since been seen in a huge variety of television roles, including Prime Suspect,Messiah, Holby Blue, Strike Back, Silk, Casualty, Echo Beach and Hit and Miss. She has also worked on feature films The Brothers Grimm and V for Vendetta. Danielle Henrymade her television debut in Emmerdale and graced the nation’s screens as Mandy Marquez in Doctors for two years. Gary Condés has a wealth of experience as a professional actor and over the last 10 years has developed into a renowned acting coach. More recently he won a ‘Best Film’ award at the Asians On Film Festival in Los Angeles for directing short film Healthy.

A new style of “broken” musical premieres at the King’s Head in March

Broken Cabaret presents:

March 8th – April 2nd 2016, 9.30pm, King’s Head Theatre

Something Something Lazarus is a new British musical; a dark comedy about resurrections, second chances and the healing power of performance. It’s also a “broken” musical: a fast-dissolving rehearsal ending with a fractured show, where songs are interrupted, directed, repurposed, and undercut.

In the hour before opening at Midnight Sun, a half-dead cabaret bar, Vee and Della are re-blocking the song with the knife. Owner Daniel has a thing with bar boy Jay and the changes he’s bringing to the business. And with the unveiling of a delivery from Daniel’s distant past, matters quickly skid into overdrive.

Alongside the action on stage, Something Something Lazarus will change the way you consume stories with the tools and techniques of transmedia storytelling – characters, spaces and motifs will have a web presence, websites, social media accounts … Email them and get a response. Tweet them and see how they react. Get histories and background that give the events of the show a stronger sense of place.

With strong queer sensibilities and language, song and perspectives pointed towards the world of cabaret, the theatrical and musicals, John Myatt, Simon Arrowsmith and frequent King’s Head collaborator Dan Phillips present a new type of show taking all of the excellent ingredients already on offer and adding a dash of the original.

Last chance to see The Homecoming by Harold Pinter at Trafalgar Studios


Last chance to see The Homecoming by Harold Pinter at Trafalgar Studios

  • Run ends 13 February
  • Jamie Lloyds 50th anniversary production with Keith Allen, Gemma Chan, Ron Cook, Gary Kemp, John Macmillan and John Simm
  • Post-show Q&A with Jamie Lloyd and Michael Billington on 28 January

Harold Pinter’s enigmatic masterpiece, The Homecoming, will end its run at Trafalgar Studios on 13 February. The acclaimed production opened in November in the 50th anniversary year of the multi award-winning modern classic, marking a return to the West End for The Jamie Lloyd Company.

Director Jamie Lloyd will interview Michael Billington, theatre critic and author of The 101 Greatest Plays, in a post-show Q&A on 28 January.

Taking place at Trafalgar Studios, the event will see Jamie Lloyd and Michael Billington discussing Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. Billington is widely considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Pinter and the conversation will cover the play’s history, themes and the playwright himself. The event is one of a series in the Traf Extras season, which is designed to build a deeper understanding of, and connection with, the onstage action. The 30 minute discussion starts at 9.45pm and is free for ticket holders attending the evening’s performance.

Widely regarded as Pinter’s finest play, the dangerous and tantalisingly ambiguous world of The Homecoming is a crackling hotbed of visceral tension. Celebrated as one of the leading interpreters of Pinter’s work, director Jamie Lloyd has assembled an impressive cast in this dynamic production.

The Homecoming stars Keith Allen (Sam), Gemma Chan (Ruth), Ron Cook (Max), Gary Kemp (Teddy), John Macmillan (Joey) and John Simm (Lenny) and is designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Richard Howell and sound by George Dennis.

A unique contemporary masterpiece of the 20th Century, the 50th anniversary production continues The Jamie Lloyd Company’s reputation for presenting compelling drama that sparks passionate debate.

As with The Jamie Lloyd Company’s previous productions, all tickets for Monday performances are £15. Half of these have been made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted at schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half are released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, and are available online or at the Trafalgar Studios box office.

When Teddy returns from America to introduce his wife Ruth to his family in London, they discover a claustrophobic and brutal household where his father Max, brothers Lenny and Joey and Uncle Sam live in a state of mutual loathing and festering resentment. Theirs is a motherless, compassionless and lawless home where Ruth immediately becomes the centre of attention. Pinter’s sinister masterpiece simmers with suspense and rings with savage humour as Ruth navigates her way between the roles of predator and prey in an incisive battle of wills.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Imagination Awards Open For Entries


  • Sir Ken Robinson announced as Patron
  • Sam Mendes joins judging panel

Renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson will be the Patron of The Imagination Awards, a competition launched by the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to champion creativity and inspire the next generation of theatre makers. The awards open for entries today, and close on Monday 6th June.

