London Show News
|BIANCA DEL RIO RETURNS AND PREEYA KALIDAS JOINS THE CAST OF EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (12 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is delighted to welcome BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas from 17 November 2019 and thrilled to welcome back Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, to reprises his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December 2019.
Preeya Kalidas said: "I fell in love with Everybody's Talking About Jamie from the first time I saw it. The music is contagious, the diversity of talent being represented on a West End stage is incredible. So to be joining the cast as Miss Hedge, I am extremely excited to be part of a show that makes the audience feel so elated, and reminds us all that being unafraid to do and be whoever you want to be can be extremely powerful."
Roy Haylock said: "I'm so thrilled and excited to be re-joining the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie in the West End! I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year. I'm honoured and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again!"
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "As Everybody's Talking About Jamie starts its third fabulous year in the West End, we are delighted to welcome back the equally fabulous Roy Haylock/Bianca Del Rio as Hugo /Loco Chanelle and the much loved musical theatre and TV star Preeya Kalidas as Miss Hedge. Roy was a huge hit with audiences when he performed the role earlier this year and Preeya always brings a star performance to every show she is in. "
Preeya Kalidas is a stage and screen actress best known for playing Amira Masood in BBC's EastEnders. Preeya also starred in the British smash hit film Bend it Like Beckham, and then later originated the role of Pinky in the original West End musical cast, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards. Her other film credits include: Empire award winning Four Lions, East is East, Sari and Trainers, Jump Boy and Bollywood Queen. TV credits include: C4's Britz alongside Riz Ahmed, BBC's Bodies , BBC's England Expects with Steven Mackintosh, Carrie in BBC's Mistresses, BBC's Bedtime, BBC's Casualty, BBC's Doctors, BBC's Goggle eyes, BBC's Banglatown Banquet, Carmen in BBC Three Bollywood Carmen (BAFTA Nominated). Theatre credits include: Aisha in Chiaroscuro at Bush Theatre, Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams at London's Victoria Apollo Theatre, Loraina in Oxford Street at The Royal Court, Narrator in revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre , Reema in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Khandan at Royal Court/ Birmingham Rep, Patty Di Marco in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School Of Rock. Preeya currently hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday afternoon from 1pm.
Roy Haylock, as Bianca Del Rio, was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul's Drag Race. A self-proclaimed "clown in a gown," he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine's list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the "Joan Rivers of the Drag World", and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as "So funny! So sharp!" Since winning RuPaul's Drag Race, Roy has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything. As Bianca, he made guest appearances on MTV's Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starred in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Angel in Rent, the Emcee in Cabaret, Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant, and Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy. Roy is wrapping up his fourth solo stand-up show, It's Jester Joke, which reached six continents and over 25 countries in 2019. The tour included performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall and London's Wembley Arena, where he was the first time a drag queen to headline both of these venues with a solo act.
Preeya and Roy will join cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Daniel Davids (Levi), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Melissa Jacques (Margaret), Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah).
|JASON DONOVAN & JAC YARROW RETURN TO JOSEPH IN 2020 (11 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow will be back at the London Palladium in 2020 when the hit production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns following its season this year.
Jason Donovan will return in the role of Pharaoh. He was originally in the show when he made his defining stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s in a sold-out 18-month run.
Jac Yarrow made his professional stage debut playing Joseph, following in the footsteps of a line of stars who have previously played the title character. His portrayal of Joseph won him unanimous acclaim, with his rendition of 'Close Every Door To Me' regularly stopping the show with standing ovations.
Performances will begin on 2 July 2020, with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing a strictly limited 10-week season through until 6 September 2020 (gala night is 16 July 2020).
Jason Donovan commented;
"Following on from the success of this year's awesome, reimagined version of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I'm delighted to be returning in the summer of 2020 to reprise my role as the Pharaoh.
"This year was an absolute joy. Joseph has such a special connection with its audience and it has a huge emotional connection for me. Quite simply the show is pure musical magic. To be able to lean on the past yet build something new for the role of Pharaoh is an opportunity that cannot be done just once, and for performer or audience member alike, it just doesn't get much better than the Palladium experience."
