Discovery Channel’s highest rating series GOLD RUSH returns for a brand new series



All New GOLD RUSH premieres on Discovery Channel, 9pm, Tuesday 20th October

The ambitious GOLD RUSH miners are back and they’re more determined than ever before. No more getting caught off guard or being down on their luck – the brand new series sees them focused and set to hit the ground mining. But who’s in and who’s out? This season, everything has changed – new teams, new claims, new machines and new ways to pull gold out of the ground. The stakes have never been higher.


The Hoffmans are ready to shift pay dirt before anyone else, and Dave Turin has a 400 yard cut open, before the ground has even thawed, but Todd’s disappeared again, dreaming big of striking it mega-rich. He’s found a claim promising millions in gold, but to be able to afford the fees of the landowner he needs a $2.7million season – double what he made last year – and a monster 1,200 yard cut.


Parker has visions of reinvesting the $3million he made last season into his own claim shaking off the shackles of Tony Beets once and for all. However, when he loses half his crew, due to his bad attitude last year, Parker’s on the back foot, with a new, young rookie crew and seemingly only one option – to go crawling back to Tony.


Tony Beet meanwhile has his enormous dredge up and running, turning back the clock 70 years and willing to risk his entire business to invest in a fleet of dredges and overhaul the way mining is done in the Klondike forever.

With shocking twists and turns, all new GOLD RUSH promises fresh blood, new claims and MORE GOLD than ever seen before.

The new season of GOLD RUSH will premiere exclusively in the UK on Discovery Channel, 9pm, Tuesday 20th October (Sky 520, Virgin 250, BT TV 322, TalkTalk 322)

Casting announced for Closer to Heaven at the Union Theatre



A musical by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys






“It’s a good thing that the wild spirit of Soho is being resuscitated – in a fringe theatre by Southwark tube station”

Daily Telegraph


Full casting is announced today for Closer to Heaven, the musical by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, which returns to the Union Theatre following its sell-out run in April 2015, playing from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 28 November 2015.

Alex LodgeThe cast features Alex Lodge (Titanic, Saturday Night Fever) as Straight Dave, Molly McGuire (Carrie: The Musical) as Shell, Jonathan David Dudley (Joseph, Les Misérables film) as Mile End Lee, David Habbin (Les Misérables, West Side Story) as Vic and Nic Kyle (The Grand Tour) as Bob. Reprising their roles from the previous run at the Union Theatre are Katie Meller (Phantom of the Opera, Blood Brothers) as Billie Trix andBen Kavanagh as Flynn. The cast also includes Tilly Ford, Daniel James Greenway, Keira Marner, Ellie Mitchell, Anthony Starr and Philip Towne.

Jonathan David DudleySet against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clubland, Closer to Heaven tells the story of Dave, just off the boat from Ireland and determined to make something of himself. He is offered a bar job at a glitzy London nightclub, where he quickly becomes part of an unconventional family including Billie Trix, a fading rock star of the sixties and mother figure to the club’s habitués – Vic, the club’s owner and a middle-aged gay father and his daughter Shell, who Dave sparks an immediate connection with. But will Dave truly discover himself in London, or will he fall into a labyrinth of excess, false agendas and the darker side of club life?


Molly McGuireCloser to Heaven originally premiered at the Arts Theatre in 2001, and features an original club score by Pet Shop Boys. It received its first London revival at the Union Theatre in April 2015.


Pet Shop Boys are the UK’s most successful pop duo with 12 Top Ten studio albums and 40 Top Twenty singles including four number one records. Their first single West End Girls reached number one in nine countries, with further number one hits including It’s a Sin, Always on My Mind and Heart. They have won Brit awards for Best Single, Best Group and Outstanding Contribution to Music, and Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriting and Outstanding Contribution to British Music. They have a dedicated interest in combining music with theatre and film, having collaborated on tours with artist/director Derek Jarman, David Alden and David Fielding from the ENO, theatre designers Ian MacNeil and Es Devlin and director Sam Taylor-Wood. In 2001,Closer to Heaven was produced in the West End, and in 2011 their ballet The Most Incredible Thing, choreographed by Javier De Frutos, premiered at Sadler’s Wells.


