Ocean Film Festival World Tour

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Friday 25th September


Ocean Film Festival World Tour is set to make a splash this autumn!

The PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay is delighted to inform that North East audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean, without getting their feet wet as the Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns the theatre this autumn, on September 25th. After a highly successful first Tour in 2014, the festival which originates in Australia, will feature a brand new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and will be shown in 24 towns and cities across the UK.

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. The films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Heart-stopping shots of big wave surfing and adrenalin-inducing scenes of divers swimming with white sharks will leave audiences on the edges of their seats. The films also encourage viewers to dive head first into ocean culture as the festival is filled with touching interviews and insightful narrations from the characters whose lives are inspired by the ocean.

All films convey a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. A selection of 2015 highlights includes Devocean; South African born Bruno has spent the majority of his life in or on the water, but in 1998 a tragic event left him with severe disabilities. In an instant he plunged from carefree surf guide, sailor, scuba diver and traveller to the depths of despair. A chance wave and the restorative powers of the ocean showed Bruno a new path in life, one that would be rich, full, diverse and salty. Devocean is an inspirational story of life’s lessons as taught by the sea.

Oceanminded; the film, follows champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Her underwater journey takes her into the realm of the ocean’s most feared predator – the shark. The often feared creatures are portrayed in a very different light, one of beauty and respect. It´s an adventure full of risks and passions all on one breath.

A Small Surfer; Known as the Flying Squirrel, Quincy Symonds may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet.   The Queenslander only started surfing about 18 months ago and, in a very short time, has captured the attention of the surfing world, gained multiple sponsors and garnered a fanatical following on social media. Prepare to be gobsmacked!

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour should be missed by no sports fan, nature fan or adrenaline junkie. With a wealth of new talent to be seen 2015 is guaranteed to exhilarate. What’s more The 2015 UK Ocean Film Festival World Tour will donate 25p from every ticket sold to Project Aware and Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet one dive at a time. SAS is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably. Ocean Film Festival are very pleased to be working in partnership with both charities and hope the Tour will raise awareness of the essential work undertaken by these organisations, while at the same time, raising valuable funds to continue their work.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £12.50, £11 conc.

Tickets are available from the Box Office open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10.30am -2.30pm plus until show start on event days. Tickets can also be purchased on the booking hotline 0844 248 1588 or online at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk.

F*CKING MEN extends its run into September 2015

fcking-men-castaThe King’s Head have announced that their production of F*cking Men, Joe DiPietro’s serio-comic contemporary adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde set within the gay subculture of a big city, will be extending its run at the King’s Head through into September.

The play is a moving portrayal of hunger and desire as it follows the erotic encounters of 10 men in their interconnected search for sexual satisfaction. Each scene in the play is a frank, candid and sometimes brutally honest depiction of the lustful transaction between two men. It is a loose adaptation of the 19th century play La Ronde in which pairings of characters are featured in scenes preceding and succeeding sexual encounters.

This extension proves the continued popularity of the show, after the original premiere run in 2009 began at the Finborough Theatre, from which it transferred to the King’s Head to play for 9 months (the longest ever Off West End run of a play). It then transferred into the West End to the Arts Theatre. This new production by director Geoffrey Hyland, who directed the South African premiere of The Blue Room, follows on from his hit success Between, which toured internationally before playing with us in August last year and extending with a further run in January this year as well.

Now in its 45th year, The King’s Head Theatre is celebrating this anniversary with an exciting new artistic policy after the departure of OperaUpClose, becoming a crucible for new writing and critical rediscoveries. Work from Irvine Welsh, Richard Cameron, Richard O’Brien and Arthur Miller, as well as Mike Bradwell directing for the first time since the 1970s, guarantees that if it’s on here, you won’t see it anywhere else. Led by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, second artistic director following Dan Crawford (who set up the King’s Head as the first pub theatre in 1970), the theatre is the first unfunded venue to have an Equity agreement to pay theatre-makers fair wages since 2011, and continues to do so despite receiving no public funding.

The Escort Chris Wills
The Soldier Harper James
The Graduate Student Ruben Jones
The Student Euan Brockie
The Married Guy Jonathan McGarrity
The Other Married Guy Richard De Lisle
The Porn Star Haydn Whiteside
The Playwright Darren Bransford
The Actor Johnathon Neal
The Journalist Richard Stemp

5th August – 30th August, 7pm (3pm matinees weekends)
5th September – 26th September, 7pm and 9.30pm
(weekend matinees, see online for details)


The World Premiere of The Man Called Monkhouse

monkhouseIn July 1995, alone in his cramped study, among thousands of show business artefacts, film stock and memories the comic legend Bob Monkhouse realises his treasured joke books have been stolen. This is something of a disaster in the world of the obsessive performer and joke-smith. As the reality of the situation sinks in, he is forced into an uneasy introspection. The Man Called Monkhouse traces his life through a difficult childhood, via the vertiginous heights of television superstardom, the dent in his status during the ‘new wave’ comedy of the late ‘80s and finishes with a re-born Bob, back on TV and finally feted as the comic genius he undoubtedly was.

Regarded as a man with a ‘Teflon’ showbiz veneer, at the height of his fame Bob Monkhouse divided the viewing public. Among many accolades that were bestowed upon him, he was simultaneously voted Most Loved and Most Hated Entertainer in a 1978 TV poll. Alex Lowe (Barry From Watford BBC Radio 4) writes and Bob Golding (Olivier Award winning – Morecambe) directs Simon Cartwright in the part he was born to play. The Man Called Monkhouse is an affectionate, funny and moving exploration of the life and personality of one of this country’s best loved and possibly most misunderstood comedians.

Since attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Simon Cartwright has performed on numerous TV shows including Opportunity Knocks with Mr Monkhouse himself and later on Sky Star Search ITV, Pot of Gold ITV, and Who Do You Do? ITV/SKY. He also contributed to The Monkhouse Amuseum for Radio 4 Xtra. In the eighties Simon formed a double act with Alistair McGowan appearing at the London Comedy Store as the McCarthy Boys and subsequently performing all over the UK. Bob Monkhouse is a large part of Simon’s life and he has often been invited to speak on broadcast documentaries on Bob’s life. More notably Simon was the voice of ‘Bob’ on the Prostate cancer campaign TV commercial that ‘brought Bob back from the grave’ in 2007. Simon formed a friendship with Bob Monkhouse and over the years Bob followed Simon’s career with great interest once proclaiming “You do me better than I do”.

Alex Lowe is a writer and actor who’s previous writing credits for Edinburgh include Shooting from the New Hip in 2013 and Let’s Get On With It in 2006, both for the Pleasance. As a solo performer, in 1998 he adapted and performed Simon Garfield’s book The Wrestling and in 1999 he adapted and performed Garfield’s book The Nation’s Favourite, both for the Pleasance. His TV writing credits include. Maracattack with Miranda Hart, Common Ground for Sky Atlantic, The Watson and Oliver Show BBC, Paul O’Grady Live ITV, The Big Impression BBC. Other writing credits include: two plays for BBC Radio 4 Drama; My Pregnancy Test and The Block. He also wrote from 2003-4 for Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Jamie Theakston’s Heart Breakfast Show and regularly writes for Christian O’Connell’s Absolute Radio Breakfast Show. Since 2009, he has been written and performed as Barry from Watford for Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. He is currently writing a series commissioned by Radio 4 Comedy called Barry’s Lunch Club in which he plays his own creation; Barry from Watford.

Bob Golding has had a varied career as an actor, a director and voice artist and musician. His theatre work is extensive and has taken him all around the country. Best known for his embodiment of Britain’s best loved comedian Eric Morecambe in Tim Whitnall’s Olivier Award winning play Morecambe for which he himself received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in an Entertainment. The original production of Morecambe premiered at the Assembly venue Rainy Hall at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was immediately snapped up for a West End run. It has since enjoyed two successful major tours. Bob also performed as Eric at the Royal Variety Show . His TV work includes, Mr Selfridge (ITV drama), Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor & Possibly a New Soapstar Super Strictly on Ice, comedy sketch show Watson & Oliver. He has been co-host on Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show on Absolute Radio and provided the voices of ‘Milo’ and ‘Max’ in BBC’s Tweenies. Bob was last at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 directing the play No Direction by Albert Welling.

Denise Silvey for Cahoots Theatre Company in association with Gary Morecambe and Bob Golding presents
Starring Simon Cartwright as Bob Monkhouse, Written by Alex Lowe and Directed by Bob Golding


September 5th
Shrewsbury Theatre
01743 281 281

September 18th
Court Theatre Pendley

September 28/29
Royal and Derngate
01604 624811

October 3rd
Lighthouse Theatre
0844 406 8666

October 4th
The Place
01234 354321

October 16/17
Devonshire Park
01323 412000


Alzheimer’s play ONE LAST WALTZ tour Autumn 2015

one-last-waltzIn Autumn 2015, Black Coffee Theatre are embarking on a UK tour with ONE LAST WALTZ. This funny and touching new play deals with coming to terms with Alzheimer’s disease.

