Donmar Warehouse Chair Adam Kenwright today announces four new members joining the Board of Trustees. Professor Hannah Thompson, Jonathan Kanagasooriam, Neil Blair and Sarah Carson joinAdam Kenwright, Antonia Romeo, Gerard Lemos CMG, Jonathan Smith, June Sarpong OBE, Lucian Msamati, Susan Boster, Tessa Ross CBE, Tiina Lee and William Eccleshare on the Donmar’s Board.

Adam Kenwright said today, “After an extensive recruitment process, the Board and I are delighted to be welcoming Professor Hannah Thompson, Jonathan Kanagasooriam, Neil Blair and Sarah Carson to the Donmar’s Board of Trustees. Collectively they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and have a shared enthusiasm for taking the vision and ambitions of the Donmar forward. I look forward to working alongside them.”

Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director and Henny Finch, Executive Director added “We are thrilled to be joined by our new trustees and are grateful for the expertise and energy they collectively bring to the Donmar”.

Professor Hannah Thompson: “I’m pleased to bring my love of live theatre and my expertise in equality, diversity, and inclusion. As a partially blind theatre goer, I understand what a difference creative and world-leading access provision makes. I’m excited to be part of a forward-looking team who understand the benefits of making theatre accessible to everyone.”

Jonathan Kanagasooriam: “I’m honoured and excited to join the Donmar’s Board. It’s an organisation that represents the very best of live performance, creativity, and art in the UK. I can’t wait to start working with Adam and other trustees in supporting Henny, Michael, and the wider Donmar team in their continued mission to bring people together through the power of world-class theatre.”

Neil Blair: “I am delighted to be joining the Board as I have long been an admirer of the Donmar. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees and the inspirational team, headed up by Michael Longhurst and Henny Finch, to continue to tell stories, engage audiences and deliver the Donmar’s mission.”

Sarah Carson: “I’m very excited to be joining the Board of the Donmar Warehouse as a champion for youth voice and participation. The Discover programme is a powerful platform for young people to tell new stories, challenge ideas and provoke debate. It’s an impressive team, and I’m really looking forward to supporting this work.”

Professor Hannah Thompson is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and the visual arts, translation studies, critical disability studies and audio description. She is Professor of French and Critical Disability Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London and studied at Newnham College, Cambridge where she earned her PhD in French Literature. She is a partially blind academic and activist. Her research asks what the representation of various protected characteristics (including gender, sexuality, and disability) tell us about (French) culture. Since the publication of her third book, Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction (1789-2013) (Palgrave, 2017) her internationally renowned research focus on the intersections between Critical Disability Studies and French Studies.  Hannah is currently working on creative audio description in museums, art galleries and theatres and her notion of ‘blindness gain’: she was Production Consultant for the Donmar’s installation Blindness and also worked with them during her AHRC EDI Fellowship ‘Inclusive Description for Equality and Access’.

Jonathan Kanagasooriam is Head of Content Strategy for BBC Sounds. He previously worked in a range of organisations across the creative industries including BBC Studios, fashion publisher Dazed Media and in-house agency, Dazed Media Studios, McCann London and Wunderman Thompson (formerly JWT London). He is also a trustee of The Whitechapel Gallery and Hofesh Shechter Company.

Neil Blair is Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership and Chairman of Pottermore. The Blair Partnership, represents and brand manages writers, entertainers and artists from around the world including high profile names such as Marina Abramovic, J.K. Rowling, Sir Trevor Phillips and YolanDa Brown. Prior to this, Neil was Head of Business Affairs, Europe, for Warner Bros. working on productions such as Band of Brothers and Eyes Wide Shut. In 2014, Neil was an Executive Producer for the BBC adaptation of The Casual Vacancy and more recently has been Executive Producer for the BBC series adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike Mysteries, and for the Warner Bros. film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Neil also continues to represent J.K. Rowling’s Producer interest on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He recently completed his tenure as Chairman of J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity, Lumos and is involved as a trustee or ambassador in a number of other charitable causes including The Atlas Foundation, GIFT, Stand With Us UK, United Hatzalah, JW3, The Abraham Initiatives and the Donmar Warehouse.

Sarah Carson has spent several years in the charity sector working on campaigns and youth-centred initiatives to raise young people’s voices. She is currently the Head of Campaigns at UNICEF UK, advocating for children’s rights here and around the world, and prior to this was the Head of Youth, Movements and Campaigns at global organisation Plan International. Sarah has a Masters in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. She also qualified as an Art Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths, and has volunteered with young offenders at Holloway women’s prison, and now with survivors of violence at the Women and Girls Network.



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Cast and creative team announced for Rambert Dance Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

Cast and creative team announced for Rambert Dance
Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

  • Narration by Birmingham-born writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Featuring new track by Laura Mvula
  • Author Simon Sinek joins the team as Executive Producer, working with Choreographer and Director Benoit Swan Pouffer and Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight

Rambert today announces the cast and creative team for Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelbya dance theatre show written and adapted for the stage by Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight and choreographed and directed by Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer, inspired by the TV series produced and owned by Caryn Mandabach Productions. The show will have its world premiere at co-producing partner venue Birmingham Hippodrome on 27 September, followed by a London premiere at Troubadour Wembley Park on 12 October before embarking on a UK tour in 2023.

Guillaume Quéau and Prince Lyons will alternate the role of Thomas Shelby, with Naya Lovell and Seren Williams alternating the role of Grace, and the production will feature the permanent Rambert dance company on stage. Birmingham-born writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah who played street preacher Jeremiah Jesu in the TV serieswill provide pre-recorded narration for the production.

On his role as the narrator Benjamin Zephaniah said “I remember growing up in Birmingham and hearing about the Peaky Blinders, and I remember hearing about the great Rambert. I could never have imagined me, Peaky Blinders, and Rambert coming together. This gig was made for me. Rambert is taking the Peaky Blinders to another level. When these two come together audiences will witness one of the most imaginative collaborations of all time. I’m so proud to be a part of this. We are making dance history, and we’re still keeping it gangster.”

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby will feature live musicians led by Musical Director Yaron Engler and a score written by Roman GianArthur and Nate Wonder as well as a new track by Laura Mvula. GianArthur and Wonder worked with music consultant D.J. Walde to create the soundtrack for the production which will feature iconic songs from the television series. 

Author Simon Sinek and Robin Saunders have also boarded the Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby as Executive Producers, alongside a creative team which includes Moi Tran (set design), Richard Gellar (costume design) and Natasha Chivers (lighting design), with dramaturgy by Kaite O’Reilly. Also working with the cast is acting director Kim Pearce, illusions director Filipe J. Carvalho, fight director Adrian Palmer, props supervisor Lily Mollgaard, and intimacy director Yarit Dor, with sound design by Moshik Kop.

Simon Sinek, Executive Producer of the show, said “There are many great dancers, but there are very few great dance companies. Rambert is a great dance company. It is their ability to face new challenges head-on that inspires me so much. And Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is the latest challenge that pushes the company and the boundaries of the medium. It is an honor to support them on their journey.”

Through dance theatre Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby picks up the story of the Peaky Blinders at the end of World War One, following Tommy Shelby and Grace Burgess through their passionate love affair.  While Tommy is building his empire, Grace is operating as an undercover agent for Special Branch on a mission to get close to the heart of Tommy’s gang.   As the story unfolds, many hearts are broken. 

Dazzling, athletic dance and stunning dramatisation with an iconic eclectic Peaky soundtrack from live on-stage musicians.

Tommy and the Peaky Blinders fought together at Flanders and the show opens in the trenches. Bound by this experience, a very personal story unfolds as the Shelby family navigate the decisions that determine their fate and Tommy is intoxicated by the mysterious Grace.

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby will perform at Birmingham Hippodrome on 27 September, running until 2 October, followed by a London Premiere at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre before embarking on a UK tour in 2023.

The 2023 UK tour will visit Norwich Theatre Royal (17-21 January), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (25-28 January), Hull New Theatre (31 January-4 February), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (7-11 February), Royal and Derngate, Northampton (21-25 February), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (28 February-4 March), The Lowry, Salford (14-18 March), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (21-25 March) and Theatre Royal Plymouth (28 March-1 April).

The show will return by popular demand to Birmingham Hippodrome from 23-27 May.

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelbyis a Rambert production in association with Birmingham Hippodrome, co-produced with The Lowry, Executive Producers Rambert, Robin Saunders and Simon Sinek, inspired by the television series Peaky Blinders created by Steven Knight in association with official brand owners and series producer Caryn Mandabach Productions. Peaky Blinders TM © Caryn Mandabach Productions 2022. Licensed by Caryn Mandabach Productions.Rambert is supported by Arts Council England.

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Waitress Review

Alhambra, Bradford – until 30th July 2022

Reviewed By Katie Goldsbrough


Waitress is currently on its first UK tour after a successful run in the West End, telling the story of Jenna Hunterson (Chelsea Halfpenny), a Waitress working at ‘Joe’s Diner’. In an abusive relationship, Jenna suddenly finds out she’s pregnant and begins looking for a way out. She starts an affair with Dr. Pomatter, her gynaecologist (David Hunter), and begins to see what life could be like without husband Earl (Tamlyn Henderson). 

Jenna builds a friendship with the owner of the diner, Joe (Michael Starke) and he suggests she enters a pie making contest as a way to make some money and hers are the best pies he’s tasted. With a £20,000 prize this could be her chance to start a new life. Helped and supported along the way by fellow waitresses Becky (Wendy Mae Brown), who is struggling as a carer for her husband and Dawn (Evelyn Hoskins), who has never had a boyfriend. Waitress is funny, emotional and heartfelt. It’s a great example of women standing up for themselves and making themselves happy. The love and support the female characters have for one another is evident throughout.

Overall, Waitress is a feel-good comedy musical, with the darker domestic abuse well-handled and supportive. 

The cast are superb, the chemistry between Jenna and Doctor Pomatter is clear and you find yourself routing for them despite them both being married. With music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles you’ll find lots of catchy songs including ‘Opening Up‘ and ‘She Used to be Mine‘ and with the band on the stage, they become part of the story leading to fantastic music from start to finish.

A simply wonderful production that will leave you craving a slice of pie! 

School of Rock Review

Sheffield Lyceum – until Saturday 30 July 2022

Reviewed by Lottie Davis-Browne


I came, I saw….I totally wanted to rock…but….

It’s hard to believe that it’s as back long ago as 2003 that Richard Linklater’s totally kick ass movie of the same name hit the big screens. Back then I had no idea of who Jack Black was – despite his band Tenacious D being on the scene long before School of Rock premiered, his band isn’t my style of music so I’d never stumbled across him before but before we’d even met the films Summer and the rest of Horace Green’s privileged kids, I was hooked on Black as a performer.

Flash forward to 2016 and after a successful stint on Broadway the stage musical adaptation finally arrived in Londons’ West End. I’ll be totally honest and say I had absolutely zero desire to see it at this point. I have a bit of a “thing” against seeing shows that are predominantly a large cast of children. I am glad to discover this is not just myself who has this “thing” – several of my regular theatre going friends all say the same thing. Yes it’s great to see such talented young performers on stage who could later go on to be the next Elphaba in Wicked or the next Hamilton in the West End – but it’s just how stage schools mould these young performers and how songs often appear “shouty” and reactions to things overly exaggerated – not to mention if they’re also tasked with maintaining an American accent meaning words can often become difficult to understand. The amount of times I’ve had to suffer Matilda’s “When I Grow Up” and “Revolting Children” at West End Live the many years I resided in London and this was an annual event for me. It was enough to make me say I categorically do NOT wish to endure watching the musical in full. The same goes for School of Rock when I’ve seen snippets of the live show in person.

But something in me changed suddenly and I had the overwhelming urge to get to see School of Rock on tour. So the fact it was coming to my now hometown of Sheffield, I was as giddy as a kid in a candy store.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, the story is centred around ageing wannabe rockstar Dewy Finn, once part of a band “No Vacancy” but kicked out for no longer being deemed as credible amongst the in crowd. Dewy is a a jobless slob, living with old ex band mate and High School best friend Ned Schneebly and Ned’s girlfriend Patty. Struggling to pay his rent and being hounded by Patty to pay up or leave, Dewy takes a gamble when answering a call from the prestigious Prep School Horace Green. The call was for Ned, a qualified teacher who is currently working as a substitute teacher. When Dewy hears that the salary is just over $2,000 a week, he has a lightbulb moment and comes back to the call claiming to be Ned. What could possibly go wrong?!

