London Show News
|ALEXANDRA BURKE AND DUNCAN JAMES EXTEND THEIR RUNS IN CHICAGO (18 OCTOBER 2018)|
|Due to popular demand, Alexandra Burke and Duncan James will extend their runs in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Alexandra Burke will play Roxie Hart until 10 November 2018 and Duncan James will play Billy Flynn until 17 November 2018. Laura Tyrer will play Velma Kelly until 20 October followed by Josefina Gabrielle who returns to the role of Velma Kelly from 22 October - 5 January 2019.
Please note: Alexandra Burke will not appear between 15 - 24 October 2018 and Duncan James will not appear between 6 - 12 November 2018. Sarah Soetaert will play the role of Roxie Hart between 15 - 24 October 2018.
Mazz Murray continues to play Mama Morton and Paul Rider continues to play Amos Hart.
Chicago is booking at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End until Saturday 5 January 2019.
|ACCLAIMED MUSICAL SIX RETURNS TO THE ARTS THEATRE IN 2019 (17 OCTOBER 2018)|
|Six, the most acclaimed new British musical in years, whose sold-out run at the Arts Theatre - extended due to overwhelming demand - ends on 14 October 2018, is to return to the West End.
After a short UK tour, Six will open at the Arts Theatre in the New Year for an open-ended run. More than 50,000 seats have gone on general sale for an initial 16-week season from 16 January to 5 May 2019.
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.
After selling out its Edinburgh Fringe run of more than 10,000 seats, the show opened to universal acclaim in London and has been nominated for six Off West End Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Musical Production and Best Ensemble.
Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, the Six creative team also includes choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, set designer Emma Bailey, costume designer Gabriella Slade, lighting designer Tim Deiling, sound designer Paul Gatehouse, musical supervisor Joe Beighton and orchestrator Tom Curran.
|PAUL WHITEHOUSE AND JIM SULLIVAN BRING ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES MUSICAL TO THE WEST END (16 OCTOBER 2018)|
|Only Fools & Horses will return as a West End musical, previewing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February 2019 (press night is 19 February), with book, lyrics and score co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the record-breaking television series creator, the late John Sullivan (additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges).
Paul Whitehouse also takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper, featuring cherished material from the TV series.
Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, the show will feature musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as the audience has never heard them before, and many of the loveable characters from the TV series: Raquel, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman and the dreaded Driscoll Brothers.
Paul Whitehouse said: "This was the last project that John Sullivan was working on when he died - he was just starting to develop Only Fools as a musical - so when writing it, Jim and I have remained very faithful to the feel and scripts of the TV series, but also highlight some contemporary issues.
"We're very conscious of the Only Fools legacy and that it's so fondly remembered by people of almost all ages, so we've tried to incorporate everyone's favourite moments from the TV shows and of course, all the great characters - but this time it's with songs."
Paul Whitehouse is an actor, performer and writer who has been involved in many of the best-loved comedy shows over the last 25 years, winning five BAFTA's and being awarded the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award at the 2013 British Comedy Awards. In 1982 Whitehouse established a writing partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield that culminated in The Harry Enfield Television Programme in 1990. In 1994 he co-created The Fast Show with Higson, a six-part sketch series for BBC TV which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. Harry & Paul was first broadcast on BBC1 in 2007 with the second series going on to win a BAFTA in 2009. In 2015 Enfield and Whitehouse celebrated 25 years at the BBC with An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse being shown on BBC2. Most recently Whitehouse has appeared in Death of Stalin and David Copperfield, both directed by Armando Iannucci. In 2018, along with good friend Bob Mortimer, Whitehouse has starred in Mortimer and Whitehouse- Gone Fishing - a run of six half-hour episodes for BBC2.
