A thrilling new production of Jim Cartwright’s much-loved The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is presented by West Yorkshire Playhouseand Birmingham Repertory Theatre this spring. The Olivier award-winning play about the painfully shy but hugely talented Little Voice and her faultless impersonations of the greatest divas will be directed by James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and stars Vicky Entwistle, Chris Gascoyne and Nancy Sullivan.
Little Voice spends day after day alone in her bedroom finding escape in the records that were left behind after the death of her father. The extraordinary voices of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe fill the rooms and Little Voice is transported. As her blowsy mother Mari shrieks and shouts her way around the house, Little Voice hears the musical heroines, and matching them note for note, sings… and her world is transformed.
When local talent agent Ray Say, Mari’s latest boyfriend, overhears he sees a way out of this town; this is his chance for the high-life, his road to the showbiz big-time. All he has to do is find a way to take Little Voice with him. Persuaded by the tacky talent scout, pushed by an overbearing mother, a nervous Little Voice blasts out Bassey, but will she have the courage to find her own voice?
Jim Cartwright’s award-winning comedy explodes with huge iconic ballads and beautifully crafted wit. Cartwright’s darkly comic play was first produced in 1992 with Jane Horrocks as Little Voice, before winning an Olivier Award for best comedy and then becoming a film starring Jane alongside Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn.
Director of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, James Brining says of the production:
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is that rare kind of play that combines real humour and comedy with a heart breaking story as well as the power of music to transport an audience. It’s also got a political heart and we are loving finding all the ways that the play can speak to an audience today, almost 25 years after the original production.”
Nancy Sullivan stars as LV, a painfully shy girl with a bold and beautiful voice. Nancy’s theatre credits include The Wizard Of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Nikolai Foster’s recent production The Good Person Of Sichuan (Colchester Mercury Theatre). Other credits include the role of Eponine in Trevor Nunn’s Les Miserables in the West End from 2008 – 2010.
Playing LV’s mother, Mari, is Vicky Entwistle. Alongside playing Coronation Street’s infamous Janice Battersby Vicky Entwistle has also been seen in The Bill, her credits for the stage have included roles in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Bill Kenwright’s Funny Peculiarand Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables.
Joining them is Chris Gascoyne as Ray Say. Until recently Chris played Peter Barlow in Coronation Street and he has also been seen in the BBC’s long-running drama Casualty and New Street Law for Red Productions. On stage Chris has played Johnny in Mark Babych’s production of Frankie And Johnny In The Claire De Lune with other credits including The Rib Cage (Royal Exchange Theatre), Simon Stephen’s first play Bluebird (Royal Court) and The Changing Room (Royal Court and West End).
The cast is completed with Tendayi Jembere (Billy),  Brendan Charleson (Mr Boo) and Joanna Brookes (Sadie).
James Brining is Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice marks his fifth production for the theatre after the success of The Crucible, Sweeney Todd, Alan Bennett’s Enjoy and Talking Heads. Prior to his appointment, Brining was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dundee Rep. His productions of Sunshine On Leith and Sweeney Todd won TMA Best Musical Awards in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is designed by Colin Richmond with lighting design by Philip Gladwell, musical direction by David Shrubsole and sound design by Dan Hoole.
Listings Information
Friday 15 to Saturday 30 May
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EP

Performance times: 7.30pm Mon to Sat, apart from 7pm on Tue 19 May.  Matinees at 2pm on Thu 21, Sat 23, Thu 28 and Sat 30 May.Special Events:
After dark post-show discussion with the company: Wed 20 May
BSL Interpreted performance: Thu 28 May, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance and Touch Tour:  Fri 29 May, 7.30pm

Captioned performance: Thu 28 May, 2pm
Tickets: £12.50 – £35 with concessions available
Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Online Booking:

Friday 5 June to Saturday 4 July
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
Post-show discussion with the company: Tues 16 June
Tickets: £28 – £12
Box Office:
0113 213 7700 Online Booking:


AG005-General-square-logo 400 x 248The producers of the UK tour of Anything Goes have announced that the tour has been shortened to sixteen weeks, concluding at the Grand Opera House in Belfast on Saturday 30 May.

Following a hugely critically praised run at Sheffield Crucible, the tour launched in January at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Rebecca Quigley, Producer Stage Entertainment, said:

“I’d like to sincerely thank everyone in the Anything Goes family for bringing this remarkable production to the stage.  We’re immensely proud to have produced the tour and I’d like to especially thank and congratulate Daniel and the team at Sheffield for creating such a vibrant, exciting and, to many, definitive new production, and for partnering with us to take it around the UK.  The touring market is an increasingly unpredictable one and, of course, we’re very disappointed that we won’t be able to complete the tour’s full schedule. I am, however, delighted that many, many happy audiences did, and still will, get the chance to enjoy this very special show.”

Dan Bates, Chief Executive, Sheffield Theatres, said:

“Anything Goes had a rapturous response from thousands of people in Sheffield and outstanding critical acclaim. We’re thrilled that it’s gone on to be enjoyed by many more people across the country. It’s been wonderful to work with this fantastic cast, creative team and our partners, Stage Entertainment, to produce such a remarkable show.”

Ticket holders for venues beyond Belfast should contact their original point of sale.

LET IT BE to join celebrations at Feast of St. George

8587613267d9cd06_800x800arLET IT BE to join celebrations at Feast of St. George this Saturday

LET IT BE  will perform in Trafalgar Square as part of London’s celebrations for St George’s Day

Feast of St. George takes place on 25th April 2015

LET IT BE will perform at 1.45pm and 3.45pm

LET IT BE returned to the Garrick Theatre in February, celebrating its third year in the West End

Packed with 11 number ones, 40 smash hits from the back catalogue and over 15 tracks never played live by The Beatles themselves LET IT BE is “The Beatles show you never got to see” (Smooth Radio)

LET IT BE, the international hit show celebrating the music of The Beatles, will take centre stage at the Feast of St. George in Trafalgar Square, this weekend.  The annual event is free to attend and takes place this year on Saturday 25th April.

Currently celebrating its third year in the West End, LET IT BE, will perform two setsm jam-packed with The Beatles’ greatest hits, from the bandstand at the foot of the iconic Nelson’s Column.  The band will play at 1.45pm and 3.45pm; the event is free to the public.

After a record-breaking summer season in the West End, LET IT BE returned to the Garrick Theatre on 28th February 2015 where it will play for a limited season until 27th September 2015.

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting.  The event will include The English Food Market with stalls selling treats such as hog roast, homemade pie and delicious cakes, all of which can be enjoyed in the banqueting area between the square’s famous fountains.

LET IT BE established itself as one of the West End’s most popular shows when the production originally opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in September 2012, before transferring for a year-long run at the Savoy Theatre from January 2013 – February 2014.  The show then embarked on its inaugural UK & Ireland tour before enjoying a summer season at the Garrick Theatre last year.

Seen by over 1,000,000 people worldwide, LET IT BE continues to delight audiences across the globe, having recently entertained fans in Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Monaco, Tokyo, Singapore and America.

LET IT BE showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, in a spectacular theatrical concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces.

The show is packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits including: I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Strawberry Fields, When I’m 64, Twist and Shout, Get Back and many more.

LET IT BE is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions.

Tickets and more information available from the LET IT BE website –



Saturday 28th February – Sunday 27th September 2015
Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0HH

Tickets: £15 – £65
Booking: 0844 412 4662 or online at


A Summer Solstice Showcase with The Yorkshire Philharmonic Orchestra



Sunday 21 June at 7pm

Formerly the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, the Yorkshire Philharmonic brings together talented musicians from all walks of life from all over the county. With some of the best talent Yorkshire has to offer they strive to put on accessible concerts of the utmost quality for all to enjoy.

Their Summer Solstice Showcase will be at the Grand Opera House, York on 21st June, 2015 including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan & Ludmila.  They are a paid, freelance ensemble. Each member can vote on important issues regarding repertoire, rehearsals, payment models or even guest conductors. The orchestra is run by professional orchestra managers and consultants and over time, the YPO hopes to replicate the success of the original Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, showcasing talent from throughout the region and becoming a full-time professional symphony orchestra.

They are a community driven project that relies on funding/ticket sales to pay our musicians and put on concerts.  They love collaboration and want to live up to their philharmonic title, striving for professional musical standards they have a very ambitious long term plan and want to represent Yorkshire’s fantastic classical musical heritage across the country.


Glinka: Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “New World”


Conductor: Alexander Conway

On the 2015 Summer Solstice, the Yorkshire Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a showcase programme to celebrate the longest day of the year:

The programme begins with Glinka’s fast and furious Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla, inspired by the juxtaposition of hustling servants and elegant stately dances at a grand wedding Glinka attended in Russia. It is a celebratory, virtuosic overture to put the new philharmonic through its paces and open the season.

With 85 years between Beethoven’s 6th and Dvorak’s 9th, the programme presents a chance to hear the musical progression of the symphonic form. Whilst they are similar in many respects they also differ wildly and use repetition to achieve very different effects. It’s hard to believe that Beethoven composed the Pastorale symphony alongside his monumental fifth symphony, he was simultaneously pushing different musical horizons to their limits and beyond. In the Pastorale symphony we are given a glimpse of the other, calmer more reflective side of Beethoven. Dvorak’s 9th symphony, the only symphony to travel to the moon and back, has earned its place as a canonic musical work. Influenced by Native American music and African American spirituals the Symphony (like Beethoven’s 6th) transcends many cultural boundaries to create a work full of variation and life.

TICKETS: £25 | £19 Concessions | £15 Students
Box Office: 0844 8713024

Online Booking:

The Elvis Years 1954 -1977

Elvis 11Saturday 28th November

Are you ready to rock ’n’ roll at the PLAYHOUSE on Saturday 28th November, when we welcome the return of the closest you can get to the King – Mario Kombou.

Featuring original Jailhouse Rock star Mario Kombou and his incredible band led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay, in the UK’s number one Elvis show.

The King World Champion Mario delivers a tour de force performance in this spectacular show packed with over 50 greatest hits, from the early days of Sun Studios and That’s Alright Mama, through the Hollywood years of GI Blues and It’s Now or Never, the ‘68 TV special with All Shook Up, culminating in the legendary Las Vegas concert, with In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and American Trilogy.

“The best Elvis since Elvis!” Donna Presley

Tickets priced at £17.50. are on sale now. 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


The cast of the Flanagan Collectives Romeo and Juliet will meet on Wednesday 22 April in the

historical setting of St Olaves Church on Marygate, York to celebrate William Shakespeares birthday on Thursday 23 April. They will be joined by members of the cast of York Shakespeare Projects Timon of Athens and the University of York DramSocs Richard III. These productions are part of the first annual York International Shakespeare Festival which runs from 8 17 May. This is the first time an International Shakespeare Festival has taken place in the north of England.

Directed by Alexander Wright, produced by Brian Hook and performed by Holly Beasley-Garrigan, Amie Burns Walker, Yoshika Colwell, Hannah Davies, Sarah Davies and Emma Ballantine, this contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet will be infused with live music, soaring harmonies and good, honest storytelling.

Director Alexander Wright said:

We are having a whole lot of fun in rehearsals – dancing, dressing up and learning capoeira. Its almost unimaginable that we are working on a play that is over 400 years old. The more we read and play with it, the more it feels like a play which was written for us – here and now.

Producer Brian Hook added:

We couldnt be happier to be premiering this production in York. It will, we hope, take us across the UK and a little further around the world too. But it feel absolutely right to be making the show her – in our home city as part of the York International Shakespeare Festival. We shall be raising a glass to Mr. Shakespeare on his birthday, you can be sure of that!

Romeo and Juliet will be performed within the stunning 15th century surroundings of St Olaves Church, following in the Flanagan Collective tradition of staging work in unusual and quirky venues. Their interpretation of A Christmas Carol has successfully filled public houses around the UK for the past three years and they brought Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis to the wonderfully ornate Council Chamber at the Guildhall, York.

York International Shakespeare Festival is brought about through an adventurous new partnership between York Theatre Royal, Parrabbola, and the University of York and takes place from 8 17 May at venues across York. With traditional retellings and original responses

from both local and international production companies, the festival will explore the impact of Shakespeare over four hundred years after his final play.

Romeo and Juliet will run from Thursday 7 to Saturday 23 May, tickets priced £18 to £14 (£1 transaction fee per booking).

Timon of Athens will run from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 May at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday, tickets priced £12, £10 concessions (£1 transaction fee per booking) in the De Grey Rooms Ballroom.

Richard III takes place on Saturday 16 May at 5pm, tickets priced £6, £5 concessions (£1 transaction fee per booking) in the Guildhall Council Chambers.

Tickets for all productions are on sale now through the York Theatre Royal Box Office, either securely online at or by calling Box OfficeYork Theatre Royal Box on 01904 623568.

Grand Opera House York panto on sale

Jack and the Beanstalk


Friday 11 December 2015 – Sunday 3 January 2016

New Pantomime Productions return to the Grand Opera House York for the 17th year this Christmas with their spectacular family pantomime.

A fun packed show for all the family with crazy costumes, silly Jokes, live music, and a chance to boo the baddies, here at the Grand Opera House York this winter.

Fee Fi Fo Fum look out folks ‘cos here it comes – the best family panto in York

Jack lives in a small village with his Ma. They are very poor and when they look in the kitchen cupboards for food all they can find is a piece of mouldy cheese, a rotten apple core and a pair of smelly socks. They must do something – but what? Find out what happens when Jack takes their old cow to the market and ends up selling her for 5 beans…

Tickets for the panto go on sale on Tuesday 21 April at 10am. Call 0844 871 3024 to book yours now. For group bookings call 01904 678705. To book online go to The theatre box office is open from 12 noon until 5:30pm for those who would like to book in person.

The cast will be announced at a later date.

The Bootleg Sixties featuring The Overtures

unnamed (4)Monday 20th July

Join the unforgettable journey throughout pop music’s greatest decade when the fabulous Overtures band performs all the greatest hits from the Sixties on Monday 20th July at the PLAYHOUSE! We are delighted to welcome back the show, which last visited the venue in 2011.

The appeal of the sixties remains as strong today as it has throughout the preceding decades. Dynamic and innovative, the sixties heralded a shift in society that changed our world forever and Britain was at the forefront. The impact upon society is still being felt throughout the world; even now, the huge changes in music, fashion and popular culture brought about in the Sixties have left an indelible mark on the world, one which will probably never be equalled.

Performed by The Overtures who Sir Elton John called ‘the best band of their kind in the world’ and who are recognised as one of the finest exponents of Sixties music,  The Bootleg Sixties encapsulates the essence of the sixties in this hit packed, epic two hour show. Pop music’s greatest decade is brought back to life

back to life with the classic fashion, newsreel and iconic video footage of the period not to mention the music including hits made famous by: The Kinks, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, The Beach Boys, The Monkees,  The Byrds, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, The Animals and many more

Remember the most important decade in living history as it was or discover it for the first time.

Tickets priced at £22.50, £19.50 conc. are on sale now. 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


George CostiganThe professional actor who will play The Railway King in a major theatrical production has been revealed. George Costigan, most recently seen in ITV’s Vera and playing Nevison Gallagher, a successful businessman whose daughter is kidnapped, in BBC drama Happy Valley, will be playing George Hudson in the York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum and Pilot Theatre production of In Fog and Falling Snow.

The show follows in the footsteps of the huge success of the 2012 York Mystery Plays and 2013’s Blood + Chocolate but this time takes place in the National Railway Museum after hours. Telling a pivotal story in the city’s history, audiences will be taken on a journey through the museum’s collections before being seated in a purpose built theatre for the second half. It is directed by York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director Damian Cruden, Associate Director Juliet Forster and Pilot Theatre’s Katie Posner.

Audiences will recognise George Costigan from the film Rita, Sue and Bob Too. George played Bob – a key character in the film about a working class Yorkshire life set in Bradford. George has also graced the screen in the smash hit film Calendar Girls, and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter. Other television credits include The Arbor, A Touch of Frost and Emmerdale.

Costigan has worked with the York Theatre Royal on previous productions Death of a

Salesman and Blackbird, and also starred alongside his son Niall in A Number. Earlier this year he directed a rehearsed reading of Antony and Cleopatra, one of the last performances in the theatre before it closed for redevelopment . The night was in aid of the theatre’s capital project and raised £4,726

He said of the news

I’m thrilled to be returning to York Theatre Royal and to be working with Damian, Katie and Juliet again. York’s a very special place for me and I’m very pleased to be part of the team telling this important story of the city’s history.

Director Damian Cruden said

It’s lovely to have George back with the company and I can’t think of anyone better to work with our community in this fantastic production.

Charlotte Wood- George Costigan and Olivia LeddenSet in 1840’s York, In Fog and Falling Snow follows George Hudson as he sets forth on his journey to build the great East Coast network at any cost. Investors, passengers and the people who built it are all played by a cast of over 200 community actors. This includes Olivia Ledden, a student at York College and Charlotte Wood, who attends All Saints sixth form in York, who will jointly play the role of George Jenkins, a rail driver’s daughter who is the only one who foresees danger ahead. The cast will be joined by a choir of 80.

The production opens on Friday 26 June and runs until Saturday 11 July. Tickets for the production are on sale now from the York Theatre Royal Box Office, located on St Leonards Place in the De Grey Rooms, by calling 01904 623568 or online at


The hot-shot musical Calamity Jane is whip-cracking its way to Darlington


Calamity Jane - Jodie Prenger as Calamity Jane. Photo credit Manuel HarlanThe hot-shot musical Calamity Jane is whip-cracking its way to Darlington

Following a sell-out run at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury CALAMITY JANE is currently enjoying a hugely successful national UK tour starring Jodie Prenger in the title role, Tom Lister as Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as Danny Gilmartin and Phoebe Street as Katie Brown and will be blowing into Darlington Civic Theatre in May. Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a music hall star, Adelaide Adams, to appear on the stage of The Golden Garter saloon bar theatre in Deadwood. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long-standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love.

CALAMITY JANE has an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love.

Calamity Jane - Jodie Prenger as Calamity Jane & Tom Lister as Wild  Bill Hickok. Photo credit Manuel HarlanJodie Prenger is probably best known for winning the role of ‘Nancy’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role. Since then she has starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of One Man, Two Guv’nors both in the West End and on tour and as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. Jodie is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.

Tom Lister most recently played Grimes and Eel in the world premiere of Water Babies at Leicester Curve. He is probably best known to TV audiences for his role as Carl King in ITV’s Emmerdale, a part he played for nine years. His theatre credits also include Pan in Love’s Mistress at the Globe Theatre and Ralph in Accrington Pals at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Calamity Jane is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 May. Tickets* are priced from £22

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

*All ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy