New Cast and Booking Extension announced for BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL

NEW CAST ANNOUNCED

AND BOOKING EXTENSION FOR

BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL

AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE

IN LONDON’S WEST END

Lead producer Colin Ingram, together with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the creators of the Back To The Future film trilogy, are delighted to announce the new cast joining BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical. The musical will also extend through to Sunday 27 July 2025 at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale now.

The critically acclaimed Olivier, WhatsOnStage and Broadway World Award-winning Best New Musical is going into its 4th year, having had its opening night in London on Monday 13 September 2021. Performances also began on Broadway on 30 June 2023, with the official opening taking place on 3 August 2023. The North American tour opened in Cleveland, OH, in June 2024 and is currently running in cities across the US and Canada until August 2025. The musical has further plans to roll out internationally, beginning with a production in Japan in 2025.

The new cast includes recent graduate Vasco Emauz, who is making his West End debut as ‘Marty McFly’, Orlando Gibbs (Mr Burns: A post-electric play at the Bunker Theatre), as ‘George McFly’, C.J. Borger (Kristin Chenoweth: An Evening With Friends In Honor Of Todd Haimes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Broadway) as ‘Goldie Wilson’ and ‘Marvin Berry’, Alex Runicles (Barman in Choir Of Man on the US and Canada Tour) as ‘Biff Tannen’, Talia Palamathanan (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on the Original UK Tour and at Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles) as ‘Jennifer Parker’, Ellis Kirk (JD in Heathers the Musical at The Other Palace) as alternate ‘Marty McFly’ and Liam McHugh (Grease the Musical at the Dominion Theatre) as ‘Dave McFly’. Joining the ensemble are Kofi Aidoo-Appiah, Billie Bowman and Gracie Caine

They are joined by returning cast members Cory English as ‘Doctor Emmett Brown’, Sarah Goggin as ‘Lorraine Baines’, Lee Ormsby as ‘Strickland’ and alternate ‘Doctor Emmett Brown’ and Patricia Wilkins as ‘Linda McFly’ and ensemble members, Ella Beaumont, Sia Dauda, Alexander Day, Helen Gulston, Matthew Ives, Connor Lewis, Adam Margilewski, Bryan Mottram, Anna Murray, Samuel Nicholas, Louis Quinn, Zachkiel Smith, Grace Swaby-Moore and Alexandra Wright.

The Original Cast Recording, released on Sony Music’s Masterworks Broadway label, is now available and has had over 20 million streams. It features the new music by multi-Grammy Award-winners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard alongside classic songs from the movie including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode

Sony Masterworks Broadway recently released a Deluxe Edition of the Original Cast Recording both digitally and as a 2-CD set. Available everywhere now, the Deluxe Edition includes 13 never-before-heard demos, alternate and early versions of many of the show’s major numbers, most performed by Glen Ballard himself.

In July 2023, a brand new behind-the-scenes book documenting the creation of the stage show, Creating Back to the Future the Musical by Michael Klastorin, was released worldwide, published by abrams&chronicle books.

BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, four WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical, and the Broadway World Award for Best New Musical. The productions in London and Manchester have so far been seen by over 1.5 million people and the musical has broken box office records at the Adelphi Theatre.

Based on the Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical has a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode.

Marty McFly is a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown.  But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence.

BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical is directed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (UrinetownOn The Town), alongside the multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team of Tim Hatley (set and costume design), Tim Lutkin (lighting), Hugh Vanstone (lighting consultant), Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow and Illusions by Chris Fisher. Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, with dance arrangements by David Chase. Casting is by David Grindrod CDG for Grindrod Burton Casting.

Back to the Future the movie was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown. The film grossed $360.6 million (£279 million) at the box office worldwide and the total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was $936.6 million (over $1.8 billion in today’s money).

BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical is produced by Colin Ingram, Donovan Mannato, Frankel/Viertel/Baruch/Routh Group, Hunter Arnold, Gavin Kalin Productions, Playing Field, Crush Music, CJ ENM, Teresa Tsai, Ivy Herman/Hallee Adelman, Robert L. Hutt, Universal Theatrical Group, Ricardo Marques, Augury, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, in association with Kimberly Magarro, Stage Entertainment, Glass Half Full Productions/ Neil Gooding Productions.

Website: BackToTheFutureMusical.com  

X: @BTTFmusical

Instagram: @BTTFmusical    

TikTok: @BTTFmusical

LISTINGS INFORMATION

BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical

Adelphi Theatre

Strand

Covent Garden

London

WC2R0NS

Currently booking until 27 July 2025

There will be a signed performance on Sunday 15 September 2024 at 3pm and a relaxed performance on Sunday 9 March 2025 at 3pm.

N.B BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical has partnered with Gala Pro – a revolutionary app for accessibility and translation to enhance accessible experiences at live performances so you can enjoy any performance of Back to the Future with audio description and closed captioning.