Tom Bennett trained at the Guildford School of Acting and since graduating in 2004 has built up an extensive list of TV, film and theatre credits including E4's cult comedy series PHONESHOP, NBC's A.P. BIO and Christopher Guest's HBO series Family Tree. Recent TV comedy credits include Crackanory, Drunk History, Murder in Successville, Lee & Dean and Timewasters. Bennett's film credits include the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Disney's Patrick, Ricky Gervais' David Brent: Life On The Road, Christopher Guest's Mascots for Netflix, and Whit Stillman's Love and Friendship. Theatre credits include Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503), Incident at the Border (Trafalgar Studios), Raising Martha (Park Theatre) and Swallows & Amazons (Bristol Old Vic).
Ryan Hutton trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Acting BA (Hons). His previous credits include I Am Vengeance, Black Star (Arcola) and Penthouse (Edinburgh Fringe). Huttin is making his professional West End stage debut as Rodney.
|BAT OUT OF HELL TO CLOSE IN JANUARY 2019 (16 OCTOBER 2018)|
|The West End season of the award-winning Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical will end at the Dominion Theatre on Saturday 5 January 2019. Meanwhile, the North American tour opens in Toronto, Canada on 16 October 2018 and the German language premiere will open in Oberhasuen, Germany on 2 November 2018.
Jim Steinman’s 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 over 650,000 people to date. It began previews at the Dominion Theatre on 2 April, with a gala performance on 19 April 2018. Earlier this year, the show's producers announced a wide-ranging global partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games, and a special Gala Performance of the musical in support of the Invictus Games Foundation will take place on 6 December 2018.
The cast, which scooped the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical in 2017, is led by Jordan Luke Gage 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 Ryan Anderson as Blake. At certain performances, the role of Strat will be played by Simon Gordon.
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, Sam Toland and Barney Wilkinson.
|RACHEL TUCKER IS CAST IN WEST END PRODUCTION OF COME FROM AWAY (15 OCTOBER 2018)|
|Casting has been announced for Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning musical which will arrive in London for its UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from 30 January 2019, and a pre-West End engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019.
Telling the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them, will be Jenna Boyd (Beulah), Nathanael Campbell (Bob), Clive Carter (Claude), Mary Doherty (Bonnie), Robert Hands (Nick, Doug), Helen Hobson (Diane), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J, Ali), Harry Morrison (Oz), Emma Salvo (Janice), David Shannon (Kevin T, Garth), Cat Simmons (Hannah) and Rachel Tucker (Beverley, Annette). All these performers will play additional roles as well.
Also in the cast are Mark Dugdale, Bob Harms, Kiara Jay, Kirsty Malpass, Tania Mathurin, Alexander McMorran, Brandon Lee Sears and Jennifer Tierney.
Jenna Boyd's previous theatre credits include Love on the Links (Salisbury Playhouse), The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour/ London Palladium), Oliver! and Simply Cinderella (Leicester Curve), How To Suceed In Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall), I Can't Sing! (London Palladium), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre) and Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Nathanael Campbell most recently appeared in Guys & Dolls (Manchester Royal Exchange). His previous theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour), All That Lives (Ovalhouse), Back to the Future (Secret Cinema) and Macbeth (S4K National & International Tour).
Clive Carter's stage credits include King The Musical: In Concert (Hackney Empire), Oklahoma! (Royal Albert Hall/ BBC Proms), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), My Fair Lady (International Tour/Larnaca Festival and Sheffield Crucible), Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and The Rat Pack (UK Tour).
Mary Doherty's stage credits include Henry VI, All's Well That Ends Well and Henry VIII (Shakespeare's Globe), Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre/Shakespeare's Globe), Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse), Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic), Our House (Cambridge Theatre), Grease (UK Tour), Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre).
Robert Hands' stage credits include the original West End cast of Spamalot (Palace Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (The Old Vic), The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre) and The Schumann Plan (Hampstead Theatre).
Helen Hobson's credits include Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre and UK Tour), Only The Brave (Wales Millenium Centre), Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), The Sound of Music (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), The Human Comedy (Young Vic) and Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre).
Jonathan Andrew Hume's stage credits include Disney's The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour) and Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston). Screen credits include the forthcoming movie Mary Poppins Returns.
