London Show News
|BAT OUT OF HELL EXTENDS BOOKINGS TO OCTOBER 2018 (25 APRIL 2018)|
|Following the official opening night of Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre, and due to overwhelming demand for tickets, the producers have announced a new booking period from 30 July to 27 October 2018, with tickets now on sale. The winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017 began previews earlier this month.
The cast of Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical is led by Andrew Polec, winner of the Joe Allen Best West End Debut in the Stage Debut Awards 2017, as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane. Also starring are Alex Thomas-Smith as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Wayne Robinson as Jagwire, Giovanni Spano as Ledoux and Patrick Sullivan as Blake.
At certain performances the role of Strat will be played by Simon Gordon or Jordan Luke Gage. Also in the cast are Kyle Anthony, Emily Benjamin, Christopher Cameron, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Rob Copeland, Hannah Ducharme, Isaac Edwards, Collette Guitart, Eric Hallengren, Vicki Manser, Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky, Aston Newman Hannington, Eve Norris, Joseph Peacock, Kyle Roberts, Craig Ryder, Dawnita Smith, Courtney Stapleton, Julie Stark, Charlotte Anne Steen and Sam Toland.
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2017, and has been seen by nearly 500,000 people to date.
The musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Jon Bausor and Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod CDG, fight direction by Stuart Boother and musical direction by Robert Emery.
For the stage musical, the award-winning Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including 'You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth', 'Bat Out Of Hell', 'I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)' and 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad', as well as two previously unreleased songs, 'What Part of My Body Hurts the Most' and 'Not Allowed to Love'.
|STEFFAN RHODRI & SOPHIE COOKSON AMONG CAST JOINING ORLANDO BLOOM IN KILLER JOE (25 APRIL 2018)|
|Details have been revealed of the full cast joining Hollywood star Orlando Bloom who will star as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in multi award-winning Tracy Letts' blackly comic thriller Killer Joe in the West End.
Sophie Cookson (Sidney in Netflix series Gypsy, secret agent Roxanne 'Roxy' Morton in the films Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle).
Adam Gillen (currently starring at the National Theatre as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the acclaimed production of Amadeus, and best known as Liam in five series of ITV's Benidorm).
Neve McIntosh (Dr Who Lizard Queen Madam Vastra, and Kay Gillies in BBC1's The Replacement).
Steffan Rhodri (Labour Whip Walter Harrison in James Graham's This House at the Garrick Theatre, and best known for portraying Dave Coaches on Gavin & Stacey and as Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I).
Killer Joe will play a 13-week season from 18 May to 18 August 2018 at Trafalgar Studio 1. The production will be directed by Simon Evans (The Dazzle and Bug at Found111 and current West End hit The Best Man at The Playhouse). Press night is Monday 4 June at 7.00pm
|CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER STARS IN HEATHERS AT THE OTHER PALACE (24 APRIL 2018)|
|Following a positive response to its sell-out 2017 workshop, 1980s cult film classic Heathers - The Musical will premiere at London's The Other Palace from 9 June 2018 with Carrie Hope Fletcher in the role of Veronica Sawyer.
Produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills, who produced the award-winning Carrie together in 2015, the musical version of the twisted tale of teen drama, friendship and deadly obsession will run for a limited eight-week season.
The 1988 cult movie starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Kevin Murphy's (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives)'s musical adaptation has enjoyed successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, and finally arrives in the UK for its European premiere.
O'Keefe, Kevin Murphy and director Andy Fickman said: "After the incredibly warm reception our workshop received at The Other Palace last year, we are hugely grateful to Bill, The Other Palace, and Paul for affording us a once in a lifetime opportunity to refine the book, add new songs, and re-imagine the staging for this show which has been such an extraordinary labor of love for us. We thank them gently with a chainsaw."
Heathers - The Musical features a book, music and lyrics by Murphy and O'Keefe, with brand-new material exclusively written for this production while the team are in London. The musical is directed by screen and stage director Andy Fickman with electrifying choreography by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Carrie, 20th Century Boy), design by David Shields, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Dan Samson and casting by Will Burton. Further cast and creative to be announced in due course.
Carrie Hope Fletcher (Veronica Sawyer) has stage credits including The Christmasaurus Live (Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith), The Addams Family (UK tour), Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), War of the Worlds (UK tour), Wind in the Willows (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) and Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). This year she has made her solo concert debut, When the Curtain Falls at Cadogan Hall, and has released her debut solo album.
|MATT HENRY MAKES SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE DEBUT IN THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (24 APRIL 2018)|
|Olivier Award winner for musical Kinky Boots, Matt Henry will make his Shakespeare's Globe debut in Barrie Rutter's The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe on 25 May. The production will mark Rutter's first production since stepping down as artistic director of Northern Broadsides.
The Two Noble Kinsmen will be designed by Jessica Worrall and composed by Eliza Carthy.
