Book and Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN


Based on the Paramount Pictures film written by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN


This autumn BILL KENWRIGHT will stage a new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope:GHOST – THE MUSICAL.

Taking its inspiration from the classic movie, this innovative reimagining will feature an expanded book, new music and original staging.

The Double Academy Award winning movie is a huge success story, both critically and at the box office, where it was the highest grossing film in the year of its release. It starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film’s most iconic and moving scene was famously performed to The Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody, which also features in the musical version. Ghost won numerous other awards and nominations, including being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film.

Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved wife Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…

Bill Kenwright said “GHOST is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”

Bruce Joel Rubin said “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations.  It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allows the imagination to flourish. It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense.  We are very excited by the potential that the new version holds and elated that it will be launched in the US at The Fulton Theatre, then tour the UK with Bill Kenwright”.

The production tours the UK from 29 August, opening at the New Theatre Wimbledon.

Dates currently on sale at Creative team and casting to be announced.

SIDE SHOW receives UK Premiere at Southwark Playhouse in October

Paul Taylor-Mills presents





From the composer of Dreamgirls




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Broadway musical Side Show will receive its UK Premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October.

Inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about love, acceptance and embracing the unique.

The Hilton Sisters make ends meet playing a headline act at a seedy side show, languishing under the rule of an oppressive ringmaster. But when spotted by a talent agent, they are thrust into the spotlight of the famed 1920’s Orpheum Circuit. They soon become the highest paid vaudeville stars of their time, but whilst Daisy relishes the spotlight, Violet wishes for a quiet life with a man she loves, and who loves her. Can they balance their individual dreams with their inescapable physical connection? Side Show is a heartwarming musical about the search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame.


Side Show first opened on Broadway in 1997, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards; Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, the only time a nomination has been shared by two actresses; Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner.


Side Show features a score by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger, with both shows making their London debuts just weeks apart from each other when Dreamgirls opens in the West End in November. Krieger was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Score for Side Show and Dreamgirls, won a Grammy Award for the cast album of Dreamgirls, and received three Academy Award nominations for the additional songs he wrote for the 2006 film.


It has a Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell, who received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book, and shared the nomination for Best Score with Krieger. Russell’s other musicals include Elegies for Angels and Punks and Raging Queens. Additional Book material is by Bill Condon, who reworked Side Show for its 2014 Broadway revival. Condon is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director, best known for writing the screenplay for the 2002 film Chicago, and directing and writing the critically acclaimed films Gods and Monsters and Dreamgirls, for which he won a Golden Globe.

Side Show is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills, who returns to Southwark Playhouse following his acclaimed productions of In The Heights and Carrie: The Musical. In The Heights this week received four Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical for its transfer to King’s Cross Theatre, whilst Carrie: The Musical last month won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.


It will be directed by Hannah Chissick (Down the Dock Road, Royal Court Liverpool, Brass, NYMT, Marry Me a Little, St. James Studio). Casting is by Will Burton. Side Show has music by Henry Krieger and Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell, with additional Book material by Bill Condon.

Casting is to be announced.


Twitter @Side_ShowUK




77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

Nearest Tube:               Borough / Elephant and Castle

Press Night:                   Wednesday 26 October, 7.30pm

Performances:               Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday 3.00pm (additional perf Tues 29 November 3.00pm)

Tickets:                         £14 previews / £25 standard / £20 concessions / £7-£12 PAYG members

Box Office                     020 7407 0234 |


Note: Southwark Playhouse has introduced allocated seating in The Large space. Patrons can pick their seats online or will be given best available seats when booking over the phone.

Darlington Civic Theatre – Good Old Days of Variety children’s workshop

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An opportunity for children to be part of the show with a half term workshop and performance with The Good Old Days of Variety at Darlington Civic Theatre in April.

And now, for your delectation and amusement, a fantastical foray into the magical world of Music Hall and Variety…

With half term just around the corner, what better way to keep your little ones entertained than on a special workshop and performance at Darlington Civic Theatre.

On Tuesday 5 April go back in time to visit the Civic Theatre’s roots in the era of music hall and variety. Children will work with expert leaders in the workshop to create a singing routine to be performed on Wednesday 6 April as part of the professional show The Good Old Days of Variety starring legendary entertainer Anita Harris and The Grumbleweeds.

The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday 5 April. The performance will run from 2pm to approximately 4pm on Wednesday 6 April.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young children to learn new skills, make new friends and tread the boards of the Civic Theatre stage. The cost per young person (suitable for ages 7+) is £15.