Black Coffee Theatre whose previous work includes the 2013 national tour of a brand new adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull and the 5* new play ‘Found’ take to the road in October 2015 with this latest play from Luke Adamson that is based on real life experiences of Alzheimer’s.

Black Coffee Theatre are working with international theatre and dance producers Dep Arts to bring this show to theatres around the country culminating in a residency in London’s The Hope Theatre. One Last Waltz is being supported by The Alzheimer’s Society who will be delivering post show discussions with the BCT team which will be free for all ticket holders. The tour is also supported by funds from Arts Council England and the play was written with the help of a grant from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Alice is becoming more and more forgetful. Her daughter Mandy is always on hand to help out but the strain is becoming too much. A long forgotten photograph stirs a memory and lures Alice back to the Crown Hotel in Blackpool. Hoping for a chance to dance in the tower ballroom one last time mother and daughter set out, but Blackpool isn’t how Alice remembers and things become too much for her as she finds herself getting lost in the past.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting around 496,000 people in the UK and is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050. Luke Adamson follows his successful debut play ‘Found’ with this new play based on his real life experiences of Alzheimer’s disease. He says: “My grandad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the diagnosis gave us some sort of explanation for his increasingly baffling and often erratic behaviour that had begun to cause a deal of tension amongst those around him. Once we had the diagnosis and we were able to start to manage the disease things became somewhat easier but I started to think about how much of that tension could have been avoided if we’d have come to the diagnosis sooner. Having had no previous experience of the disease we missed the tell tale signs, I was spurred to write this play as a way of raising awareness of these tell tale signs. It is very much based upon my own and my family’s dealings with granddad, a kind of tribute to him.”

Thursday 8th October 8pm
Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury
Tickets £12 (Concs available)
01227 787787

Friday 9th October 1.30pm
The Atkinson Arts Centre, Southport
Tickets £8
01704 533 333

Wednesday 14th October 8pm
Customs House, South Shields
Tickets £12/10
0191 454 1234

Thursday 15th October 8pm
Seven Arts, Leeds
Tickets £10/£8
0113 26 26 777

Sunday 25th October 7pm
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Tickets £10/£5
0116 252 2455

Thursday 29th October 7.30pm
Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
Tickets £12.50/11.25
023 9247 2700

Thursday 5th November 7.45pm
Cast, Doncaster
Tickets £10.50/£8.50
01302 303959

Monday 9th November – Saturday 14th November 7.45pm (Sat matinee 3.30pm)
The Hope Theatre, Islington
Tickets £14/12
0333 666 3366

Tickets for all performances are available from www.blackcoffeetheatre.co.uk/one-last-waltz


ELF Full Cast Announced




24 OCTOBER 2015 TO 2 JANUARY 2016

Ben Forster as Buddy and Kimberley Walsh as Jovie in Elf credit Matt Crockett (1)The full cast for the London premiere of the smash hit musical ELF has been announced. The company is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs, with Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa and Graham Lappin as Store Manager. Also in the cast are Katie Bradley, Charlie Bull, Nicola Coates, Alex Fobbester, Anton Fosh, Charlotte Gale, Francis Haugen, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Paul Hutton, Mark Iles, Ceili O’Connor, Debbie Paul, Joanna Rennie, Barnaby Thompson and Ed White. Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford will alternate the role of Michael.

ELF will run at London’s Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week season from 24 October 2015 to 2 January 2016. The Gala Opening Night on Thursday 5 November will be in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

ELF features a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), with songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). The production will feature direction and choreography by Morgan Young (Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasChitty Chitty Bang Bang), set design and costumes by Olivier Award winner Tim Goodchild, lighting design by Olivier Award winner Tim Lutkin, vocal arrangements by Phil Reno, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, video design by Ian William Galloway and sound design by Clement Rawling.  Musical direction and supervision will be by Stuart Morley.

Michael Rose and U-Live in association with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin present the Theatre Royal Plymouth production of ELF at the Dominion Theatre, London.