Tickets: from £19.55

Please book via the website: BackToTheFutureMusical.com – no booking fees  

Booking line: 0203 925 2998

Christmas 2024/25 Performance Schedule

Monday 16 December            2pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 17 December           No performance

Wednesday 18 December      No performance

Thursday 19 December          2.30pm           

Friday 20 December               7.30pm

Saturday 21 December          2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 22 December             1pm & 6pm

Monday 23 December            2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 24 December           1pm

Wednesday 25 December      No performance

Thursday 26 December          No performance

Friday 27 December               2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 28 December           2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 29 December             1pm & 6pm

Monday 30 December            2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 31 December           2.30pm           

Wednesday 1 January            No performance

Thursday 2 January                2.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 3 January                     7.30pm

Saturday 4 January                2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 5 January                   No performance

Lucie Jones & Oliver Tompsett to star in GHOST IN CONCERT at the Adelphi Theatre

GHOST IN CONCERT

STARRING

LUCIE JONES & OLIVER TOMPSETT

TO PLAY THE ADELPHI THEATRE

ON 1 OCTOBER 2024

Olivier Award winning Producer, Colin Ingram, the original West End and Broadway producer of the smash-hit musical GHOST, is delighted to announce a one-off special concert at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End on 1 October 2024 at 8pm, starring Lucie Jones as Molly and Oliver Tompsett as Sam. The concert will mark the musical’s return to London’s West End after a 12-year hiatus and will be directed by original Associate Director Paul Warwick Griffin, with musical supervision by Laurie Perkins.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday 19 July, following a priority on sale to LW Theatre members at 10am on Thursday 18 July.

Further casting and creative team are to be announced.  

Producer Colin Ingram said: “I am delighted to be bringing GHOST THE MUSICAL back in a new format for this one-off performance so audiences can enjoy the incredible music that Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard wrote over 10 years ago which has now been produced in over 20 countries from Brazil to Hungary to Russia. I’m so happy to have Oliver Tompsett play Sam Wheat after he helped develop the role in workshops and for Lucie Jones to return as Molly after playing the role in China and SE Asia.”

Tony and Olivier award nominated GHOST THE MUSICAL first premiered at Manchester’s Opera House in March 2011 before transferring to London’s Piccadilly Theatre for its West End debut in July of the same year. The musical later transferred to Broadway in 2012, receiving three Tony award nominations and later embarked on a UK tour in 2013. An official Original London cast recording was released in 2012 which has had over 10 million streams and purchases.

Based on Bruce Joel Rubin’s 1990 Oscar winning hit film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, GHOST IN CONCERT will feature and focus on the music from the Olivier and Tony nominated show, written by six-time Grammy award winning Glen Ballard and multi Grammy award winning Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, including the much loved  With You which has featured on Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and The X Factor, alongside of the iconic Unchained Melody.

GHOST tells the story oflovers Sam and Molly who find themselves in danger walking back to their apartment one night, leaving Sam tragically murdered and trapped between this world and the next. Unable to leave Molly and worried about the ongoing peril she now faces, Sam attempts to communicate with her through the help of dubious psychic Oda Mae Brown.

GHOST THE MUSICAL has been produced in 20 countries across the world including: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, Japan, Denmark, South Korea, Singapore and Dubai, alongside of two UK National Tours and a North American Tour. 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

GHOST in Concert

1 October 2024

Adelphi Theatre

Strand

Covent Garden

London
WC2R 0NS

Performance at 8pm

Box Office: 0203 925 2998 

Website: lwtheatres.co.uk/theatres/adelphi    
Instagram / Facebook / X: @GhostTheConcert

Paranormal Activity Review

Leeds Playhouse – until 3 August 2024

Reviewed by Katie Brewerton

5*****

If you go online to book your tickets for Paranormal Activity in Leeds, all you’ll find is ‘World Premiere, Written by Levi Holloway, Directed by Felix Barrett. We can’t say anything else.’ With this in mind, the review will not give away too much about you can expect. However what I will say is if you like a scary story, go see it! 

Based on the Paranormal Activity films which became a phenomenon when they first came out, this play is beginning to have a similar reaction. With an age rating of 15+ and the tag line ‘Places aren’t haunted, people are’ this is a must see for horror fans. It is tense from beginning and end, and you will have a feeling of foreboding, never knowing what’s going to happen next you’ll spend the whole 1hr 40 minutes on the edge of your seat. One thing I will say is look out for the small details, I would love to have a second watch so I can pick up on more of what’s going on in the background where there is added clues and distractions. 

With phenomenal effects and lighting, the whole audience where discussing how they made things happen both at the interval and at the end. With a direct quote from an audience member behind us saying ‘Absolutely not, **** this!’ it’s safe to say you’ll leave the theatre feeling thoroughly freaked out! I will go so far as to say this is one of the best horror shows I’ve seen on stage, with jump scares, illusions a feeling of ‘what just happened?’ and ‘how did they do that?!’. Before I give too much away I will just say if you have the opportunity to see this you must take it and I will be shocked if it doesn’t continue elsewhere after it’s run at Leeds Playhouse.  

Rope Review

The Mix, Theatr Clwyd, Yr Wyddgrug/Mold – until 20 July 2024

Reviewed by Julie Noller

5*****

Andrew AB

Rope might be originally written in 1920s by Patrick Hamilton, but Director Francesca Goodridge has given this dark crime thriller with mildly amusing comic undertones the Theatr Clwyd Midas touch. Bringing to life a play that Hitchcock himself brought to the silver screen in the late 1940’s the irony that this connection of world wars (written just after the first and filmed just after the second) is not lost on me. Francesca’s hope for her audience is that we take away a version of Rope that we weren’t expecting. My thoughts are that we take away so many versions, its thought provoking, each character is fully rounded and full of hidden depths; many of which are fascinating. We enter The Mix into a darkly lit set, the stage is almost touching the front row; it’s intimate, because we are part and parcel of the evenings proceedings. We are accomplices yet also witnesses. The only light is a central swinging light bulb which curiously throws its shade to the curtain behind giving the appearance of 2 nooses looming warning of consequences yet to happen. Rope is a murder mystery with a twist, in the darkness we hear hushed voices, we squint into this darkness and although you don’t see the actual crime of murder it is hinted at, often with hysterics the details are drip fed to us.

The heavy object hidden inside the antique chest, obviously isn’t a rug, but we are yet to discover the whos and whys. Jack Hammett and Chirag Benedict Lobo are Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo two Oxford students currently living in Mayfair, they are deliciously dark and twisted. In times times gone by they would be misunderstood, neighbours scared of their misogynist vibes, old money covering misdemeanours; keeping the lower ends of society in their places. Hamilton was heavily influenced by the true life crimes of Chicago teenagers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in 1924 and I’m not sure if I see many films influenced by the same case or is Hamilton a genius whose work has heavily influenced. This isn’t an Agatha Christie murder who done it, we know who carried out the random act, this is about personalities deep and dark. It’s a cat and mouse chase of almost childish proportions a nah nah nah can’t catch me, you don’t know what we did.

Only without trying our fellow party guests almost accidentally stumble upon the truth. Emily Burnett is dazzling as Leila Arden painted as a airhead heiress, yet it is her who firsts suggests the chest contains the rotting bones of a dead body. Kenneth Raglan (Rhys Warrington) is the patsy, a fellow Oxford attendee, younger, assumed dull, bullied, just making up the numbers. Keiron Self as Sir Johnstone Kentley the father of the rotting bones, a collector of books, a gentleman who sees no faults in these 2 genteel young men, even as they push buttons begging to be discovered. His sister Mrs Debenham (Emily Pithon) who along with Felipe Pacheco’s Sabot the boys trusted manservant brought many comic touches to the proceedings.

In Tim Pritchett’s World War 1 veteran and lecturer; Rupert Cadell we sense the first sight of logic but his theories are clouded by the large amount of whiskey he consumes, he is the character who not only feels there has been a crime committed but is a father figure whom Wyndham longs to impress and ultimately is his undoing, once a War hero always a hero.

The choreographed party drinking scenes give the impression of the many drinks drunk, the time warp sense of lost moments, the depravity of a problematic entitled young man. And it ends with everything totally undone, the walls ripped down giving the impression that despite the old system holding firm, eventually barriers and walls all fall down along with covering up a murder.

Full Cast Announced for the upcoming UK and Ireland Tour of ‘War Horse’, beginning performances on 5 September 2024

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE
UPCOMING UK & IRELAND TOUR OF
WAR HORSE
BEGINNING PERFORMANCES
ON 5 SEPTEMBER 2024

The National Theatre today announces the cast for the internationally acclaimed production ofWar Horse,based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, which embarks on a major UK and Ireland tour from 5 September 2024, touring through to 2026.

The full cast of 35 includes: Rianna Ash (Joey/Topthorn head), Alexander Ballinger (Friedrich/Allan),  Diany Bandza (Emilie/Baby Joey), Eloise Beaumont-Wood (Baby Joey), Ike Bennett (David Taylor/Thomas Bone), Haydn Burke (Billy Narracott/Heine/Klebb), Sophie Cartman (Matron Callaghan), Jo Castleton (Rose Narracott), Owen Dagnall (Geordie), Alexandra Donnachie (Joey/Topthorn head), Felicity Donnelly (Joey/Topthorn hind), Tom Gilbey (Sergeant Fine), Thomas Goodridge (Joey/Topthorn hind), Karl Haynes (Ted Narracott), Robin Hayward (Joey/Topthorn heart), Michael Larcombe (Joey/Topthorn hind), Matthew Lawrence (Joey/Topthorn head), Madeleine Leslay (Paulette/Sarah Carter), Jack Lord (Klausen), Damian Lynch (Carter/Strauss), Lewis McBean (Joey/Topthorn heart), Chris Milford (Joey/Tophorn heart), Jordan Paris (Baby Joey), Anne-Marie Piazza (Nell Allan/Schnabel), Tea Poldervaart (Joey/Topthorn head), Lucy Thorburn (Jenny Bone/Annie Gilbert), Gareth Radcliffe (Arthur Narracott/Sergeant Thunder), Daniel Rock (Captain Stewart/Ludwig), Tom Sturgess (Albert Narracott), Alistair So (Vet Martin), Simon Stanhope (Manfred), Gun Suen (Joey/Topthorn hind), Sally Swanson (The Singer), Chris Williams (Lieutenant Nicholls/Dr Schewyk) and Rafe Young (Joey/Topthorn heart).

War Horse,adapted by Nick Stafford and originally directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris,has become the most successful play in the history of the National Theatre, winning more than 25 major awards and has been seen by over 8.3 million people worldwide. This new tour is co-produced with Michael Harrison, Fiery Angel, and Playing Field.

War Horse tells the remarkable story of a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness, filled with stirring music and songs, featuring ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping, charging, horses to thrilling life on stage and has inspired a generation of theatre-makers since its premiere in 2007.

The tour will be playing at: New Wimbledon Theatre (5 – 14 September 2024), The Lowry, Salford (18 – 28 September 2024) Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (8 – 19 October 2024), The Marlowe, Canterbury (22 October – 2 November 2024), Sunderland Empire (5 – 16 November 2024), Theatre Royal Plymouth (26 November – 7 December 2024), New Theatre Oxford (10 December 2024 – 4 January 2025), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (14 – 25 January 2025),Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (29 January – 1 February 2025), Grand Opera House, Belfast (4 – 15 February 2025), The Regent Theatre, Stoke (4 – 8 March 2025), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (11 – 22 March 2025), Theatre Royal Glasgow (25 March – 5 April 2025), Liverpool Empire (8– 19 April), Milton Keynes Theatre (22 April – 3 May 2025), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (7 – 17 May 2025) and Bristol Hippodrome (3 – 21 June 2025).

Casting for Leeds Grand Theatre (19 August – 6 September 2025), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (2 – 11 October 2025), Wales Millennium Centre (15 – 25 October 2025) and Norwich Theatre Royal (28 October – 8 November 2025) to be announced.

Assisted performances are available throughout the run at each venue.  Further tour dates and venues to be announced. For more information and to book tickets visit WarHorseOnStage.com.   

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France.  He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.  Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

This tour of War Horse marks 110 years since the start of the First World War and follows the 40th anniversary of the publication of Michael Morpurgo’s global best-selling novel, which has now sold over 35 million copies world-wide and in 37 different languages.  

Creative development for the tour has been led by Tom Morris with revival director Katie Henry, featuring reimagined designs by Rae Smith and additional music by Adrian Sutton.  Puppet design and fabrication is by Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting design is by Rob Casey, movement and horse choreography is by Toby Sedgwick with puppet direction by Matthew Forbes.  Animation and projection design is by Nicol Scott for 59 Productions, John Tams is songmaker and sound design is by Christopher Shutt.  Casting is by Jill Green CDG.They are joined by associate designer Will Fricker and associate costume designer Johanna Coe; associate lighting designer Tom Turner; associate sound designer Rob Bettle, assistant sound designer Raffaela Pancucci, musical director Dom Coyote, voice coach Carol Fairlamb, dialect coach Rebecca Daltry, resident director Anna Marshall and assistant puppetry director Lewis Howard.

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009.  Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 14 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium. 

The National Theatre’s Partner for Financial Wellbeing, Charles Stanley, is supporting War Horse on tour.  War Horse will visit Theatre Nation Partnerships venues, including The Lowry in Salford, Sunderland Empire, Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

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WAR HORSE UK TOUR DATES FOR 2024-2025

New Wimbledon Theatre                                5 – 14 September 2024
atgtickets.com/new-wimbledon-theatre

The Lowry, Salford                                         18 – 28 September 2024
thelowry.com

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton                 8 – 19 October 2024
mayflower.org.uk

Marlowe Theatre Canterbury                         22 October – 2 November 2024
marlowetheatre.com

Sunderland Empire                                         5 – 16 November 2024
atgtickets.com/sunderland-empire

Theatre Royal Plymouth                                 26 November – 7 December 2024
theatreroyal.com

New Theatre Oxford                                        10 December 2024 – 4 January 2025
atgtickets.com/new-theatre-oxford

New Victoria Theatre, Woking                        14 – 25 January 2025
atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin                  29 January – 1 February 2025
bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

Grand Opera House, Belfast                            4 – 15 February 2025
goh.co.uk 

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent                      4 – 8 March 2025
atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre                       11 – 22 March 2025
grandtheatre.co.uk

Theatre Royal Glasgow                                    25 March – 5 April 2025
atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-glasgow

Liverpool Empire                                               8 – 19 April 2025
atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire

Milton Keynes Theatre                                      22 April – 3 May 2025
atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham                       7 – 17 May 2025
trch.co.uk

Bristol Hippodrome                                           3 – 21 June 2025
atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome

Leeds Grand Theatre                                        19 August – 6 September 2025
leedsheritagetheatres.com

Edinburgh Festival Theatre                               2 – 11  October 2025
www.capitaltheatres.com

Wales Millennium Centre                                  15  –  25 October 2025
www.wmc.org.uk

Norwich Theatre Royal                                      28 October –  8 November 2025
norwichtheatre.org

MARYLEBONE THEATRE PATRON MARK RYLANCE TO PERFORM VENUS AND ADONIS ALONGSIDE DEREK JACOBI AS PART OF A GALA FUNDRAISER – 17 NOVEMBER 2024

MARYLEBONE THEATRE PATRON MARK RYLANCE TO PERFORM VENUS AND ADONIS ALONGSIDE DEREK JACOBI

AS PART OF A GALA FUNDRAISER

17 NOVEMBER 2024

THEATRE CELEBRATES FIRST TWO YEARS WITH DETAILS OF FULL AUTUMN / WINTER SEASON,

PLUS, AN INCREASED SEATING CAPACITY FROM OCTOBER

Marylebone Theatre Artistic Director Alexander Gifford alongside new Executive Director Hannah Henderson are pleased to announce that Mark Rylance – the venue’s Patron – will perform Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis alongside Derek Jacobi on Sunday 17 November at 7.00pm, as part of a fundraiser in aid of the theatre. Tickets are on sale now via the theatre’s website.

The fundraiser is part of an autumn / winter season which includes The Last Word  (5 – 21 September) – a searing multimedia performance based on the last words of women accused of political crimes in Russian courts; What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank   (4 October – 23 November) – a serious comedy written by Nathan Englander, directed by Patrick Marber and starring Joshua Malina; and culminating with A Sherlock Carol  ‘a winning crossover mystery’ (The Guardian), which returns to Baker street for a third Christmas following two sold-out runs. Singer songwriter Nerina Pallot also brings her first one-woman show, I Digress, to the Marylebone Theatre for two performances only (2 & 9 December). Audiences can also enjoy the exhibition Long Shadows, Bright World, on display until 1 December – a collaboration between Sir Ben Okri and Rosemary Clunie, bringing together the worlds of painting and poetry, image and text.

In response to high demand for tickets and a wish to expand the venue’s commercial potential. the theatre will also be increasing its seating capacity in late September from its current 200 seats up to 266 seats.

Mark Rylance said, “In the early 1990’s I was a month away from performing Venus and Adonis when the production had to be cancelled. Thirty years later, I am excited to be revisiting my plans to play Shakespeare’s first known published work as part of a gala fundraiser for the Marylebone Theatre. This excellent new venue, of which I am a patron, stages original, wonderful plays, often in verse. I am delighted that my dear friend Derek Jacobi will be joining on stage to support a venue with a unique calling to explore and refresh the great classical tradition.”

Since opening in autumn 2022 with Dmitry by Peter Oswald, the Marylebone Theatre has presented an eclectic programme of theatre, spoken word, music and events. To date, it has welcome over 50,000 people through its doors, been awarded the Off West End award for Best Production and received numerous four and five-star reviews for shows including, The Dry House, a world premiere by Eugene O’Hare, the poignant and moving dramas Grenfell: System Failure, and the hit-show, The White Factory. 2024 highlights have included The Most Precious of Goods, translated and directed by Nicolas Kent, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, starring Greg Hicks, and The Government Inspector, a brand-new adaptation of Gogol’s masterpiece.

Marylebone Theatre Artistic Director Alexander J Gifford said,“As the Marylebone Theatre approaches its second birthday, I am proud to be announcing a season which combines the urgently political with the eternally poetic. Venus and Adonis is perhaps the most exquisite long poem in the English language. Performed by two of Shakespeare’s greatest modern interpreters, Sir Mark Rylance and Sir Derek Jacobi, it will be the centre-piece of a gala fundraiser, whose goal is to secure the Marylebone’s future as a major, new producing house. Alongside it, we will be presenting two UK premieres, delivered by world-class directors, Maxim Didenko and Patrick Marber. I hope our new season consolidates our reputation as an important, new venue and that more and more people come through our doors to enjoy our unique offering of relevant, potent and artistically excellent work.”

Full Cast Announced for the UK Tour of JB Priestley’s AN INSPECTOR CALLS

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE UK TOUR OF

J B PRIESTLEY’S CLASSIC THRILLER

AN INSPECTOR CALLS

OPENING

FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 2024

AT ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON

BEFORE VISITING 26 VENUES ACROSS THE UK

PW Productions is delighted to announce the full cast for the 2024-25 UK Tour of Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s AN INSPECTOR CALLS, opening at Alexandra Palace on Friday 30 August, where it will play for 3 weeks. The tour will then visit Stoke, Darlington, Bristol, Belfast, Leicester, Eastbourne, Liverpool, Aylesbury, Salford, Norwich, Southampton, Shrewsbury, Hull, Cardiff, Blackpool, Wolverhampton, Truro, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sunderland, Sheffield, Bradford, Birmingham, Llandudno, Milton Keynes and Wimbledonwww.aninspectorcalls.com

Tim Treloar will play ‘Inspector Goole’, alongside Jackie Morrison as ‘Mrs Birling’, Jeffrey Harmer as ‘Mr Birling’, Tom Chapman as ‘Gerald Croft’, Leona Allen as ‘Sheila Birling’, George Rowlands as ‘Eric Birling’ and Alice Darling as ‘Edna’. Katy Dean, Michael Gukas, Pena Iiyambo, Simon Pothecary and Philip Stewart complete the cast.

Tim Treloar’s theatre credits include Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet, all at the RSC. His other theatre credits include Henry V at the National Theatre, Mountain Language at the Royal Court, Rose Rage at Theatre Royal, Haymarket and King Lear and Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Tim also appeared in Macbeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and when it transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End and the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.

Jackie Morrison’s theatre credits include the US and Canada Tour of The Last Ship, and West End productions of Dirty Dancing at the Dominion Theatre, and on a UK Tour, After Mrs Rochester at the Duke of York’s Theatre, When We Are Married at the Savoy Theatre and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Strand Theatre. Jackie’s other theatre credits include Coriolanus at the RSC, Oh What A Lovely War! at the National Theatre and The Roundhouse, Peribanez at the Young Vic, and Local Hero at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Jeffrey Harmer returns to An Inspector Calls having played the role of Mr Birling during previous UK and USA tours. His other theatre credits include Bird Song for the Original Theatre Company, Fox on The Fairway, Donkey’s Years, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It, all at Vienna’s English Theatre, Aladdin at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and an international tour of Mamma Mia!.

Tom Chapman’s theatre credits include The Box of Delights and Cymbeline at the RSC, and As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Voices In The Dark, all at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Leona Allen’s theatre credits include A Christmas Carol at Alexandra Palace and Nottingham Playhouse, The Meeting at Chichester Festival Theatre, Anansi The Spider, Christmas In The Sunshine and Girls Like That, all at the Unicorn Theatre, Pride and Prejudice at the Crucible and Sheffield Theatres, and UK Tours of After Birth and Holes.

Yellow Belly

George Rowlands returns to An Inspector Calls having previously played the role of Eric Birling during the 2022-23 UK and Ireland tour. George’s previous theatre credits include Parliament Square at The Unicorn Theatre, The Boy With The Bee Jar at The Hope Theatre, As You Like It at Garden Shakespeare and Macbeth at Bromley Churchill Studio. 

Alice Darling graduated from The Scottish Institute of Theatre, Dance, Film and Television in 2022. During training, her credits included The Grain in the Blood, Twelfth Night, The Sweet Science of Bruising, and The Comedy of Errors. Since graduating she performed in Hamlet at the Edinburgh Festival.

When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation.

Since 1992, Daldry’s seminal production of An Inspector Calls has won a total of 19 major awards, including four Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards, and has played to more than 5 million theatregoers worldwide.

Stephen Daldry is an award-winning Theatre, Film and Television Director & Producer. He has directed theatre productions for London’s West End & New York’s Broadway, including Billy Elliot, The Inhertiance & An Inspector Calls, winning multiple Olivier & Tony awards.  His latest play Stranger Things: The First Shadow opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in December 2023.

Stephen has directed 6 feature films which have all been nominated for major industry awards. He served as Executive Producer on Netflix’s The Crown and directed the last episode. Stephen served as Producer on the opening & closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics and was Artistic Director on Vogue World London in 2023.

Stephen is the Chairman of refugee arts charity Good Chance and was the director of their award-winning production The Jungle.  He serves on the board of The Perlman Performing Arts Center in NY.

AN INSPECTOR CALLS UK TOUR – 2024/2025 TOUR LISTINGS

https://aninspectorcalls.com

FRIDAY 30 AUGUST – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2024

ALEXANDRA PALACE

www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/an-inspector-calls/

ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 25 – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2024

REGENT THEATRE, STOKE

https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre

ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 1 – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2024

DARLINGTON HIPPODROME

www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 8 – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2024

BRISTOL HIPPODROME

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ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 15 – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2024

GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST

www.goh.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2024

LEICESTER CURVE

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ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 12 – SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2024

EASTBOURNE CONGRESS THEATRE

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/venue/congress-theatre

ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 19 – SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2024

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE

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TUESDAY 26 – SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2024

AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE

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TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2025

THE LOWRY, SALFORD

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TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 JANUARY 2025

THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH

www.norwichtheatre.org

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TUESDAY 28 JANUARY – SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2025

MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON

www.mayflower.org.uk

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TUESDAY 4 – SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2025

THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

www.theatresevern.co.uk

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TUESDAY 11 – SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2025

HULL NEW THEATRE

www.hulltheatres.co.uk

ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 18 – SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2025

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

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ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 1 MARCH 2025

BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE

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TUESDAY 4 – SATURDAY 8 MARCH 2025

WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE

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TUESDAY 11 – SATURDAY 15 MARCH 2025

HALL FOR CORNWALL

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TUESDAY 25 – SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2025

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN

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TUESDAY 1 – SATURDAY 5 APRIL 2025

KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW

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TUESDAY 8 – SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2025

SUNDERLAND EMPIRE

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TUESDAY 15 – SATURDAY 19 APRIL 2025

SHEFFIELD LYCEUM

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ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 29 – SATURDAY 3 MAY 2025

BRADFORD ALHAMBRA

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TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 MAY 2025

NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM

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TUESDAY 13 – SATURDAY 17 MAY 2025

CYMRU LLANDUDNO

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TUESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 24 MAY 2025

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

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TUESDAY 27 – SATURDAY 31 MAY 2025

NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE

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Cast announced for Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Bedroom Farce’ at The Mill at Sonning Theatre

Cast announced for Alan Ayckbourn’s
‘Bedroom Farce’ at The Mill at Sonning Theatre
The production reunites Director Robin Herford and Designer Michael Holt – the creative team behind The Woman in Black, which ran 33 years in the West End and 13 UK tours

Georgia Burnell, Allie Croker, Antony Eden, Stuart Fox,
Rhiannon Handy, Julia Hills, Damien Matthews, Ben Porter

Bedroom Farce
by Alan Ayckbourn

Director Robin Herford

1 August – 21 September

Filled with witty dialogue, cleverly constructed situations and Alan Ayckbourn’s signature blend of charm and chaos, Bedroom Farce is a roller-coaster ride of laughter, love, and lunacy.

Director Robin Herford, who most recently helmed How The Other Half Loves and Barefoot in the Park at The Mill at Sonning returns to direct Ayckbourn’s uproarious play – an hilarious and chaotic world of misunderstandings, mishaps and marital mayhem. Together with designer Michael Holt they were the creative team behind The Woman in Black, which ran 33 years in the West End and has completed 13 UK tours. Antony Eden, Damien Matthews and Ben Porter in the cast all starred in The Woman in Black.

Over one night we follow the comically entangled lives of four couples as they navigate an evening of bedroom hopping, heart-to-hearts, and tangled relationships.

Ernest and Delia, a middle-aged couple, are trying to celebrate their wedding anniversary in peace. Malcolm and Kate are dealing with a strained marriage and a malfunctioning bed. Newly engaged Jan and Nick find themselves in the middle of the chaos as they try to navigate the challenges of commitment. Troubled pair Trevor and Susannah are at the centre of the chaos as they meet the other couples, creating havoc wherever they go, leading to a side-splitting cascade of comic events.

Cast:

Georgia Burnell (Jan) was in Alan Ayckbourn’s Constant Companions, Truth Will Out, Family Album and The Girl Next Door (Stephen Joseph Theatre).

Allie Croker (Susannah) was in The Inquisition of Queen Elizabeth and Hitler On Trial (UK Tour), Much Ado About Nothing (Sun and Moon Theatre), Not Half Bard (Hotspur Theatre), Days of Wine and Roses and Around The World in Eighty Days (Theatre By The Lake).

Antony Eden (Malcolm) was in Welcome to The Family (Old Laundry Theatre), Family Album, (Stephen Joseph Theatre) for which he won Best Supporting Performance in a musical or a play at the UK Theatre awards, 2023, The Woman in Black (West End, National and international tour), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End), Ten Times Table (Mill at Sonning).

Stuart Fox
 (Ernest) previously appeared at The Mill at Sonning in How The Other Half Loves, Ten Times Table, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Educating Rita and Time of My Life.

Rhiannon Handy (Kate) was in 2:22 A Ghost Story (West End), Ten Times Table (UK Tour), The Comedy of Errors (RSC, UK Tour); The Jew of Malta, Love’s Sacrifice and Volpone (RSC); Gaslight, Ten Times Table, Improbable Fiction (The Mill at Sonning).

Julia Hills (Delia) is best known for playing Rona in eight series of the BBC’s 2 Point 4 Children and starring in the C4 comedy sketch show Who Dares Wins. She is an Olivier Award nominee (The Hired Man) and played Ruth in the original cast of Calendar Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre, UK Tour and West End. Theatre includes: Drop The Dead Donkey – The Reawakening (UK Tour), How The Other Half Loves (The Mill at Sonning), The Mirror Crack’d (UK Tour).

Damien Matthews (Nick) was in Sweet Bird of Youth (National Theatre), The Philadelphia Story (The Old Vic), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s), The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre, UK & international tours).

Ben Porter (Trevor) was in The Indian Queen (Europe), The Woman in Black (West End, New York and US tour), 1984 (West End) Visitors (Oldham Coliseum), Time of My Life, Absurd Person Singular (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Orwell (Trafalgar Studios).

Creative team:

Director Robin Herford
Set Designer Michael Holt
Costume Designer Natalie Titchener
Lighting Designer Graham Weymouth
Sound Design The Mill at Sonning Technical Team

The Mill at Sonning Theatre
Set majestically on the banks of the River Thames, the Mill at Sonning Theatre is celebrating more than 40 years of entertainment. Uniquely, as one of the only dinner theatres in the United Kingdom, it has gained unrivalled praise both nationally and internationally, winning awards such as the 2023 UK Theatre Award Winner for the Best Musical Production for GYPSY, and The Most Welcoming Theatre 2016, 2017 and 2018. The intimate theatre seats 217. The elegant restaurant, separate from the theatre but within the premises, with views over the river Thames has the friendliest young staff of waiters and waitresses. A spinning waterwheel features in the gorgeous bar. Only a short taxi journey from the Elizabeth Line (Reading Station or Twyford Station), The Mill at Sonning Theatre is the perfect day trip from London. A two-course meal, coffee and tea, and a beautiful programme are included in the price of the tickets

LISTINGS INFO

Bedroom Farce
by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed Robin Herford

The Mill at Sonning Theatre
Sonning Eye
Reading
RG4 6TY

www.millatsonning.com

1 August  – 21 September

Fra Fee Joins the Shamrock Tenors Live in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 30 July

FRA FEE, UNITY IRISH DANCE & MORE SPECIAL GUESTS

JOIN

SHAMROCK TENORS “LIVE IN LONDON”

AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE IN LONDON ON TUESDAY 30 JULY 2024

Direct from performing to 35,000 people at West End Live in London’s Trafalgar Square the Irish Music Supergroup SHAMROCK TENORS will be “LIVE IN LONDON” at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday 30 July.

SHAMROCK TENORS will be joined on stage by a host of guests including Irish actor and singer Fra Fee and the renowned Unity Irish Dance.

Performing classic Irish folk songs as you’ve never heard them before, the SHAMROCK TENORS are Ireland’s most exciting new music sensation. Their infectious energy, combined with bags of Belfast charm, brings new life to classics including Danny Boy, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in the Jar and The Wild Rover, as well as some original new music.

Fra Fee has most recently been seen on TV in the acclaimed BBC Series Lost Boys & Fairies. Other screen roles include Hawkeye (Marvel), Rebel Moon (Netflix) & Animals. Fee’s numerous stage roles include the world premiere of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman directed by Sam Mendes (Royal Court Theatre, West End & Broadway) for which he won a What’s On Stage Award, As You Like It (National Theatre); Romeo & JulietMy Cousin Rachel (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory); Follies (Opera de Toulon) and Les Misérables (West End).

The multi-award-winning Unity Irish Dance Company is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Founded in 2018 by Irish dance champions; Kevin Goble & Edel Kearney, Unity has quickly become known for its exciting and innovative productions that showcase the beauty and grace of Irish dance.

Other guests are rising star Jasmine Gardiner, a multi-instrumentalist and performer from the North Coast of Northern Ireland and Cara-Gael, an Irish Dance school based in London, showcasing the future talent of Irish Dance.

With their first two debut singles charting at Number 1 on the iTunes World Music Charts and with more than six million views online, the SHAMROCK TENORS are Ireland’s most sensational musical export. “Irish music for the 21st Century” (LoveBelfast).

St Patrick’s Day 2024 saw the group release their debut St Patrick’s Day Concert special on BBC 2 and BBC 4 in the UK ahead of its North American release on PBS in November 2024.

Currently touring the island of Ireland, the SHAMROCK TENORS have headlined festivals in the USA; performed in over 30 countries and sold-out venues including the Ulster Hall, the Grand Opera House (twice) and Birmingham Symphony Hall, England. The group is also set to embark on a 10-week coast to coast American Tour in the spring of 2025, the biggest ever tour for a Northern Irish band.

The five-strong group are performers who represent both sides of the community in Northern Ireland; five extraordinary talents including the country’s best multi-instrumentalists, a champion Irish dancer and musical theatre stars. Created by Belfast performer, Raymond Walsh (Les Misérables – West End/UK Tour/Staged Concert) and proudly supported by Tourism Ireland, the SHAMROCK TENORS are: Tom Brandon (Original Cast – Choir of Man), Matthew Campbell (Choir of Man, Australia), Jimmy Johnston and brothers Jack and Raymond Walsh.

Join them on a journey through Ireland’s most beloved songs, in beautiful five-part harmony, as they share their love of home and their pride in how far it has come in recent years.

Tickets: https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/shamrock-tenors/

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Visit from an Unknown Woman Review

Hampstead Theatre, London – until 27th July 2024

Reviewed by Celia Armand Smith

3***

Based on the short story Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig, Christopher Hampton’s 70 minute adaptation is more homage than faithful retelling. Hampton sets Visit from an Unknown Woman in 1934, when Austria is in the grip of rising Nazism, and the writer in the story, named Stefan by Hampton, is at odds with his place in the world. Culture is being moulded into something unfamiliar, and as Zweig himself experienced, the books are being burnt and concerts cancelled because Stefan is Jewish. Into his life tumbles a woman whom he has met at a bar. As the story unravels, we discover that she is called Marianne and is not a stranger but someone who has been present in and around his life for years. Even though he is at the centre of this tragedy, it isn’t really about Stefan, but about infatuation, and about being trapped by an obsessive love for someone who doesn’t feel the same way or even know you exist.

Natalie Simpson as Marianne is the intense beating heart of the play, and is skillful in her depiction of someone being both childlike and manipulative in their pursuit of what they want. James Corrigan as Stefan is charming and conflicted, but also mainly there to be on the receiving end of Marianne’s very intense monologue. He is all at once highly likeable and hugely unlikeable, but that is lotharios for you. Nigel Hastings as Johann as the butler/help provided some punctuation and served as a more reliable witness to the timeline of events.

The nature of the adaptation meant that all of the action could take place in one place, Stefan’s Vienna flat. Designed by Rosanna Vize, it is sparingly furnished, and the framed structure in which it sits provides a way for the cast to interact with space, memory and each other. A younger version of Marianne played by Jessie Gattward haunts the stage, wandering the corridors and rooms. She is graceful and though she never utters a word, her silent straight faced torment is unnerving and strangely beautiful. There is a huge pile of dying white roses to one side on which she sits, a reference to the anonymous bouquets sent to Stefan on his birthday every year.

Chelsea Walker’s production of Visit from an Unknown Woman is beautiful and strange, but also slightly frustrating. The cast are excellent, and the set is beautiful, however there a few loose ends. Threads that could do with being trimmed or in some cases pulled out completely.