ArtsSpark Youth Theatre and Dance members £10.

With a full supporting cast, hilarious comedy, live musicians and lots of songs to sing along to, The Good Old Days of Variety is a guaranteed fun show for the whole family.

To book a place on the workshop please call the Box Office on 01325 486 555

The Good Old Days of Variety is at Darlington Civic Theatre on Wednesday 6 April at 2pm. Tickets* are £15.50 with discounts available.

To book for the show contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit




The renowned Wintershall Players bring their awe-inspiring full scale re-enactmentThe Passion of Jesus to Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, 25 March 2016

Brought to life by a cast of over a hundred, all in resplendent costumes, along with horses, doves and donkeys. Featuring realistic scenes and a heart moving interpretation of the crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion ofJesus is an unforgettable experience.  (Parental guidance is advised)

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


‘As Londoners across the capital and beyond celebrate Easter I am delighted that The Passion of Jesus returning to Trafalgar Square. It is a wonderful event that brings to life the Christian message and attracts people of all faiths right in the heart of our great city.’ –The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

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


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Northern Ballet returns to the Lyceum Theatre this spring with modern classic Swan Lake from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 March.  A modern take on a beautifully tragic tale of love and obsession, Swan Lake, choreographed by David Nixon OBE, is told through the Company’s unique blend of classical ballet and drama

Haunted by a childhood tragedy resulting in the death of his beloved brother, Anthony looks to the water for answers – in whatever form they take. An ethereal swan-like creature emerges and Anthony finds an unknown joy and freedom he has not felt since he was a boy, but on returning home, he finds himself conflicted. Torn between his two friends, the mystical swan beckons – what path will Anthony choose?

Set in New England at the start of the twentieth century, a time of long lazy summers and old world grace, this production, which was first performed in 2004, features costumes capturing the luxury and refined affluence of the era.

Set designs by Dave Gillan, lighting by Peter Mumford and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia complete the retelling of this infamous story.

Lovers of dance will not want to miss this absorbing adaptation of one of the greatest love stories of all time.

Swan Lake visits the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 March.  Tickets are on sale now, priced from £12.00 – £37.00 and can be purchased in person at Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, by calling 0114 249 6000 or online at A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash.

Gatsby returns at the Union Theatre

Ruby in the Dust presents:

April 6th – 30th 2016, The Union Theatre

Ruby in the Dust presented their first show at the Union Theatre in March 2006. To mark their tenth anniversary, they are returning with their iconic production of Gatsby, specially tailored to suit the seductive environs of the Union Theatre’s intimate space.

“Evokes the decadent rush of the jazz era and its seedy underbelly” (Time Out)

We find Meyer Wolfsheim in his favourite ‘speakeasy’ having received the shock of his life. “When a man gets killed – I keep out!”. But this time there’s something else; something – or someone – that draws him into Gatsby’s world. Watch the characters of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby come to life as they weave their way through the famous story and unravel the mystery that is Jay Gatsby.

Gatsby: the epitome of glitz, glamour and the end of the American Dream. The Roaring Twenties are heading towards their invariable crash, the party’s almost over.

“…revels delectably in the period glitz… and deftly harnesses the yearning beat of jazz that echoes so perfectly the novel’s strains of heartbreak and disenchantment” (Metro)

Gatsby was first presented by Ruby in the Dust in 2012 at the King’s Head Theatre, and again in 2013 at the Riverside Studios, and was greeted with wide acclaim and sell out audiences on both occasions.

Ruby In The Dust have gained a reputation for integrating original music into the text, and in their decade as a theatre company, have proven themselves to be a launching pad for some of the exciting, emerging talent in the theatre industry, including Olivia Vinall (National Theatre), Matthew James Thomas (Spiderman and Pippin on Broadway), Jack Fox (Fresh Meat and Mr Selfridge), Daisy Bevan (Elizabeth and The Two Faces of January) and Matilda Sturridge (Pramface and The Borgias).

“Oozing class… this musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel grips throughout” (The Telegraph)

New Cast Announced For Hit West End Thriller The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black
Adapted by Stephen MALLATRATT
from the novel by Susan HILL                                                     

  • New cast for hit thriller The Woman In Black
  • Malcolm James and Matt Connor have their first performance this evening
  • Show now in its 27th year in West End
  • Booking until 21 January 2017


A new cast will take to the stage of the Fortune Theatre this evening in The Woman In Black, one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever performed, now in its 27th year in the West End in a production revisited by original director Robin Herford.

Malcolm James plays Arthur Kipps and Matt Connor plays The Actor.