24 October 2015 to 2 January 2016


Dominion Theatre

268-269 Tottenham Court Road

London W1T 7AQ


Performances:  Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm*, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm**

*7.00pm on Thursday 5 November, no evening performance Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26, Thursday 31 December & Friday 1 January

**extra 2.30pm matinees on Thursday 29 October, and, in December, on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Thursday 24th, Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th & Thursday 31st


See website for ticket prices:  www.elfthemusical.co.uk / www.dominiontheatre.com


Box Office:  0845 200 7982


Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including interval)





The producers of hit West End magic spectacular IMPOSSIBLE have announced that Aaron Crow, star of Britain’s Got Talent, will join the show for the final week of its run on Monday 24th August. The hit magic show finishes its limited run at the Noel Coward Theatre on 29th August, before embarking on a worldwide tour.

bcc133fe720d3793_100x100arAaron Crow, world renowned magician and swordsman, will astound and amaze audiences with his cutting edge tricks and daredevil stunts, tackling swords and crossbows whilst blind-folded! Crow’s unique and compelling approach to magic fuses suspense and dangerous stunts with a winning charm and explores the positive theme of facing and overcoming our fears. His sensational style took him to the semi-finals on Britain’s Got Talent where his nail-biting stunt of chopping a pineapple in half on top of Ant McPartlin’s head, while blind-folded, had audiences on the edge of their seats. Simon Cowell remarked: “That’s a great act. I love the idea of watching something where there is a possibility that someone could actually die”

b2d6bfc4f5a6bfc1_100x100arOn joining the show, Aaron Crow said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be joining Impossible alongside such a talented group of illusionists and magicians, and looking forward to bringing some of my magic to the West End for the last week of the run”

IMPOSSIBLE, the biggest magic show to hit the west end in decades opened at the Noel Coward Theatre on 30th July and has been astounding audiences with a stunning show that encompasses escapology, mind-reading, sleight-of-hand and disappearance, as well as bringing some traditional tricks up to date by using contemporary technologies such as iPads and lasers.

Featuring a stellar line-up of the best magicians and illusionists from around the world including:modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin (until 21 August); grand illusionist Luis de Matos, mind-blowing mind-reader Chris Cox; spell-binding digital marvel Jamie Allan, boundary breaking magician Ben Hart, and sleight of hand master Ali Cook.

IMPOSSIBLE is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions, with creative direction by Anthony Owen, stage direction by Lloyd Wood, scenic design by Andrew D. Edwards, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Gareth Owen, video design by Duncan McLean and music by Michael Bradley.


Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AU

Until Saturday 29th August 2015
Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Matinee performances: Tuesday and Saturday at 3.00pm
Booking details:  0844 482 5141
Access bookings: 0844 482 5137
Website: www.ImpossibleLive.com
Twitter: @ImpossibleShow

And The There Were None Review

The Grand Theatre, Leeds – 17th August 2015

The superb Kenwright season continues in Leeds with the very talented Agatha Christie Theatre Company presenting And Then There Were None

I love a good murder mystery, and this is a really good one. A true 5* production.  The play stays true to the original novel and does well to build up the suspense, as well as getting the audience to laugh, gasp and sigh throughout as we turn all the different corners in the story.

Set on a small island off the coast of Devon, the guests of a mysterious Mr Owen gather for a weekend away at the millionaire’s mansion, but he never turns up.

Directed by Joe Harmston, who has spearheaded all of the productions of Christie’s plays the Company has toured over the last ten years. His experience shows clearly here. There is no lame attempt to update the play or tinker with it in ways counter to its ingenuity. No. Harmston approaches the staging with respect and considerable care.

A gathering of strangers, separately invited to a weekend house party through letters from a mysterious stranger, soon begin to realise that they have been duped into becoming victims of a twisted and disturbed character. The idyllic island surroundings soon become a terrifying trap as one-by-one, the characters meet their fate.

The first act was a little bit slow, but it works, especially with so many characters playing a vital role it was necessary to make sure they all had a proper introduction – to each other and the audience. The second act was full of suspense and had many audience members on the edge of their seats and debating with their companions who they thought the murderer was.  And the final reveal was genius

Ben Nealon, a veteran of eight Christie plays, is terrific as the good-looking but possibly slightly/completely unhinged Captain Lombard. This is a stock Christie character: the charming rake with a shady past, a good chat up line for the ladies and a revolver. Nealon gets the style precisely right, his accent and delivery spot on and his sense of total investment in the character and situation impeccably judged. His welcome  energy is the pulse of the play.