When Dewy (acting as Mr Schneebly) hears the classes incredible musical talents (granted it’s all classical music), he has a new found enthusiasm for the role and gets the brainwave that he can compete in an upcoming Battle of The Bands competition.

Watching Jake Sharp as Dewy is like watching Jack Black in the role. I didn’t think anyone could play the role as well as Black does, but Sharp has proven otherwise. He goes from being a useless slob to someone who you suddenly see in a different light and have total respect for. Sure so Dewy totally lies about being qualified to teach and goes totally off the curriculum agenda to focus on music, however what he does teach the kids is how to love themselves for who they really are. Shy Tomika, the new student at Horace Green, adopted by a same sex couple, arrives and doesn’t speak to fellow classmates until Dewy literally helps her find her voice – and what an outstanding voice it is indeed – Tia Isacc (the young actors are a three different groups of children who share roles with two or three others, each doing so many different dates to allow ample time off in-between to rest) – tonight’s Tomika – gave a tear jerking rendition of “Amazing Grace”. Tia certainly is a triple threat young upcoming actress in the making. Not only has she a voice worthy of any solo song, she’s also a convincing actress and totally kick ass dancer.

Whilst Summer (tonight played by Evie Marner), doesn’t take to the sudden lack of routine and discipline usually the norm at Horace Green with Dewy’s (Mr Schneebly) arrival but when given the chance to shine as Band Manager, she takes to the role like a duck to water and when the band risk missing out of the competition, she stays loyal to her band mates and ensures their performance still goes ahead. Zack (Hanley Webb) has a strict father who has little time for Zack, and therefore Zack bottles his feeling up inside but when given the chance to shine on guitar, he shows he’s actually a real musical prodigy and ends up writing the bands anthem “Teacher’s Pet”.

Billy (Wilf Cooper) is a flamboyant boy with a real love of style (he hides his copy of Vogue behind another magazine so his Dad doesn’t judge or mock him). Wilf has the campness of Billy’s character mastered to perfection and he’s an utter joy to watch.

As the pre-recorded message from Andrew Lloyd Webber at the start of the show reminding the audience, that yes, the children in the band DO play their instruments live in the show – I’m so glad this was included so they can get the recognition they truly deserve. These kids certainly give the adult cast members a lesson in “Stick(ing) It To The Man”.

A real highlight for me in this ALW musical has to be Becky Lock”s outstanding operatic vocals – with “Where Did The Rock Go?” being the most stand out performance of the night for me. I’ve had the honour of seeing Lock in several roles including Veronica in “Heathers” (West End) – another film to stage musical adaptation – which I absolutely loved – to Kate in “Kiss Me, Kate” (Sheffield’s Crucible) – a musical I didn’t enjoy other than Lock’s vocals.

Overall School of Rock is the perfect way to rock your way into the summer holidays – one that school aged audience members will absolutely love – but for the grown ups? For me it’s a musical I’m glad I’ve seen and can tick off my list, but It didn’t rock my socks off so to speak. It just felt like a certain je ne sais quoi missing to it. Other than the songs from the movie version and Lock’s stand out solo performance, the music wasn’t particularly memorable and I kept waiting for an outstanding moment to happen which never came.

At Sheffield’s Lyceum until 30th July, it’s one to see with pre High School kids as I feel it will appeal to that age group the most.

Incredible cast announced for Dmitry at new Marylebone Theatre | Sept – Nov 2022

Cast announced for unfinished Schiller masterpiece
directed by Tim Supple at bold new London Theatre
Dmitry: Thursday 29
th September – Saturday 5th November 2022

Marylebone Theatre has announced the cast for their realisation of an unfinished, visionary work by Friedrich Schiller. Dmitry (based on the peerless dramatist’s incomplete play Demetrius), will launch the bold new venue’s inaugural season and will star The Crown’s Tom Byrne (The Crown, Netflix; Twelfth Night, RSC; Black Mirror, Netflix) in the title role.

Alongside him, Poppy Miller (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre) will also lead as Dmitry’s mother, Tsarina Maria; Globe Associate Artist James Garnon (As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe; The American Clock, Old Vic; Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe) will take on the role of Cardinal Odowalsky with rising star Aurora Dawson-Hunte (The Mirror and the Light, RSC; Queens, Almeida Theatre) as Marina. Joining this dynamic cast will be Piotr Baumann (Coronation Street, ITV; Eastenders, BBC) as Korela and Mark Hadfield (Pinocchio, National Theatre; Richard III, Almeida Theatre) as Prince Mnishek.

Schiller’s prescient play, unfinished at the time of his death, offers a revelatory perspective on the current crisis on Europe’s eastern borders making Peter Oswald’s (resident playwright at Shakespeare’s Globe under Mark Rylance) endeavour to pick up the baton timelier than ever. This world premiere will be directed by the world-renowned former Artistic Director of the Young Vic Tim Supple, (National Theatre; Royal Shakespeare Company; Donmar Warehouse), who returns to the London theatre scene after 15 years of international work to bring this urgently relevant piece to life.

The cast is completed by: Ammar Haj Ahmad (The Jungle, Young Vic; Love, National Theatre), Daniel Hawksford (Troilus and Cressida, RSC; Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Globe), Oleg Mirochnikov (The Crown, Netflix; The Flash, Warner Brothers), Daniel York Loh (Dr Semmelweis, Bristol Old Vic; Pah-La, Royal Court Theatre), Lev Levermore (Richard III, Almeida Theatre; Boy, Almeida Theatre), Jonathan Oliver (Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Globe; War and Peace, National Theatre), Clifford Samuel (The Windrush Chronicles, BBC; A Guide for the Homesick, Trafalgar Studios) and Phoebe Strickland (Good Day, Silvertongue Theatre Company; Women of Troy, Drama Centre London).

In 1605 in Moscow, ruthless tsar Boris Gudonov, former chief of Ivan the Terrible’s secret police, rules through fear and oppression. In Poland, a formidable young opponent – Dmitry – appears claiming to be the missing son of Ivan the Terrible and the rightful tsar of Russia. The Polish army, fuelled by the fear of the Russian threat, takes up Dmitry’s cause to march on the Kremlin to capture the throne. This poetic drama cuts to the heart of 21st century politics through a rich imagining of Eastern Europe and Russia’s shared history.

Marylebone Theatre, originally known as Steiner Hall, has recently been beautifully refurbished. A short walk from Baker Street, the theatre will produce its own work as well as receive incoming companies. The theatre intends to carve out a special place on the London cultural scene as a beautiful and grand but intimate setting. Patrons of Marylebone Theatre include Academy Award-winning actor Sir Mark Rylance, director of the English National Opera Martyn Brabbins, and the esteemed cross-bench peer Baroness Usha Prasher.

Artistic Director of Marylebone Theatre Alexander Gifford comments, I am delighted that our launch production has attracted such an excellent cast. It includes both rising stars and
established names. As a venue, we are daring to open with a big, classical production and it is thrilling that it will be carried by such a brilliant and experienced group. I am particularly pleased that our actors come from a very broad range of cultures and racial backgrounds. Dmitry is an epic play in verse with extraordinary dramatic intensity. I am confident that our cast will imbue it with the power and passion it deserves.

Dmitry Director Tim Supple says, Our first rate creative team is now joined by a tremendous cast that draws on the riches of London’s uniquely skilled and diverse acting community. There can be no greater pleasure for a director than opening a new theatre with a play that speaks directly to a major concern of our time and that does so with the combined potency of the German master Schiller and our leading contemporary verse dramatist, Peter Oswald.

The remainder of the launch season will include a rich programme of music and spoken word events. Mark Shanahan’s A Sherlock Carol will find its perfect home at Marylebone Theatre, just round the corner from the iconic 221B Baker Street site, following a successful off-Broadway run where this Christmas classic meets crime thriller was the New York Times Critic’s Pick in 2021. The theatre’s musical offering will include concerts by Stile Antico, Jess Gillam, while a stirring solo rendition of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land by the acclaimed Ben Okri will mark the 100th anniversary of the canonical modernist poet.

Eh Up, Me Old Flowers! The story of Charlie Williams at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Eh Up, Me Old Flowers! The Charlie Williams Story

8-29 August at 3.10pm

Pleasance Two

Tickets here.

Charlie Williams was a coal miner, professional footballer and cabaret singer-turned comic who grew up in a mining town in Yorkshire and he was the first black comedian to become a household name.

With his toothy grin, his infectious laugh and his incongruous thick South Yorkshire accent – ‘Tha’s right, love, right accent, wrong colour!’ – he paved the way for many who followed in his footsteps, such as Lenny Henry and Gary Wilmot.

In the 1970s the biggest comedy show on television was ITV’s The Comedians. It took bow-tie comics from the Northern club circuit, put them on the screen for the very first time, and made them into overnight sensations. And the breakout star, the one who shone brightest of all… was Charlie.

Eh Up Me Old Flowers is written by Chris England, whose stage writing includes two plays that began life at the Edinburgh Fringe. Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, which was later made into a feature film and An Evening with Gary Lineker, (co-written with Arthur Smith) which then transferred to the West End, where it picked up an Olivier Award nomination. Subsequently, it played all over the world and was a very successful TV film.

Tony Marshall from Casualty, Only Fools and Horses and Life on Mars and seen recently in Jitney at the Old Vic,stars as Charlie. The play not only tells Charlie’s life story, which is extraordinary, but also addresses the nagging feeling that some of his material was somewhat questionable, especially by modern standards. Now in retirement, Charlie faces an uncomfortable visit from a mysterious stranger, played by Nick Read, Red Dwarf, Victoria and as Angus in I Came By, who is vetting him for a potential MBE and demands that Charlie justify himself.

Writer Chris England said: “As far as Charlie’s explanations go, I have used interviews verbatim and other writings to make sure that Charlie makes his case in his own words. And it will be for the audience to decide for themselves whether he justifies himself, and whether it is legitimate to judge a Seventies comic by the standards that currently apply.”

Tony Marshall added: “I have always had a special fondness for Charlie Williams, having watched him as a kid growing up in the North of England. The opportunity to portray a childhood hero of mine was an irresistible one. I can’t wait to bring him back to life and let the audience see for themselves what an incredible man he really was.” 

Eh Up, Me Old Flowers! is produced by Simon Fielder Productions and is appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe at the Pleasance Theatre from Monday 8 August to Monday 29 August at 15:10 daily. Tickets start at £10.50. You can book tickets via the Pleasance Theatre at Eh Up, Me Old Flowers! – performances | Pleasance Theatre Trust . You can also follow us on social media on Twitter @simonfielderpr1, Instagram and Facebook @simonfielderproductions to find out more go to




With less than a week to go before the three-part concert series presented at Theatre Royal Drury Lane kicks off, starting with Chess the Musical in Concert on Monday 1 August, there are a few final announcements to be made.

Providing the pre-recorded Newscaster in Chess the Musical in Concert is national treasure, Sir Trevor McDonald OBE. Predominantly known to audiences for his critically acclaimed career in journalism, the iconic Sir Trevor McDonald’s can be seen on screen in the concert performances of Chess this summer at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Charlie Price in Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert will now be played by Joel Harper-Jackson, who has previously played the role in the UK Tour in 2019 to which he received rave reviews. 

Joel has said “I’m so chuffed to step back into the role of Charlie Price for the concerts at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane this August. I was already honoured to be appearing in Chess, however getting the chance to revisit Charlie again in Kinky Boots is really exciting as it’s a show I hold very close to my heart and I can’t wait to dust off my heels!”

Joining the brand-new British musical, Treason the Musical in Concert as their narrator will be esteemed poet and activist, Debris Stevenson. No stranger to stage, Debris’ semi-autobiographical grime musical, Poet on da Corner, received great acclaim when premiering at the Royal Court in 2018. It is with this experience and talent that she also joined the creative team of Treason the Musical as an additional writer after workshopping the show earlier this year. Debris, along with the writing team, has further developed sections within the show to really enhance the original story.


Chess, with music by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by the incomparable Sir Tim Rice, returns to the West End for the first time since 2018.

At the height of the Cold War, two chess masters meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship, but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman,
Telling the story of love and political intrigue, and set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Chess features an incredible score including classics such as “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” and “One Night In Bangkok”.

The cast will be led by Samantha Barks (FrozenLes Misérables) as Florence, Hadley Fraser (2:22 A Ghost Story, City of Angels) as Anatoly, Joel Harper-Jackson as Freddie (Cock, Kinky Boots), Frances Mayli McCann (Bonnie and Clyde, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) as Svetlana and Ako Mitchell (Caroline Or Change, The Colour Purple) as The Arbiter and Craige Els (Matilda the Musical, The Imitation Game) as Molokov.

Chess’s creative team are as follows; Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston, Associate Director and Choreographer: Alexzandra Sarmiento, Musical Director: Freddie Tapner, Lighting Designer: Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer: Tom Marshall, Video Projection Designer: Duncan McLean, Casting: Harry Blumenau, Production Manager: Pete Kramer, Company Stage Manager: Rachael Downey, Deputy Stage Manager: Bryony Relf, , Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Mei-Ling Pearce, Costume Supervisor: Chris Cope, Associate Video Designer: Stanley Orwin-Fraser,Assistant Director & Choreographer: Tara Young, Lighting Programmer: Chris Winn, Sound 1: Harry Greatorex, Sound 2: Olly Smith, Production Sound Engineer: Josh Richardson, Chorus Master: Dan Turek, Assistant Musical Director: Honor Halford-MacLeod and Costume Assistant: Marnie Perkins.

Returning to the West End for the first time since 2019, Kinky Boots is the exhilarating true story about a struggling shoe factory that will lift you higher than any platform boots!

Winner of six TONY awards and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016, Kinky Boots features a joyous score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by Harvey Fierstein.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of the fabulous entertainer Lola, and together they work out what is best for both of them.

This summer, a performance of Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert will be coming to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With Cedric Neal (Back To The Future, Motown), Joel Harper-Jackson (COCK, Kinky Boots UK Tour), and Courtney Bowman (Six, Legally Blonde) bringing the music alive with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, this concert is sure to lift the spirits and have you dancing in the aisles.

Winner of six TONY awards and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016, the hilarious and joyous musical returns to the West End for the first time in three years in concert form.

Kinky Boots’ creative team are as follows — Director: Omar F Okai, Musical Director: Freddie Tapner, Lighting Designer: Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer: Tom Marshall, Casting: Harry Blumenau, Stylist: Rory McNerney, Production Manager: Pete Kramer, Company Stage Manager: Rachael Downey, Assistant Stage Manager: Bryony Relf, Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Mei-Ling Pearce, Assistant to the Director: Bree Smith, Assistant Musical Director: Amelia Davies, Chorus Master: Dan Turek, Sound 1: Harry Greatorex, Sound 2: Olly Smith, Production Sound Engineer: Josh Richardson, Costume Supervisor: Chris Cope,Lighting Programmer: Chris Winn

Previously confirmed casting for Treason the Musical in Concert included Carrie Hope Fletcher (Martha Percy), Bradley Jaden (Thomas Percy), Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Robert Catesby), Les Dennis (Robert Cecil), Emilie Louise Israel (Eleanor Brooksby), Rebecca Lachance (Anne Vaux), Daniel Boys (King James), Cedric Neal (Earl of Northumberland), Waylon Jacobs (Jack Wright) and Adam Pearce (Thomas Wintour).

Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder plot featuring stunning music by Ricky Allan, and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn and narrative material for the concert by Debris Stevenson.

Having already garnered a global audience following its streamed concert from Cadogan Hall in March 2021 and successful release of six tracks on streaming platforms. Songs from Treason The Musical such as ‘Take Things Into Our Own Hands’, ‘The Cold Hard Ground’ and ‘Blind Faith’ have already taken Spotify by storm with over 300,000 streams, and the streamed lockdown concert was described as “an exceptional musical in the making” (West End Best Friend).

Treason’s creative team are as follows — Director: Hannah Chissick, Choreographer: Taylor Walker, Musical Supervisor: Nick Pinchbeck, Musical Director: Alan Berry, Orchestrator: Matthew Malone, Lighting Designer: Simisola Majekodunmi, Sound Designer: Tom Marshall, Video Designer: Gino Green, Casting: Harry Blumenau, Dramaturgy: Hannah Chissick, Company Stage Manager: Rachael Downey, Deputy Stage Manager: Bryony Relf, Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Mei-Ling Pearce, Sound 1: Callum Wills, Sound 2: Olly Smith.

These three productions as part of three concerts presented in August at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Chess the Musical in Concert will take place on 1 and 2 August and will precede the concert stagings of Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert on 8 and 9 August and Treason the Musical in Concert on 22 and 23 August.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story on sale now at Darlington Hippodrome


On the back of an incredibly successful 30th anniversary tour, smash hit rock & roll musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is back in the UK for 2023 and visits Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March, 2023.

Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring story of the musical icon’s meteoric rise from his Southern rockabilly beginnings to international stardom and his legendary final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of just 22. In 18 short months the bespectacled boy from Lubbock, Texas, revolutionised the face of contemporary music, and would influence everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

Boasting a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians, Buddy presents two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Everyday and Rave On. With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, and rip-roaring versions of Shout and Johnny B. Goode completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment.

Writer/Producer Alan Janes says: “We are so excited to be back on tour and to see our audiences – aged 8 to 80 – dance in the aisles every night to our story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period, but whose music will be remembered forever.”

Since its inception, Buddy has inspired a generation of multi-million selling jukebox musicals including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You yet remains the true original and a musical phenomenon. Seen by more than 22 million theatregoers since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences rockin’ in the aisles across the globe!

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story runs at at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March 2023. Tickets are on sale now. For full details or to book please call the Box Office on 01325 405405 or visit



With the Summer Open Exhibition currently taking place at the Salisbury Arts Centre until 3rd September, Wiltshire Creative today announces its autumn/winter line up. A fantastic programme of comedy, music, theatre, and performance art has been mapped out from 10th September until 14th January.

The season opens with Alfie Moore’s: Fair Cop Unleashed, a funny and thrilling journey looking back on his time in the police force. The season will include some hilarious comedy nights from Jen BristerMitch Benn and Rob Newman. Salisbury Arts Centre will also be raising money for Ukraine, with their fundraiser Ukraine A Go Go!! Two fantastic evenings of live music, to raise money for Ukrainians taking refuge in and around Wiltshire. The programme also includes a diverse musical line-up featuring a diverse collection of music from live jazz to festive classics. All Floyd will be taking audiences through the classic Pink Floyd anthology. The Showhawk Duo will be playing all the best dance/rave songs audiences know and love. The Spitfire Sisters will bring a more festive spirit come November, and Olivier Award Winner Guy Masterson’s A Christmas Carol will be staged as the Christmas production. The Deloreon’s will lead some terrific New Year’s celebrations with their New Year’s Eve Party, with a glass of fizz, of course! The season finishes with comedian Gary Delaney, star of Live at the Apollo, with a brand-new show, and some masterful one-liners.

