Cast announced for the West End limited run of The 39 Steps

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE OLIVIER AND TONY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY

THE 39 STEPS

IN LONDON’S WEST END FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON

AT THE TRAFALGAR THEATRE

FROM 16 AUGUST TO 28 SEPTEMBER 2024

OPENING NIGHT ON MONDAY 19 AUGUST 2024

Fiery Angel and Trafalgar Theatre Productions are delighted to announce that the current UK Tour cast of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning comedy, THE 39 STEPS, will appear in the strictly limited West End season at the Trafalgar Theatre from 16 August to 28 September, with an opening night on Monday 19 August.  Tom Byrne will play Richard Hannay, Safeena Ladha the roles of Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret, Eugene McCoy will be Clown 1 and Maddie Rice Clown 2 (the first time this production has cast a female identifying actor as one of the Clowns), with Jacob Daniels and Hannah Parker as the understudies.

This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

Tom Byrne played Prince Andrew in The Crown series 4 and appeared in BridgertonA Discovery of Witches and Black Mirror.  He can currently be seen in BBC 3’s Dreaming Whilst Black and the new film The Persian Version released this month.  Theatre includes A Christmas Carol and Twelfth Night for the RSC.  Safeena Ladha’s recent theatre work includes She at London’s Tara Theatre and on tour, in which she played eight characters, Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby: The Immersive Show, Cassandra, Andromache and Menalaus in Troilus and Cressida (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Coriolanus (Rose Theatre Bankside).  Eugene McCoy appeared in the world premiere of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre, the world premiere of Groundhog Day at the Old Vic Theatre and Legally Blonde at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.  Films include WonkaMatilda and Paddington 2Maddie Rice took over from Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the stage show of Fleabag.  Other recent theatre credits include All My Sons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Michael Grandage’s Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre.  Her TV credits include FleabagStath Lets FlatsTen PercentThe Other OneI Hate You and the all-female sketch show Flaps

THE 39 STEPS, Patrick Barlow’s hilarious, joyous and quintessentially British adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, first ran in London’s West End for nine years, finally closing in 2015.  It won the Olivier and What’s On Stage Awards for Best Comedy in 2007, besides taking Broadway by storm, winning two Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award in 2008.  The play, with its plucky spirit and dashing sense of British fun, has toured to 39 countries and played to over 3 million people worldwide.  The UK tour of this production is currently running until 3 August.

Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

THE 39 STEPS is directed by Nicola Samer, with the original creative team of designer Peter McKintosh, lighting designer Ian Scott, sound designer Mic Pool and director of movement Toby Sedgwick.  Casting is by Abby Galvin.  This production is a remount of the award-winning production directed by Maria Aitken and adapted by Patrick Barlow. 

THE 39 STEPS at the Trafalgar Theatre is produced by Fiery Angel and Trafalgar Theatre Productions.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

THE 39 STEPS

16 August – 28 September 2024

Trafalgar Theatre

14 Whitehall

London SW1A 2DY

Website: www.love39steps.com

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Box Office: 0333 009 6690 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge)

Tickets: from £20 (plus order charge of £3.50)

Performances:

16-31 August: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm (N.B. no performance on Tuesdays); Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

2-28 September: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

Age Suitability:  7+

THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON RETURNS -THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S MULTI-AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF WAR HORSE WILL TOUR TO THE FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH IN OCTOBER 2025

THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON RETURNS 

THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S  

MULTI-AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF 

WAR HORSE 

WILL TOUR TO THE FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH 

FROM 2-11 OCTOBER 2025 

The National Theatre’s global smash-hit production of War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, will embark on a major 18-month UK Tour visiting the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from 2-11th October.  

 For more information and to sign-up for priority booking visit WarHorseOnStage.com.     

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 all-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.  