Malcolm James reclaims the role of Arthur Kipps after starring in the national tour of The Woman in Black. His recent theatre credits include Birdsong (national tour), Equus (London Classic Theatre), Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest, Private Fears in Public Places, My Night With Reg (all Library Theatre) and The Lady in the Van(Salisbury Playhouse).

Matt Connor makes his West End debut in The Woman In Black.  His previous roles include Sons of the Desert (Royal Court Liverpool), The Glass Menagerie (Chipping Norton Theatre), 101 Dalmatians, Around the World in 80 Days and A Christmas Carol all New Vic).  On screen he has appeared in Doctors (BBC), Coronation Street (Granada) and Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures).

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman In Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir.  More than seven million people have been transported into a terrifying world in an unremitting drama that has them literally jumping out of their seats.

The Woman In Black was first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987. The original production received rave reviews, paving the way for future productions throughout the country. It reached the West End in 1989 where it has been a major success ever since. Its success has subsequently reached a global level, having spread to the US, South America and through to the Tokyo theatre scene, and beyond.

A major motion picture version of The Woman In Black was released in February 2012, starring Daniel Radcliffe. It became the highest-grossing British horror film ever, taking more than $100 million worldwide.

3 new inhouse shows at Theatre N16 this Spring/Summer


Your Ever Loving: April 18th – May 5th, 2016
The Killing of Charles Bravo: May 16th – May 18th, 2016
Gertrude: June 12th – June 30th, 2016

This Spring/Summer, Theatre N16 will be producing 3 inhouse productions: in April, artistic director Jamie Eastlake will be directing Martin McNamara’s new drama about the Guildford FourYour Ever Loving, followed in May by The Killing of Charles Bravo, an exclusive site-specific performance about a real-life murder that happened in Balham, where the theatre is based. Finally, in June, Chris Hislop will be directing a new production of Howard Barker’s Gertrude, co-produced by LWL Investments and Entertainment Ltd.

1976. Guildford. 2 bombs. Forget Making a Murderer – what about the miscarriages of justice in our own system? When IRA pub bombs in Guildford and Woolwich murdered seven people and shocked the nation, Paul Hill and three others were charged, based solely on the confessions extracted during their violent, intimidating and threatening interrogations. It would take 15 long years of campaigning before the Four were exonerated and their convictions quashed. Your Ever Loving is written by Martin McNamara, a London writer and freelance journalist and radio producer, and directed by Theatre N16 artistic director Jamie Eastlake.

Howard Barker’s shocking and risqué take on Hamlet has its first major London revival at Theatre N16 this summer since its premiere in 2002. Reinterpreting Shakespeare’s classic from the perspective of Hamlet’s mother, this is a striking exploration of female sexuality and emancipation – but also a punky, filthy analysis of lust. Gertrude will be directed by Chris Hislop, Theatre N16 press manager and renowned London theatre publicist, returning to his directing roots after a 3 year hiatus. Co-produced by LWL Investments and Entertainment Ltd.

In 1876, a lawyer named Charles Bravo was murdered using the most devastating of poisons. To this day, no one knows the real murderer, despite the court case that took place at the Bedford Arms, where Theatre N16 now resides. Wander the corridors and explore the historical rooms of our pub and discover what could have happened over 100 years ago. Co-produced by Twenty Seven Live Ltd.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing company that wants to change the face of the theatre industry. No matter how little money a production has behind it, if it has potential and that spark of innovation, they want to know. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating without a hire fee for external companies. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for the arts, making theatre accessible and affordable for audiences and in turn allowing artists to survive financially.

The X Factor Live Tour & Ellie Goulding next week at Sheffield Arena


Sheffield Arena

Friday 11th March

The X Factor Live Tour returns to Sheffield Arena next week, starring winner Louisa Johnson alongside finalists Anton Stephans, 4th Impact, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, Lauren Murray, Che Chesterman, Mason Noise and Seann Miley Moore performing classic songs and viewers favourites from the TV series.

The X Factor 2016 Live Tour is a countrywide tour stopping off at Sheffield Arena on Friday 11th March with contestants performing classic songs and viewers’ favourites from the TV series.

Attended by over three million people, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the past eleven years. Tickets are on sale now so don’t miss the opportunity to catch this year’s stars live.

Tickets purchased online at or via the ticket hotline on 0114 256 5656 are priced £60.50, £38.50, £21.45 (including booking fee) with family tickets £203.52, £132.00 (including booking fee).

Tickets purchased in person at the Arena box office are priced £57.75, £36.75, £20.48 (including booking fee) with family tickets £194.24, £126.00 (including booking fee).


Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this year’s stars live in Sheffield.


Sepcial guest John Newman

Sheffield Arena

Saturday 12th March 2016 


Ellie Goulding will perform a Sheffield Arena headline debut next week on Saturday 12th March as part of a UK tour.

The tour comes hot-on-the-heels of her third studio album ‘Delirium’, released in November on Polydor Records.  It has been a whirlwind few years for the singer from Herefordshire. Since the release of her debut ‘Lights’ in 2010, she has sold over 20 million records, had two Number One albums, won two Brit Awards and had Vevo views and streams both in excess of one billion. This year’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ single, meanwhile, was a worldwide Number One hitting the top spot in 70 countries and breaking the record for the most streamed song in one week. Some artists might be inhibited about where to go after such success but Goulding had no doubts: make everything bigger, better and braver.

Support for Ellie Goulding’s 2016 UK tour is John Newman. One of the major breakthrough artists in the UK in recent years,Newman followed his Top 5 smash hit single “Come And Get It” with the eagerly awaited release of brand new second album “Revolve”. The follow up to Newman’s Platinum selling number 1 debut “Tribute”,   “Revolve” looks set to confirm the Yorkshireman  as one of the UK’s most singular talents and consistently successful  artists.

The success of  “Come And Get It” follows  John’s  recent collaboration with Calvin Harris on the no. 1 Global smash “Blame” which has sold over 4 million worldwide and has been streamed an unbelievable 270 million times. “Blame” gave John his third UK no. 1 single following Rudimental’s “Feel The Love” and his own chart-topping debut ”Love Me Again”.

Tickets for Ellie Gouldin with special guest John Newman  are available online, via the ticket hotline on 0114 256 5656 or in person at the Arena box office.

Tickets purchased online or by phone are priced £38.50 including booking fee.  Tickets purchased in person at the Arena box office are priced £36.75 including booking fee.

Darlington Civic Theatre – Of Mice And Men

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The Touring Consortium Theatre Company celebrates 20 years with a new tour of John Steinbeck’s classic which comes to Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 March.

Two migrant farm workers held together by a mutual dependence, a deep affection and an undying loyalty go in search of new beginning in the hope of attaining their shared dream: of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land and building a home. No strangers to trouble, George and Lennie soon find themselves reeling from the fallout of an innocent misunderstanding which spirals out of control and leaves the two men, bound together by friendship, facing an earth-shattering climax. A story, raw in speech and action, full of heart and unflinching realism, it remains one of the most poignant statements of being human our contemporary theatre has produced.

The cast for Of Mice And Men includes Dave Fishley as ‘Crooks’, Nicholas Goode as ‘Whit’, Saoirse-Monica Jackson as ‘Curley’s Wife’ Neil McKinven as ‘Carlson / Boss’, Kristian Phillips as ‘Lennie’, Jonah Russell as ‘Slim’, and William Rodell as ‘George’, Ben Stott as ‘Curley’ and featuring Dudley Sutton as ‘Candy’.

Dudley Sutton is best known for his role in the BBC classic Lovejoy but is also a renowned stage actor who began his career starring in some of the most iconic plays of the sixties, including Jo Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane and Tom Murphy’s A Whistle In The Dark. Over the course of his career he has worked with legendary directors including Federico Fellini, Derek Jarman, Sally Potter and Ken Russell.

Created by producer Jenny King, The Touring Consortium Theatre Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016. Jenny King said, “The company was created in 1996 in response to a need expressed by chief executives of several of the UKs leading touring venues for quality text based drama that reached out to new, young audiences as well as sustaining the interest of core theatre goers. Since its creation we have produced over twenty three productions and played to over a million people, and involved some 25,000 young people in our workshops and creative learning programmes.”

There is a Stage Tour available on Saturday 19 March at 11am. This is a free event but tickets are required as numbers are restricted. Please call the box office on 01325 486555 to reserve a space.

On opening night there will be live music from ‘The Tennessee Three’, re-creating the music of Steinbeck’s era. With a repertoire taken from artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Hank Williams this trio will play the toe tapping and heart wrenching songs that were the soundtrack to America in the 1930s and 40s.

Of Mice And Men is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 March.

Tickets* £17.40 to £27, discounts available. Thursday and Saturday matinees all seats £18.50. Family ticket Saturday 2.30pm £44. Under 16s and schools all seats £11 plus 1 free with every 10 booked.

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit

*All prices include a £1 restoration levy