Jac Yarrow added; "Playing the iconic role of Joseph at its spiritual home, The Palladium, last summer was what I thought was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. When I was asked to step back into the Dreamcoat for a second time, I couldn't quite believe it. I can't wait to be back!"
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat enjoyed a completely sold out season this year, with audiences giving the new production nightly standing ovations.
Further casting for 2020 will be announced at a later date.
|BEVERLEY KNIGHT STARS IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DRIFTERS GIRL (8 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|The Drifters Girl will make its world premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal in the new year, before transferring to the West End's Garrick Theatre in London for a strictly limited season of 20 weeks. The brand new musical, starring Beverley Knight, tells the remarkable story of one of the world's greatest vocal groups, The Drifters, and the woman who made them.
The Drifters Girl, directed by Jonathan Church (Singin' In The Rain), begins performances in Newcastle on 5 September 2020, playing for 15 performances until 19 September. It then transfers to London's Garrick Theatre, where - following the limited season of City of Angels - it runs from 1 October 2020, with a press night 22 October 2020.
Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon. She has enjoyed several Top 10 Albums, including the platinum-selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. Her most recent solo album Soulsville was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. 2019 sees her celebrating 25 years in the music business with a live album, ‘BK25’, recorded with the Leo Green Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, out November 8th on Warner Music.
Beverley has also made several, highly acclaimed performances in the West End. Her debut in London was in the star role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much-praised role of Felicia Farrell in the Tony Award-winning hit show Memphis The Musical, and in 2015 she played the iconic role of Grizabella in Cats at The London Palladium. In 2018 she starred as Emmeline Pankhurst in much-praised new funk and hip hop musical Sylvia at The Old Vic, for which she won a best supporting actress award at the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards.
From the highs of hit records and sell-out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world's first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl.
The soundtrack includes chart-topping classics such as Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place, Saturday Night At The Movies and many more.
The Drifters Girl has a book by Ed Curtis and will be directed by Jonathan Church, designed by Anthony Ward and choreographed by Karen Bruce, with lighting design by Ben Cracknell and music supervision and orchestrations by Chris Egan. Further casting and full creative team will be announced at a later date.
|JASON MANFORD BRINGS KANDER & EBB CURTAINS TOUR TO WEST END (7 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|The producers of the Tony Award-winning musical Curtains are delighted to announce the show will premiere in London at Wyndham's Theatre, playing 38 performances from 13 December 2019 until 11 January 2020. It fills in a slot created by the early closure of Ealing screen-to-stage comedy The Man in the White Suit.
Curtains is currently on tour across the UK and stars comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford as Detective 'Lt. Frank Cioffi'. He's joined by Carley Stenson as 'Georgia Hendricks', Rebecca Lock as 'Carmen Bernstein', Samuel Holmes as 'Christopher Belling', Leah Barbara West as 'Niki Harris', Alan Burkitt as 'Bobby Pepper' and Andy Coxon as 'Aaron Fox'.
The producers said today:
"We are incredibly proud of our show and delighted to be bringing it to the West End. The whole team have worked so hard to get the show to where it is today and we are thrilled we can show London audiences our wonderful production".
This will mark the West End premiere of Kander and Ebb's musical, which first premiered on Broadway in 2007 and ran until June 2008. The production was nominated for eight Tony awards, David Hyde Pierce took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role of 'Lt. Frank Cioffi' - the role now played by Jason Manford in the UK.
The UK cast is completed by Emma Caffrey as 'Bambi Bernet', Adam Rhys-Charles as 'Daryl Grady', Martin Callaghan as 'Oscar Shapiro', Minal Patel as 'Johnny Harmon' and Mark Sangster as 'Sidney Bernstein'. Joining them in the ensemble is, J.R. Ballantyne, Kathryn Barnes, Pamela Blair, Charlie Johnson, Robin Kent, Thomas-Lee Kid, Ben Mundy, Gleanne Purcell Brown, Samuel John-Humphreys and Nia Jermin.
From the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago, Curtains tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, who has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.
Music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (Cabaret and Chicago), book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.