The judging panel for the awards will also include:

  • Members of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory creative team including: Sam Mendes, Director; Caro Newling, Producer; Mark Thompson, Set and Costume Designer
  • Jess Moore, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Warner Bros.
  • Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer, WSP Group
  • James Anderson, 18 year old entrepreneur and founder of Thinkspace
  • Mark Champkins, Inventor in Residence, Science Museum
  • Emily Mulhall, Animator

The deadline for entries is Monday 6th June 2016, with a shortlist announced on Monday 20th June, and winners announced on Friday 8th July.

The Imagination Awards are divided into two separate awards:

  • Charlie’s Challenge: a national award for 5-15 year olds (in three age categories, 5-7, 8-11, 12-15), looking for creative inventions and ideas which would benefit a family member. It can be an invention or idea that would help one person, or something that will help the whole family. Judges: Roma Agrawal, James Anderson, Mark Champkins, Emily Mulhall. Prize: The winner will receive an Imagination Pack full of prizes to encourage invention and creativity, plus a VIP trip to London to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The school that submits most entries will receive an Imagination Workshop at their school and a talk from one of the judges.
  • The Young Theatre Design Award is open to 16-18 year olds across the UK and is split into two separate categories: Set Design and Costume Design. Young designers are asked to submit an original set or costume design for Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryJudges: Sam Mendes, Jess Moore, Caro Newling, Mark Thompson. Prize: The winner from each category will be invited to London to meet with the creative team and watch a matinee performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, before experiencing the production from backstage during the evening performance.

Sam Mendes, director of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, explained: “When we were creating Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one of the key things we always wanted to get across was the importance of the imagination. At the start of the show, Charlie Bucket’s world is grey and cold, but he uses his imagination to transform the world into something wonderful. And Willy Wonka and his factory are the embodiment of the power of imagination. Creating something out of nothing is miraculous – that’s what Roald Dahl did, it’s what Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka do, and it’s what we’re celebrating with this prize.”

Charlie’s Challenge has been designed to be inclusive for all young people. The award encourages creativity in the classroom, and champions invention and imagination as valuable skills for any future career. The production will create resources throughout the awards process which will help unlock the doors to the world of theatre, and showcase the opportunities in the arts that exist for young people interested in the process of theatre making and design.

The Young Theatre Design Award will look for those who have already experimented with set and costume design, and also seek out aspiring artists and those with relevant skills who have not yet considered a career in the theatre industry.

Full details of The Imagination Awards and how to enter can be found at

Since opening in 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has offered teachers numerous ways to explore the show through an educational ‘Page-to-Stage’ resource that includes activities and exercises for students to bring the musical to life in the classroom. January 2016 has seen the launch of the new official Charlie and the Chocolate Factory school workshops in the areas of drama, singing, dance, musical theatre and storytelling.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has also provided ten one-week paid backstage work experience placements and two eight-week paid internships through the Golden Tickets scheme, part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a programme of investment in skills and training for the UK creative industries.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory presented its first ‘relaxed performance’ on 19 January 2016. Presented in association with Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the relaxed performance was aimed at families with one or more children with special needs. It was designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs, who require a more relaxed environment, to enjoy the show.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals, and recently celebrated its 1000th performance as well as winning a London Lifestyle Award for Theatre Show of the Year, as voted for by readers of the London Evening Standard. It also won two Olivier awards in April 2014, and has broken records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over 1.7 million people since it opened in June 2013. It is currently taking bookings until December 2016.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

The Official Cast Recording album is available on Sony Records, on CD and download.

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

Box Office: 0844 858 8877

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF

Booking until December 2016

Sing-a-long-a City Varieties this February


From the Producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music and Sing-a-long-a Grease


On Saturday 20 February the team from Sing-a-long-a Productions present two very special screenings at City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds.

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The afternoon sees a welcome return for last year’s two-time sell-out Sing-a-long-a Frozen – a full screening of Disney’s Animated blockbuster Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you and your family sing along during the film.   Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses.  Watch as the film is brought to life to help you experience it in a whole new light.

On the evening of the same day get ready for the time of your life with Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing (15)

The brand new sing-a-long-a screening of the classic film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

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It’s the Summer of 1963, it’s college boys versus dancing hunks, it’s one of the best loved movies of all time and, yes, there is a guy as great as your dad.

