The Night Watch, adapted by Hattie Naylor, is The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal’s production of Sarah Waters 2006 novel of the same name.
Set in London in the 1940s it is set around four main characters, who are linked by their experiences during the war. Unlike most stories this one goes back in time, starting in 1947, it then visits 1944 before concluding in 1941. I must admit that I found this a bit baffling at first, but once I realised the receding timeline it was fine, just unexpected.
Kay (Phoebe Pryce) seems troubled, undergoing therapy, visiting film theatres, but only seeing the second half of any film. She appears to be living in the shadows, not living at all. Helen (Florence Roberts) is a girly girly, in a relationship with another woman, the more masculine Julia (Izabell Urbanowicz). These three used to be friends, Helen and Kay were a couple before Helen fell in love with Julia. The other main character is Duncan (Lewis Mackinnon) a gentle soul, who we find out had been in prison during the war years. We never really learn why he was there, there is a hint of homosexuality and a death.
Some of the sounds and imagery are quiet harrowing. Duncan and his cellmate Fraser (Sam Jenkins-Shaw) huddling together under blankets in prison, other prisoners shouting, whilst a bomb raid is going on, is one of note. The set is very atmospheric, dark, sometimes too dark to follow what was happening on stage.
All the actors had real stage presence and are excellent in their playing their complex characters. Mackinnon was so touching as Duncan, real vulnerable. The actors in the love triangle were outstanding, though I did get a bit confused at one stage at who we were watching, Kay or Julia, as the stage was that dark and they do look similar from a distance, both tall and dark.
To fully understand the play, I really wished that I had read the book beforehand. At times I got a little lost and would have liked to have gotten to know the characters more in depth, especially Kay’s story, to find out what happened to her. At the beginning of the war she is so confident, full of joy, life and love, but by 1947 she is a broken woman. You are left to the conclusion that something terrible must have happened, war, broken heart (maybe?), but I wanted to know more. The other character I would have liked to try and understand is Duncan. What really happened to him and why was he incarcerated? Perhaps this was the intent to let the audience, reader keep guessing and making up their own minds.
The Night Watch certainly makes you think and is a bit of a challenge to watch, but that is not a bad thing at all.
BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS THE INAUGURAL PRODUCTION OF THE CLASSIC COMEDY THEATRE COMPANY
THE COMMITTEE FROM HELL… AND A ‘FETE’ WORSE THAN DEATH…
Ten Times Table, written by multi-award-winning writer Alan Ayckbourn, will embark on a nationwide tour opening at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 8 October 2019. Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of The Classic Comedy TheatreCompany, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind The Agatha Christie, The Classic Thriller and The Classic Screen To Stage theatre companies. Between them, these companies have enjoyed over 15 years of theatrical success across the UK.
The star cast is led by TV and stage actor Robert Daws, who is most loved for his role as Dr. Gordon Ormerod in The Royal as well as his time in other hit shows such as Poldark, Outside Edge and Roger Roger. Joining him is Deborah Grant,best known for playing Wendy in Not Going Out and Deborah Bergerac in Bergerac.Emmerdale and Holby City star Gemma Oaten is joined by Robert Duncan of Drop The Dead Donkey fame and theatre veteran Mark Curry, well known for his appearances in Hollyoaks and as Kevin in Last Of The Summer Wine.Craig Gazey, famous for his portrayal of Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street completes the cast, alongside Elizabeth Power known for playing Christine Hewitt in EastEnders.
The production will be directed by Robin Herford known for his work on the West End hit The Woman In Black, with lighting design by Jason Taylor and sound by Dan Samson. Set and costume design is by Michael Holt.
In the long-since ‘grand’ ballroom of the local Swan Hotel, a most miscellaneous assemblage gathers to conduct the business of the Pendon Folk Festival, led by excitable chairman Ray.
Unfortunately, for Ray, his calamitous committee quickly divides, as his wife Helen has a bone to pick…
Add a Marxist schoolteacher, a military dog-breeder and an octogenarian secretary, and the table is set for one of comedy master Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays. This tumultuous comedy by committee is not to be missed.
Churchill Theatre, Bromley – until 8 September 2019
Reviewed by Jason Rath
Personally I consider Teechers by John Godber to be one of the modern hidden gems within theatre. A play that could be just as relevant today as when it was first written if given the proper direction and care. In fact I have fond memories of delving into the political subtext of it as a youngster when I was studying the play for my GCSE’s. And all these happy memories in part contribute to why I was so disappointed with this current production of this great play. Guildford Fringe Theatre Company deliver the play as a slapstick piece of comedy that lacks the feel this show should have when commenting on the way the education system treats the downtrodden. For me it just missed the mark when dealing with these more serious moments as the way they were playing it with the maximum comedy could have totally contributed to making these hit even more if the care was given.