The production is directed by Paul Foster (Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun for Sheffield Crucible), choreographer is Alistair David (Ghost West End and UK tour and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Sound of Music both for Regent's Park Open Air), Musical Supervisor & Arrangements are by Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), Set Design by David Woodhead, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell, Sound Design is by Tom Marshall and Casting Director is Jim Arnold CDG.
Curtains opened in Bromley on 4 October 2019 and has been touring since. After its London run, the show will continue on tour and will open on 14 January 2020 at New Wimbledon Theatre. The tour will then visit, Sunderland, Liverpool, Llandudno, Norwich, Northampton, Blackpool, Glasgow, Leicester, Wolverhampton before finishing its run in Southampton at the Mayflower Theatre on 11 April 2020.
The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment, Sally Horchow, Roger Horchow and Walport Productions. The production was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergere, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. The American Premiere was produced at The Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group, LA's Theatre Company.
|THE DONMAR'S AWARD-WINNING CITY OF ANGELS HITS THE WEST END! (4 NOVEMBER 2019)|
|Josie Rourke's critically acclaimed and Olivier Award winning production of City of Angels makes its West End transfer five years since opening at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. The musical will play at the Garrick Theatre for a limited season, with previews from Thursday 5 March 2020, reuniting the production's entire creative team.
Josie Rourke's "ingenious, stupendous revival" (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as "a blissful evening" (The Stage) that's "smart, seductive and very funny" (Evening Standard). With a swinging score by Cy Coleman and David Zippel and a brilliantly witty book by Larry Gelbart, City of Angels is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir.
The West End production will star Hadley Fraser★ as Stine, Rosalie Craig★ as Gabby/Bobbi, Rebecca Trehearn★ as Donna/Oolie and making her West End debut, Vanessa Williams, in the role of Carla/Alaura.
The cast also includes Marc Elliott★ as Panchos/Munoz, Nick Cavaliere★ as Sonny, Adam Fogarty★ as Big Six, Mark Penfold★ as Luther Kingsley, Rob Houchen as Jimmy/Dr Mandril, Joshua St Clair as Peter Kingsley and Cindy Bellot, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Manuel Pacific and Ryan Reid as the Angel City 4.
★Original Donmar Warehouse Company. Further casting to be announced.
Josie Rourke, Director of City of Angels said:
"City of Angels was a landmark experience for me at the Donmar. We all longed to hear Cy Coleman's classic score, and see this incredible design on a bigger stage. Nica's passion for the show has brought about this reunion, and I'm very grateful that through her championing, audiences will have the chance to see this classic production in the West End.
In the five years since I directed the show, I've experienced making movies first-hand, and I will return to this Hollywood story with a little more insight! It is a joy to reunite with Rosalie, Hadley, and Rebecca (who made these characters their own), and to have the icon Vanessa Williams make her West End debut as femme fatale, Alaura, in the production."
Nica Burns, Producer of City of Angels said:
"Only 17,500 people had the opportunity to see Josie Rourke's outstandingly brilliant production of this terrific, multi-award-winning musical - the equivalent of only a month in a West End playhouse. It has taken 5 years to reunite the original creative team and finally give a wider audience the chance to see this sensationally sexy, musical masterpiece. A strictly limited season so don't miss out a second time. Book your tickets now!"
City of Angels is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Eilene Davidson, Adam Blanshay Productions.
|BOOKING EXTENDED AS PERFORMANCES BEGIN FOR DEAR EVAN HANSEN (30 OCTOBER 2019)|
|Today (29 October 2019), as performances begin for the West End premiere of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre, it is announced that the show is now booking to 2 May 2020, with a new group of tickets now on sale.
The cast comprises Sam Tutty as Evan Hansen, Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy, Doug Colling as Connor Murphy and Marcus Harman who will play Evan Hansen at certain performances. They are joined by Rebecca McKinnis as Heidi Hansen, Lauren Ward as Cynthia Murphy, Rupert Young as Larry Murphy, Jack Loxton as Jared Kleinman, Nicole Raquel Dennis as Alana Beck as well as Tricia Adele-Turner, David Breeds, Haydn Cox, Natalie Kassanga, Hannah Lindsey, Mark Peachey, Courtney Stapleton, Alex Thomas-Smith and James Winter.