Producer, Juliet Coveney said today: “We are thrilled to announce our Autumn Winter Season at Salisbury Arts Centre. We have a great line-up with some brilliant comics, wonderful music, a two-day fundraiser, and a fantastic party with The Deloreons that will ring in the New Year!

10 September 2022


Join BBC Radio 4’s cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore for his latest stand-up tour show. Fair Cop Unleashed is based on a dramatic real-life incident from Alfie’s police casebook. Relive with him the thrilling ups and downs of the night a mysterious clown came to town and more than one life ended up in the balance. It was no laughing matter – but this show certainly is! Enjoy Alfie’s unique brand of humour hilariously woven together with his personal insights into life on the front-line of the police force.

It would be a crime to miss it!

Age Guidance: 14+

Tickets from £16.50

16 September 2022


In the beloved TV show Murder, She Wrote, feisty widow, Jessica Fletcher, solves crimes when she’s not busy writing about them. This show brings a twist to the original TV series by making the episode interactive. You play detective as your host guides you through the episode with jokes, games, and much frivolity – plus there’s a murder to be solved.  

Age Guidance: 18+

Tickets from £16.50

23 – 24 September 2022


Two fantastic evenings of live music to raise money for Ukraine with all profits going to Ukrainian refugee families in the Wiltshire area.

Age Guidance: 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets from £7


29 September 2022

Following the success of last year’s Jazz Social as part of Silver Salisbury, we are pleased to welcome back Celebrating Wiltshire musicians Dan Baker and Paul Young for an afternoon of jazz classics. 

In the friendly setting of Salisbury Arts Centre enjoy an afternoon of great music and delicious refreshments.  

Age Guidance: 5+

Tickets £5 including refreshments

30September 2022

28 October 2022

25 November 2022


As ever, an excellent Barnstormers Comedy will introduce three more top acts from the London comedy circuit and beyond. We recommend booking early as Barnstormers regularly sells out and ticket prices are subject to increase with demand.  Ticket holders for this event will be seated at unreserved cabaret tables of up to 8 people. Tables will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please arrive early with your group so we can try our best to seat you together.

Age Guidance: 18+

Tickets from £14.50

1 October 2022


Pavement Life explores what it is to use paths and pavements. Walking, wheelchairs, buggies, bus stops, waiting your turn, keeping your distance… 

Writer Jim Read and performer Louise Jordan have been working with Wiltshire Creative’s over 60s group Mind The Gap to create an afternoon of memorable monologues. 

This event is free.

7 October 2022


All Floyd’s 2022 tour brings more of the classic Pink Floyd anthology to shows throughout the year, all faithfully recreated in the meticulous detail now expected by All Floyd fans. 
Delivered with stunning visuals and a world-class sound system, the 2022 tour builds on the successes of previous tours to both astound and impress even the most hardened of tribute act doubters…
This is a show not to miss, a spectacular and honest display of Pink Floyd’s rich musical legacy featuring tracks from Meddle and the iconic Dark Side of the Moon through to The Division Bell.

Running Time: 2hrs 45mins

Tickets from £19.50

8 October 2022


If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis. (Unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds.) Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been?

We all know the answer to that. Let us just hope she can make it funny.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Age Guidance: 16+

Tickets from £15.50

14 October 2022


Viral sensation acoustic rave pioneers, festival favourites playing all the best dance/rave songs you know and love, with millions of YouTube views, The Showhawk Duo create a truly unique and impressive sound, dazzling audiences worldwide with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar.

Suitable for all ages

Tickets from £16.50

15 October 2022


“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once” – Albert Einstein (probably) 

If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn’t what it used to be, then fear not! 

Mitch Benn, comedian, songwriter, and thinker of deep thoughts, (not to mention “the country’s leading musical satirist” – The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look at time in a whole new way. 

Tickets from £16.50

20 October 2022


Playing music for our times, Faustus take traditional English music, rip it up, put it together again and move it on. A vigorous rhythmic impetus and rock/prog rock influence propels the sound into the here and now and a range of instruments deployed in unconventional ways gives a unique texture, depth and variety to the band’s sound.  

Tickets from £16.50

3 November 2022


The Boulevards are a 1950’s rock and roll band performing the greatest hits from the golden era of music.

From Elvis Presley to Chuck Berry; Cliff Richard to Little Richard; Jerry Lee Lewis to The Everly Brothers, The Boulevards deliver an authentic, uncompromising, and electric performance of the greatest feel-good music of all time. Their barnstorming set is guaranteed to thrill both young and old and leave you rocking and rolling all the way home!

The band features a line-up of some of the UK’s finest rock and roll musicians, comprising a wealth of television and west-end theatre performance experience. They have been seen in productions and shows such as Dreamboats & PetticoatsThe Buddy Holly StorySister ActX-Factor and All Together Now.

Tickets from £16.50

5 November 2022


Join us in celebrating one of the greatest sitcoms ever made, as we welcome renowned stand-up Joe Rooney for a night of all things Father Ted!

Joe featured as the rebellious Father Damo in the classic Father Ted episode The Old Grey Whistle Theft, leading Dougal astray with his earring, cigarette smoking and bad-boy attitude. 

Joe will host a screening of the episode, take you behind the scenes and set you a Craggy Island quiz – then prepare yourself for an all-inclusive ‘Lovely Girls Competition’: have you got the loveliest laugh, the loveliest walk, and can you make the loveliest sandwich? 

There will also be priests aplenty, plus appearances from a nursery-rhyme singing Ziggy Stardust, Nirvana, Johnny Cash and many more – and the evening wouldn’t be complete without a sing-along to My Lovely Horse! 

Come and meet Joe and immerse yourself in the very silly delights of Father Ted.

Age Guidance: 15+

Tickets from £16.50

11 November 2022


Fresh from his BBC Radio 4 series Rob Newman On Air, the award-winning comedian’s new show is a stand-up epic that goes from cave paintings to car-free cities to ask: Who are we? Where are we going? And how do spiders fly? Rob Newman tells a story of how dancing in step saved prehistoric humans and how new scientific discoveries may help us take the right steps to a life after oil.  