Matt Henry will play Pirithous. An Olivier Award winner for his portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots (West End), Henry's other theatre credits include Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Bath), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate) and The Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK tour).
Paul Stocker will play Palamon, returning to the Globe after appearing as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida in 2009. Stocker's other theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End), Coral, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (National Theatre Studio) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Regent's Park).
Bryan Dick will play Arcite. Dick's previous theatre work includes Years of Sunlight (Theatre 503), Hobson's Choice (UK Touring), Seminar (Hampstead Theatre) and Public Enemy (Young Vic).
Jude Akuwudike is Theseus. Akuwudike's previous theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths (Arcola), The Royale (Bush Theatre), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic) and Hamlet Asylum Seeker (Talawa Theatre/BandBazi).
Moyo Akande is Hippolyta. Akande's previous theatre work includes Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Only the Brave (Soho Theatre) and The Witches (Dundee Repertory Theatre).
Ellora Torchia will play Emilia, making her first appearance on The Globe stage after appearing as Helena in All's Well That Ends Well in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year. Torchia’s other theatre work includes The Treatment (Almeida) and Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre).
Sue Devaney will play First Queen. Devaney's recent theatre work includes The Kitchen Sink (Oldham Coliseum), A Christmas Carol, The Threepenny Opera (Bolton Octagon), When We Are Married (Northern Broadsides/UK tour), Our Gracie (Oldham Coliseum) and Fetish Knights (Lowry Theatre Manchester).
Francesca Mills will play Jailer's Daughter. Mills' previous theatre work includes A Tale of Two Cities (Regent's Park), Cyrano De Bergerac (Northern Broadsides/UK Tour) and A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicite/National Theatre).
|CLARE FOSTER, LEE INGLEBY AND THUSITHA JAYASUNDERA JOIN WEST END CAST OF CONSENT (23 APRIL 2018)|
|As rehearsals begin, Clare Foster, Lee Ingleby and Thusitha Jayasundera have joined Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Heather Craney and Adam James in Nina Raine's Consent which will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 18 May.
Clare Foster's (Zara) theatre credits include Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory and Apollo Theatre, Guys and Dolls, Master and Margarita and Out of This World all for Chichester Festival Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre, Separation, Duet for One, Love On The Dole and A Streetcar Named Desire all at Bolton Octagon Theatre, Crazy for You at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre, The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Sweet Charity at Sheffield Crucible and We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.
Lee Ingleby's (Tim) theatre credits include Our Class and The Pillowman both at the National Theatre, Furnace Four and Shoreditch Madonna both at Soho Theatre, Cressida at the Almeida Theatre, Drink, Dance, Laugh and Lie at the Bush Theatre, A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Albery, Dreaming at the Royal Exchange and About the Boy at The Royal Court.
Thusitha Jayasundera (Rachel) was most recently seen in The Divide at The Old Vic and King's Theatre Edinburgh, and has previously appeared in Nina Raine's Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre. Her other theatre credits include My Eyes Went Dark at Finborough and Traverse Theatre, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Crime and Punishment, War Horse and The Caucasian Chalk Circle for the National Theatre, The Vertical Hour for the Park Theatre and The Comedy of Errors, Cain, Peer Gynt and Pentecost for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Directed by Roger Michell and originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of Joint, this limited 12-week run is booking through to 11 August 2018 following the 2017 critically acclaimed sell-out run at the National Theatre.
|TUDOR MUSICAL SIX RETURNS FOR WEST END SEASON AND UK TOUR (23 APRIL 2018)|
|A UK tour, a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and West End season beckons for new British musical Six.
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the Six wives of Henry VIII take the mic to tell their tale in this pop concert musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss.
Prior to the West End premiere at the Arts Theatre (30 August to 23 September 2018), the musical will run at Norwich Playhouse (11-14 July) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (17-21 July). Plus, following last year's sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Six will play the main Underbelly purple cow in George Square (1-27 August).
Six is a co-production between Kenny Wax and Global Musicals. Wendy Barnes of Global Musicals said: "Kenny, Andy and I saw the previous production independently of each other but we were all immediately blown away by the funny, relevant humour and infectious score that these two young talents had created. We are proud to debut their first musical and begin an ambitious and exciting journey for the piece, which is particularly relevant at this time as we strive for female equality and empowerment. These women were so much more than history would have us believe."
Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, the production has set design by Emma Bailey and costume design by Gabriella Slade. Cast, full creative team and further UK tour dates are to be announced.
|TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES; FIVE EXTRA SHOWS ADDED (16 APRIL 2018)|
|Wicked, the "spellbinding smash hit" (Time Out London) that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced its 2018/19 Christmas performance schedule, with extra matinee shows added on Monday 24 December 2018, Thursday 27 December 2018, Friday 28 December 2018, Sunday 30 December 2018 and Thursday 3 January 2019, all at 2:30pm.