Join Baby and Johnny in a fun-filled screening of the1987 dance classic film where YOU are the stars of the show. The Singalonga host will lead a vocal warm up, show you how to use your ‘magic moments fun pack’ and will no doubt have you dancing really dirty…


Fancy dress not obligatory but highly recommended


Saturday 20 February
Sing-a-long-a Frozen (Cert PG) 2pm

Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing  (Cert 15) 8pm



Online Booking:

Box Office: 0113 243 0808


1st Birthday Competition

We are one year old and to celebrate we have a fun competition with a mystery prize

Our first “20 Questions with…..” was the insanely talented Anna Jane Casey and to win you just need to answer this question

What is Anna Jane Casey’s favourite theatre?

To enter send an email with your answer, your name and email address to [email protected] please put the word COMPETITION in the subject line

Competition closes at 11.59pm 31 January and the winner will be announced 1 February

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On screen & in 3D holography


Conducted on stage by



Bill Kenwright and Jeff Wayne present







Limited Season starts 8 February 2016

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Alongside the onscreen appearance of Liam Neeson and the onstage appearance of Jeff Wayne and his magnificent Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA string orchestra, casting has now been announced for the World Stage Premiere of The War of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre.

Making his West End debut singer-songwriter, actor, musician, and writer Jimmy Nail plays Parson Nathaniel.

Also making his debut will be Daniel Bedingfield, as The Artilleryman. The New Zealand born, British raised singer-songwriter shot to stardom in 2001. He returns to this country from LA for the first time in many years.

The third cast member to make their West End debut is Heidi Range, playing Beth. Heidi is the longest serving member of the BRIT award winning multi-platinum-selling British girl group Sugababes.

Alongside these debutants are two West End regulars: Michael Praed, as George Herbert, whose first major appearance was at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Joseph Papp’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, and who has since regularly starred in on Broadway and in the West End; and joining him Madalena Alberto, playing Carrie, fresh from her triumph as Eva Peron in Evita at The Dominion last year.

Finally, as The Voice Of Humanity, and completing possibly the starriest cast the West End has seen, is David Essex. One of the original contributors to Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds in 1978, this will be the first time the two men have joined together to work on The War of The Worlds since.

Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s original double album has become one of the most ground-breaking and bestselling musical works of all time. With over 15 million copies sold and 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts to date, a number one album in 11 countries, a number-one music DVD, 8 years of world-wide arena tours, and huge critical acclaim across the globe the score includes the two international hit singles The Eve of The War and Forever Autumn.

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has won two prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, the Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy Award (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s Showman of The Year Award.


Wintershall Players presents
The Passion of Jesus
Trafalgar Square
Good Friday, 25 March 2016
12noon & 3.15pm


On Good Friday, Friday 25th March, the renowned  Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery.

The story commemorating the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified by the Romans, two days before miraculously rising from the dead on Easter Sunday is brought to life by a cast of over a hundred, all in resplendent costumes, along with horses, doves and donkeys. Featuring realistic scenes and a heart moving crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion of Jesus is an unforgettable experience.

The Passion of Jesus has grown since the players first came to Trafalgar Square in 2010.  Since then it has become a highly anticipated fixture of Holy Week, attracting more than 20,000 people to its two performances. As well as Trafalgar Square, the Wintershall Players will perform The Passion in Guildford on Easter Saturday.


‘As Londoners across the capital and beyond celebrate Easter I am delighted that The Passion of Jesus

is returning to Trafalgar Square. It is a wonderful event that brings to life the Christian message

and attracts people of all faiths right in the heart of our great city.’

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Directed by theatre producer and Chairman of the Guildford School of Acting, Ashley Herman, and starring the actor and artist James Burke-Dunsmore as Jesus, the rest of the company is made up of eager and committed volunteers from in and around London and the South East.

The Passion’s Christian message embraces all denominations and this is highlighted by the active and continued involvement of the ecumenical Christian charity, Bible Society, as well as two of the country’s principal Church leaders, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of London.

The Wintershall Players will be performing the Life of Christ at the Wintershall Estate in Surrey from the 21-26 June and the Wintershall Nativity from the 14-18 December.



The Passion of Jesus, Trafalgar Square 
Date: Friday 25th March 2016
Times: 12 noon & 3.15 pm
Tickets: Free admission

Please note: This is an open air event so clothing appropriate for the forecasted weather conditions should be worn. This performance contains a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion. Parental guidance is advised.


Big screens are used so wherever you are you can see and hear the acting.
BSL interpreters will be available for both London performances.