Katie MellerJonathan Harvey is the multi award-winning writer of Beautiful Thing, which returns to the West End in June. He has written 20 stage plays including Corrie!, Canary, Hushabye Mountain, Babies, Boom Bang A Bang andRupert Street Lonely Hearts Club. His theatre work has won him an Evening Standard Award, two Manchester Evening News Awards, the George Devine Award and the John Whiting Award. Television work includes the Bafta nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme, Beautiful People, Coronation Street, Shameless, Rev (Bafta, Best Sitcom), At Home With The Braithwaites, Lilies, The Catherine Tate Show and Murder Most Horrid. Jonathan has also written 4 novels, published by Pan Macmillan, All She WantsThe Confusion of Karen CarpenterThe Girl Who Just Appeared, and The Secrets We Keep.

Closer to Heaven will be directed by Gene David Kirk, whose recent credits include Me & My Friend (Drayton Arms Theatre), The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams (Off Broadway), Orwell: A Celebration (Trafalgar Studios), The Ash Boy (Theatre503) and Elgar & Alice (UK Tour). Gene was Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre from 2007 – 2012, winning The Stage’s Theatre of the Year Award in 2012. Gene was Executive Producer for the stage premiere of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall starring Sir Michael Gambon and Dame Eileen Atkins, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, which transferred to the West End’s Arts Theatre and to Off-Broadway’s 59east59 Theatre. Gene is currently Artistic Director of the Drayton Arms Theatre.


Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd returns to the Union Theatre following productions of The Beautiful Game and Bare: The Rock Musical. Other productions include Casa Valentina, Carrie: The Musical and In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Altar Boyz (Greenwich Theatre) and The Cat in the Hat (UK Tour).

Closer to Heaven has a book by Jonathan Harvey and music and lyrics by Pet Shop Boys. It is directed byGene David Kirk with choreography by Philip Joel, musical direction by Patrick Stockbridge and design byDavid Shields. Casting is by Adam Braham. It is produced by Kylie Vilcins for Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd, by special arrangement with The Really Useful Group.




204 Union Street, London SE1 0LX

Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm

Tickets: £40 (Premium/Reserved), £35, £30 (Concessions)

Box Office: 020 7261 9876 |


To Do. To Be Review

tim-prottey-jones-to-do-to-be-cdThe Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue was the intimate venue for the launch of Tim Prottey Jones new CD To Do. To Be

With some outstanding live vocal performances to show off the outstanding talent on the new CD, it was a fabulously entertaining evening

To Do. To Be is the first CD from Prottey Jones in four years.  And it’s been a very busy four years for him.  With Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, Once and now Kinky Boots all on his CV plus writing musicals and appearing with bands The Paper Hearts and Straight on Red.

The CD itself is outstanding.  15 brand new songs, all beautifully written and exquisitely performed by some amazingly talented singers.  Co-writers Tori Allen-Martin, Nick Smithers, Angela Prottey-Jones, Martin Meehan, Darah Carville and best-selling author Ali Harris are all sympathetic to Prottey Jones style and meaning that we have a CD full of songs that are individual and distinctive.

A lineup of amazing guest artists from such West End shows as Wicked, Once, Miss Saigon, Kinky Boots, The Commitments, and more perform on the album and among them is Andrew Bateup, a professional vocalist who won Tim’s competition to find a newcomer to sing on the album. Andrew’s vocals are impressive and demonstrate clarity throughout the song ‘Blame it On Me’.

My personal favourites are  ‘I For One’ delivered in a heartfelt performance by Zrinka Civitesic. ‘Regret Me’ hauntingly sung by Ambra Caserotti.  ‘Kiss Till You Can’t Kiss Anymore’ featuring Declan Bennett and  ‘Nothing’ from Down Flew the Doves sung by Laura Pitt-Pulford a stand out dramatic performance that hits every beat.   

You can purchase To Do. To Be. and Tim’s previous albums on iTunes and Amazon.

For info visit

Follow Tim on Twitter @TimProtteyJones or find him on Facebook.

PIXIE LOTT as Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffany’s tour and West End run









Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 1 credit Uli WeberPixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End in 2016. This will follow the first UK and Ireland tour of Truman Capote’s classic tale brought to life so memorably by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film. It will be presented in a co-production with the Curve Theatre, Leicester. The novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors).

“The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone – still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,” Richard Greenberg explained. “Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatise.”