Harry Morrison's stage credits include Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre), Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Guys and Dolls and Kiss Me, Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Crazy For You (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre/Novello Theatre) and The Sound of Music (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).
Emma Salvo's stage credits include The Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre), Sincerely, Mister Toad (UK Tour), Grease (Royal Caribbean) and Sleeping Beauty (Mercury Theatre).
David Shannon's stage credits include Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre) and Matilda (Cambridge Theatre). He was Olivier- nominated for originating the role of John in The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre). In Dublin, his stage credits include Romeo & Juliet and The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre) as well as By The Bog of Cats (Abbey Theatre).
Cat Simmons is known to television audiences as DC Kezia Walker in long-running ITV series The Bill. Stage credits include Nancy in Oliver! (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic) and Che? Walker and Arthur Darvill's musical premiere of Been So Long (Young Vic).
Rachel Tucker's stage credits include Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York), Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), Wicked (Apollo Victoria, London and Gershwin Theatre, New York), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (Belfast Lyric Theatre).
Earning widespread critical and audience acclaim, the multi-award-winning musical continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, and in Canada, with a 60-city North American Tour recently launched in Seattle, an Australian production confirmed for summer 2019, and a feature film adaptation in the works.
|EUGENIUS! THE MUSICAL CANCELS WEST END TRANSFER (14 OCTOBER 2018)|
|Eugenius! the Musical will end its second run at The Other Palace - extended due to public demand - on 21 October 2018 and not now open the following week at the Ambassadors Theatre as planned.
Producer Kevin Wood (who has presented the show with Warwick Davis) revealed that a key investor had pulled out at the last minute due to the wider economic conditions:
"The past few days has been spent frantically trying to replace them but time has run out. In the New Year we will take stock and come again. We have spent too much time and money on this project to just let it die."
Eugenius!, with book music and lyrics by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, was due to run for a strictly limited 10-week season from 27 October 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019.
Eugenius! has been nominated for eight Off West End Awards including Best Musical, Best Male Performance in a Musical, Best Female Performance in a Musical, Lighting Design, Sound Design and Video Design.
Ticket holders should contact their point of sale.
|CHARLIE STEMP AND DANIELLE HOPE JOIN CAST OF PALLADIUM PANTO (14 OCTOBER 2018)|
|Charlie Stemp will return to the London Palladium to play The Prince in this year's pantomime, Snow White at the London Palladium along with Danielle Hope who will play the title role of Snow White. They join the previously announced Dawn French as The Wicked Queen, Julian Clary as The Man in The Mirror, Paul Zerdin as Muddles, Nigel Havers as The Understudy, Gary Wilmot as Mrs Crumble with Vincent and Flavia as The King and The Queen for this strictly limited five-week run (8 December 2018 to 13 January 2019, with gala night on 12 December).
They are joined by Josh Bennett, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Ben Goffe, Jamie John, Blake Lisle and Andrew Martin as The Magnificent Seven and ensemble members Faye Best, Myles Brown, Darragh Cowley, Ivan De Freitas, Scott English, Liz Ewing, Ross Finnie, Diana Girbau, Matt Holland, Abigayle Honeywill, Stevie Hutchinson, Jemima Loddy, Megan Louch, Mollie McGugan, James Paterson, Leanne Pinder, Oliver Roll, Jordan Rose, Aaron J Smith, Lucie-Mae Sumner, Carrie Sutton, Grant Thresh and Charlotte Wilmot along with The Palladium Pantoloons.
Award-winning Charlie Stemp most recently played Barnaby Tucker opposite Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters in the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! and has recently been announced to play Bert in Cameron Mackintosh's forthcoming West End production of Mary Poppins. He previously played the title role in last year's Palladium pantomime Dick Whittington, following his critically-acclaimed performance as Arthur Kipps in Half a Sixpence at the Nöel Coward Theatre, a role he first performed at Chichester Festival Theatre. His further theatre credits include Wicked at the Apollo Victoria and the international tour of Mamma Mia!