Age Guidance: 14+

Tickets from £19

12 November 2022


Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows. The myriad influence in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk. Listeners detect hints of George Thorogood, Morphine, and Tom Waits, but anyone who has seen The Hooten Hallers live knows that this power trio is unlike anything they’ve experienced before. 

John Randall’s demonically tinged vocals and manic guitar, and Andy Rehm’s falsetto vocals and steady, pounding drumbeat keep the band focused on their unique blend of deep blues and country punk. Kellie Everett brings the power with the deep rumble of her baritone and bass saxophones. When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party! 

Age Guidance: 14+

Tickets from £15.50

18 November 2022


Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world-renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. 

From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, T.V. appearances (BBC 2’s ‘Arena’ amongst others), and to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy have just completed their 28th year with their most explosive show and critically acclaimed line-up yet. 

Despite international tours (UAE, Germany and previously USA, Scandinavia, Caribbean etc.), corporate clients (Mitsubishi, NatWest) and even book appearances (The Rocker, Send In The Clones), they finished 2021 with a full UK tour with original Glam-rock legends The Sweet, and start 2022 with a string of their own European tour dates.

Tickets from £21.50

Suitable for all ages

19 November 2022


A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?). You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QIand on Harry Hill’s Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She’s a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4’s News Quiz and Now Show.  

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020. 

Age Guidance: 14+

Tickets from £15.50

26 November 2022


Vocal harmony trio The Spitfire Sisters wish they could sing festive tunes all year long, but they save it up to share with you at the most wonderful time of the year. Join them as they perform their favourite holiday songs to get you ready for the Christmas season.

Bells will be jingled and merriment will made, as they awaken the Christmas spirit with a sack full of Christmas classics. 

Tickets from £19.50

2 December 2022


Roll up, roll up, for a rip-roaring magical musical tour through the back catalogue of the world’s greatest ever band. Every song is a winner in this note-perfect musical love letter to the Fab Four.

John, Paul, George and Ringo take to the stage one more time as the supremely-talented cast revive all 17 of their No1 hits including: She Loves YouCan’t Buy Me LoveA Hard Day’s NightHelp!Day TripperAll You Need is LoveHey JudeGet Back and so many more…

From their mop-top beginnings to the psychedelic highs of Sgt Pepper and beyond, all the biggest hits feature. The most authentic production on tour brings The Beatles to life, live on stage.

Stunning diligence – from the original musical instruments and stitch perfect costumes even down to Lennon and McCartney’s on-stage banter – combines with superb vocals and sublime musicianship. Money can’t buy you love, but it can get you seats for an evening to remember featuring the biggest and best songs ever recorded, performed live in concert.

Get your ticket to ride back in time in style with the incredible Beatlemania!

Doors open at 7:15pm

Suitable for all ages

Tickets from £21.50

3 December 2022


We’ve all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don’t worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered. At 41, he’s halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory… but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one.  

Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the Taskmaster survivor, multi-award-winner and No More Jockeys cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. We’ll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

Age Guidance: 14+

Tickets from £21.50

8 December – Saturday 10 December 2022


Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, veteran of many smash hit solo works such as Under Milk WoodAnimal Farm and Shylock, now presents Dickens’ classic festive fable.

Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson gives us Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, the Cratchits, Tiny Tim et al in a riveting, one-man performance that will dazzle, enchant, and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit – in many more ways than one!

Tickets from £16.50

Family show suitable for ages 6+

16 December 2022


As ever, an excellent Barnstormers Comedy will introduce three more top acts from the London Comedy Circuit and beyond but this time with a festive twist.

We recommend booking early as Barnstormers regularly sells out and ticket prices are subject to increase with demand. 

Ticket holders for this event will be seated at unreserved cabaret tables of up to 8 people. Tables will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please arrive early with your group so we can try our best to seat you together.

Age Guidance: 18+

Tickets from £15.50

31 December 2022


Come and Celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at the Arts Centre with The Deloreons plus local support. Your ticket includes a glass of fizz on arrival and please do dress to impress!

The Deloreons originally formed in 2005 as a small and lively 3-Piece pub band, since then they have gone on to work at thousands of weddings, events, and corporate functions throughout Europe. The band have also held residencies on board P&O and DFDS Ferries and in 2012 and 2013 they headed to the French Alps, playing huge party nights around various venues including the world famous Rond Point in Meribel.

In 2012, The Deloreons headlined the Queens Jubilee Celebrations in Salisbury with 10,000 people partying, singing and dancing along. The Deloreons then went on to SELL OUT Salisbury City Hall 3 years running with their 80’s Party Nights and in 2017 headlined ‘Live at the Farm’ with 4,000 guests in attendance in aid of Salisbury Live.

The Deloreons know exactly how to get the party going with well executed covers of some of the best-known party hits from across the decades. Their musicality, vocal arrangements and high energy performances make them more than just a typical ‘cover band’.

Tickets from £25

14 January 2023


Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world – star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought-after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand-new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you are hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered! 

Age Guidance: 16+

Tickets from £21.50



Salisbury Arts Centre

Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT

Ticket Sales: 01722 320333

Member Discounts – Members save 10% on selected events, for further information please see the website

Main House Multi-buy – Book three or more plays at Salisbury Playhouse and save 15% off tickets,

Members save 20%.

Group/School Discounts available – Please contact Ticket Sales directly on 01722 320 333 or email

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Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. Recent theatre productions include the world premieres of Blood Wedding by Barney Norris and The Mirror Crack’d by Rachel Wagstaff. Recent audio and digital productions include the world première of Making Massinger by Simon Butteriss, the British première of Call Cutta at Home by Rimini Protokoll and Shift a significant youth led project amplifying young voices.

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @WiltsCreative




The Orange Tree Theatre today announces full cast for the major London revival of Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman. Diane Page, 2021 JMK Award winner returns to the venue to direct Aaron Anthony (Eugene) and Nadine Higgin (Alma). The production opens on 8 September, with previews from 5 September, and runs until 8 October, with audiences able to watch on demand thanks to the continuation of OT On Screen between 11-14 October.

Dael Orlandersmith’s

Directed by Diane Page

An Orange Tree Theatre Production

Designer: Niall McKeever; Lighting Designer: Rajiv Pattani; Sound Designer: Esther Kehinde Ajayi; Casting Director: Sophie Parrott CDG

5 September – 8 October 2022 

OT On Screen: 11 – 14 October

Alma and Eugene have grown up together. Alma, an African American woman, dreams of a life beyond the confines of their small town. But when her friendship with the light-skinned Eugene develops into something more serious, his fate becomes tragically intertwined with hers and they can’t escape the legacy of racism and the tensions within their own community.  

