London Show News
|FULL CAST CONFIRMED FOR EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (9 OCTOBER 2017)|
|Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which opens next month following a critically acclaimed run at Sheffield Crucible. Directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, the new British musical will play a limited season at the London's Apollo Theatre from 6 November 2017 to 21 April 2018.
As previously announced, John McCrea will return to play the title role of Jamie alongside Josie Walker who reprises her role as his Mum, Margaret. They are joined by the following original cast members from the run in Sheffield Daniel Anthony (Levi), Mina Anwar (Rayia 'Ray' Begum), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Harriet Payne (Bex), Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki) along with Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Bayer, Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie's Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis, Phil Nichol (Hugo), Chloe Pole and Lauran Rae (Becca).
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. This fabulous, funny, feelgood brand new musical sensation hits London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.
|OLD VIC'S BOB DYLAN MUSICAL GETS WEST END TRANSFER (9 OCTOBER 2017)|
|Due to phenomenal demand following a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at The Old Vic, Bob Dylan's and Conor McPherson's Girl from the North Country will transfer to the West End for a strictly limited season.
The premiere production finished this month at the Old Vic and will reopen at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre at the end of the year, running from 29 December 2017 to 31 March 2018.
Brought to life by an exceptional company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.
Commenting on the transfer, Conor McPherson said: "Working with this stunning cast and the incredible music of Bob Dylan at The Old Vic has been an amazing pleasure and privilege. I'm delighted that audiences will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy our show as we move into the West End. I'd like to thank everyone who has brought Girl from the North Country to life and I look forward hugely to our next steps in this intriguing journey."
The Girl from the North Country has music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, with book and direction by Conor McPherson. The premiere production is designed by Rae Smith, with orchestration, arrangements and musical supervision by Simon Hale, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Simon Baker and movement by Lucy Hind.
Cast for the West End season is still to be announced.
|AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ANNOUNCES CLOSURE FOR JANUARY (28 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|The new musical, An American in Paris, was uniformly critically acclaimed when it opened earlier this year. Inspired by the Hollywood classic, it is now playing its final 14 weeks at the Dominion Theatre. The last performance of this celebrated engagement will be on Saturday 6 January 2018.
The London production of An American in Paris has been filmed for future release in cinemas, featuring the original cast led by Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Further international engagements of the musical are planned and a major North American tour is currently playing.
Written by Craig Lucas, it features the timeless music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, including the songs I Got Rhythm, 'S Wonderful, I'll Build a Stairway To Paradise and They Can't Take That Away from Me, together with George Gershwin's sweeping compositions including 'Concerto in F' and 'An American in Paris'.
The cast is led by Ashley Day (as Jerry Mulligan) and Leanne Cope (as Lise Dassin) with Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Julie Legrand as Madame Baurel.
|PATTI LUPONE AND ROSALIE CRAIG TO STAR IN GENDER-SWITCH COMPANY (26 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|As Elliott & Harper Productions is about to begin performances of its first West End show, Simon Stephens' Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Marianne Elliott has announced that she will be directing a new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Tony award-winning musical, Company.
For the first time ever, the lead role of Bobby will be re-imagined as a woman. Company will run at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 26 September 2018 for a strictly limited season, with public booking now open.
Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical; As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera and London Road - all for the National Theatre; City of Angels for the Donmar) will play Bobbi and Tony and Olivier award-winning Patti LuPone (Les Miserables, The Cradle will Rock, Sunset Boulevard, plus numerous Broadway credits including Evita, Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Noises Off, The Old Neighborhood and Master Class) will play Joanne. The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim's iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.
Marianne Elliott said: "I feel so lucky to be directing this wonderful musical. I've loved it for years. I really want to make this production contemporary, to explore what it feels like to be a 35 year old sexually confident woman managing friendships and searching for love. Stephen Sondheim and I have talked a great deal about how this new interpretation might best be executed and I can't wait to share it with audiences. I also get to work with the beautiful and talented Rosalie Craig, as well as a hero of mine, Patti LuPone."
Patti LuPone added: "I saw War Horse in New York and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London. I came out of both productions blown away by Ms Elliott's vision. So naturally I am thrilled beyond words that she wants me to be a part of Company. I'm a lucky girl. Marianne, Steve, London. I thought I'd sworn off musicals, but working with Marianne was an opportunity I couldn’t resist."
