WINNERS ANNOUNCED For The 2015 Wilma Awards!

The second annual West End Wilma Awards took place this afternoon, at The Hippodrome Casino.

Winners are shown below in bold

Best West End Show 
Sponsored by eStage

The Nether


Best Off-West End Show

The Clockmakers Daughter
Return of the Soldier


Best Touring Show

Calamity Jane
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Most Underrated West End Show

Just Jim Dale
Made In Dagenham


Rising Star Award 
Sponsored by Planet Hollywood

Luke Newton
Evelyn Hoskins
David O’Reilly


Most Welcoming Venue 
Sponsored by SeatPlan

Prince of Wales Theatre
Above The Stag
Landor Theatre


Best Cabaret/Solo Performance 
Sponsored by The Hippodrome Casino

Rachel Tucker (St James Theatre)
Frances Ruffelle (Crazy Coqs)
Sheila Simmonds (Leicester Square Lounge)


Best Vocal Performance 
Sponsored by London Weekly News

Killian Donnelly (Memphis)
Beverley Knight (Memphis)
Gina Beck (I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change)


Best Family Show

Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe

The Twits (Royal Court)
Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith)
Somewhere Very Far Away (Unicorn Theatre)


Best Actor in a Play or Musical

Sponsored by Applaud

Alistair McGowan (An Audience With Jimmy Savile)
Killian Donnelly (Memphis)
Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon)


Best Actress in a Play or Musical

Beverley Knight (Memphis)
Jenna Russell (Urinetown)
Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon)



BBC Documentary Follows York Theatre Royal Redevelopment



1967 Extension credit Roger Keech Productions LtdYork Theatre Royal is to feature in a BBC documentary on Monday 9 November on BBC One, covering the current redevelopment project and this summer’s huge community production In Fog and Falling Snow. The programme is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and is being shown as part of the BBC’s On Stage season; a major series celebrating Britain’s incredible theatre talent, from world-class actors to cutting-edge regional theatre.  The programme will be broadcast locally on BBC One in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and then repeated nationally on BBC Four at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 November.

Proscenium from The Birdcage credit Roger Keech Productions LtdFor several months cameras have been granted privileged access to all areas of the York Theatre Royal site as work on the £4.1million redevelopment has been taking place.  Interviews were granted with members of staff from York Theatre Royal, the construction company William Birch & Sons Ltd and York Archaeological Trust, giving insight into the project.  As work on the theatre progressed and the remains of St Leonard’s Hospital were discovered, the cameras were on hand to record the finds.

York Theatre Royal Auditorium September 2015 credit Roger Keech Productions LtdSince filming concluded in September, work on the theatre has progressed rapidly with the exciting new layout of the auditorium and front of house areas taking shape.  Where walls had been coming down, they are now going up again in new configurations, showing how open and spacious the Box Office, café and restaurant areas will be and the intimacy of the stalls with their new sightlines.  A massive skeleton of scaffolding known on site as ‘the birdcage’ has been erected in the auditorium in order for work to be carried out on the delicate and intricate plasterwork and decorations.  Carpenters have also been busy installing the new tiered seating in the Dress Circle and Gallery.

Work is ongoing at the theatre, and will re-open in spring 2016 with a new season of work which will be announced shortly.  During the closure, York Theatre Royal’s residency at the National Railway Museum continues with this year’s pantomime Dick Whittington (and his meerkat) taking place at The Signal Box Theatre from 10 December – 24 January.

Abbigail Ollive, Head of Communications & Enterprises at York Theatre Royal said:

This is an amazing opportunity for people to see ‘behind the hoardings’ of the redevelopment project. With the theatre being covered in scaffolding, we get asked all the time about what is going on in the building and we’re really pleased to be able to show everyone what has been happening! We only have £65,000 left to raise in our fundraising appeal and we hope that seeing this programme might spur people on to make a donation and help us to reach our target.


Also captured on film was footage from backstage at In Fog and Falling Snow, the huge summer production which took place at The Signal Box Theatre and in and around the collection at the National Railway Museum.  Production staff, creatives and cast spoke about the play, including the only professional actor involved, George Costigan.

The BBC On Stage season will be led by BBC Two’s major new adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellan. Other major new content across television, radio and online will include a 10-part Radio 4 documentary series on the history of black British theatre and screen presented by Lenny Henry.

BBC On Stage featuring York Theatre Royal will be screened at 7.30pm on Monday 9 November on BBC One in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It will be repeated nationally at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 November on BBC Four.  The programme will also be available on BBC iPlayer.


York Theatre Royal is still fundraising for its £4.1million redevelopment. You can donate securely online at





Eight performers from the New York production of STOMP took to an outdoor basketball court in New York City’s Greenwich Village with four stars from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters to celebrate the team’s 90th year.