Twenty years after it premièred and received a Pulitzer Prize nomination, Dael Orlandersmith‘s Yellowman, set in the 1960s Deep South, is a moving and deeply pertinent play for now. 

Aaron Anthony plays Eugene. His theatre credits include Lose Yourself (Sherman Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Eastville Park Gardens), A View from the Bridge, Macbeth (Tobacco Factory Theatre), ‘Tis Unmanly Grief (Theatre N16), Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange Manchester), Human Emotional Process (Chaskis Theatre) and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe). For television, his credits include Emmerdale -as series regular Ellis Chapman, Behind Her Eyes, The Other One, Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators, Delicious and Hidden.

Nadine Higgin plays Alma. Her theatre credits include Legally Blonde (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Savoy Theatre), A Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Allelujah! (Bridge Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and High School Musical (Hammersmith Apollo). For television, her credits include Doctors; and for film, Military Wives.

Dael Orlandersmith’s other plays include Stoop StoriesBlack n’ Blue Boys/Broken MenHorsedreamsBonesThe Blue AlbumThe GimmickMonster, and Forever. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Yellowman, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Gimmick, and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim, along with several other awards and honours. Her play, Forever, was commissioned and performed at the Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Autumn 2014, followed by performances at the Long Wharf Theatre Winter 2014/15, New York Theatre Workshop Spring 2015, and Portland Center Stage Winter 2016. Her play Until the Flood was performed at St Louis Repertory in the fall of 2016. She is currently working on two commissions for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Until the Flood was staged at Rattlestick Theater in 2018 and Milwaukee Rep. In 2019 it was performed at Portland Center Stage, ACT Seattle, the Arcola Theatre, The Galway Arts Festival at the Druid Theatre and at the Traverse at Edinburgh Festival, The Schaubruhner Theatre in Berlin and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC.

Diane Page returns to the Orange Tree to direct – she was the 2021 JMK Award winner and directed Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act for the company. Her other credits include Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe and Globe on Tour), Lost and Found (Royal Opera House), Out West (Co-director, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre).   

Orange Tree Theatre


1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9 2SA

Box Office: 020 8940 3633 (Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm)

Ticket prices (NO BOOKING FEES) 

In person tickets: £15, £26, £34, Under 30s: £15 

OT On Screen: £15

Access: £15 


The Orange Tree (OT) is an award-winning, independent theatre. Recognised as a powerhouse that creates high-quality productions of new and rediscovered plays, it entertains 70,000 people across the UK every year. In 2022 it is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and through its 50th Anniversary Campaign is raising funds to support the next generation of theatre-makers and to produce rarely seen plays.

The OT’s home in Richmond, South West London, is an intimate theatre with the audience seated all around the stage: watching a performance here is truly a unique experience. We believe in the power of dramatic stories to entertain, thrill and challenge us; plays that enrich our lives by enhancing our understanding of ourselves and each other.

As a registered charity (266128) sitting at the heart of its community, we work with 10,000 people in Richmond and beyond through participatory theatre projects for people of all ages and abilities. The Orange Tree Theatre’s mission is to enable audiences to experience the next generation of theatre talent, experiment with ground-breaking new drama and explore the plays from the past that inspire the theatre-makers of the present. 

Artistic Director Paul Miller   

Executive Director Hanna Streeter

Website | Email [email protected]

Twitter @OrangeTreeThtr | Facebook/Instagram OrangeTreeTheatre


29 – 31 July 2022

Additional activity running until 6 August


5 September – 8 October 2022

Mon – Sat 7.30pm (8 Sep at 7pm)  

Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from 10 Sep)  

Captioned Performance: Mon 3 Oct 7.30pm  

Audio Described Performance: Tue 27 Sep 7.30pm  

Distanced Performances Tue 27 Sep 7:30pm Mon 3 Oct 7:30pm  

Post Show Talk & Patrons’ Evening: Tue 20 Sep 7.30pm  

OT On Screen: Tue 11 – Fri 14 Oct  


15 October – 12 November 2022 

Mon – Sat 7.30pm (19 Oct at 7pm)  

Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from 22 Oct)  

Captioned Performance: Tue 8 Nov 7.30pm  

Audio Described Performance: Tue 1 Nov 7.30pm  

Distanced Performances: Tue 1 Nov 7:30pm Tue 8 Nov 7:30pm  

Post Show Talk & Patrons’ Evening: Wed 26 Oct 7.30pm  

OT On Screen: Tue 15 – Fri 18 Nov  


19 November 2022 – 14 January 2023

Mon – Sat 7.30pm (23 Nov at 7pm)  

Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from 26 Nov)  

Captioned Performance: Wed 14 Dec 7.30pm  

Audio Described Performance: Tue 13 Dec 7.30pm  

Distanced Performances: Tue 13 Dec 7:30pm Wed 14 Dec 7:30pm  

OT On Screen: Tue 17 – Fri 20 Jan  


14-31 December 2023

Mon & Wed & Fri, 11am& 2.30pm  

Tue & Thu & Sat, 10am (no shows 25, 26, 27 Dec)  

Relaxed Performance: Wed 21 Dec 2.30pm  

Partially Distanced Performance: Wed 21 Dec 2.30pm 

Ticket prices (NO BOOKING FEES): £12, £16  

Floor cushions (on stage) £10  

Babe in arms (children under 12 months) £1 


20 January – 4 February 2023

Mon – Sat 7.30pm (24 Jan at 7pm)  

Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from 26 Jan)  

Captioned Performance: Fri 3 Feb 7.30pm  

Audio Described Performance: Thu 2 Feb 7.30pm  

Distanced Performances: Thu 2 Feb 7:30pm Fri 3 Feb 7:30pm  

Post Show Talk & Patrons’ Evening: Tue 31 Jan 7.30pm 


14 February – 18 March 2023

Mon – Sat 7.30pm (21 Feb at 7pm)  

Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from 18 Feb)  

Captioned Performance: Tue 14 Mar 7.30pm  

Audio Described Performance: Mon 13 Mar 7.30pm  

Distanced Performances: Mon 13 Mar 7:30pm Tue 14 Mar 7:30pm  

Post Show Talk & Patrons’ Evening: Tue 28 Feb 7.30pm