Elle Banstead-Salim was good in the role of Hobby, showing the slightly tomboyish persona that makes this character shine and in another production I think she could have excelled. Sam Stay was poor in the role of Salty, with a mass of misplaced energy and tripping over his lines that reminded me of a young drama student, not a professionally working actor. However a shining gem within this piece was Dannie Harris as Gail. She showed of just how much of a multi faceted actor she is with her multiple roles in this show, each completely individual and all equally hilarious. I will not be surprised to see this lady go from strength to strength within the industry.
The production did the best it could with the limited space of the Churchill studio, with minimal set and lighting expected in such a space. However I feel like the blame for how this production turned out can only lie with the director as there was a good show deep inside this, and if the misplaced energy and frantic performances had been reigned in then I think this could have been very good. It is a shame really.
Overall I think that, while Teechers did have some highlights inside it, this is perhaps not the production of it you should see if you are given the option. Teechers runs at Bromley Churchill Theatre until 8th September.
Katy Lipson and John Gertz are thrilled to announce a new production of Zorro The Musicalwhich will run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from 14 March – 18 April 2020. The production will place audiences at the heart of this legendary adventure as they are invited to take part in flamenco dancing and sample tapas on offer during the evening. Audiences will be taken on a journey into this iconic story of good vs. evil, love vs. hate, by an energetic and talented company of actor-musicians, directed by Christian Durham.
With music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron, lyrics by Stephen Clark and a book by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson, Zorro is inspired by the 2005 fictional biography of the same name written by Isabel Allende. Zorro the Musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero in an immersive new production featuring original music by the Gypsy Kings alongside their international hits including Bamboleo, Baila Me and Djobi Djoba.
Casting and full creative team will be announced in due course.
Christian Durham, Director, said:“Our new immersive production will see the action spread from the stage through the audience as they become part of the story and witness the thrills and spills of our famous masked hero. We’ll be bringing the flavour and passion of Spain and 19th Century California to the Hope Mill with heart-thumping flamenco choreography, Cante jondo singing, magic, ‘get-up-and-dance’ music by The Gypsy Kings and of course, the thrill of sword fights.”
Katy Lipson, Producer of Aria Entertainment, said: “I have always held the Gipsy King’s music close to my heart and being a huge fan of making ambitious shows in small spaces Zorro felt like a fitting addition to my programme of work. I am truly excited to be working with John Gertz and Christian Durham on this re-imagining and hope we can bring a lot of sunshine, tapas and flamenco to the Hope Mill Theatre next spring.”
On 19 October, Disney’s THE LION KING celebrates 20 years in the West End, cementing its place in theatrical history as one of the most successful and beloved stage musicals of all time.
To celebrate this landmark achievement, THE LION KING will hold a gala performance on Saturday 19 October 2019 at the Lyceum Theatre, in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music. Tickets go on sale at 10am today and can be purchased from www.thelionking.co.uk/gala
Disney Theatrical Productions over the last two years provided scholarships to seven students from diverse backgrounds to study on the Academy’s Musical Theatre MA course, offering them the opportunity to nurture their talent and hone their performance skills. The scholarships illustrate both organisations’ ongoing efforts to redress the underrepresentation of BAME performers in musical theatre.
With an iconic score by original creative team member Sir Elton John, Disney Theatrical Productions is proud to support Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) which aims to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.
Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19 October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 16 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production and sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. An extraordinary team of more than 50 performers on stage and 100 crew off-stage present this global phenomenon every night to 2,200 people at the Lyceum Theatre, London.
To coincide with the 20th anniversary, the multi award-winning musical is also embarking on a second UK and Ireland tour. THE LION KING opens at The Bristol Hippodrome on 7 September 2019 and will move on to the Edinburgh Playhouse from 5 December 2019. The production will also tour to Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from 9 July 2020 and further dates will be announced in due course.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical, brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor was transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience which tells the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
A brand-new trailer, launched earlier this year, showcases the enormity, vibrancy and beauty of Julie Taymor’s outstanding design and direction.
After 21 landmark years on Broadway, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 100 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, THE LION KING has made theatrical history with three productions worldwide running 15 or more years and another three productions running 20 or more years. The show has been performed in nine different languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish). Productions of THE LION KING can be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; on tour across Japan and North America, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.
THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreographer (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer, Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.
The score features Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice’s music from THE LION KING animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”
Sir Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone onto extraordinary worldwide success.
The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed THE LION KING animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
Created and performed by Mary Higgins and Ell Potter
Directed by Jessica Edwards with Mary Higgins and Ell Potter
Designer: Rūta Irbite
3 December 2019 – 4 January 2020
Following the critically acclaimed success of HOTTER, Hotter Project and Ellie Keel Productions today announce the world première of FITTER opening at Soho Theatre on 9 December, with previews from 3 December, running until 4 January 2020.
A rugby ball’s soft, a hockey stick’s hard, what does that make me?’ – Boy, 12
Hello, we’re Ell and Mary.
We’re ex-girlfriends and bisexuals and we’re a bit bummed out by boys.
Three years ago we interviewed women and transpeople aged 11 to 97 for our five-star sell-out show HOTTER. We didn’t interview men. We just didn’t want to. Because men are trash, right?
Wrong. Well, sometimes wrong. We asked trans-men, cis-men, and masculine presenting people aged 8 to 85 about what makes them hard. This is a show about what we learned: about strength, fitting in, feeling yourself, and arseholes.
Through singing, dancing, and f*cking around in crap drag, Ell and Mary write a love letter to masculinity which they are forever tearing up and taping back together again.
Mary Higgins devised and stars in FITTER. Her previous theatre credits include Callisto: A Queer Epic (Arcola Theatre) and Suddenly Last Summer (Oxford Playhouse). Her screen credits include Misbehaviour (Left Bank Pictures), Traitors (Channel 4), and she recently wrapped on The English Game for Netflix.
Ell Potter devised and stars in FITTER. She graduated from LAMDA earlier this year. While studying, she was named Audible’s ‘Breakout Star’ of 2019, recording their bestselling Thriller of the Year, Winter Dark; and was shortlisted for the Alan Bates Award. She is also a prizewinner in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award. Her credits include The Unwelcome and The Country Girls (BBC Radio Drama).
Jessica Edwards is an award-winning freelance director and writer. She makes work that is formally inventive and new. She often explores the queer and female experiences, and creates theatre that is iconoclastic, pop-tastic, subversive and outrageous. She is a Supported Artist at Shoreditch Town Hall, and has directed shows at the Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, the Almeida Young Company, and Trafalgar Studios. As a writer, she is currently developing her first screenplay, and was recently awarded a Peggy Ramsay Grant for her first play, Crashland. She holds a first in English from Oxford University is represented by Camilla Young at Curtis Brown.
Recent directing: Hotter (Underbelly / Soho Theatre), Passengers (Summerhall), Sparks (Vaults / Pleasance / HighTide), Nacktsängerin (BKA Theater Berlin), Denim: World Tour (Soho Theatre / Underbelly), Punts (Theatre503), Torch (Latitude / Edinburgh Festival 2016), Haters Make You Famous (Almeida Theatre), Queering Marlowe (Jamie Lloyd Company / Duke of York’s Theatre), The Box (Latitude / Theatre Delicatessen), The Itinerant Music Hall (Lyric Hammersmith / Watford Palace / GDIF / Latitude), and Jekyll & Hyde (Southwark Playhouse / Assembly Edinburgh).
HOTTER Project are a new creative collective founded by Mary Higgins and Ell Potter. Dedicated to creating radically honest and silly work, HOTTER Project aims to speak to and platform the voices of those we don’t normally hear. While working on their stage projects HOTTER and FITTER, the company have recently recorded a pilot episode of a new podcast for BBC Sounds, and are developing a book with Susanna Lea Associates.
EKP (Ellie Keel Productions) is an award-winning new companyproducing new plays in London, Edinburgh, and on tour in the UK and internationally.
Today marks one year since Kiln Theatre opened the doors of its refurbished building with a re-opening season including seven world premières, a UK première, twelve commissions and a major musical revival. The opening season featured leading and emerging talent that took us on a journey through time and cultures – from our doorstep of Kilburn High Road to around the world and back – presenting original and unique stories bringing different voices to the London stage.
Since then, Kiln Theatre has received its first West End transfer, with Florian Zeller’s critically acclaimed The Son currently playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre, and the New York transfer of the 2013 production of Moria Buffini’s Handbagged.
The venue is now selling more tickets than ever before, with 65,00 theatre tickets sold this year, and the top three bestselling shows in the venue’s history being from this season; White Teeth, Blues in the Night, and The Son.