Deborah Grant, almost unrecognisable as the cantankerous and self-righteous old windbag Emily Brent, is thoroughly believable while Kezia Burrows makes a convincing job of portraying vivacious Vera Claythorne. She wears the stylish clothes of the time to great effect and looks as though she’s stepped straight out of a 1930s fashion magazine (all credit to Amanda Ozdonmez and the costume team for the amazingly realistic-looking apparel). In particular THAT dress is beautiful

The rest of the cast – Neil Stacey, Gary Mavers, Mark Curry, Frazer Hines, Eric Carte, Tom McCarron and Jan Knightley, along with Judith Rae as Ethel Rogers, settle perfectly into their roles as though they lived through the thirties themselves.  Watching the paranoia, suspicion and decent to madness is a joy in itself

Simon Scullion’s excellent Art Deco set, Matthew Bugg’s sound design and  Roberto Surace’s costumes all help to give the production the finishing touches that help make the outstanding actors believable.

With twists and turns to the end this is a classic whodunnit and you need to get to The Grand to see if you can work out the ending before the big reveal


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Young people aged 16-26 have an unique opportunity to see Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, for only £5 this autumn. As part of Sheffield Theatres’ Live for 5 scheme there are 1,000 seats – more than ever before – available for this production at this special rate.


Undoubtedly William Shakespeare’s most romantic play, Romeo & Juliet bursts onto the Crucible stage from Thursday 17 September to Saturday 17 October in a brand new, vibrant production. This familiar story of love blown apart by tragedy is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare. It follows Sheffield Theatres’ previous highly acclaimed productions of Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale and Hamlet. Freddie Fox(Cucumber for Channel 4) plays Romeo whilst Morfydd Clark (The Falling) plays Juliet. Ticket prices for the production range from £17.00 to £25.00 making the £5 ticket deal exceptionally good value.


Claire Murray, Sheffield Theatres’ Communications and Fundraising Director commented:

‘We want to welcome everyone to the theatre and we appreciate that for our younger audiences, it can seem an expensive night out. We’re making 1,000 seats available at only £5 for Romeo & Juliet and many hundreds more available across all shows in our autumn season. We believe that it’s important that everyone has the chance to enjoy great theatre on their doorstep and we’re committed to making our productions more accessible – Live for 5 is just one of the ways we’re doing this.’  


For more details about Live For 5 please go to: sheffieldtheatres.co.uk


Live for 5 tickets can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person or by phone on 0114 249 6000 and are priced at £5.00.  A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).

Sheffield Theatres Listings:

Crucible Lyceum Studio 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA             
Box Office 0114 249 6000 –
Mon – Sat 10.00am to 8.00pm
A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).
On non-performance days the Box Office closes at 6.00pm.
Twitter: @crucibletheatre @SheffieldLyceum

Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Crucible Theatre

Thu 17 September – Sat17 October

Tickets from £17.00, concessions available




Monday 17 August 2015



A cast of ten will play the Greeks and Trojans, alongside local Llanelli teenagers as the unruly Greek gods – impulsive, vengeful, sex-mad and status-obsessed.

Tickets are now on sale. The production will be four parts, performed individually on weeknights, and in two marathon performances – one all day, and one overnight. The production will be performed in the Ffwrnes theatre in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire (21 SEP – 3 OCT 2015)

“In the beginning there was no Beginning,
And in the end, no End…”

Cast: Claire Cage, Rosa Casado, Daniel Hawksford, Ffion Jones, Richard Huw Morgan, Guy Lewis, Richard Lynch, John Rowley, Melanie Walters and Llion Williams

Teenage gods: Jacob Brown, Connor Charles, Madison Ellery, Scott Gutteridge, Lucy Havard, Harry Lynn, Ella Peel, Carmen Smith, Joseph Stockton and Maddison Eve Thomas

Renowned theatre-makers Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes, celebrated for their recent, large-scale interpretations of Aeschylus’ The Persians and Shakespeare’s and Brecht’s Coriolan/us with National Theatre Wales, will bring their trademark vision to this multimedia staging of Christopher Logue’s filmic poem War Music, derived from Homer’s account of the last years of the Trojan War.

The audience will be cast into a world both ancient and modern, a world created by a group of eminent Welsh actors, a troupe of teenage gods, a stage shaped around them, and vast cinematic landscapes. Each of the four parts can be viewed individually, while bolder audience members can choose to see all four in one of two marathon performances – either all day or overnight.

Classic Greek, epic storytelling meets box-set theatre.

The cast will include six narrators (Claire Cage, Daniel Hawksford, Guy Lewis, Richard Lynch, Melanie Walters and Llion Williams), four constructors who will reshape the set throughout the performances and 10 local teenagers as the gods.

Mike Brookes is an award-winning artist, director and designer. He co-founded the performance collective Pearson/Brookes with Mike Pearson in 1997. Since 2005, his collaborative art work with Spanish artist Rosa Casado has produced live art and gallery works across a range of media; their work together having been widely commissioned and presented across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America, and USA. Other collaborators include Quarantine and Untitled Projects. In 2007, he was appointed Research Fellow within Aberystwyth University.

Mike Pearson trained as an archaeologist. He was a member of R.A.T. Theatre (1972–73) and an artistic director of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1973–80) and Brith Gof (1981–97). He currently makes performance as a solo artist; with Mike Brookes in Pearson/Brookes and for National Theatre Wales. Mike is author of Theatre/Archaeology (2001); In Comes I: Performance, Memory and Landscape (2006);Site-Specific Performance (2010); The Mickery Theater: An Imperfect Archaeology (2011); and Marking Time: Performance, Archaeology and the City (2013). He was Professor of Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University (1999-2014).

Christopher Logue was a poet, screenwriter, actor and playwright. Born in Portsmouth in 1926 he served briefly in the Black Watch during and immediately after the Second World War, before spending sixteen months in a military prison. In 1952 he went to Paris where he worked on Merlin, the magazine which published Beckett. He funded his own poetry by writing pornography under the name Count Palmiro Vicarion. Back in London in the ’60s he wrote plays for the Royal Court, scripts for Ken Russell, including Savage Messiah and songs for Peter Cook’s Establishment Club. He acted in several films, including Russell’s The Devils and went to prison again in 1961 with Bertrand Russell and others for his support of CND. On his release he began his ‘True Stories’ column for Private Eye. He was responsible for some of the first poetry posters and was a life-long advocate of performance verse. In 1959 he recorded Red Bird, with the musician and composer Tony Kinsey, a combination of jazz with Logue’s versions of poems by Pablo Neruda. His retelling of the Iliad, begun in 1959 and published in several volumes which came to be known collectively as War Music, is his best-known work. He had no Greek and based his work on literal translations, many provided by Donald Carne-Ross, who commissioned the first part of War Music for the Third Programme (Radio Three). He recorded and performed it often, notably with Alan Howard. War Music remained incomplete at his death, in 2011.

Full listings information:

National Theatre Wales in association with Ffwrnes
A theatrical staging of Christopher Logue’s War Music
Directed by Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes
Composer: John Hardy Music
Costume Designer: Simon Banham
Sound Designer: Mike Beer
Cinematographer: Luke Jacobs and Like an Egg Productions
Assistant Director: Julia Thomas
Dates: 21 September-3 October 2015
Venue: The Ffwrnes, Park Street, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 3YE

Iliad is in four parts: Iliad: Kings, Iliad: The Husbands, Iliad: Red/Cold, Iliad: War Music
The running time for all four parts is approx. 2hrs each
The four parts can be seen separately, or in one of two marathon performances.

Performance schedule

Mon 21 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: Kings
Tue 22 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: The Husbands
Wed 23 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: Red/Cold
Thurs 24 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: War Music

Sat 26 Sept: all-day marathon
(Iliad: Kings at 10.30am, Iliad: The Husbands at 1.30pm, Iliad: Red/Cold at 5pm and Iliad: War Music at 8pm)

Mon 28 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: Kings
Tue 29 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: The Husbands
Wed 30 Sept, 7.30pm: Iliad: Red/Cold
Thurs 1Oct, 7.30pm: Iliad: War Music

Sat 3 Oct: all-night marathon
(Iliad: Kings at 6.30pm, Iliad: The Husbands at 9.30pm, Iliad: Red/Cold at 1am on Sun 4 Oct and Iliad: War Music at 4am)

Box Office
Online: www.nationaltheatrewales.org/iliad
By phone: 029 2037 1689

Ticket Prices
Single performance (each): £20 (£15 conc)
4 x single performances: £70 (£50 conc)
Marathon performance: £60 (£45 conc)
Local adult (within Carms): £10*
Local under-25 (inc. schools and colleges within Carms): £7.50*
* single performances only

Schools Ticket prices:
Single performance: £10
Marathon performance: £40

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For more information about National Theatre Wales or any of its forthcoming shows, contact
Press & PR Manager Catrin Rogers: 029 20 353 070 / 07540 686 725 /[email protected]

Cast announced for London Premiere of See What I Wanna See




by Michael John LaChiusa




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Casting is announced today for Michael John LaChiusa’s Off-Broadway hit See What I Wanna See, which will receive its London Premiere in a limited 4-week run at Jermyn Street Theatre from Tuesday 8 September to Saturday 3 October, with a press night on Friday 11 September, 7.30pm.

The cast features Jonathan Butterell as The Janitor/The Priest, Marc Elliott as The Thief/A Reporter, Cassie Comptonas Kesa/The Wife/An Actress, Mark Goldthorp as Morito/The Husband/A CPA and Sarah Ingram as The Medium/Aunt Monica.

Jonathan Butterell is a director and choreographer. He choreographed the original production of See What I Wanna Seeat New York’s Public Theater, and directed the premieres of Michael John LaChiusa’s other works Giant and Tres Nińas. Choreography credits include Company, Into The Woods and Nine at the Donmar Warehouse and Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof and Light in the Piazza on Broadway. He has also choreographed several films including Finding Neverland. Jonathan trained as an actor and dancer, and is returning to the stage after more than 20 years.


Marc ElliottMarc Elliott is best known for playing Syed Masood in EastEnders, a role he played for three years. Other television credits include Midsomer Murders (ITV), Holby City (BBC) and The Bill (ITV). His stage credits include Urinetown (St. James and Apollo Theatres), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse) and The History Boys (National Theatre).

Cassie ComptonCassie Compton’s West End credits include Nessarose in Wicked, Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing and Eponine in Les Misérables, with other recent credits including Jean in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre. Cassie was a finalist in the 2004 series of X Factor, with recent television work including Call the Midwife (BBC), Mr. Selfridge (ITV) and Casualty(BBC).

Mark Goldthorp’s West End credits include Matilda, Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Woman in White and Les Misérables. Other recent credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre), Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and I love You Because (Landor Theatre). Television credits include Skins (Channel 4) and My Family (BBC).


Sarah Ingram’s many West End credits include Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Martin Guerre, Inherit The Wind, Flashdance, Imagine This, Murderous Instincts and Napoleon. Other recent credits include Sweeney Todd (Twickenham Theatre), Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse) and Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse).


See What I Wanna See is a vibrant and provocative new musical that explores the nature of truth, and how it is altered by perspective. From medieval Japan where two lovers seek to escape a doomed relationship, to modern day New York where a priest is wrestling with his faith, See What I Wanna See weaves together three remarkable stories of lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption, where truth and lies have become entangled. Michael John LaChiusa’s beautiful and unexpected music blends a plethora of influences from jazz and salsa to classical and pop into a fluid, cinematic score. See What I Wanna See is a fiercely intelligent, heartfelt piece of theatre that calls into question; how pure can the truth ever be?

See What I Wanna See was named one of the Best Musicals of 2005 by New York Magazine, and was nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. It premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 2005 where it starred Idina Menzel in her first role following her Tony Award-winning performance originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked.

Michael John LaChiusa is a composer, lyricist and librettist, whose shows include The Wild PartyHello AgainMarie Christine and GiantMichael was nominated for four Tony Awards in 2000 for his score and book for both Marie Christineand The Wild Party.


See What I Wanna See is based on three short stories by acclaimed Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa. It will be directed by Adam Lenson, who recently directed the 20th Anniversary revival of Songs For A New World at St. James Theatre starring Cynthia Erivo, Damian Humbley, Dean John-Wilson and Jenna Russell. Adam also created the sell-out concert series West End Recast at the Phoenix and Duke of York’s Theatres and was associate director on the Olivier award winning west end production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.

See What I Wanna See is written by Michael John LaChiusa, based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa as translated by Takashi Kojima. It is directed by Adam Lenson with musical direction by Richard Bates and set and costume design by Simon Anthony Wells. It is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

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16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST

Previews: Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 September (All tickets £15)

Performances: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees 3.30pm, extra matinee Thursday 1 October

Press Night: Friday 11 September, 7.30pm

Tickets: £20-25 (Previews £15)

Box Office: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk | 020 7287 2875