The winner of six Tony® awards including Best Musical, as well as the 2018 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen is directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, features a book by Tony award-winner Steven Levenson and a score by the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composers of The Greatest Showman and La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.
Dear Evan Hansen has won the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. The album went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and recently became only the third cast recording this decade to go gold. A deluxe version of the cast recording, including six bonus tracks and a pop cover from Katy Perry of 'Waving Through a Window' is available digitally.
Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre to great critical acclaim on 4 December 2016 where it has broken all box office records and is now in its third year of standing-room-only audiences. A record-breaking US national tour launched in October 2018 and is currently in its second year touring North America.
|LIZZIE BEA AND MARISHA WALLACE TO JOIN MICHAEL BALL IN HAIRSPRAY (29 OCTOBER 2019)|
|Further cast to join Michael Ball in Hairspray the Musical - the multi-award winning smash hit production which is returning to London for a special, strictly limited season in 2020 - has been announced.
Lizzie Bea will star in the iconic role of Tracy Turnblad. Lizzie is currently performing in the UK Tour of Kinky Boots and has just returned from Atlanta, performing in the world premiere production of Becoming Nancy (Alliance Theatre).
Acclaimed West End star Marisha Wallace will take the role of Motormouth. Marisha won rave reviews when she took over from Amber Riley in the smash hit Dreamgirls (at the Savoy Theatre), and has just finished starring in the original West End cast of Waitress (Adelphi Theatre).
Hairspray, the huge hearted, multi-award-winning smash hit musical, is extending its season and will now play at the magnificent London Coliseum for 18 weeks, beginning performances on Thursday 23 April 2020 (Press Night: Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 7:00pm).
It will star Michael Ball, the acclaimed star of stage and screen, as he returns to his legendary, Olivier Award winning role of Edna Turnblad.
With the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and featuring the infectiously feel-good songs "Good Morning, Baltimore", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" and "You Can't Stop the Beat", this inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical sensation is back and bigger than ever.
The original New York production of Hairspray won three Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, whilst the original West End production won four Olivier Awards, also including Best New Musical, as well giving Michael Ball one of his two Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.
Additional casting is to be announced.
Hairspray is produced by Adam Spiegel Productions & Fiery Angel.
|INITIAL CASTING AND BOOKING EXTENSION ANNOUNCED FOR LEOPOLDSTADT (28 OCTOBER 2019)|
|Sonia Friedman Productions have announced initial casting for the world premiere of Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt to be directed by Patrick Marber, as well as a four-week extension to the run which is now on sale. Now booking to 13 June 2020, Leopoldstadt begins previews at Wyndham's Theatre on 25 January 2020 with opening night on 12 February 2020.
The cast includes Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Joe Coen, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Noof McEwan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Yasmin Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon, Eleanor Wyld and Alexis Zegerman. The children's cast, comprising three sets of five children, includes Toby Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Olivia Festinger, Tamar Laniado, Maya Larholm, Daniel Lawson, Louis Levy, Libby Lewis, Jack Meredith, Chloe Raphael, Beatrice Rapstone and Montague Rapstone. Further adult and children's casting will be announced at a later date.
Sonia Friedman said: "We are thrilled to announce initial casting for Leopoldstadt, the remarkable new play from one of the world's greatest living playwrights. Our company of 41 actors will come together in Patrick Marber's production, to tell Tom Stoppard's powerful and humane story spanning several decades during one of the most turbulent periods in world history. Focussing on endurance, survival, assimilation and resilience, it is a privilege to be producing this potent and timely new work."
Set designs are by Richard Hudson, with costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children's casting by Verity Naughton.
Tom Stoppard's new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. "My grandfather wore a caftan," says Hermann, a factory owner, "my father went to the opera in a top hat, and I have the singers to dinner." It was not to last. Over the next fifty years this family, like millions of others, was to re-discover what it meant to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, endurance and loss. It is Stoppard's most humane and heart-breaking play.
|AWARD-WINNING PETER ANDRE TO GUEST STAR IN THRILLER LIVE FOR TWO WEEKS (25 OCTOBER 2019)|
|A year after he stopped the show with a mid-song standing ovation at Thriller Live's 4,000th West End performance, producers today announce that award-winning Peter Andre is to guest star in Thriller Live for a strictly limited two-week season in December.
Peter will headline at the Lyric Theatre from 10 - 22 December (except Sunday evenings) as the first in a series of guest stars and surprises in the show's final six months at the Lyric, where it is ending its record-breaking 11-year run in April 2020 to allow the theatre to be refurbished. Plans are in hand to transfer Thriller Live to another West End theatre and a second production will start a 12-month world tour, opening in Lausanne Switzerland on 27 December 2019.
Peter Andre is today a global megastar with almost 6 million social media followers. When he first burst to international fame as a pop artist in the Nineties with hits including 'Mysterious Girl' and 'Flava', he was the sixth highest selling artist in the UK, having had numerous number one hit singles, two number one albums, and collected a multitude of national and international awards.
Peter said: "I had such an amazing experience performing in Thriller Live's 4,000th gala night and I can't wait to come back for a full run of shows. This is such an honour for me because Michael Jackson was musically the biggest influence in my life and career. He made me dream of being on stage and to be part of music. A year ago in Thriller Live I sang 'Rock With You' - which was one of the first records I ever bought - 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', 'Man in the Mirror' and 'She's Out of My Life'. I can't wait to spring a few more surprises!"
Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live's award-winning Director/Choreographer said: "After working with Peter Andre on his own live stage and arena shows, I discovered how passionate he is about Michael's music. Peter absolutely wowed us all last year when he appeared as our special guest to help celebrate our 4,000th performance. I am delighted we get the opportunity to explore his incredible talent and affinity for this material even further with the announcement of these dates."
Thriller Live Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music said: "We recently announced that due to the theatre's refurbishment, Thriller Live will sadly end its record-breaking 11-year run at the Lyric on Sunday 26 April 2020, at which point the show will have completed 4,705 performances making it the longest running show ever at the Lyric and the 11th longest running musical in West End history. We promised special guests and surprises to end our run there on an absolute high and we are delighted to welcome Peter Andre back to headline two weeks of shows. This promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans lucky enough to get a ticket."
|LIFE OF PI TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END IN 2020 (24 OCTOBER 2019)|
|Sheffield Theatres' acclaimed production of Life of Pi, directed by Max Webster, will transfer to London's Wyndham's Theatre in 2020 with performances beginning on 22 June (press night is 9 July 2020) and booking until 4 October.
Life of Pi - Lolita Chakrabarti's adaptation of Yann Martel's award-winning book - was awarded a string of five-star reviews when it opened in Sheffield earlier this year.
For the first time ever, the historic Wyndham's Theatre will be transformed to fully accommodate the magnificent elements of the production.
Cameron Mackintosh, the owner of the Wyndham's Theatre, said: "Rarely does a theatrical version of a film eclipse the original, but the brilliant staged adaption of Yann Martel's Life Of Pi is one of those exceptions and I am thrilled that it is coming to the Wyndham's Theatre after its sensational sell out premiere at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield earlier this year."
"The production team's approach to the material has been mirrored by their innovative reinvention of the Wyndham's auditorium, rejigging levels and extending the stage over the stalls so that the floor and walls of the theatre become one complete surreal environment, that I think it will be even more intense than before. Audiences are in for a Pi-flying ride into their imagination."
Producer Simon Friend said: "We are very fortunate to have Cameron Mackintosh's full support behind our reconfiguration of the Wyndham's Theatre. This will give audiences the very best experience of our state-of-the-art design and video projection, as well as bringing the majestic Pacific Ocean in to the stalls."
Rob Hastie, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, said: "We're delighted to be working with Simon Friend to take Life of Pi onwards from Sheffield Theatres. I'm almost envious of the new audiences who will get to discover the beauty and brilliance of Yann's novel, Lolita's play and Max's production for the first time. Life of Pi demonstrates the commitment we make at Sheffield Theatres to putting adventurous new work on our stages, and is the result of the skills and hard work of an enormous number of people, all putting their talents in the service of great storytelling."
Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction - winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over 15 million copies worldwide - Life of Pi is a "breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope". The animals are brought to life by puppet and movement director Finn Caldwell, who began his career in the original company of the National Theatre's international phenomenon War Horse. Casting for Life of Pi is to be announced.