Elliott & Harper Productions will co-produce a new production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Catherine Schreiber and West Yorkshire Playhouse at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2017 and will co-produce the 2018 Broadway transfer of Angels in America.
|CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE EXORCIST (20 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|Full casting has been announced for The Exorcist, which will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience, directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier. It will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018.
Reprising their performances from the play's premiere in Birmingham last year, Jenny Seagrove will play Chris MacNeil opposite Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras, Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, and Tristram Wymark as Burke. Elliot Harper joins the cast as Father Joe.
Jenny Seagrove will be playing the role of Chris, the mother of Regan, who suffers emotional turmoil in the search to find help for her daughter's ever increasing strange behaviour. Her prolific theatre career has seen her play the lead in almost every West End playhouse, with recent credits including Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves at the Haymarket, Brief Encounter, Volcano, Tennessee Williams' Night Of The Iguana, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and The Country Girl with Martin Shaw. Jenny recently appeared as Louisa Gould in the film Another Mother's Son but perhaps is best known to TV viewers as QC Jo Mills in ITV's BAFTA award winning Judge John Deed.
Peter Bowles will play Father Lankester Merrin - the Exorcist of the title. Peter's West End theatre credits include Hay Fever with Judi Dench at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and several leading roles in classic plays for Sir Peter Hall. He is probably best remembered for playing the role of Richard DeVere in the hit BBC comedy series To The Manor Born as well as leading roles in The Irish RM, The Bounder, Rumpole of the Bailey and Only When I Laugh. Peter can currently be seen on ITV's Victoria as the Duke of Wellington.
Adam Garcia plays Father Damien Karras. Adam is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, was last seen in the West End in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's The Winter's Tale (Garrick). Musical stage credits include Kiss Me Kate (Chichester/Old Vic); Fiyero in the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Chip in On The Town (London Coliseum) and Saturday Night Fever(London Palladium). He gained international recognition for leading roles in films including Coyote Ugly and Riding in Cars with Boys, and he appears in Kenneth Branagh's forthcoming film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.
Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin's masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.
|TINA TURNER MUSICAL CONFIRMED FOR WEST END (19 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|TINA, a new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, will open at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in April 2018. Previews are expected to begin on 21 March, with a press night on 17 April.
Tina Turner said: "I am so excited to be bringing my musical to the West End! London is a place that means so much to me and had such a big impact on my music and my life. Returning now to tell my full story, in the city I love, feels like an important chapter and is truly exciting."
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner didn't just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
With a career that has spanned more than half a century, the legendary rock performer Tina Turner is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She first rose to fame in the 1960s partnering with her then-husband Ike Turner, achieving great acclaim for their live performances and catalogue of hits. Later, Turner enjoyed an international solo career with her 1984 album Private Dancer earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards, including three Grammys. She went on to deliver more chart-topping albums and hits, receiving a further eight Grammy Awards and reportedly selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. The revered singer was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and has often been voted as one of the most successful female Rock 'n' Roll artists of all time.
Tickets are released for public sale at 10am on 22 September 2017.
|DOCTOR WHO STAR PEARL MACKIE JOINS CAST OF THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (18 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|Pearl Mackie will join the cast of a new production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, in her first role since playing Bill Potts in the latest series of the BBC's Doctor Who.
Mackie will perform alongside recently announced cast members Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoe Wanamaker for this major revival directed by Ian Rickson. The production will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, 60 years since the play's debut, from 9th January to 14th April 2018. Tickets are now on sale. Further casting is still to be announced.
Mackie currently stars opposite Peter Capaldi in the BBC's Doctor Who as the Doctor's companion, Bill Potts. Her final appearance will be in this year's Christmas Special, which will air on 25th December. Pearl's casting was announced in the original short film Friend from the Future, written by Steven Moffat. Also starring Matt Lucas and Michelle Gomez, the tenth series of the globally popular show premiered in April 2017 to critical acclaim.
From 2015-6, Pearl appeared in the National Theatre's Olivier and Tony award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. She has also starred as Nina in Theatre503's 2012 play Only Human and co-starred in the European premiere of Aurin Squire's Obama-ology at the Finborough Theatre. In 2013, Pearl appeared alongside Martin Freeman, Michael Socha and Maxine Peake in the comedy film Svengali, directed by John Hardwick. Further theatre credits include: A Mad World, My Masters (2015); Hello Kind World (2014); Crystal Springs (2014);Home (2012); The Crucible (2010); And The Comedy of Errors (2010).
Pearl Mackie said: "I'm delighted to be back in the West End working with such a prolific director like Ian Rickson - and an incredible cast - on this rich, dark and enthralling play. I love how Pinter creates character and I feel very lucky to work on one of his best-known plays."
|TOBY JONES, ZOE WANAMAKER & STEPHEN MANGAN TO STAR IN PINTER'S THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (14 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|A new production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party will run at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre, 60 years since the play's debut, from 9 January to 14 April 2018. Tickets are now on sale.
Following critically-acclaimed productions of Pinter's Betrayal and Old Times, Ian Rickson returns to direct this new production of Harold Pinter's landmark play. Starring in this comedy of menace are trio of Olivier Award winners, Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (The Girl, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Infamous), Tony Award-nominated Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves and Wooster, Episodes) and Tony Award-nominated Zoe Wanamaker CBE (Electra, Passion Play, My Family).
This will be the seventh Harold Pinter play that Sonia Friedman has produced, three of which have been directed by Ian Rickson, who also directed Pinter himself in his last performance as an actor in Krapp's Last Tape. It is also the ninth production directed by Ian Rickson that Sonia Friedman has produced.
Ian Rickson said:
"I knew Harold from when I ran the Royal Court and he was a great mentor to me. Doing The Birthday Party is particularly thrilling because as with the best first major plays - like first albums, and first novels - it has the intense DNA of the writer's inner life; their yearnings, their obsessions, their longings. There's something about The Birthday Party, in particular, that's so raw and committed - it has this kind of anarchic, punk spirit and I'm just so excited about directing it."
|BAZ LUHRMANN'S STRICTLY BALLROOM GETS WEST END PREMIERE IN 2018 (13 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|Strictly Ballroom The Musical will get its West End premiere at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2018. Following the success of its UK premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, the opulence and glamour of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical will open in London on Wednesday 11 April 2018, following previews from 16 March.
Based on the multi award-winning movie, the first instalment from Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy, the musical production is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun. When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the National Championship his way. Featuring the film's classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, Strictly Ballroom The Musical will also include electrifying songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.
Drew McOnie (whose dazzling choreography for In The Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award) will direct and choreograph the production. The show is based on the original Australian musical created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, with a book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Casting is yet to be announced.
Carmen Pavlovic, CEO, Global Creatures said:
"I'm thrilled that we are bringing Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical to the West End. The film's irresistible heart and humour were immediately embraced around the world and 25 years later remains a beloved title. We are delighted that audiences can now enjoy live on stage the uplifting story of how one boy following his heart, triumphs over oppression and changes the lives of everyone around him for the better. Drew McOnie's direction and choreography has brought further vitality to Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's original vision. Together they've reimagined the story for audiences of today and created a show full of joy and celebration."
This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students in Sydney, Australia, in 1984. The film was discovered in Cannes, and when it was released in Australia, Strictly Ballroom swept the field at the 1992 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, gaining 13 nominations and winning in eight major categories. It also won three awards at the 1993 BAFTA awards, received a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, and eventually went on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office.
|LA SOIREE RETURNS FOR CHRISTMAS (12 SEPTEMBER 2017)|
|The multi-award-winning and much-loved La Soiree returns to its favourite city this Christmas from 24 November to 3 February 2018. This Christmas the global cabaret hit will reside at the West End's recently refurbished Aldwych Theatre.
Formed with artists who had previously appeared in Edinburgh Fringe hit La Clique, La Soiree debuted in 2010 in London, where its previous runs have been at the Roundhouse and specially erected big top tents on the South Bank and in Leicester Square.
Prepare to be captivated by the irresistible La Soiree as its motley crew of talented cabaret performers and circus sideshow misfits revel in their posh new surroundings.
Expect La Soiree's heady cocktail of intimate cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in a grander, plusher home. This Christmas will also be the first time that La Soiree is offering La Petite Soiree, a family-friendly, fun and daring hour-long show for cabaret fans of all ages. La Petite Soiree will play at 3pm on Saturdays and throughout the Christmas holidays.
A full line up of artists for La Soiree and La Petite Soiree to be announced soon.