As a proudly local theatre in the heart of Kilburn, Kiln Theatre continues to create world-class theatre that is accessible to the local community, as well as celebrating the creativity and talent of young people across Brent.
Artistic Director, Indhu Rubasingham today said “This date last year, we opened the doors, by the skin of our teeth, to the first preview of Alexis Zegerman’s Holy Shit! – the first performance in our newly renovated building.
“It has been an exhilarating year; five world premières, one British première and a musical revival thus far. We are about to stage our first community play – another world première, with 100 volunteers as well as beginning rehearsals for our next new play, When The Crows Visit.
“This has been an immense journey and today is a moment to thank everyone involved in delivering this beautiful building and for all their incredible hard work and commitment. Thank you to all the donors and supporters who made it even possible. A big shout out to the Kiln team for enduring this rollercoaster ride as well as all the actors, creatives, playwrights, technical teams, stage management and directors who have baptised this new space with their energy, talent and joy. And finally. a big ‘thank you’ to you, the audience who have come and given your time and support to Kiln Theatre.
We look forward to you coming with us on the next stage of our journey as we head into 2020, with the soon-to-be announced new season in the year that Brent is the London Borough of Culture.”
Kiln Theatre’s next production is the world première of Anupama Chandrasekhar’s When The Crow’s Visit, opening on the 23 October, followed by the London debut of Snowflake written by Olivier Award-winning Mike Bartlett.
Mayflower Theatre Southampton – until 14 September 2019
Reviewed by Jo Gordon
With an unusual setting of a Northampton shoe factory, many would wonder how Kinky Boots has become the huge hit it is today and if they chose not to go and see why, they are missing out on an absolute treat! On the death of his father, Charlie ( Joel Harper-Jackson) inherits the struggling family business but has aspirations to succeed in the big smoke that is London alongside his fiancé Nicola (Helen Ternent). Who wishes for bigger and better things that she believes Northampton can offer them. On returning to the factory Charlie realises its not just about him, there’s also a factory full of staff who are relying on him to save their jobs. Enter Lola (Kayi Ushe) and her Angels, a Drag Queen Diva and her glorious cross dressing ensemble in need of the highest stiletto heels that can withstand the life of a Drag Queen. A friendship is formed and they set to work developing the perfect, reddest boot much to the disdain of some of the workers, who have an issue with Lola.
There are some wonderful moments as we follow the production of the boots, from big choreography numbers involving the whole cast and treadmills, to solo pieces like Lauren’s (Paula Lane) quirky realisation that she fancies Charlie and Lola’s beautiful, moving visit to entertain the local old peoples home .
Joel’s gentle, bumbling Charlie balances well with Kayi’s loud, confident Lola and each compliments the other wonderfully. The whole cast are brilliant at bringing each character to life and as someone who can just about manage to walk in socks on a flat floor I’m in awe of the fact they manage to fling themselves around in those heels in the Milan scene…. impressive!
With the shows lyrics written by the famous Cyndi Lauper you are in for a treat, there are some enormous numbers like Sex is in the Heel, What a Woman Wants and Raise You Up/Just Be that get the audience clapping along and eventually raising up to their feet at the end.
This glittered, thigh high extravaganza is a reminder that acceptance of yourself and others should always be the norm.
SIXTHE WEST END SMASH HIT MUSICAL SIX ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR UK TOURUK Tour: 24 Oct 2019 – 25 Jul 2020
The West End smash hit musical SIX written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, today announces the full cast for its 2019/20 UK Tour. The touring Queens will be played by Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon), Maddison Bulleyment (Anne Boleyn), Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour), Shekinah McFarlane (Anna of Cleves), Jodie Steele (Katherine Howard) and Athena Collins (Catherine Parr), with Alternates Jennifer Caldwell, Cassandra Lee and Harriet Watson. The cast are backed by the show’s all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting.
SIX opens its nine-month UK tour at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on 24 October 2019, visiting 33 venues until 25 July 2020, including a Christmas season at The Lowry Quays Theatre from 3 December 2019 to 5 January 2020.
The SIX phenomenon shows no sign of abating. Two years to the day since the show premiered as a student production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, SIX announced its Broadway transfer to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York following sold out runs in Chicago and Boston. Back in London where SIX continues to sell every seat for every performance at the Arts Theatre, the show was nominated for five 2019 OIivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. The show will open at the Sydney Opera House in January and is due to reopen in Chicago next summer. Productions are being planned for China, Japan, South Korea and Canada.