CLICK HERE to watch the single-take video of their unique collaboration directed by STOMP co-creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.  School children at recess, tourists, locals and residents from nearby apartment windows watched in amazement as STOMP joined forces with Globetrotter stars Bull BullardCheese ChisholmFirefly Fisher, and Handles Franklin.

STOMP, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, is currently playing in New York, London’s West End, and on a European tour. STOMP has also been an overwhelming success away from the theatre, marked by rave reviews and awards, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award, and noteworthy TV appearances including “The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony” and “The Academy Awards.

The Globetrotters will celebrate their 90th year with over 330 games in more than 260 cities in North America starting December 26, 2015. The tour’s opening week will bring 10 games to six arenas in the NYC-area, including Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and Prudential Center. The full schedule and ticket information can be found at

Since its 1991 premiere at the Edinburgh Festival 1991, STOMP has become a global phenomenon, showcasing a universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance that has resonated with audiences around the world. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters and plastic bags, to basketballs and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm. STOMP has toured the globe almost continuously for over 20 years, setting feet stamping, fingers drumming and adrenalin rushing for over 15 million people in 48 countries across five continents. Critics and audiences have raved about STOMP: The New York Times calls it “a sure-fire crowd pleaser with a rock-and-roll heart.”  “STOMP finds beautiful noise in the strangest places,” says USA Today.  It is the winner of an Olivier, Obie, Drama Desk and numerous other awards.  Creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas also co-directed the award winning giant-screen film Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey, and the underwater giant-screen film trilogy: Wild Ocean 3D, The Last Reef 3D and Great White Shark 3D.  Visit

Celebrating 90 iconic years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions, The Harlem Globetrotters® are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site:



Ambassadors Theatre

West Street

London WC2H 9ND


Box Office: 08448 112 334


Tickets: £26 to £52.50 + a £2.50 transaction fee


Performances: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 6pm, with matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm*

*Extra Performances:  Wednesday 17 February 2016 3pm & 8pm, Wednesday 30 March 2016 3pm & 8pm, Wednesday 6 April 2016 3pm & 8pm, Wednesday 1 June 2016 3pm & 8pm


Running Time: 100 minutes with no interval


Current Booking Period: 8 January 2017







Artist and performer Selina Thompson brings her highly-acclaimed one woman show, Dark & Lovely, to the Crucible Studio Theatre from Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 November. Using memories, music, rum and a ‘Tumbleweave installation’, Selina explores the history and politics of afro hair and what it means to be Black, British and Female in the UK today.


Presented from within the Tumbleweave – a home for hair built from abandoned weaves and hair extensions – Dark & Lovely is an intimate, part-autobiographical, conversational new show that invites audiences to peer through the Tumbleweave. Using recorded conversations with barbers, hair vendors and customers, feel good music and written text, this new show explores the complexities of the social debate surrounding Black hair and celebrates what it means – and doesn’t mean – to be Black, through the way we wear our hair.


Dark & Lovely was first performed in Chapeltown, Leeds in a disused barber’s shop for a weeklong sell-out run. Selina Thompson says: ‘Dark & Lovely was developed in the barber shops and hairdressers – and making the work was a real coming of age moment for me: one in which I got to reconnect my heritage and cultural upbringing with my developing political consciousness and my practice as an artist. I like to think I’ve made something that reflects the love and care that those that opened up their community spaces extended to me – but also something with bite!’

Dark & Lovely is at the Studio from Wednesday 18 – Saturday 20 November.  Tickets can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at and are priced £10.00 (a transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash).



Dillie Keane - cSteve ullathorneFASCINATING AIDA’S DILLIE KEANE





After celebrating 30 years of Fascinating Aida, Dillie Keane is taking a short break from her gal pals to bring audiences around the country her solo show, written by her and Adèle Anderson, which she debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. Dillie will tour the UK from 10 February until 24 March 2016, accompanied on the piano by Michael Roulston: dates and booking info here:

With brand new tunes, grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and hilarious songs of utter wickedness, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. 


And she’ll give you her recipe for chutney while she’s at it..


As founding member of Fascinating Aida, Dillie has amassed over 17 million hits on Youtube for their charming and now infamous takes on a variety of topics from Cheap Flights to OFSTED to Dillie’s notorious ode to dogging, which itself has reached 2 million hits so far.

“Keane, whose piano playing remains as sprightly and inventive as ever, prompts gales of laughter with merely the raising of a quizzical eyebrow.”

★★★★★ TIMES

Dillie says “I think I must be descended from a long line of itinerants, because there’s nothing makes me happier than hitting the road again.  And I’m delighted my little show is getting a longer shelf life and I’ve got a chance to do it in the places I love – our British provincial towns.   (You can take a chanteuse out of the provinces… etc.) You see, I only decided to do the show because my dear old pal and colleague from Fascinating Aïda, Adèle Anderson, wanted to go on holiday to North Korea.  (Dear God… don’t ask…)   I couldn’t bear the idea of sitting home twiddling my thumbs. 


Things didn’t turn out quite as planned.  I was rehearsing the show when we got the news that she was not heading East at all.  Instead, she’s taken a detour through the North Korea of Poorliness, travelling via the chemo day clinic and the hospital ward, poor love.  So I suddenly found myself doing the show for rather longer than planned.


So, buoyed with the happiness of this result, I can set off on the road once more in the knowledge that she’s getting back to full strength again for Fascinating Aïda’s full time return in 2017.


I am also delighted to be touring with the exceptionally talented Michael Roulston, well known (and much in demand) on the cabaret circuit in London.”

The State vs John Hayes Review

Kings Head Theatre  28 October – 22 November.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick

Good grief, that was intense.

Lucy Roslyn’s one-act play about Elyese Dukie, a Death Row inmate in 1950s Texas, is powerful and puzzling.

Elyese is initially defiant and mocks the court and her stuttering attorney, but as twitches and pains begin, her underlying regret emerges. But for what? She is perfectly happy describing her killing of husband Dale. Elyese talks about John Hayes, the man she turned into to kill, through memories of her childhood and marriage. John has made Elyese a celebrity, especially in the women’s prison, and she (he) has seduced a guard, who is urging John to plead insanity to avoid the electric chair.

Roslyn’s performance is hypnotic – she uses her voice and subtle body language, along with wonderfully intuitive lighting design, to portray the different characters in Elyese’s life, and leads us on a rollercoaster ride as Elyese/John. One moment she is charming and seductive, the next raging and foul mouthed. As she finally reveals the truth about what happened to her lover, her regret and sense of loss are palpable.

So, is she insane, or in denial? Elyese is always talking about choosing to be John, about how she’s done with Elyese, and then done with John. She says she wants to do the right thing, and is facing her death almost with relief. Does she deserve to die? There are no answers here, and the last line of the play just leaves you with even more questions. The writing is simply superb – Roslyn has interlaced almost poetic accounts of death with dark, dark humour. The history of the character, as told by Elyese, evokes sympathy, but then a sudden change in mood and heightened aggression makes you realise that Elyese might just be seducing the audience as well.

A captivating, thought-provoking, and wonderfully dark drama.


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As Park Theatre enters its third year, Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces its new season of work, including seven new writing world premieres alongside a number of exciting revivals, and a brand new British musical.


jezBond says, “At Park Theatre we are committed to presenting world class theatre, and collaborating with the finest existing and emerging talent right in the heart of Finsbury Park. Our last season delivered phenomenal successes with sell out runs for new plays The Gathered Leaves and An Audience With Jimmy Savile, and I’m confident that this new season of work will challenge, entertain and stimulate audiences old and new.


t’s important to all of us here that Park Theatre is accessible to all. We’ve just launched ‘Park Young Patrons’ to encourage more young people to engage with our work, and we’re continually fundraising to keep ticket prices low and to enable us to provide more Creative Learning projects for the community. We’re continually evolving as a building, and this autumn we’ll be improving the ticket buying process with the introduction of a dedicated box office in the foyer.”

Box office: 02078706876 


14 Jan – 13 Feb 2016

Engine House Presents the UK Premiere of

4000 DAYS

Written by Peter Quilter

Directed by Matt Aston

Cast includes Alistair McGowan

Press night: Tuesday 19 January

Times: Mon – Sat 19.30, 15.00 Thurs and Sat matinees

What would you do if you forgot the last decade of your life?

Michael has been in a coma for three weeks.

On waking, he realises that four thousand days of his memory have been completely erased. He remembers nothing of Paul, his partner.

Paul must fight to bring Michael’s memory back, while Paul’s mother, Carol, fights to remove him from their lives completely.

Alistair McGowan returns to Park Theatre to lead the company of 4000 Days, following his acclaimed performance in An Audience with Jimmy Saville. Director, Matt Aston, who directed Bombers Moon at Park Theatre in 2014 and its subsequent transfer to the West End in 2015, returns to present this new play by Olivier and Tony nominated writer Peter Quilter (End of Rainbow).

17 Feb – 19 Mar 2016

Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions present the World Premiere of


Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn

Press night: Tuesday 23 February

Times: Mon – Sat 19.30, 15.00 Thurs and Sat matinees

“You were the sword but I was the shield. I love France. I also love you – as a son.”

The Patriotic Traitor is about two giants of history. Written and directed by multi-award winning Jonathan Lynn (Yes Minister / Yes, Prime Minister / My Cousin Vinny / Nuns on the Run), it tells the extraordinary true story of Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who loved each other like father and son but found themselves on tragically opposing sides in World War II.

This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: Philippe Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to save France in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun, and Charles de Gaulle, the aristocratic, academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator.

In 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. But was it as simple as it seemed? This extraordinary story is seen as Pétain waits for the verdict.

22 March – 23 April 2016

simple8 in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of


A new play by Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton with simple8

Based on the true story and book by Daniel Everett

Press night: Wednesday 23 March

Times: Mon – Sat 19.30, 15.00 Thurs and Sat matinees

Pirahã [(n) piɾaˈhã] a remote Amazonian tribe with a language no outsider has ever understood.

Daniel Everett, a linguist and missionary, is sent into the jungle with a clear purpose: to learn their language and convert them to Christianity.

But as he struggles to communicate, he uncovers a culture like nothing he’s ever imagined. What he discovers blows apart modern linguistic theory, forcing him to question his faith and his understanding of what it means to be human.

Following the critically acclaimed The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Moby-Dick, the award winning ensemble, simple8, return with an adventure wrenched from the heart of the jungle, that traces how language, culture and experience shape us all.

28 April – 5 June 2016

Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for Buskers Opera Ltd in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of


A new musical by Dougal Irvine

Inspired by The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay

Press night: Thursday 5 May

Times: Mon – Sat 19.30, 15.00 Thurs and Sat matinees

“The future’s ripe for those who mix their artistry with politics”

London, 2012. The night before the Opening Ceremony. A group of street performers called ‘the 99percenters,’ gather in protest against the over-priced, corporate games. Among them is Macheath, satirist and ladies’ man, whose razor-sharp wit is slashing chunks out of the Mayor’s reputation. Powerful figures are watching. With the ever-influential media operating 24/7, capital punishment has found a new method of delivery.

A hilarious new musical from the pen of one of the hottest writers emerging in UK theatre, Dougal Irvine, whose catalogue of work includes Departure Lounge, The Snow Queen, Teddy, The Other School, In Touch and Britain’s Got Bhangra. Expect a reckless abandonment of political correctness and some top class tunes to redefine a golden age.

Supported by Rooks Nest Entertainment Suitable for 15 years upwards

Echo Presents, Park Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present the world premiere of

7 June – 8 July 2016

Echo Presents, Park Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present the world premiere of: THE QUIET HOUSE

An original drama by Gareth Farr

Directed by Tessa Walker

Press night: Wednesday 8 June

Times: Mon – Sat 19.30, 15.00 Thurs and Sat matinees

“It’s passing on your thoughts, your personality, a part of yourself, your DNA. If we don’t do that what are we? We’re just dust.”

Jess and Dylan are in love. They want a family. That’s all they have ever wanted.

When diagnosed with infertility, this ordinary couple find themselves on an extraordinary journey. They enter the world of IVF treatment where intimacy is replaced by injections.

Forced to fight for the family they so desperately want, they put their faith in science and their relationship through the ultimate test.

An exploration of infertility and the taboo that surrounds it, The Quiet House is a funny, moving and unswervingly honest love story, inspired by true events.

Gareth Farr’s highly anticipated new play following his Bruntwood Prize-winning debut, Britannia Waves The Rules.

This production has been created in association with The London Women’s Clinic


23 December 2015 – 23 January 2016

Two Sheds Theatre presents


Written by Reza de Wet

Press night: Tuesday 5 January

Times: Tue – Sat 19.45, 15:15 Thurs and Sat matinees

“Still water, deep ground, and underneath the devil is turning around” Afrikaner children’s rhyme

Frikkie and Sussie were born into a South African Eden, an idyllic farm with loving and responsible parents, a black nanny as their second mother, and a benevolent God in Heaven to keep them all safe and sound.

But that was decades ago.

Now their parents are long gone, the farm a desolate ruin, and God has clearly forgotten them.

Written during the Apartheid era, Reza de Wet’s astonishing play (originally “Diepe Grond” – Deep Ground) held up a mirror to the dark heart of Afrikaner society, forcing it to take a long and uncomfortable look at itself and the myths that sustained it.

From the production team behind Muswell Hill (Park Theatre, February-March 2015) and My Children! My Africa! (Trafalgar Studios, August 2015).

26 January – 20 February 2016

Ensemble and York Theatre Royal present


Written by Steve Trafford with songs by Henry Purcell

Directed by Damian Cruden

Press Night: Wednesday 27 January

Times: Tue – Sat 19.45, 15:15 Thurs and Sat matinees

A gorgeous new comedy, full of bawdy wit.

A fine vignette of Britain, then and now, where the personal is heroically, hilariously political. King Charles II lies ill. Nell, his royal whore, once star of the Restoration stage, rages against the fate that may befall her if Charles dies. Margery, Nell’s maid, is no whore but a survivor whose fate too hangs on the life or death of the Royal patriarch.

We see Nell in breeches, a perfect boy. She sings like an angel. Margery dances, emptying chamber pots with priceless asides on sex, love, class and power… Wonderful roles for distinguished actresses Elizabeth Mansfield, Olivier Award nominee, and Angela Curran, star of ITV’s hit comedy series ‘Job Lot’. An intriguing reinterpretation of our national treasure Nell Gwyn and a timely celebration of female resilience in a world where women seldom thrive.

23 Feb – 19 March 2016

Giant Cherry Productions in association with Park Theatre presents


Written by Dylan Costello

Directed by Matthew Gould

Press Night: Wednesday 24 February

Times: Tue – Sat 19.45, 15:15 Thurs and Sat matinees

It’s Spring 2003 and Essex grandmother Lynnie has escaped from her nursing home and fled 5000 miles across the Atlantic to Hollywood, Los Angeles, where she plans to reveal to the world her deepest secret – that she is Marilyn Monroe, alive and well after faking her death decades before.

As her gay grandson Joe turns up to take her home, he finds himself embroiled in his grandmother’s scheme, questioning his sanity wondering whether he really can be the grandson of Marilyn Monroe.

But is Lynnie really Marilyn? Or just a crazy old lady wanted to avoid ending her days alone inside a nursing home? There’s only one way that the truth will be revealed in this funny drama that is full of surprises…

22 March – 16 April 2016

Attic Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of


Written by Tabitha Mortibo

Press Night: Thursday 24 March

Times: Tue – Sat 19.45, 15:15 Thurs and Sat matinees

“See those three at the edge, those three in a line? That’s me, and you and Julie. We’re a constellation.”

Julie sells ice cream on the cliffs at Beachy Head and searches for love online. Her friend Bernard walks the clifftops and can’t seem to settle.

When sixteen year old Skye arrives for the summer and decides to stay, the lives of all three become unexpectedly entwined. But when memory takes hold, will their buried fears force them apart?

Tabitha Mortiboy’s magical new play tells of love, loss and midnight ice cream sundaes under the starlit skies of the South Downs.

19 April – 14 May 2016

PMJ Productions present the World Premiere of


Written by Maya Sondhi

Directed by Prav MJ

Press Night: Wednesday 20 April

Times: Tue – Sat 19.45, 15:15 Thurs and Sat matinees

“You’re so beautiful… take a picture, take one for me right now and send it.”

At an inner city school the teenagers are obsessed with 21st century technology. Living their lives through social media, where ‘sexting’ and ‘selfies’ are the norm and access to sexual imagery is available 24/7, what are the real costs…?

This insightful play follows the lives of six young adults as they negotiate the minefield of technological advances, ever-changing laws and moral dilemmas.

Mistakes happen but now they can remain forever in the virtual domain.

17 May – 11 June 2016

Guy Masterson presents the London premieres of


Press Night: Wednesday 18 May

Times: Tue – Sat 19:45 & 21:15, Thurs and Sat matinees 15:15 & 16:45

Both shows presented in a double bill, directed by Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson.


Written & performed by Owen O’Neill

Donegal. Present Day. Catholic priests are disappearing. One man knows why and he wants to confess. His confession is brutal. It’s bloody, frank. He tells us it is not murder. It’s retribution. It’s absolution.

A five-star, sell-out hit at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.


Written by Rachel Mariner

Performed by Bob Paisley

With the world ravaged by war, drowning refugees, mass migration, jobless, homeless, hopeless, with inequality and injustice at its worst for a century, the 42nd President wants to cut loose, shoot from the hip and waken the world in his own fantasy TED talk. His own epic life has led to this moment… but will he be silenced by his spouse’s political ambitions? Will he be Hillary’s foot-soldier or will the comeback kid come back?

12 June – 9 July 2016

Shock Box Theatre in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere


Written by Michael Ross

Press Night: Thursday 16 June 2016

Times: Tue – Sat 19.45, 15:15 Thurs and Sat matinees

A darkly funny new play about the supermarket industry and its impact on all of our lives.

In a last-ditch attempt to gain PR traction, the managing director of UK supermarket chain ‘Frisca’ has returned to the shop floor incognito to experience life as a shelf-stacker. Yet beneath a facade of ruthless ambition and wholehearted commitment to the corporation lie tales of tragic pasts.

Discover the immense power of supermarkets, the human ramifications of low-cost food, and how the industry’s monopolising power has changed the face of the British high street.



Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster

Set and costume design by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Joshua Carr and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.


Full casting has today been announced for the West End run of the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Hangmen. Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productionsand Royal Court Theatre Productions are delighted to announce that Andy Nyman will play Syd, Craig Parkinson will take on the role of Inspector Fry and Tony Hirst will play Bill, completing the cast of the West End production. Directed by Matthew Dunster, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season, previewing from 1 December.

After a decade-long absence from the London stage, McDonagh returned to the Royal Court Theatre with Hangmen in September 2015 to critical and public acclaim. The full West End cast includes: Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Tony Hirst, John Hodgkinson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Andy Nyman, Craig Parkinson, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers and Simon Rouse.

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?  

Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

Martin McDonagh’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court & Broadway), The Cripple of Inishmaan (National/West End/Broadway), The Pillowman (National/ Broadway – Olivier Award for Best New Play), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC/Garrick/Broadway – Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway). As Writer/Director, film includes: Six Shooter (Short – Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film), In Bruges (BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay) and Seven Psychopaths.

Matthew Dunster’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and Liberian Girl (Royal Court), The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child, Troilus and Cressida and Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith – Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Love and Money (Royal Exchange Manchester and Young Vic – Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Love the Sinner (National Theatre).  As Writer, theatre includes: Children’s Children (Almeida), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), and You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).

Josef Davies trained at LAMDA and graduated in July 2015. Theatre credits include:  Hangmen(Royal Court).

James Dryden’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), Beached (Soho Theatre),Teechers (Theatre Royal Wakefield) and The History Boys (Mercury Theatre). Film includes:Tulip Fever and Mr Turner. Television includes: Close To The Enemy, Father Brown, Doctors andSerial – Angel Of Decay.

Johnny Flynn’s theatre credits include: Hangmen, The Low Road and The Heretic (Royal Court),Richard III and Twelfth Night (Globe/Apollo), Jerusalem (West End) and Twelfth Night/The Taming of the Shrew (Old Vic/tour). Film includes: Love is Thicker than Water, Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One, Apres Mai, Lotus Eaters, Crusade in Jeans and A Small Holding. Television includes: A Devotee of Art, Brotherhood, Detectorists, Scrotal Recall, Kingdom, Holby City andMurder in Suburbia. Radio includes: Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. Johnny is currently recording his 4th album which will be due for release in 2016.

Tony Hirst’s theatre credits include: I Know Where The Dead Are Buried (24:7 Theatre Festival), Crying In The Chapel (Contact Theatre), Oh! What A Lovely War! (Landor Clapham),No Sweet Surrender (Newbury Corn Exchange), Piaf (Albany Empire) and The Uninvited (New Perspectives). Film includes: Hard Hat. Television includes: Glue, Coronation Street, Casualty,Law & Order UK, Hollyoaks, Ghost Squad, Holby City, Shameless, No Angels, Doctors, Watch,99-1, Brookside, The Specials and Sharp End.

Bronwyn James trained at ALRA and graduated in July 2015. Theatre credits include: Hangmen(Royal Court).

David Morrissey’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman), In a Dark Dark House (Almeida), Three Days of Rain (Donmar), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Peer Gynt (National Theatre), King John, Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III (RSC), The Cabinet Minister (Royal Exchange, Manchester), El Cid and WC/PC (Liverpool Playhouse). Television includes: Extant, The Driver, The 7.39, The Walking Dead, True Love, Richard II, Field of Blood, South Riding, Scaredycat, Sleepyhead, Murder on the Orient Express, 5 Days, U Be Dead, Doctor Who, Sense & Sensibility, Cape Wrath, Ripley’s Gold, Blackpool, The Deal, State of Play, Out of Control, Clocking Off, Murder, Pure Wickedness, Big Cat, Our Mutual Friend, Holding On, Out of the Blue, The One That Got Away, Available Light, Red Riding Trilogy,  Cause Celebre and One Summer. Film includes: The Ones Below, Welcome to the Punch, Earthbound, Blitz, Nowhere Boy, Centurion, Mrs Mandela, Is Anybody There?, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Waterhorse, The Reaping, Derailed, Stoned, This Little Life, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Hilary & Jackie, Born Romantic, Fanny & Elvis, The Commissioner, Some Voices, Being Human, Waterland, Robin Hood, The Widow Maker and Drowning By Numbers. As Director, film includes: Sweet Revenge, Passer By, Don’t Worry About Me and Bring Me Your Love. As Producer, film includes: The Driver and Don’t Worry About Me. David is a producer at On The Corner.

Andy Nyman’s theatre credits include: Assassins and Terrible Advice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Abigail’s Party (Wyndham’s Theatre) (Best Supporting actor nominated Whatsonstage), and Ghost Stories, which Andy starred in, co-wrote & co-directed with Jeremy Dyson (Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre as well as in Moscow, Toronto, Australia, Shanghai and Lima). Film includes: Automata, Abcs Of Death 2, Kick Ass 2, The Glass Man, Black Death, The Brothers Bloom, Death At A Funeral, Severance and Shut Up & Shoot Me (Best Actor, Jury prize for Best Film and the Audience Award). Next year he can be seen starring opposite Tom Wilkinson & Ed Westwick in the new thriller Bone in the Throat.Television includes: Ballot Monkeys, Campus, Dead Set, The Eichmann Show, Peaky Blinders, Crooked House and Psycobitches. Writing includes: The Golden Rules of Acting, and with Derren Brown, Derren Brown – Live, Something Wicked This Way Comes (winner of the ‘Best Entertainment’ Olivier Award), An Evening of Wonders, Enigma and Miracle.

Craig Parkinson’s theatre credits include: Ecstasy (Hampstead/Duchess Theatre), Everything is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre), Measure for Measure (Complicite/National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Pirates of Penzance and Much Ado About Nothing (Regents Park) and Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre). Film includes: Jet Trash, Ghost, Brighton Rock, Four Lions, The Unloved, Soul Boy, Desert Flower, Control, Chasing Temptation andTooth. Television includes: The Scandalous Lady W, X Company, Indian Summers, Prey, The Mill, Great Night Out, Crickley Hall, Line of Duty series 2 and 3, In With The Flynns, Excluded, Misfits series 2 and 3, Whitechapel, Mrs Inbetweeny, Lark Rise to Candleford, Green, Smalltime, Innocence, Outlaws, La Triviata, The Worst Week of My Life, Black Books, No Angels, Alistair McGowan’s: The Big Impression, Ed Stone is Dead, Attachments and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Ryan Pope’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and Breathing Corpses (Royal Court), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/Tour), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Watching The Detectives (Library Manchester), One Upon A Time in Wigan (Contact Theatre Manchester/National Tour), Parting Shots (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Arbour (Sheffield Crucible), Meat (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Taming of The Shrew, Bad Weather and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC). Film includes: United We Fall, A Field in England, Looking for Eric and Velvet Goldmine. Television includes: Casualty,Coronation Street, Stepping Up, Holby City, Doctors, The Midnight Beast, Ideal, Bodyfarm andSharpes Peril.

Sally Rogers’ theatre credits include: Hangmen, The People are Friendly and Uganda and Killing the Cat (Royal Court), Children’s Children (Almeida), The Duchess of Malfi, Billy Liar,Murmuring Judges, Arturo UI and Black Snow (National Theatre), Rita Sue and Bob Too, A State Affair, Some Explicit Polaroids, Our Country’s Good and Blue Heart (Out of Joint), Blithe Spirit (Bristol Old Vic) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester). Film includes: A Demon in My View. Television includes: The Syndicate Series 2, Siblings, Come Fly With Me, Little Britain, Messiah III, Pepys, Murphy’s Law, Attachments, Playing the Field, Out of Hours, The Lakes, Seaforth,The Bill, Paul Calf’s Video Diary and A Touch of Frost.

Simon Rouse’s theatre credits include: Hangmen, The Changing Room, Runaway and The Sea(Royal Court), Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible / UK tour), The Full Monty (Sheffield, UK tour and Noel Coward), The Bomb and Tactical Questioning (Tricycle), When We Are Married(Garrick), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London Festival), Ghosts (Alhambra), Black Angel (Kings Head), The Daughter In Law (Nottingham Playhouse), Rat in the Skull (Plymouth), The Way of the World (tour), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Lorenzaccio, Coriolanus, Anthony and Cleopatra andTitus Andronicus (RSC), Sons of Light (Other Place), The Caretaker (Shaw Theatre), Widower’s Houses (Tyneside), Loonies (Hampstead Theatre), Lenz (Almost Free) and Sweet Bird of Youth(Theatre Royal Haymarket). Film includes: Butley, The White Bird, Parker and The Ragman’s Daughter. Television includes: The Dumping Ground, Casualty, Broadchurch, Soko Leipzig, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, The Bill, Dead Romantic, Minder, Sheppey, St Joan, The Master Builder, Casualty, Blood Royal: William the Conqueror, Coronation St, Boon, Dramarama, Bread, C.A.T.S Eyes, Operation Julie, Albion Market, Robin of Sherwood, Juliet Bravo, Grace Kelly, Radio Phoenix, Play for Today, Smuggler, Doctor Who, The Manions of America, Dick Turpin, Even Solomon, One Bummer Newsday, Wednesday Love, The Professionals, Crime and Punishment, Life of Shakespeare, We Never Do What They Want andSam.

The transfer of Hangmen is produced by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.


Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Tuesday 1 December 2015 – Saturday 5 March 2016

Previews from: Tuesday 1 December
Final performance: Saturday 5 March

Performance times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. No Wednesday matinee on w/e 6 December 2015
Christmas performance schedule:

Monday 21-Dec-15 7.30pm
Tuesday 22-Dec-15 7.30pm
Wednesday 23-Dec-15 2.30 & 7.30pm
Thursday 24-Dec-15 2.30pm
Friday 25-Dec-15 CLOSED
Saturday 26-Dec-15 7.30pm
Sunday 27-Dec-15 CLOSED
Monday 28-Dec-15 7.30pm
Tuesday 29-Dec-15 2.30 & 7.30pm
Wednesday 30-Dec-15 2.30 & 7.30pm
Thursday 31-Dec-15 2.30pm
Friday 01-Jan-16 7.30pm
Saturday 02-Jan-16 2.30 & 7.30pm
Sunday 03-Jan-16 CLOSED

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval

Captioned performance: Tuesday 12 January 2016, 7.30pm
Audio described performance: Saturday 16 January 2016, 2.30pm

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Elaine Cassidy To Play Madame De Tourvel In Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Elaine Cassidy will be taking on the role of Madame de Tourvel in the Donmar’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, replacing Michelle Dockery who regrettably has had to withdraw from the production prior to the beginning of rehearsals.

Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke said: “We are delighted to welcome Elaine Cassidy back to the Donmar playing Madame de Tourvel, I can’t wait to work with Elaine and our fantastic company when rehearsals start on Monday, and hope to work with Michelle in the future“.

Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke will direct Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel. Elaine will join a previously announced cast which includes Adjoa Andoh, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Morfydd Clark, Edward Holcroft, Janet McTeer, Jennifer Saayeng, Una Stubbs and Dominic West.

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s production will now mark the plays’ thirty-year revival.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, will be broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live on 28th January 2016. For further information visit

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

Adjoa Andoh (Madame de Volanges)
Elaine Cassidy (Madame de Tourvel)
Morfydd Clark (Cécile Volanges)
Edward Holcroft (Le Chevalier Danceny)
Janet McTeer (La Marquise de Merteuil)
Jennifer Saayeng (Émilie)
Una Stubbs (Madame de Rosemonde)
Dominic West (Le Vicomte de Valmont)

Christopher Hampton (Writer)
Josie Rourke (Director)

11th December 2015 – 13th February 2016
Director: Josie Rourke
Designer: Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing
Composer: Michael Bruce
Fight Director: Richard Ryan
This production is supported by an anonymous donor

Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX

Gina McKee set to reprise role in The Mother at the Tricycle Theatre

Florian Zeller’s The Mother will transfer into London next spring, with Gina McKee and Richard Clothier set to reprise their roles from the Ustinov Studio production.

The critically acclaimed play premiered at the Ustinov Studio in Bath earlier this year, and is now set to run at the off-West End venue Tricycle Theatre from Thursday 21st January to Saturday 6th March 2016.

BAFTA-winning actress Gina McKee (Richard III, The Aristocrats) returns as Anna, The Mother, alongside Richard Clothier (King Lear, Richard III) as Pierre, The Father. Also reprising his role from the original production is William Postlethwaite (Brave New World, Longing) as Nicholas, The Son. They will be joined by new cast member Frances McNamee (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pride and Prejudice) as Élodie, The Girl.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicolas. Now her children are grown and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne has convinced herself that a weekend seminar in Dijon is a front for her husband Pierre’s affair.

Perhaps Nicolas and his girlfriend Élodie will break up and her favoured son will return. He will come down for breakfast, she will put on her new red dress and they will go out. After all, tomorrow is Mother’s Day…

The Mother is written by Florian Zeller. The award-winning French playwright also wrote The Father, which is currently playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End following its 2014 sell-out run at the Ustinov Theatre.

The Theatre Royal Bath production is a new translation by Christopher Hamption, who won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaption of his own play, Dangerous Liasons. It is directed by Laurence Boswell, artistic director of the Ustinov Studio.

The Mother comes to the Tricycle Theatre in 2016 as part of the London venue’s Spring at the Tricycle season. It opens on Thursday 21st January 2106 and will run until Saturday 5th March 2016. Performances will run from Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm, with matinees performances on Wednesdays (2pm, from 3rd February) and Saturdays (3pm, from 30th January, 2016).