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 2 credit Uli WeberBreakfast at Tiffany’s, which will be directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, as part of his inaugural season for the company, with production design by Matthew Wright (La Cage Aux Folles), lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Mic Poole, will begin performances in Leicester on 3 March 2016, before embarking on a UK & Ireland Tour. The 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End will be from 30 June to 17 September 2016.

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

Artistic Director of Curve, Nikolai Foster said, “I am thrilled Pixie Lott will lead the company in our production of Richard Greenberg’s beautiful adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Developing new audiences for drama and presenting plays which are socially relevant, are things we feel passionately about at Curve. I am very proud Pixie, Richard and our first class creative team will be joining us in Leicester for my inaugural season.”

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 3 credit Uli WeberPixie Lott said, “I am so excited to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in my first West End play. I absolutely love Holly’s style, and free spirit; she has always been an icon to me and I can’t wait to bring my own personality to the role. Alongside music, I’ve always wanted to be in a play, and getting the opportunity to be in one of my all time favourites and play this fabulous character is a dream come true.”

Pixie Lott began studying at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the age of 11, and whilst there appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. Breakfast at Tiffany’s will mark her acting debut in a theatre play. Pixie Lott’s debut single, Mama Do, was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, Boys and Girls, also topped the UK chart in September 2009. Lott’s debut album, Turn It Up, was released the same month and reached number six in the UK Albums Chart, spawning five consecutive top twenty singles and selling over 1.5 million copies. Lott’s second album, Young Foolish Happy, was released in November 2011. The lead single, All About Tonight, became her third UK number one. Her self-titled third studio album was released in August 2014. Its lead single, Nasty, was her sixth top ten single in the UK. A collection of her biggest and favourite songs to date, Platinum Pixie, was released in November 2014. She was a quarter finalist in Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Nikolai Foster directs Breakfast at Tiffany’s as part of his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Curve Theatre, Leicester which is announced today. As part of his first season he will also direct a production of Tennessee Williams’s seminal work A Streetcar Named Desire and a stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The Witches (also touring across the UK and to Hong Kong). His other recent productions include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (Curve and Nottingham Playhouse), Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre, Newbury & UK tour) and a major new production of the Broadway musical, Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK tour).

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a co-production between the Curve Theatre, Leicester and Colin Ingram, Peter Kane, William Sinclair and Michael Melnick & Finlay Gray. Associate Producers Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE and Stuart Piper.

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20 – 25 June PLYMOUTH 01752 267222 Theatre Royal

30 June – 17 September LONDON 020 7930 8800 Theatre Royal Haymarket

Further dates and casting to be announced.


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Tour announcement coincides with 40th anniversary of Manilow’s mega hit ‘Mandy’

Barry Manilow has announced that he is going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across the world ONE LAST TIME!  The music legend launched his multi-city ONE LAST TIME! Tour earlier this year in North America and is now headed to the UK reaching Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on Sunday 12th June 2016.

With his band of 13 musicians and singers, Manilow said, “We had a great time putting the show together.  We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster.  I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.”

After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 through 2011, Manilow has limited his concert appearances.  The ONE LAST TIME! Tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said, “is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!”

The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician’s career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, “Mandy,” topped the charts in 1975.  In the spirit of that special year, tickets will be priced to tie into that year and will start at £19.75. Manilow insisted that the average ticket price remain low and that a greater range of ticket prices be available.

ONE LAST TIME! Tour is a co-production of Kennedy Street and STILETTO Entertainment.        

About Barry Manilow:

Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment.  With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

Tickets costing from £19.75 will go on sale 9.00am Monday 5th October 2015 and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or from 10.00am in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office.

Tickets are available from:-

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



image003 (3)Comedians James Acaster, Paul Sinha and Daniel Sloss bring their Edinburgh Festival shows to the Studio Theatre as part of Sheffield’s annual Last Laugh Comedy Festival this month.

Brilliant young comedian James Acaster, known to TV audiences for his regular appearances on Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Nevermind the Buzzcocks, brings Represent to the Studio on Monday 12 October.  Recently nominated for Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Festival, join James to hear his unique take on jury service, Christmas and Chilean miners.

Critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian and star of ITV’s The Chase Paul Sinha, returns to the Studio Theatre on Tuesday 13 October with his new show, Postcards from the Z List.  For some time life as a single gaysian comedian was quite straightforward.  Now he has to juggle the responsibilities of being an uncle, being in an actual relationship and being that bloke, from that quiz, in the ill-fitting white suit.  It’s not easy.

Finally, having sold out 7 consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons and made numerous TV appearances includingSunday Night at the Palladium, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Russell Howard’s Good News, Scotland’s internationally acclaimed Daniel Sloss brings Dark to the Studio on Wednesday 14October.

Don’t miss the chance to laugh out loud at Sheffield Theatres!

Tickets for James Acaster Represent (Monday 12 October), Paul Sinha Postcards from the Z List (Tuesday 13 October) and Daniel Sloss – Dark (Wednesday 14 October) are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or by visiting transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash).


The Voice finalist Lucy O’Byrne to play Maria in the The Sound of Music

99564It has been announced that The Voice finalist Lucy O’Byrne will take on the role of Maria von Trapp in a touring production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music.

O’Byrne rose to fame in chart-topper’s team after becoming the first classical singer to reach BBC One’s The Voice final.

She will star in the Bill Kenwright-produced revival of The Sound of Music which opens on 2 December 2015 at the Broadway Theatre, Peterborough before embarking on a major UK tour.

The memorable score features songs including, “My Favourite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “So Long, Farewell” and the title song, “The Sound of Music”.

Directed by Martin Connor with choreography by Bill Deamer and musical direction by David Steadman, the production coincides with the 50th anniversary of the iconic film version starring Julie Andrews.

The Sound of Music will tour to Peterborough (2 to 12 December), Salford Quays (14 December 2015 to 2 January 2016), Edinburgh (5 to 9 January), Aberdeen (12 to 16 January), Stoke-On-Trent (18 to 23 January), Malvern (9 to 13 February), High Wycombe (16 to 20 February), Ipswich (23 to 27 February) and Birmingham (24 to 28 May).

Further tour dates and casting are to be announced.

Casting announced for Hello Again at Hope Theatre

Casting has been announced for the first British revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical Hello Again, which opens at the Hope Theatre in Islington next month.

Olivier Award-winner Miles Western (Pageant, The Fix) leads the cast alongside Thea Jo Wolfe (Singin’ in the Rain, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens), Joshua Leclair (See Rock City and Other Destinations, She Loves Me), Isabella Messarra (professional debut) and Adam Colbeck-Dunn (Billy, Elegies for Angles, Punks and Raging Queens).

Based on the 1897 play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, Hello Again focuses on a series of love affairs among ten characters during the ten different decades of the 20th century.

The musical received its professional European premiere in 2001 at London’s Bridewell Theatre, with a cast that featured Jenna Russell, Matt Rawle, Charles Shirvell and Nigel Richards.

The show is produced by Play Pen Productions with direction from Tania Azevedo, choreography by Chloe Aliyanni and musical direction from Daniel Jarvis.

Hello Again runs at the Hope Theatre from 20 October – 7 November.

Chance to celebrate your 10th birthday

The Unicorn Theatre is offering 10-year old children the chance to celebrate their birthday at a special red carpet event. For the chance to apply, see below.

Are you 10 on the 1 December 2015? Were you born on the 1 December 2005? You and your friends are invited to join us as our guests for a special glitzy red carpet performance of Baddies: the Musical to celebrate your birthday. No grown-ups allowed.

To apply for tickets, send your name, contact details and proof of age to:

10th Birthday Party, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ or email [email protected]

Casting announced for new show Baddies: The Musical

Casting has been announced for the Unicorn’s production of Baddies: The Musical which opens in November.

Directed by Purni Morell, the cast includes Dean Nolan as Big Bad Wolf, Christian Roe as Peter Pan, David McKay as Rumplestiltskin, Kelly Agbowu as Ugly Sister May, Claire Sundin as Ugly Sister Fay, Lila Clements as Guard and Jack Benjamin as Guard.

Written by award-winning writer Nancy Harris and Stuck on a Sunday writer Mark Teitler, Baddies: The Musical is a new musical about fairy-tales’ much feared anti-heroes.

The production is designed by James Button with lighting by David W Kidd, musical supervision by Joel Fram, sound by Edward Lewis and musical direction by Sam Sommersfield.

Baddies: The Musical runs at the Unicorn Theatre from 10 November to 24 December 2015.