Danielle Hope is best known for having won BBC 1's Over the Rainbow, which lead to her professional theatre debut in the lead role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium. Since then, she has starred as Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables, as Maria in the UK tour of The Sound of Music, as Sandy in the recent UK tour Grease and is currently playing Sherrie in the UK tour of Rock of Ages.
|RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE JUDGE MICHELLE VISAGE MAKES WEST END DEBUT (22 SEPTEMBER 2018)|
| RuPaulRuPaul's Drag Race and IrelandRuPaul's Drag Race and Ireland's Got Talent judge Michelle Visage will be making her West End musical debut playing the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie from 18 October 2018 to 26 January 2019.
Producer Nica Burns said: "We are all absolutely delighted to welcome Michelle Visage to the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie as our new Miss Hedge. Michelle blew us away with her fantastic singing voice, her excellent characterisation of the part and her charismatic stage presence."
Michelle Visage said: "I am beyond thrilled to be making my West End debut in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The reason I chose this show in particular is because of the very important message it tells. It is a great show with great music and talent but more importantly it's about love, truth and the tenacity of the human spirit!
"Also there is a huge bonus: I get to live in London, one of my favourite cities in the world! I can't wait to help audiences to fall in love with the show the way I did when I saw Everybody's Talking About Jamie for the first time and understand why everyone really is talking about Jamie!"
Michelle is an internationally renowned, platinum-selling recording artist, actress, author, television personality, podcast co-host, radio show host, who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, across multiple mediums for the past three decades. She is best known in the UK for being a judge on Ireland's Got Talent and America's hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. Visage hosts a podcast with RuPaul named RuPaul: What's the Tee with Michelle Visage which won the award for Best Host at this year's 22nd annual Webby Awards. Michelle was a finalist on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.
Visage will join current cast members: John McCrea (Jamie), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Lee Ross (Hugo/Loco Chanel), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie's Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru, Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).
With music by Dan Gillespie Sells, book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, and directed by Jonathan Butterell, Everybody's Talking About Jamie was inspired by the Firecracker documentary film 'Jamie: Drag Queen at 16', the true story of Jamie Campbell and his mother, Margaret. The show opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017 and is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, currently booking until 6 April 2019.
|THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME RETURNS TO THE WEST END (21 SEPTEMBER 2018)|
|The National Theatre has announced that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America, Company) will return to the West End in November 2018 for a limited season, beginning previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 29 November, with an opening night on 11 December, and running until 23 February 2019.
Simon Stephens said:
"I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon's exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I'm mainly thrilled because I get to see it again."
Lisa Burger, National Theatre executive director, said: "We always felt that there were many more performances of Curious Incident in the West End left to give, and many more audiences who were yet to connect with Christopher Boone and his extraordinary story. We're absolutely thrilled to be joining with ATG to bring Curious Incident - with its stellar creative team - back to the West End and we can't wait to share this beautiful and inventive show with a new generation of audiences."
Curious Incident, which has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide, transferred to London's West End following a sold-out run at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012. It is the recipient of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design - more Oliviers than any other play in the history of London's West End at that time.
Following its New York premiere in September 2014, Curious Incident became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.
The show recently completed a 30-date tour of the USA, and a second 25 city tour of the UK and Ireland ended in September 2017. An international tour visited Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017-18. A schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90-minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country runs until December.
The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.
|LAURA TYRER SECURES VELMA KELLY ROLE IN CHICAGO (21 SEPTEMBER 2018)|
|Laura Tyrer will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Velma Kelly from Monday 24 September through to Saturday 6 October 2018. Tyrer joins Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Duncan James as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.
Tyrer secured the role of Velma via an audition to be shown as part of the brand new ITV series The Big Audition, from the makers of First Dates, which begins next month. The series, a Twenty Twenty production, delves into the world of real life, genuine auditions.
The actress' previous West End credits include Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, From Here to Eternity, Cabaret, Spamalot and most recently Ruthless! Her touring credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, White Christmas and Beauty and the Beast.
Chicago is booking at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End until 5 January 2019.