The full schedule is as follows:
Saturday 22 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 23 December, No performance
Monday 24 December, 2.30pm
Tuesday 25 December, No performance
Wednesday 26 December, 7.30pm
Thursday 27 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 28 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 29 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 30 December, 2.30pm
Monday 31 December, No performance
Tuesday 1 January, 7.30pm
Wednesday 2 January, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 3 January, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 4 January, 7.30pm
Saturday 5 January, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Acclaimed as "a thrilling theatrical experience with brains, heart and courage" (Metro) and "one of the most popular West End musicals ever" (Evening Standard), Wicked is already the 15th longest running show in West End theatre history and has now been seen by almost 9 million people in London alone. Around the world, "the gravity-defying Wizard of Oz prequel" (Time Out London) has won over 100 major awards, including ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards (winning 'Best West End Show' on three occasions) and two Olivier Audience Awards in the UK.
The hit show currently stars Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie & Maria Coyne★ (Standby for Glinda).
Cast subject to change from 23 July 2018. ★Maternity cover.
|IN CELEBRATION OF TURNING 19, MAMMA MIA ANNOUNCES NEW CAST AND BOOKING PERIOD (12 APRIL 2018)|
|The global smash hit musical Mamma Mia! has celebrated its 19th birthday in London by opening a new booking period from Monday 22 October 2018 to Saturday 2 March 2019. The cast celebrated with a birthday cake on stage at London's Novello Theatre.
In addition, the producers are delighted to announce some major cast changes in the London production from Monday 11 June 2018. Joining Sara Poyzer as Donna, Kate Graham as Tanya, Richard Trinder as Sam and Damian Buhagiar as Pepper, will be Ricky Butt as Rosie, Neil Moors as Harry, Stephen Beckett as Bill, Georgia Louise as Sophie, Alec Porter as Sky, Charlotte O'Rourke as Ali, Leah St Luce as Lisa and Eamonn Cox as Eddie. Caroline Deverill continues to play the role of Donna Sheridan at certain performances.
Also new to the cast will be Chloe Ames, Chloe-Jo Byrnes, Adam Davidson, Luke Hall, Lauren Hampton, Jack Heasman, Zoe Humphryes, Chanel Mian, James Willoughby Moore, Dean Read, Beth Relf and Annie Southall, who will be joining Adam Clayton-Smith, Jennifer Hepburn, Stuart Hickey, Mark Isherwood, Tyler Kennington, Robert Knight, Natasha O'Brien and Katy Stredder.
The hit show is Judy Craymer's ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. The London production has been seen by over 8.9 million people, played over 7,750 performances and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes.
|A CHRISTMAS CAROL RETURNS TO THE OLD VIC (11 APRIL 2018)|
|Matthew Warchus' smash-hit production of Charles Dickens' timeless festive classic A Christmas Carol, in a new adaptation by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Jack Thorne, will return to the Old Vic Theatre for a second festive season, running from 27 November 2018 to 19 January 2019.
Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.
On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it's too late?
The production received rave reviews this past Christmas when Rhys Ifans starred as Ebenezer Scrooge. Casting for the return season is yet to be announced. A Christmas Carol is designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker. The composer and arranger is Christopher Nightingale.
|DAVID HAIG'S SECOND WORLD WAR PLAY PRESSURE TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END (9 APRIL 2018)|
|Based on the remarkable true story of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings, David Haig's critically acclaimed play Pressure will transfer to the West End's Ambassador's Theatre for a limited season from 6 June to 1 September 2018.
David Haig reprises his role as Group Captain James Stagg, alongside Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby, with further casting to be announced in due course. He said:
"I am absolutely thrilled that Pressure is transferring to the West End on 6 June. What sublime timing that my play about the weather forecaster for D-Day will open on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasions. The play has been profoundly fulfilling to write and perform. It's about one of the great unsung heroes of the 20th century and I'm so proud that his story will now be available to a West End audience. I couldn't be more excited."
David Haig is a five-time nominee and Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his roles in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, TV series The Thin Blue Line and stage production of The Madness of King George III (tour and West End). He is also an award-winning playwright. He wrote and starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in My Boy Jack - which was made into a TV drama for ITV in 2007.
Malcolm Sinclair will reprise his role as General Eisenhower. Sinclair has performed extensively in leading roles with theatre companies such as the National Theatre and the RSC. He has performed widely, both in Britain and internationally. In 2001 he won the Clarence Derwent Award for his role as Gavin Ryng-Maine in the National Theatre's production of House/Garden and was also nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Major Miles Flack in Privates on Parade.
Laura Rogers will reprise the role of Kay Summersby. Her theatre credits include: An Ideal Husband, Masterpieces (Royal Court), Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (USA tour and Shakespeare's Globe), The 39 Steps (West End), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare's Globe) and Bad Girls - The Musical (Garrick Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Pressure was originally commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh as a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre. The production premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in 2014, followed by a run at Chichester Festival Theatre.