Director, Tom Morris said, “It is a huge privilege to be invited to revisit War Horse and to share this powerful story once more with audiences around the country.  Michael Morpurgo’s brilliant idea, to explore the crushing violence of war through the experience of a horse, makes his story as powerful and resonant today as it has ever been.   And in this time of increasing commercialism in theatre, it’s worth remembering that the production which carried War Horse to an international audience was a wild experiment, developed through workshops at the National Theatre Studio, the unique theatre laboratory where ground-breaking hits from Coram Boy and London Road to The Witches were devised.   It has been an enormous thrill to return there in recent months to reunite Adrian Kohler’s magnificent puppets with designer Rae Smith, composer Adrian Sutton and other members of the original cast and creative team to start the process of bringing Joey back to the stage.” 

Author, Michael Morpurgo said: “I am so delighted the National Theatre’s iconic production of War Horse is back!  When Covid closed the show down in 2020 in Australia in the midst of its second World Tour, many thought, and I was amongst them, that we’d never see War Horse on stage again.  Now it’s really happening – we will hear the music and songs, be amazed by its design and lighting, live Joey’s story again.  War Horse is about the tragedy of war and about a horse and his boy, but it’s also so many other things – it’s about family and community, courage and loss, hope, and most importantly reconciliation.” 

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.  

Executive Director of the National Theatre, Kate Varah said: “We are delighted that we are able to launch this major new UK tour of War Horse.  This moving and spectacular production has captured the imagination of millions of audience members across the world since it was first performed on the Olivier stage in 2007 and we are deeply appreciative and excited, to be working with our co-producers to make this possible in the current landscape.  We look forward to connecting with our partner venues with this much-loved story, that appeals to all ages and which beautifully showcases the magic of live performance.” 

Creative development for the tour is being 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 and associate sound designer Rob Bettle. Casting is to be announced. 

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.   

For more information visit WarHorseOnStage.com.   

The National Theatre’s Partner for Financial Wellbeing, Charles Stanley, is supporting War Horse on tour.  

SQUINT ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE SQUINT PLAYWRITING AWARD

SQUINT ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENT OF

THE SQUINT PLAYWRITING AWARD

In partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hackney Empire, Applecart Arts and Arts Council England.

Award-winning theatre company Squint today announces the recipient of The Squint Playwriting Award. In 2023, through their six-month Educational Programme, Squint developed nine East London artists from low-income backgrounds. The programme included workshops, masterclasses, and Q&As, with each of the participants assigned a mentor relevant to their background and emerging practice. Following a Showcase of all nine playwrights’ work at Theatre Royal Stratford East in November, Squint today announce Beattie Green as the recipient of The Squint Playwriting Award; a £6110 commission to write a one-act play for Squint.

Andrew Whyment, Artistic Director of Squint, said: “We’re so proud to announce Beattie as The Squint Playwriting Award’s inaugural recipient. Beattie’s writing has wit, inventiveness and honesty that is inherently theatrical; they are exactly the kind of artist we hoped to discover and develop through our programme and it’s a privilege to be working together with Beattie towards a full-length play.”

Beattie Green said: “Through Squint’s programme I’ve felt a shift in my sense of self as a writer, away from trying to please others and towards writing about what I truly find interesting, unignorable, and messy. The experience has given me confidence to call myself a playwright and offer my ideas up with glee and pride, rather than embarrassment. The opportunity to continue working with the people that made this shift possible is such an honour and I’m so excited. I feel listened to for what makes me the writer I am without feeling pigeon-holed, tokenised, or misunderstood; a rare and wonderful thing.”

At the Showcase last year, Beattie shared an extract of their play, Kill My DarlingAndie and Zoe on the road to parenthood, but an act of betrayal frays the fabric of their romance, disrupting the very structure of their story. Time is queer and adults act like babies in a play that asks, how are babies really made?

Squint is an award-winning East London theatre company that stages stories about the here and now. They collide new writing, choreography and genre in unexpected ways to create thrilling nights at the theatre. Squint was founded at the University of Reading in 2009 by Artistic Director, Andrew Whyment. We have been working with writers and producing new work since 2010. Today we are London-based but work internationally. Previous productions include Long Story Short (Charing Cross Theatre) and Molly (Charlie Hartill Award, The Stage Award). Our programme of Online Workshops equips participants with creative tools that can be applied to their own writing and devising projects. They are wholly inclusive and focused on creating space for people of all ages and experience who are looking to develop new ideas or nurture existing projects. In 2020-21, we delivered 25 workshops and engaged over 300 participants from around the world; they include actors who have never written before, writers who need a jumpstart and directors who are devising for the first time. Our education work is led by Andrew Whyment, Lee Anderson, Adam Foster, Louise Roberts, Claire Gilbert, Kane Husbands and Ash J Woodward. Between us we’ve designed and facilitated education and participation projects for organisations including the National Theatre, Synergy Theatre Project, Good Chance Theatre, The Old Vic, the National Youth Theatre, Guildhall School Of Music & Drama, Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama and Hackney Empire.

Website: squinttheatre.com

X: @squinttheatre

Instagram: @squinttheatrecompany

Stratford East’s Freelance Royalty Scheme is a membership designed to support arts freelancers living or working in East London, and includes free rehearsal space, scratch nights, residencies, ticket offers, workshops and more.

Website: stratfordeast.com/royalty-scheme/freelance-royalty/

Programme Partners: Applecart Arts, Arts Council England, Cardboard Citizens, Compass Collective, Hackney Empire, John Thaw Foundation, Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund, National Youth Theatre, The Old Church, Synergy Theatre Project, Unity Theatre Trust.

Principles of Deception – A Strictly Limited Run at Royal and Derngate on 5 and 6 July

PRINCIPLES OF DECEPTION

A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN AT
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
ON 5 AND 6 JULY 2024

“’Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought after illusionists on the planet
GQ Magazine

“Jaw dropping magic”                                                “Effortlessly funny”
Metro                                                                            The Telegraph
****                                                                                        ****

Rehearsal images released, prior to celebrated illusionist Ali Cook launching an astonishing new magic show at Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

As a child, acclaimed magician Ali Cook was given a copy of a 1948 book, Principles and Deceptions. It was the first book to describe every type of magic trick and now Ali is going to perform them all in one incredible show. Co-written with acclaimed comedian, Dave Gorman, with choreography by award-winning dance company BirdGangPrinciples of Deception is a thrilling, magical tour de force coming exclusively to Northampton this Summer.

Star of TV’s Penn & Teller Fool Us and Secret World of Magic; Ali’s magical style is a curious combination of dexterous sleight of hand and psychological magic alongside rarely seen grand stage illusions, which received nightly standing ovations at his sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Principles of Deception is directed by Kate Golledge with design by David Woodhead. Choreography by BirdGang, lighting design by Rory Beaton, video design by Will Duke, sound design by Luke Swaffield. Executive Producing & General Management by Smart Entertainment.

After two sold-out festive seasons in 2022 and 2023, A Sherlock Carol will return to Marylebone Theatre with increased seating capacity due to demand

After two sold-out festive seasons in 2022 and 2023,
A Sherlock Carol will return to Marylebone Theatre with
increased seating capacity due to demand

Ben Caplan and Kammy Darweish previous cast photo by Darren Bell

The worlds of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle combine brilliantly in ‘A Sherlock Carol’, which sees Sherlock Holmes investigating the mysterious death of Ebenezer Scrooge.

DEM Productions today announce that the critically acclaimed production, written and directed by Mark Shanahan, will return to London in 2024 for a third year at Marylebone Theatre. The theatre is adding new seats to the auditorium, in response to the huge demand for tickets and the theatre’s ongoing success.

Artistic Director of the venue, Alexander J Gifford comments: “A Sherlock Carol is an immensely popular production, which has sold out for two years in a row. We are thrilled to be adding new rows of seats in anticipation of big crowds for Christmas and look forward to having our favourite local detective back in the building.”

Marylebone Theatre is just a stone’s throw from Holmes’ fictional base at 221B Baker Street itself. 

The season will run from Friday 29 November 2024 – Sunday 5 January 2025. Cast and creative team to be announced.

A Sherlock Carol is written and directed by Mark Shanahan and features scenic design by Tony nominee Anna Louizos, lighting design by Obie- winner Rui Rita, with original music and sound design by Tony nominee John Gromada.

Three Christmases since the famous confrontation with his nemesis Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, Sherlock Holmes has little appetite for mince pies or for solving crime. Wandering through Victorian London, he meets a grown-up and not-so-Tiny Tim who implores him to investigate the mysterious death of his reformed benefactor, one Ebenezer Scrooge.

An impossible murder, a threatening letter, and a missing diamond – it’s just enough to intrigue the great detective. But it’s a dark and treacherous Christmas Eve, and once again the night is haunted by the spirits of the past, present, and future. Using his powers of deduction, can Holmes overcome his own ghosts to crack the case?

Produced by DEM Productions, Fat Goose Productions, and Theatre Nerd Productions..

Tickets are on sale and available to book now.LISTINGS INFO

A Sherlock Carol
by Mark Shanahan

29 November 2024 – 5 January 2025

Marylebone Theatre
Rudolf Steiner House
35 Park Road
London
NW1 6XT

Box office: 02077237984
[email protected]
www.marylebonetheatre.com/productions/a-sherlock-carol

Performances:
Wednesday 2:30pm / 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 2:30pm / 7:30pm
Sunday 1pm / 5pm

Tickets from £15

Social media

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@SherlockCarolUK

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Review

Hull New Theatre – until 22nd June 2024

Reviewed by Dawn Bennett

5*****

I have managed to see this production three times previously, in the West End, at Hull New Theatre and the film of the same name and I’ve loved it every time and I wondered what this show would be like and it was one word … fabulous.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell who, at 16 years old, aspired to be a drag queen and his big secret was that he wanted to go to his school prom in a dress. Jamie’s story was shown, as a documentary, on the BBC under the title of Jamie Drag Queen at 16.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom Macrae from an original idea by Jonathan Butterell, is set in Sheffield in the last few weeks of school for a year 11 class.

This musical is slick and fast paced, the ensemble pieces are brilliant, the set is simple and very effective, changing from the school, to Jamies’s house, to Loco’s shop and back again.

The cast are outstanding. Ivano Turco plays the 16-year-old Jamie New beautifully, with just the right amount of sass and he is the very definition of a triple threat. Talia Palamathanan who is his best friend Pritti Pasha, is amazing in the role. When Rebecca McKinnis, (Margaret New), sang her solo numbers, ‘If I met myself again’ and ‘He’s my boy’ you could have heard a pin drop in the theatre, it was stunning. Sam Bailley, as teacher Miss Hedge, has a fabulous voice. Kevin Clifton was a revelation as drag queen Loco Chanelle and their alter ego Hugo; he was brilliant! I loved watching Anthony Gyde (Ky Kelly), Daniel Jacob and David McNair as drag queens Laika Virgin, Sandra Bollock and Tray Sophisticay they were hilarious. Sejal Keshwala was marvellous as Maragret’s friend Ray and Jordan Ricketts played school bully Dean with such nastiness at some points you could hear the sharp intake of breath from the audience! The rest of the cast and the ensemble were very, very talented and a pleasure to watch.

The music in this show is brilliant as are the band, led by musical director Danny Belton, with numbers including ‘And you don’t even know it’, ‘The legend of Loco Chanelle (and the blood red dress)’ ‘He’s my Boy’ and my absolute favourite ‘The Wall in my Head’ and many more.

I hope that everybody is talking about Jamie and are going to watch this brilliant show and you really won’t be disappointed!

Sam Mendes’ Landmark Production of ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ returns to London playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 September 2024 for a strictly limited run

SAM MENDES’ LANDMARK PRODUCTION OF THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
RETURNS TO LONDON

PLAYING AT THE GILLIAN LYNNE THEATRE
FROM 24 SEPTEMBER 2024 FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN

The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions announces today that its critically acclaimed, five-time Tony Award® winning production of The Lehman Trilogy will return to London’s West End following highly acclaimed international performances.  This ‘genuinely epic production‘ (New York Times), written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power and directed by multi-award-winning director, Sam Mendes with set design by Es Devlin, will play at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 September 2024 until 5 January 2025 for a strictly limited run.  Tickets will go on sale for ‘this mesmerising chronicle of an American dynasty’ (The Times), on Wednesday 19 June at 10am, from £20.

The Lehman Trilogy is a sweeping story of a family spanning generations and a company that changed the world.  ‘Its theatricality is utterly astonishing’ (The Guardian). 

John HeffernanAaron Krohn and Howard W. Overshown will reprise their ‘virtuosic performances’ (The Mercury News) in London, following a critically acclaimed run in San Francisco, playing the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons in this thrilling ‘tour de force of acting talent’ (KQED Radio). 

Cat Beveridge and Anyssa Neumann will reprise their respective performances as principal pianist and alternate pianist.  Further casting to be announced.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:

“The Lehman Trilogy is storytelling at its best.  Its success lies in its simplicity – three actors, one pianist and one set combining to tell an epic family drama in the most intimate way.  This extraordinary production has now been seen by over half a million people worldwide and it continues to resonate with audiences whether that be in London, New York, Sydney or San Francisco.  We are delighted to be bringing it back to the West End after its previous sold-out runs.”

Sam Mendes, director of The Lehman Trilogy and co-founder of Neal Street Productions said:

“I heard about Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy in 2015 .  A year later, together with Ben Power and Es Devlin, a company of twelve actors at the National Theatre Studio read aloud a literal translation of what was in fact an epic poem.  After a year of shaping it into a form we felt might chime for English speaking audiences who had lived through the aftermath of the 2008 financial meltdown, it had morphed into a three-hander which premiered at the National Theatre in 2018.  Now, seven years later, the production has been enjoyed on three continents, and on Broadway and is returning to the West End for the third time.  This feels like a tribute to everyone who believed in it and collaborated in its making.”

John Heffernan will play the role of Henry Lehman.  Recent theatre credits include Nachtland (Young Vic) and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre), co-starring with Katherine Parkinson.  Previous theatre credits include the title roles in Edward II (National Theatre), for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award, Oppenheimer (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Macbeth (Young Vic).  Recent screen credits include, This Town (BBC), The Crown (Netflix), The Pursuit of Love (BBC), The Duke (Warner Bros), Misbehaviour (20th Century Fox) and Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (Vertical Entertainment).

Aaron Krohn will play the role of Mayer Lehman.  Previous theatre credits with Sam Mendes include As You Like It (2010) withThe Bridge Project, Mendes’ transatlantic collaboration with the Old Vic and the Brooklyn Academy of Music spanning three years and travelling to 15 international cities, Mendes’ Tony-winning production of Cabaret (2014), co-directed with choreographer Rob Marshall for Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway and more recently The Lehman Trilogy (on Broadway) as the understudy role of Mayer Lehman.  Other theatre credits include: Spamalot, Twelfth Night and Henry V at Stratford Shakespeare Festival.  Screen credits include Fosse/Verdon (BBC), Boardwalk Empire (HBO) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC).

Howard W. Overshown will play the role of Emanuel Lehman.  Previous theatre credits with Sam Mendes include Richard III for The Bridge Project (2012) and, prior to this current production of The Lehman Trilogy, he also played the role at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (2022).  Other theatre credits include A Soldier’s Play, Julius Caesar, Saint Joan, A View from the Bridge and Free Man of Color on Broadway.  Screen credits include Blue Bloods (CBS), Fosse/Verdon (BBC), Tina Fey’s Girls5Eva (Netflix), and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime).

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life in the new world.  He is joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history.

Mendes is joined by set designer, Es Devlin; costume designer, Katrina Lindsay; video designer, Luke Halls; lighting designer Jon Clark; composer and sound designer, Nick Powell; co-sound designer, Dominic Bilkey; music director, Candida Caldicot; movement director, Polly Bennett and West End Director, Rory McGregor.  Company voice work is by Charmian Hoare with casting by Naomi Downham.They are joined by associate lighting designer, Charlotte Burton and associate video designer Zakk Hein.

The Lehman Trilogy has now been seen by over half a million people worldwide.  First commissioned by Neal Street Productions and developed and co-produced with the National Theatre at the Lyttelton theatre in 2018, an acclaimed sold-out run at the Park Avenue Armory in New York followed in the Spring of 2019.  The Lehman Trilogy then returned to London for a 16-week sold-out run at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from May until August 2019.  It was the first British play to return to Broadway following its 18-month shutdown (having previously played four performances in March 2020) for a much-lauded limited engagement at the Nederlander Theatre from September 2021 until January 2022.  The Lehman Trilogy was the most awarded play on Broadway in 2022, winning Best Play, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actor at the Tony Awards®.  It also won the Drama League Award for Best Play and six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play.   A Los Angeles transfer to Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre followed Broadway from March until April 2022 before it returned to London’s West End in 2023 for a 17-week sold-out run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. The Lehman Trilogy has recently played a limited run at Theatre Royal Sydney, Australia and is currently running at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco to critical acclaim.

Prior to this production, the world premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015.  It turned out to be Artistic Director Luca Ronconi’s final production before his death.  A long-term admirer of Ronconi’s, Sam Mendes was inspired to begin planning an English adaptation for Neal Street Productions.  Ben Power was commissioned by Neal Street Productions to create a new version of this epic play, using a literal English translation by Mirella Cheeseman.  

REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE ANNOUNCES

FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre today announce full cast and creative team for Fiddler on the Roof with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The production, directed by Jordan Fein, runs 27 July – 21 September 2024.

Fein directs Adam Dannheisser as Tevye and Lara Pulver as Golde. Liv Andrusier (Tzeitel), Natasha Jules Bernard (Mirila), Greg Bernstein (Mendel), Noa Bodner (Rifka), Ralph Bogard (Avram), Lawrence Boothman (Nacham), Hannah Bristow (Chava), Georgia Bruce (Hodel), Georgia Dixon (Bielke), Jonathan Dryden Taylor (Constable), David Freedman (Rabbi), Helen Goldwyn (Shandel), Dickon Gough (Mordcha & Inkeeper), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Sasha), Beverley Klein (Yente), Daniel Krikler (Perchik), Darya Topol Margalith (Schprintze), Gregor Milne (Fyedka), Raphael Papo (The Fiddler), Alex Pinder (Russian #2), Dylan Saffer (Onstage swing), Michael S. Siegel (Lazar Wolf), Alex Tranter (Russian #1) and Dan Wolff (Motel) complete the cast.

The full creative team are Mark Aspinall (Musical Supervisor), Stuart Burt (Casting Director), Laura Braid (Associate Choreographer), Julia Cheng (Choreographer), Yarit Dor (Fight and Intimacy Director), Emma Farnell Watson (Assistant Choreographer), Jordan Fein (Director), James Hassett (Season Associate Sound Designer), Hannah Hauer-King (Associate Director), Nina van Houten (Wigs, Hair and Make Up Designer), Nick Lidster for Autograph (Sound Designer), Aideen Malone (Lighting Designer), Tom Scutt (Designer), Peter Noden (Casting Associate), Rabbi Rose Prevezer (Jewish Culture, Religion and History Consultant), Caitlin Stegemoller (Voice & Text Director); Dan Turek (Musical Director); Livi van Warmelo (Associate Musical Director); The Telsey Office/ Kristian Charbonier, CSA (NY Casting).

A Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production

Fiddler on the Roof
Based on the Sholem Aleichem Stories by Special Permission of Arnold Perl
Book by Joseph Stein

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince
Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

27 July – 21 September 2024

‘It’s a new world, a new world. Love.’

It’s 1905 in the tiny village of Anatevka where Tevye, a Jewish milkman, lives his life by their proud traditions. For his five daughters, that means a visit from the matchmaker… But as each daughter challenges his beliefs, against the backdrop of a changing world, can Tevye hold on to his roots, or must he bend to the will of his children and learn to embrace the unfamiliar?

In a new production directed by Jordan Fein (Oklahoma, Young Vic), and featuring glorious songs, ‘If I Were A Rich Man’, ‘Tradition’, ‘Matchmaker’ and ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, this classic musical of joy, revolution and community is an exuberant celebration of love and life.

Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2024 season includes the stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story, The Secret Garden (until 20 July 2024) in a new version by Holly Robinson and Anna Himali Howard, and directed by Howard.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar is currently on a UK tour until August 2024; and the musical version of Dodie Smith’s classic book 101 Dalmatians reimagined from the 2022 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production embarks on a UK tour this month.

Tickets for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2024 are available from: www.openairtheatre.com.

GHOST STORIES – JEREMY DYSON AND ANDY NYMAN’S LONG-RUNNING WEST END HIT SET TO TERRIFY THE UK IN 2025 TOUR

JEREMY DYSON AND ANDY NYMAN’S

LONG-RUNNING WEST END HIT SET TO TERRIFY

THE UK

AS FIRST FULL NATIONAL TOUR ANNOUNCED

   www.ghoststoriesplay.com

After exhilarating audiences across the globe with record-breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, Simon Friend Entertainment is today delighted to announce the return of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s supernatural sensation Ghost Stories in a full UK Tour. More spine-tingling and terrifying than ever, the Olivier Award-nominated show opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on Friday 17 January 2025.

****
‘An immaculately crafted evening of entertainment’ Time Out.

Ghost Stories then goes on to visit: Bromley, Churchill Theatre; Richmond, Richmond Theatre; Plymouth, Theatre Royal; Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre; Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre; Salford, The Lowry; Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre; Woking, New Victoria Theatre; Edinburgh, Festival Theatre; Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre; Glasgow, Theatre Royal; Norwich, Theatre Royal; Newcastle, Theatre Royal; Nottingham, Theatre Royal; Southend, Cliffs Pavilion; Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre; Belfast, Grand Opera House; Leicester, Curve Theatre; Wycombe, Swan Theatre; Southampton, Mayflower Theatre; Brighton, Theatre Royal; Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn; Malvern, Malvern Theatres; Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre.

The production was last seen in the UK in 2019 when, after a celebrated run at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, the show transferred to the Ambassador’s Theatre for its latest West End Run. It embarked on a partial UK tour in early 2020, but this was cut short by the pandemic.

Casting to be announced.

When Professor Goodman, arch-sceptic out to debunk the paranormal, embarks on an investigation of three apparent hauntings – as recounted by a night-watchman, a teenage boy, and a businessman awaiting his first child – Goodman finds himself at the outer limits of rationality, and fast running out of explanations.

Enter a world full of thrilling twists and epic turns, where the ultimate love letter to horror is imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is one of London’s best reviewed plays of all time and will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat. This is a theatrical experience like no other.

After exhilarating audiences across the world with record-breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s Ghost Stories is “Genuine scary fun” (Sunday Times), a worldwide phenomenon more spine-tingling and fantastically terrifying than ever.

“I had to sleep with the lights on” (Metro).

 Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman say of the return of their celebrated terrifying tales:

“We are beyond excited that Ghost Stories will be scaring the hell out of audiences around the country in its first ever full national tour. It’s fifteen years since we first brought screams, laughs, jumps and killer twists to the theatre and we can’t wait to do it again. Are you brave enough to book?”

WARNING

Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending.

Andy Nyman is a multi-award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in theatre, film, and television. This year Andy will be starring opposite Imelda Staunton at the London Palladium in Hello, Dolly! His most recent theatre work includes his Olivier nominated performance as Tevye in Trevor Nunn’s award-winning revival of Fiddler on the Roof, the West End and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, the highly acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Abigail’s Party in the West End, and in the original production of Ghost Stories which Andy starred in, co-wrote and co-directed with Jeremy Dyson. Andy’s extensive television credits include A Small Light, The Capture, Unforgotten, Wanderlust, Hanna, Campusand Dead Set as well as his highly acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders. This year Andy will be appearing in Lockerbie.

Andy’s many film credits include Judy, Jungle Cruise, The Commuter, Death at a Funeral, Kick-Ass 2, Black Death, The Brother’s Bloom, Severance, and Shut Up & Shoot Me for which Andy won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Cherbourg Film Festival in 2006. Later this year Andy can be seen playing Gov. Thropp in the highly anticipated blockbuster film WICKED.

2018 saw the release of the film version of Ghost Stories. Based on their own play, the film was written and directed by Andy & Jeremy Dyson. Andy stars alongside Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther & Paul Whitehouse. The film has been hailed as a ‘Modern Horror Classic’ and was voted number 16 in Empire magazines list ‘The Greatest 25 Horror films ever made’.

Andy collaborated with Derren Brown for over 20 years. As well as co-writing and co-creating much of Derren’s early TV work, Andy has also co-written and directed 8 of Derren Brown’s stage shows winning the ‘Best Entertainment’ Olivier Award for Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes and the New York Drama Desk Award for ‘Best Unique Theatrical Event 2017’ for Derren Brown: Secret.

Andy’s books The Golden Rules of Acting and More Golden Rules of Acting have become bestsellers within the acting world. In 2023 Andy and Jeremy Dyson came together again to write their first novel The Warlock Effect. Chosen as a ‘Sunday Times Thriller of the Month’ this highly entertaining and twisty adventure is now out in paperback and available on Audible, where it is read by Andy.

Jeremy Dyson is best known as the co-creator and co-writer of the multi-award-winning comedy show The League of Gentlemen. Aside from The League he was co-creator/writer of the BAFTA-nominated comedy drama Funland and the Rose-d’or winning all female sketch show Psychobitches. His play Ghost Stories, co-written with Andy Nyman was nominated for an Olivier award, and has enjoyed three separate West End runs since debuting in 2010, together with international productions in Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Shanghai, Finland, Holland, and Peru. The film version of Ghost Stories, written and directed by Andy and Jeremy won the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for best debut feature in 2019.

In addition, Jeremy has worked as script editor on numerous award-winning TV comedies including The Armstrong and Miller Show, Grandma’s House, The Wrong Mans, Bad Education, Tracey Ullman’s Show, We are Ladyparts and The Curse. He has written for many other TV shows including Killing Eve and Good Omens.

Jeremy has published three collections of short stories, Never Trust a Rabbit, The Cranes that Build the Cranes (which won the Edge Hill award for short fiction), and The Haunted Book, together with a novel, What Happens Now. His latest book, The Warlock Effect co-written with Andy Nyman was published in 2023.

Ghost Stories is produced by Simon Friend Entertainment.

For more information visit:   www.ghoststoriesplay.com

TELL ME HOW IT ENDS REVIEW

EVERYMAN THEATRE, LIVERPOOL – UNTIL SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2024

REVIEWED BY MIA BOWEN

5*****

Tell Me How It Ends is penned by Tasha Dowd, a graduate from the acclaimed Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) programme and the recipient of the 2023 Homotopia Writers’ Award. The play had its world premiere here at the Everyman Theatre, showcasing the theatre’s dedication to supporting emerging artists and looking after talent from the Liverpool City Region.

Taking place in the late 1980’s Liverpool during the AIDS epidemic, “Tell Me How It Ends” tells a heartfelt narrative about two diverse and LGBTQ+ individuals, whose lives become intertwined because of their circumstances and their passion for books.

Luke Sookdeo portrays the character Marc, spelled with a ‘c’, while Emmy Stonelake plays Aster in this enthralling tale that delves into themes of love, truth, and heartbreak. Aster volunteers with a lesbian organisation that offers support to individuals living with HIV. It is here that she encounters Marc, who is undergoing treatment in hospital and lacks family support.

Aster is quite controlling and constantly reminds Marc to take his medication on time, but she does this out of genuine concern for his well-being. Marc tends to be emotionally impulsive, largely due to his illness. Thanks to Aster’s persistence, she eventually encourages Marc to start reading and engaging in conversations again.

While this play confronts the harsh realities of living with AIDS, there is also joy to be found in witnessing the friendship between Marc and Aster blossom.

Sookdeo and Stonelake excel in their roles. They immerse themselves in their performance and captivate the audience from the opening scene, holding our attention until the very end.

Katie Scott has designed a well-organised set with multiple levels that smoothly transitions between scenes at the hospital, Aster’s home, Marc’s B&B, and a nightclub. Despite its simplicity, the set effectively directs focus to the sombre hospital bed at the centre. The costumes, also created by Scott, along with the impressive soundtrack, evoke a nostalgic feel. The audience were delighted by a scene where the pair entered with a BHS carrier bag after a shopping spree.

This play is a must-see as it is exceptionally well-written, directed, and superbly acted! It evokes a bittersweet feeling, simultaneously warming your insides and breaking your heart. It truly is captivating!