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, SIX sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. The songs from the show have proved to be a chart storming sensation racking up 50 million streams and adding 300,000 daily. Ann Boleyn’s song ‘Don’t Lose Ur Head’ has been shared over half a billion times on the TIK TOK app.
These Queens may have green sleeves, but their lipstick is rebellious red. Think you know the rhyme, think again… Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE! SIX is co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. The design team includes Emma Bailey (Set Design), Gabriella Slade (Costume Design), Paul Gatehouse (Sound Design) and Tim Deiling (Lighting Design). The score features orchestrations by Tom Curran with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton. Associate Choreographer Freya Sands, Musical Director Katy Richardson, Associate Musical Director Arlene McNaught. SIX is produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles.
WINNER! BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL The BroadwayWorld Awards 2018 WINNER! BEST COSTUME DESIGNER The BroadwayWorld Awards 2018 WINNER! BEST UK CAST RECORDING The Curtain Up Show Album of The Year Awards 2018 WINNER! MUSICAL OF THE YEAR The Spy in the Stalls Awards 2018 WINNER! BEST OFF WEST END PRODUCTION WhatsOnStage Awards 2019 NOMINATED FOR SIX WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS Best New MusicalBest Off-West End ProductionBest Original Cast RecordingBest ChoreographyBest Lighting Design Best Costume Design NOMINATED FOR FIVE LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS Best New Musical Outstanding Achievement in Music Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical (The Queens)Best Theatre Choreographer Best Costume Design
Tour Listings Information:
SIXUK TOUR2019 / 2020
Thu 24 – Sun 27 October GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UXEves: Thu – Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm Mats: Sat & Sun 2pm Box Office: 01483 44 00 00 | yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Tue 29 Oct – Sun 3 November MALVERN Theatres Grange Rd, Malvern WR14 3HB Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm Mats: Sat & Sun 2.30pm Box Office: 01684 892277 | malvern-theatres.co.uk
Tue 5 – Sun 10 November GLASGOW Theatre Royal 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QAEves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm Mats: Sat 2.30pm & Sun 2pm Box Office: 0844 871 7648 | atgtickets.com/glasgow
Tue 12 – Sat 16 November KINGSTON Rose Theatre Eves: Tue, Thu 8pm; Wed & Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Sat 5pm & 8pm [Sing-Along Performance Wed 6pm]24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HLBox Office: 020 7174 0090 | rosetheatrekingston.org
Tue 19 – Sat 23 November OXFORD Playhouse Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mat: Sat 2pm Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LWBox Office: 01865 305305 | oxfordplayhouse.com
Mon 25 – Sat 30 November MILTON KEYNES Theatre 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ Eves: Mon – Sat 8pm; Mats: Wed 2.30pm & Sat 3.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 7652 | atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes
Tue 3 December – Sun 5 January SALFORD QUAYS The Lowry, Quays Theatre Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ Various times during the Christmas season, see website for detailBox Office: 0843 208 6000 | thelowry.com
Tue 14 – Sun 19 January CHICHESTER Festival Theatre – PUBLIC ONSALE 14 SEP Oaklands Way, Chichester PO19 6AP Eves: Tue – Thu 8pm; Fri & Sat 6pm & 8.30pm; Mat: Sun 2.30pm Box Office: 01243 781312 | cft.org.uk
Tue 21 – Sat 25 January CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm, Mat: Sat 2.30pm Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL Box Office: 029 2063 6464 | wmc.org.uk
Mon 27 January – Sat 1 February CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre Eves: Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat 8pm; Wed 8.30pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mat: Sat 4pm Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQBox Office: 01242 572573 | everymantheatre.org.uk
Tue 4 – Sun 9 February EDINBURGH Festival Theatre Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mats: Sat 2.30pm & Sun 2pm 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT Box Office: 0131 529 6000 | capitaltheatres.com
Tue 11 – Sat 15 February AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre Eves: Tue, Thu, Sat 8pm; Wed & Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mat: Sat 2.30pm Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 1UG Box Office: 0844 871 7607 | atgtickets.com/aylesbury
Tue 18 – Sun 23 February BATH Theatre Royal Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET Eves: Tue – Sat 8pm, Wed & Fri 5.30pm & 8pm; Mats: Sat & Sun 4pm Box Office: 01225 448844 | theatreroyal.org.uk
Tue 24 – Sun 29 March NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mats: Sat & Sun 2.30pm Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND Box Office: 0115 989 5555 | trch.co.uk
Tue 31 March – Sun 5 April BROMLEY Churchill Theatre High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA Eves: Tue – Sat 8pm, Mats: Sat 5pm, Sun 2pm & 5pm Box Office: 020 3285 6000 | churchilltheatre.co.uk
Tue 7 – Sun 12 April SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7RA Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mats: Sat & Sun 2.30pm Box Office: 01702 351135 | southendtheatres.org.uk
Tue 28 April – Sat 2 May SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre – PUBLIC ON SALE 26 OCT 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA Eves: Tue – Thu 8pm; Mat: Wed 2pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm Box Office: 0114 249 6000 | sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Wed 13 – Sat 17 May HULL New Theatre Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF Eves: Wed, Thu 8pm; Fri & Sat 6pm & 8.30pm; Mat: Sun 2.30pm Box Office: 01482 300 306 | hulltheatres.co.uk
Tue 19 – Sun 24 May CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm Mats: Sat & Sun 2.30pm Box Office: 01227 787787 | marlowetheatre.com
Tue 2 – Sun 7 June COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre – PUBLIC ONSALE 1 OCT Belgrade Square, Coventry CV1 1GSEves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Mats: Sat & Sun 4pm Box Office: 024 7655 3055 | belgrade.co.uk
Tue 9 – Sun 14 June LEICESTER Curve Theatre 60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB Eves: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 8pm; Thu 6pm & 8.30pm; Mats: Sat & Sun 5pm Box Office: 0116 242 3595 | curvetheatre.com
Tue 16 – Sat 20 June LEEDS Grand Theatre – GENERAL ON SALE 18 SEP 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU Eves: Tue – Sat 8pm; Wed, Fri, Sat 5pm Box Office: 0844 848 2700 | leedsgrandtheatre.com
Mon 22 – Sat 27 June NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal 100 Grey St, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6BR l Eves: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm; Fri 5pm & 8pm; Mat: Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 08448 11 21 21 | theatreroyal.co.uk
Wed 1 – Sun 5 July SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower Theatre 22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE Eves: Wed – Sat 8pm; Mats: Sat & Sun 4pm Box Office: 02380 711811 | mayflower.org.uk
Tue 14 – Sun 19 July NORWICH Theatre Royal – PUBLIC ON SALE 8 OCT Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL Eves: Tue – Thu 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 2.30pm Box Office: 01603 630000 | theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
ENGAGEMENT BEGINS 5 FEBRUARY 2020 AT LONDON’S DOMINION THEATRE
EXTRA SHOWS NOW ON SALE
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the brand-new stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas) and based on the celebrated DreamWorks Animation film, today announces the full cast for its London premiere production.
The previously announced Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam),Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron) will be joined by Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Simbi Akande, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Joe Atkinson, Danny Becker, Felipe Bejarano, Pàje Campbell, Adam Filipe, Soophia Foroughi, Natalie Green, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Rachael Ireson, Kalene Jeans, Christian Knight, Jessica Lee, Oliver Lidert, Jay Marsh, Scott Maurice, Carly Miles, Sam Oladeinde, Alice Readie, Christopher Short, Ricardo Walker, Danny Williams, Niko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward.
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT today also releases the first scenic design illustration by KevinDepinet of the newly conceived London production.
Performances begin at London’s Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 5 February 2020, with an official West End premiere on Tuesday 25 February 2020, for a limited 32-week engagement. Tickets are available via www.ThePrinceofEgyptMusical.com and all usual agents.
The following EXTRA SHOWS have been added: Tuesday 14 April, Tuesday 11 August and Tuesday 25 August 2020, all at 2.30pm. Tickets are now on sale.
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT features 10 new songs written by Stephen Schwartz, together with 5 of his acclaimed songs from the DreamWorks Animation film, including Deliver Us, All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven’s Eyes and the Academy Award®-winning When You Believe (which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as well as a UK chart-topping winner’s single for The X-Factor).
Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is directed by Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman;set designs by KevinDepinet;costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Mike Billings; sound design by Gareth Owen; projection designs by Jon Driscoll; illusion designs by Chris Fisher; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose and casting by Jim Arnold CDG.
A milestone in cinematic achievement, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt captivated audiences across the world and recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Hailed as “an outstanding artistic achievement” (Variety) and “a stunning film” (The Guardian), it remains one of the most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films of all time.
Developmental productions of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT were presented at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (winner of the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award®) and Fredericia Teater Denmark.
The West End premiere production of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (a division of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw.